The Best 30 Flickr Photos from Guilin

Guilin is beautiful! Her rivers, lakes, and mountains are only a portion of that beauty — it’s also her people and their culture which help make Guilin such a marvelous city. We spent countless hours curating Flickr’s best images to bring you this inside look at the magic of Guilin. Enjoy!

The Best 30 Flickr Photos from Guilin

三十 A View of Guilin at Night

guilin night view 桂林夜景

Photo by Still92

二十九 River-crossing with Bicycle


Photo by Christopher Lewis

二十八 Sidewalk Calligraphy


Photo by Alan Lew

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

– Ibn Battuta

二十七 Biker with Umbrella

Biker with Umbrella

Photo by Bernd Thaller

二十六 Viewpoint Over the City of Guilin

Guilin, China

Photo by Peter Stewart

二十五 Sun & Moon Pagodas

Pagodas del Sol y la Luna (Guilin)

Photo by Domingo Leiva

二十四 Bamboo Boats in Guilin, China

Traffic On Water

Photo by LainaK-Wong

二十三 Yangshuo Intersection

Yangshuo, China

Photo by Bernd Thaller

二十二 Rainy Day in Guilin

Guilin Painting

Photo by Azam Abedi

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

– Oprah Winfrey

二十一 Reed Flute Cave, Guilin

Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China

Photo by Pierre Nordström

二十 River’s Bend a.k.a. Horseshoe Bend

River's Bend (Horseshoe Bend of Asia!!)

Photo by Dan Ballard

十九 On Jiefang Qiao Overlooking the Li River

De paseo en Guilin

Photo by Josemere

十八 Karst Window

Karst Window

Photo by Chris Kealy

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

– Mary Anne Radmacher

十七 Beautiful Sky in Guilin, China


Photo by Paul Reiffer

十六 View of Guilin from Fubo Hill

View on Guilin from Fubo Hill

Photo by Thomas Bächinger

十五 Portrait of a Guilin Local Man

guilin grandpa

Photo by John Marshall

十四 Cormorant Fisherman Stands Tall


Photo by Andy Beales

十三 Reflections in Still Water Inside the Reed Flute Cave

Lair of the Dark Knight

Photo by Peter Stewart

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”

– Henry David Thoreau

十二 Li River Fisherman

Li River Fisherman

Photo by Paul Weeks

十一 Downtown Intersection at Night

Guilin, China

Photo by Ilya

Expert Cobbler

Guilin, China

Photo by Michael Steverson

Cormorant Fishing on the Li River, China

The Old Fisherman

Photo by Daniel Cheong

Reflecting Sun Pagoda in Downtown Guilin

The Sun Tower // Ri Ta // 日塔

Photo by Vladimir Yaitskiy

Cormorant Fisherman with Lamp

Cormorant Fishermen ~  Interview with BlackRapid

Photo by Dan Ballard

Sun & Moon Pagodas

Sun and Moon Pagodas

Photo by Peter Stewart

Guilin Cormorant Fisherman Takes a Smoking Break

Smoking in the Blue Hour

Photo by Andy Beales

Early Morning Cormorant Fisherman in Guilin

Michael Steverson

Photo by Michael Steverson

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

– John Steinbeck

Awe-inspiring Campsite

TENTative Sunrise

Photo by Andy Beales

Portrait of a Guilin Local Woman

Les Marques du Temps

Photo by Daniel Cheong

Sunset at Longsheng Rice Terrace

Sunset at Longji Rice Terrace

Photo by Shashin Surti

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Opening image by Andy Beales

12 Breathtaking Images Of Hong Kong and Mainland China by Peter Stewart

What can we glean from looking through the eyes of someone else’s world travel? In the case of Peter Stewart, perhaps it’s as simple as the inspiration to travel.

In June of 2015 CLI first featured the photographic work of Peter Stewart. His images from China and throughout Asia inspired us so much that we could not resist another post. We hope this selection of Peter’s photography evokes your adventuresome spirit.


“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.”

– Henry Miller




“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

– Hilaire Belloc


“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”

– Kate Douglas Wiggin

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“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

– Joseph Campbell


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Walking through an abandoned Chinese fishing village

Let’s meander together through a long abandoned and wildly overgrown Chinese fishing village called Shengsi (嵊泗).   Overgrown-Chinese-Fishing-Village-19   Shengsi is located near the mouth of the Yangtze River just southeast from Shanghai(上海).   Abandoned-Chinese-Fishing-Village-18   Abandoned-Chinese-Fishing-Village-01   The trip from Shengsi to Shanghai takes just over four hours, including a 30 minute ferry ride. The distance from 嵊泗 to 上海 is just over 150km.   China-Fishing-Village-08   If you’re studying Chinese at the CLI Center then you’re about 1,600km from Shengsi.   Tang-Yuhong-Chinese-Fishing-Village-Series-13   abandoned-village-near-shangha-china-studycli   See more photos on our Instagram @studycli.   Yangtze-River-Chinese-Fishing-Village-21  

