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Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
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Boating on  Li River is a must on your Guilin tour and the cruise trip ends at Yangshuo, a leisure and picturesque town, about 70km to the southeast of Guilin city center.

Although the town’s commercialization has cheapened its allure with the hordes of the domestic tourists, it does have some intriguing places to keep you busy for a couple of days and it also serves a perfect jumping off point to further dive into some more peaceful and authentic places like Xingping and Yangdi, and further extend to the well-preserved Huangyao Ancient Town.

Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery, Boating on Yulong River and Watching the mega performance of “Impression Liu Sanjie in the evening are the three things worth doing on your short trip to Yangshuo.

Impression Liu Sanjie is a mega performance carried out on the Li River landscape theatre, directed by the famous filmmaker Zhangyimou, who also directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games. It is the first singing and dancing performance around the globe creatively staged in a natural theatre – with the backdrop of 12 peaks and the Li River.

Impression Liu Sanjie is based on the same name film produced in 1961 with Ms Liu Sanjie a household heroine who was a singing goddess in the legend of ethnic Zhuang minority group in Guangxi.  But in the revised “Impression Liu Sanjie”, you won’t see any plots,  characters and scenes, you only see a series of “impressions” which epitomize the landscapes and the ordinary life in the place where Ms Liu Sanjie was born and lived.

Zhang Yimou artistically blends the human performance with the natural landscapes culminating in a dazzling and magnificent mega performance. The performance is divided into 7 chapters – Preclude, Red Impression, Green Impression,  Golden Impression,  Blue Impression, Silvery Impression and Epilogue.

Chapter One: Preclude ( Legend of the Scenery )
Ms Liu Sanjie, a spirit of songs, was born among the rivers and montains.

Ms Liu Sanjie,

Ms Liu Sanjie

Chapter Two: Red Impression ( Folk Songs )
The producer combines the fishing nets with the folk songs to form Duige, a kind of singing and asking other side to sing back.

The red-colored fishing nets are waved on the river to forge a lively world.

Red Impression Liu Sanjie

Red Impression Liu Sanjie

Chapter Three: Green Impression ( Gardens )
The producer brings you back to the ordinary of the people in Li River, the beautiful land wherer Ms Liu Sanjie was born – Washing women, shepherd boys, cooking smoke,  fishing rafts and the sunset.

 Green Impression Liu Sanjie

Green Impression Liu Sanjie

Chapter Four: Golden Impression ( Fishing Lights )
All the actors and actress are the 200 fishing men and fishing women from the nearby 5 villages in Yangshuo. This chapter sheds the lights on the old working and living of the ordinary people.

You will see the classical scenes – fishing lights, bamboo rafts, straw rain capes and cormorants. Fishing lights are the soul of this picture.

Golden Impression

Golden Impression

 Chapter Five: Blue Impression ( Love Song)
This chapter depicts the love in the ordinary life by singing the love song to the effect that “It is the vine twining round the trees in the world.

How can a tree rely on a vine. Without the trees, the vine would be dry as dust!”.

Blue Impression

Blue Impression

Chapter Six: Silvery Impression ( Grand Ceremony)
This section depicts the legendary grand ceremony performed by the ethnic minority people in the place.

200 girls dressed in silver lights garments give you a magnificent impression praised as the “Wonders of Li River Culture”.

Silvery Impression

Silvery Impression

Chapter Seven: The Epilogue (Songs of Heaven and Earth)
Fishing lights are gone; bamboo rafts are gone and the fishing lights are turned off, but Ms Liu Sanjie’s songs still linger in people’s minds.

The Epilogue

The Epilogue

Entrance Tickets:

entrance tickets

Entrance tickets

Book your tickets through your hotel for discounts including transport to/from the landscape theatre ( 1.5km from the West Street in Yangshuo).

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Escorted Guilin Tour
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free guided tours,  here are some options for Guilin guided tours:

How to Visit Xingping

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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Xingping (兴坪) is one of the ancient towns along Li River, about 27km north of Yangshuo (阳朔) and 91km southeast of Guilin (桂林). Most tourists would choose to visit Xingping from Yangshuo by bus. The buses leave from Yangshuo South Bus Station.

The current Yangshuo South Bus Station is about 5-minute’s walk from the roundabout at the southern end of Kangzhan Road (抗战路) in Yangshuo. Many local buses stop at the south bus station.

The buses going between Yangshuo and Xingping are plentiful (every 15 minutes) and you don’t need to buy your ticket at the ticketing office. You just pay your bus ticket on board due to the short distance.

The 40-minute’ bus ride allow you go through villages and one town flanked by the farmlands with the background of the karst hills, an interesting chance to look at the authentic rural life. Bus fare: 8 yuan.

On the way

On the way

On the way

Arriving at Xingping Bus Station,  you exit from the gate and turn right,  and you will be on the old street of the ancient town of Xingping.

It is a two-street ancient town in the shape of “T”, flanked by the well-preserved two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style with flagged stone streets.

Two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style

two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style

two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style

Xingping Ancient Town
The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood.

The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood

The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood

Most of the houses in the old towns are protected and preserved with the money generated from their house rental.

