Li River (cont.)
 
At the town of Yangshuo, a “dream within a dream,” one can continue to explore this nourishing landscape by bicycle, leisurely traversing narrow dirt paths that wind across  flat, wonderfully fertile farm land. There are a myriad of crop fields, gardens, oxen, fowl, and fish ponds. Everywhere is the benign, ordered look of cultivation. Farmers pass on foot with an energetic “Ni hao!” or frequently “Hello!.”   And everywhere, like stoically meditating giants, loom the fantastic peaks seen only passingly from the river. There is a harmony in this landscape inhabited not by elite aesthetes of old but by the friendly farmers who feed the most populous country on earth.