Tansy Travels on the Lijiang River

 

Li River Cruise Boat

Li River Cruise Boat

Tansy went to China with a travelling companion who attended a conference in Hong Kong…but the trip included a few delightful side trips, and one of the most memorable was the cruise along the Lijiang River from Guilin to Yangshuo, Guangxi, China.

 

Li River and Karst formations

Little boats on the Li River

The distinctive geology along the Lijiang river in China are Karst landforms, made of  limestone.  These formations span three provinces of China and have been a World Heritage Site since 2007.

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Karst Mountain

Karst Mountain

Tansy was fascinated by the geology…

Caves!

Caves!

…riddled with lumps, bumps, caves and hollows, it is an intriguing landscape.

Water Buffalo

Water Buffalo

The views from the riverboat included water buffalo…

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Ducks!

Ducks!

…and ducks! Tansy was particularly happy to see the ducks, which reminded her of one of her favourite books…

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Story about Ping

Story about Ping

…the Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack, illustrated by Kurt Wiese (who lived in China for several years).  Ping the duckling has many adventures on a river in China, including watching a man fishing with cormorants…

 

Cormorant Fisherman

Cormorant Fisherman

…and when they arrived at their destination,  Tansy was thrilled to meet such a fisherman…

 

Attempting to commune with cormorants

Attempting to commune with cormorants

…she balanced on the pole very briefly and was eyed by the cormorant…

 

what a day!
what a day!

A Day to remember!

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19 thoughts on “Tansy Travels on the Lijiang River

  1. Very enjoyable…and bringing in The Story of Ping brought it more to life for me. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Tansy!

  2. How fascinating! I did not realize that fishermen made use of birds to fish! Wonder how they train them and what they do?? These journeys of Tansy are such a joy! Thank you for sharing her adventures and her wide eyed wonder..

    • Ping the Duck lived on a wise-eyed boat – according to that story, the cormorants have a ring put round their necks, and they can only swallow the small fish they catch. The fisherman collects the bigger fish. It is an ancient tradition, practised now mainly for the tourist industry… We are so glad that Tansy’s adventures amuse you as much as they do us!

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