These old houses are usually renovated and decorated into fancy and trendy bars, restaurants, boutiques, shops and even bike repairs to serve the even increasing number of cyclists.

Bike Repairs

Bike Repairs

Bike Repairs

A restaurant offers the local flavors

A restaurant offers the local flavors

A restaurant offers the local flavors

At the end of the street, you will see a bar restaurant known as ” The Old Place”.  This pretty bar offers sandwiches, pizza and local flavors. You may come back for lunch here.

Photo: Xingping5
Xingping Old Street
The Old Place

The Old Place

The Old Place

Now you are at the T-conjunction and you are recommended to turn left on the way to the old opera stage. The well preserved ancient opera stage dates back to Qing Dynasty with ornate carvings

The entrance to the old stage

The entrance to the old stage

The entrance to the old stage

The ancient opera stage

The ancient opera stage

The ancient opera stage

Backtrack and exit from the ancient street,  you have two choices – 1)  Go straight and cross the bridge, then walk for 8 minutes and get to the viewing platform to see the landscape printed on the back of the 20 yuan renminbi note; 2) turn left and walk to the Xingping Pier either for bamboo rafting or take the “President Tour” for a 2-hour boat tour including the visit to Fish Village.

Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note

Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note

Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note

Xingping Dock for  President Tour

Xingping Dock for President Tour

Xingping Dock for President Tour

Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting

Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting

Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting

Xingping is the highlight of Li River cruising with the mesmerizing river running 20km within Xinping.

Highlight of Li River Cruising

Highlight of Li River Cruising

Highlight of Li River Cruising

You may take the bus back to Yangshuo or continue to go to Guilin. Guilin Qintan Bus Station operate the bus service between Guilin and Xingping.

Further Readings


Top 10 Things to do Guilin
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Li River Cruise
Daxu Ancient Town

Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Any questions, just drop a line.

Cruising on Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo

Friday, December 28th, 2018
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new tourists visiting Guilin and Li River.

If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

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Cruising on Li River is the top thing to do during your Guilin tour. The 83-km long Li River from  Guilin resembles a jade ribbon flanked by idyllic paddy fields and green forested hills, and dotted with pinnacled peaks, yellow shoals, bamboo groves, odd-shaped crags, deep pools and flying waterfalls. Li River is full of surprises which will ignite your imagination to fully appreciate the bestowed beauty.

Book a cruise ticket through the tourist desk at your hotel with a return transfer back to Guilin from Yangshuo. Or you may taxi from your hotel in Guilin to Zhujiang Dock (竹江码头) where most of the cruise boats leave for Yangshuo on a 4-hour cruise including lunch on board. Zhujiang Dock (竹江码头) is about 30km east of Guilin city center with taxi fare around 100 yuan. You can buy your boating ticket on the spot at the ticketing office at the dock.

Luxurious Air-conditioned Boats
High Season ( April – November): 270 yuan;
Low Season (December – March): 240 yuan

Super Luxurious Air-conditioned Boats:
High Season ( April – November): 450 yuan;
Low Season (December – March): 380 yuan

Note:
1. Most boats leave at 9:00 am, 9:30 am and 10:00 am, so try to get up early to catch the boats.
2. The lunch on board is very basic and you are advised to bring some snacks.
3. If you travel independently, you need to take bus from Yangshuo North Bus Station back to Guilin after your cruise and a short trip to Yangshuo.

Now, follow me to have a glimpse of the picturesque Li River.

Zhujiang Dock ( 30 km to the east of Gulin city center )

Zhujiang Dock

Zhujiang Dock

On a 4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo.

4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo

4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts right up along the boats and try to sell fruits.

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks of the forested undulating hills.

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages.

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery.

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery

We are passing by Yangdi Town ( Village). The watercourse from Yangdi to Xingping is the centerpiece of the Li River.

passing by Yangdi Town ( Village)

passing by Yangdi Town ( Village)

Many tourists take the motorized bamboo rafts from Yangdi floating on the most beautiful section of the Li River.

 motorized bamboo rafts

motorized bamboo rafts

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip.

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip

Our boat is passing by the attractions known as “Yellow Cloth Shoal” and “The Painted Hill of Nine Horses”.

"Yellow Cloth Shoal" and "The Painted Hill of Nine Horses"

“Yellow Cloth Shoal” and “The Painted Hill of Nine Horses”

We are approaching Yangshuo.

We are approaching Yangshuo.

We are approaching Yangshuo.

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock.

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock

A busy dock,  leads toward the West Street teemed with bars and restaurants.

A busy dock

A busy dock

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Guilin:

Guilin City Tour from US$69 p/p
Guilin Li River Cruising Tour from US$95 p/p
Guilin Longsheng Guilin Day Tour from US$109 p/p

Guilin Yangshuo 3 Day Tour from US$229 p/p
Guilin Yangshuo Daxu Town 4 Day Tour from US$305 p/p
Guilin Longji Rice Terraces Yangshuo 4 Day Tour from US$369 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Things to do Guilin
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Li River Cruise
Daxu Ancient Town

Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Any questions, just drop a line.