CLI Featured Photographer: Peter Stewart

Simply put, Peter Stewart’s photography is astonishing. His images, taken throughout China’s Guangxi Province, are vivid yet surreal. As a fine art travel photographer, Stewart often captures vast vistas not unlike early American Sublime painters Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Coles.   Peter_Stewart_River_of_Poems_And_Paintings-X2   According to his website, Peter is a self-described “Australian wandering nomad” currently based out of Hong Kong.   Peter_Stewart_Fisherman_In_Yangshuo   Peter_Stewart_IMG_1754-X2   “My passion [for photography] has always stemmed from travel and the desire to visit and document all the amazing places the world has to offer. My goal is simply to create images that make you go ‘wow’.” – Peter’s About page   PETER-STEWART-XINGPING-CHINA-KARST-PEAKS-FULL-RES-X2  

CLI Featured Photographer: Michael Steverson

Michael Steverson is an American born documentary and travel photographer living in Liuzhou, China. His work portrays the people and cultures of the places he visits while simultaneously evoking emotion and empathy for seemingly foreign lifestyles. Michael’s photography has been featured around the world, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The Smithsonian, CNN and The BBC.



Q: Can you tell us a bit of your personal story? Where are you from?

A: I am an American documentary and travel photographer, originally from Kentucky. My father was in the military and we moved around a lot when I was very young and I’m sure that’s why I became so interested in travel and other cultures; the wanderlust stuck. I was actually born in Germany, but my mother’s family is all from Kentucky and that’s where we settled after my father was killed in Vietnam in 1967. I was ten at the time.




Q:  How long have you lived in China? What first inspired you to come to China?

A: I’ve been in China now almost ten years. I worked in the music business, in radio and records, for almost all of my adult life and as the record business began to change, I found myself looking at other options. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do, only that I wanted to try and develop my love of photography into something more than a hobby. I wanted to take a leap and do something totally different and unexpected. China seemed very exotic and it more than met those requirements!




Q: How long have you studied Chinese?

A: Well, it began even before I came to China, off an on for about ten years. I began with a basic course of about ten CD’s while I was still in the States, all of it in a very standard Beijing accent. I was in for a rude awakening. I distinctly remember getting off the plane in Guangzhou and hearing loudspeaker announcements at the airport that I was certain weren’t being made in Chinese! Of course they were. I’ve had only a few years of formal language training and I still can’t read more than a few hundred characters, nonetheless I can communicate fairly well. My wife is Chinese and speaks English so she has been my teacher in most areas regarding Chinese. One obstacle that I personally find difficult is that there are so many different dialects spoken in the area I live and across China. It’s much more pronounced than just a regional accent, often totally different words and sounds and tones. Ask ten people in Liuzhou to pronounce the word “two” and you may well get ten pronunciations!




Q: Your photos often seem to have a sense of happenstance, as if you wandered into a new setting and met a stranger. How do you earn the trust of the people you meet? What sort of topics do you like to discuss with them?

A: The photos that appear to be happenstance usually are. I am indeed wandering, for the most part, and looking for candid moments. My goal is to try and capture these people in their environment without altering the scene or spontaneity in any way. I most often don’t communicate with my subjects before photographing them. That usually comes afterward. Those conversations almost always follow a pattern. First, they typically want to know why I am taking their photo. Then, it’s where I’m from, how long I’ve been in China and if I can speak Chinese – often asking me that question even though we’ve been speaking in Chinese… I ask them about their lives, same as you would anywhere. If they are local to the area, if they have kids, grandkids, what their jobs are. Those are the encounters that happen by chance. A great deal of my work is producing documentaries and photo essays for magazines and newspapers. Those encounters aren’t by chance of course and usually entail very specific questions and parameters designed to tell the story.



Q: Can you describe your most memorable chance encounter?

A: That’s difficult – there have been so many enriching encounters. One does come to mind. Early one morning in Liuzhou I took a photo of a man who was sitting alone in an alley and he absolutely objected. He caught me just as I released the shutter and the image reflects that emotion. He immediately stood up and walked past me and into his house, muttering some choice insults over his shoulder. I did my best then to try and win him over but it didn’t work. He wasn’t at all interested and kept walking so I felt bad. I went back to find him a week later, to give him a print of the photo. I found his adult daughter, a woman about my own age, and she invited me in for dinner. The old fella’ was there and was flabbergasted to see me. His daughter and son-in-law kept plying both of us with warm beer and over the course of about an hour he warmed up. He eventually took the photo and stuck it on the wall with a piece of gum (not kidding). Now every time I find myself in his neighborhood I stop in and we have a conversation. The photo is still there, I assume still adhering to the wall with that gum.


He caught me just as I released the shutter and the image reflects that emotion.


You can check out more of Michael’s work on his website including his portraits of Luo Meizhen, purportedly the oldest person in the world at 127.