Guillin

Guillin 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 the karst landmass in the Lijiang River basin have inspired the saying:The landscape of Guillin is unmatched under heaven.

Yangshuo: Yangshuo Country is enhanced by beautiful natural landscape. Hence the saying, The landscape of Yangshuo is unmatched in Guillin.

Reed-Flute Rock: A cave is found in the middle of Guangming Mountain in the northwestern suburbs of Guillin. Legend has it that the reed growing by the cave’s mouth could be made into flutes, thus the Cave’s name Reed Flute Cave. There are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink on the wall inside the cave dating back to A.D. 792 during the Tang Dynasty. The horse hoof-shaped cave has many stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains and stone flowers in numerous forms. The cave is called an Art Palace of Great Nature.

Lingqu Canal: The Lingqu Canal, dug in 214 B.C., is one of the three big water conservation projects of ancient China and the oldest existing canal in the world.

Lijiang River: The most beautiful scenes in Guillin are found along the Lijiang River. The hills beyond hills with their reflections in the crystal water are like fairy land, the green bamboo greets you all the way along the river in the breeze; the water buffaloes eating grass casually; the ducks swimming along the river; the fisherman fishing or catnapping on the bamboo rafts with his cormorants resting peacefully next to him, it’s God dotted landscape. Serenity is a word poet tried to describe, story-book-mountains is kids say about the hills. Chinese traditional paintings are what Chinese artists have being trying to depict the scenery for thousands of years. But the natural beauty of the Lijiang River is indeed beyond any descriptions, you have to be there to see with your own eyes and to feel with your own heart.

Elephant Trunk Hill: It looks like an elephant drinking water at the confluence of the Taohua River and the Lijiang River. A round open space between the elephant trunk and its body is called Water-Moon Cave. At a clear night the moon seems to fall on the bottom of the water and at the same time float on the water surface.

Seven-Star Park: The Seven-Star Park is the largest park in Guilin. The Seven-Star Cave, known in ancient time as Xi Xia Cave, is located deep in Putuo Mountain in the park. The one million-year-old cave was originally a section of a underground river. The three characters of Xi Xia Cave were carved on stone at the cave’s mouth in 509 A.D. during the Sui Dynasty. For hundreds of years local people believed the cave was the residence of immortals.

The Mountain of Splendid Hues: The mountain consists of many layers of variously colored rocks. Folded Brocade Hill Towering over Lijiang’s west bank, Folded Brocade Hill lies in the northern part of Guillin city. The name is derived from its queer-looking rocks which are broken horizontally. Folded Brocade consists of Yueshan Hill, