On the second day of our visit to Yangshuo we did the river excursion to Xingping and Yangti; 3 hrs upstream from Yangshuo. The scenery near Xingping is even better than around Yangshuo. Great limestone formations rise up along the Li-river. People here make a living out of growing rice, grain and fruits, and making gunpowder. Our first stop would be in the tine village of Xingping. The village has a nice entrance gate from the Li-river, the other buildings in the village are farms. From Xingoing we continued our boattrip to Yangti. This is a little town with some small shops and much more activity than in Xingping. Both villages are very poor though. After having visited the town of Yangti we spent some hours swimming in the Li-river. Despite of bilharsia warnings we did this anyhow... the heat was just too much. We did not get infected. Then we returned to Yangshuo.