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After the bitter era when China sent thousands of fully armed soldiers of their Peoples Army crossing the border to teach their tiny neighbor Vietnam in 1979, now is the time to change the tastes: China exports merchandises from high voltage electricity to sweet orange to their comrade brother.

I shot this picture while on the Long Bien Bridge looking down to its deck that serves as a small distribution center of fruit imported from China. These red cases contain oranges from Yangshuo, a location famous not only for the attractive hills and waters there, but also for its fertile farmlands, particularly for such fruits as sweet orange, tangerine and pomelo. Yangshuo is a small laid back town locates south of Guilin, along Lijiang River a haven to those who want to explore the area featured on the covers of many books about China published by National Geographic Society. Lijiang River is also the soul of Guilin scenery. It is the river of poems and paintings. The transparent river twists in and out among the grotesque pinnacles and hillocks like a jade ribbon. From Guilin to Yangshuo, the 83-km-long waterway forms a gallery of landscape painting. The scenery often changes with the changing days and seasons. Guilin is a fairyland in the world with its limestone karst mountains while Yangshuo with minority villages and terraced fields is really the backpackers' paradise. Cruising the Li River is indeed a wonderful experience, enjoyment and exploration, because it is always like an endless beautiful sonata of hills and waters with the wonderful scenery of peeks, rivers, sunshine and reflections on the water. The river forms a green gauze belt, the mountains are like blue jade hairpins.







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