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Half-Side Ferry

In Guilin, Guangxi Province, about two kilometers (1,243 miles) from the Xiushan Mountain, two villages lie on the west bank of the Li River - Crown Cave Village and Taoyuan Village. Though these villages are close in proximity, a steep hill blocks the connecting passage, forcing villagers take a ferryboat when traveling from one to the other. Now the area is a famous scenic spot, nicknamed Half-Side Ferry.

At Half-Side Ferry, mountain peaks tower towards the sky and the river flow dwindles. Surprisingly, trees and grasses take root between the narrow veins in the rock, beautifully growing against the stony backdrop as if hand-painted.

Opposite Half-Side Ferry is a village called Langzhou Village. Occasionally ferryboat cross the river, and when this happens three ports are used. Locals joke about this saying, "One ferryboat crosses the river, but needs to land three times."

Down stream from Yangdi to Xingpin, the river passes an endless procession of distinct peaks and bamboo groves and the stunning landscape. This part is the highlight of the cruise. Pinnacled peaks pop up and surprise visitors at each bend of the river. Water buffalos patrol on the fields; ducks paddle in the waters; peasants reap paddies in front of village houses; fishermen use the cormorants to catch the fish and return them to the boat and kids go home singing songs. All these create an idyllic and beautiful scene of the life removed from concrete cities.

A reputed attraction is Mural Hill, a 100-meter-high cliff face, which has been weathered and has stratified rock surface in various shades of colors. It is rumored that the colors present nine horses and a person who can identify them out is considered smart. Legendary stories are given to hill rocks and peaks and it is a delightful experience to appreciate the stunning landscape while listening to tour guide interpretation of the stories behind it

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