Li River Cruising

For anyone who has been to the Guilin area a cruise on the Li River is an obligatory part of the visit. Thankfully it’s an experience that actually lives up to the hype. The scenery is like one of those Chinese paintings, all contorted mountains, sculptural rocks and bamboo growing along the river banks, with fishermen on their bamboo rafts, except it’s actually there before you. The only slight ammendment I would note is that most of the bamboo rafts have now been replaced by rafts of exactly the same design made out of pvc pipes with the ends capped. I am still trying to work out how they get them to bend at either end, with heat I presume.
I was lucky enough to have taken this boat cruise before so I was able to focus on my drawing (and take a few pictures). I managed 12 pages of sketches before I gave up. Here is a selection.
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On most pages I’ve tried to fit in more than one drawing. The two objects in the upper right drawing are just two of the flotilla of cruise boats making the trip.
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I spent some time after we got back to the hotel adding some watercolour to some of the drawings. Here is one of the successful ones, others were not so successful.
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Hi to my sketching buddies

Hi folks, I am still having a great time sketching daily life and scenes of China, but the wheels have fallen off the uploading waggon in the last few places we’ve stayed and I haven’t been able to upload posts with pictures. So depending on how things go you may see no posts or lots of posts depending on the wifi.
A special shout out to Kestrelart, we went out last night (25 October) and saw the cormorant fishing. You know it may be set up for the tourists, but the birds don’t know that. It was a magical experience even though it took place next to a busy road, under a big traffic bridge and with jet planes going overhead. The fisherman just kept encouraging the bids to dive for fish. The birds were really getting among the fish and caught quite a few.

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I was able to get up close to the birds before and after the demonstration and they seem fit and well and pretty happy with their fishing family.

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Anyway I hope I will be able to send some more pictures soon.