Dee Walther of Leesburg captured this scenic view along the Li River, which runs through Guilin, in southwest China. The largely agricultural area dotted with picturesque eroded limestone formations has been memorialized for centuries on Chinese scrolls. Like the Great Wall and the terracotta soldiers of Xi'an, the Guilin area is now attracting many tourists. "It is certainly a more serene environment than seen in the large industrialized cities, which are full of high-rises, modern roadways and cars," Dee said. "On the Li River one can still see fishermen on their narrow bamboo rafts sending string-attached cormorants to dive the waters and bring up fish for them. And around every bend in the river is a new vista to observe."
COURTESY OF DEE WALTHER