Guilin

Guilin

Guilin is an ancient city on the shore of the mesmerizing Lijiang River in northeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The serene mountains, sparkling waters, and exotic rocks typical of karst landmasses in the Lijiang River basin have inspired the saying, “The landscape of Guilin is unmatched under Heaven.”  Guilin was originally a vast expanse of sea until about 190 million years ago, when, owing to the movement of the earth’s crust, the whole area rose and became land. The limestone bedrock, weathered and eroded by water, became today’s fantastic stone forests, peaks, underground streams and caves, thus adding truly unique features to Guilin’s already beautiful scenery.

The Lijiang River

The 51-mile long Lijiang River starts in Guilin and flows all the way to Yangshuo, adding a dream-like charm to the already picturesque landscape of Guilin. Winding through the mountains and past the villages, the Lijiang River is an ever-present witness to the fantastic peaks, clear green waters and festooned fields of the area.

Yangshuo

The essence of Yangshuo County resides in the ethereal landscape that surrounds it. It was once said, “The landscape of Yangshuo is unmatched in Guilin.” Mountains standing to the south, west and north hem in Yangshuo. The mountains extend like the petals of a beautiful lotus flower.

Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave is located on the southern shoulder of Guangming Hill, 4 miles northwest of the city. The cave is 788 feet deep and one third of a mile long. Reed Flute Cave is a marvelous limestone cave containing a large number of colorful and imposing stalactites, stalagmites, rocky curtains, and cave corals. It is a favorite destination for both the visitors and locals of Guilin.

Festoon Hill

This hill consists of many layers of various colored rocks. It is reminiscent of multicolored melted wax, a sight that should not be missed.

Elephant Trunk Hill

The Elephant Trunk Hill is located at the joining point of the Lijiang and Yangjiang Rivers and, as its name suggests, looks very much like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk. Half way up the hill, there is a cave that punctures the surface of the hill, serving as the eyes of the “elephant.” At the top of the hill, there is a pagoda named the Puxian Pagoda, erected in the Ming Dynasty. It resembles a sword hilt, or a magic vase, depending on your mood. Elephant Trunk Hill is regarded as the emblem of Guilin.

Lingqu Canal

The Lingqu Canal, dug in 214 BC, is one of the three largest water conservation projects of ancient China and the oldest existing canal in the world. Lingqu canal provided a transportation route for Emperor Qin’s crusade against southern China, thus making it possible for him to unify the whole country. Lingqu Canal is divided into the northern and the southern sections, with a total length of 21miles.

Seven Star Park

The Seven Star Park is on the eastern side of the Li River, which covers 296 acres and includes peaks, rivers, caves, gardens and relics. Putuo Peak is the most premier attraction of the park because of its karst caves and pavilions. Among the caves is Seven Star Cave, which was an underground river a million years ago. There are three stories written in the cave. The middle is 2,670 feet long and is open to visitors. Fantastic stalactites and stalagmites in the cave are very attractive. The pavilions on Putuo Peak are also exquisite.

Other Attractions

Duxiu Peak, Nanxi Park, the Taohua River, the Giant Banyan, and the Hoashan & Lijiang National Folklore Park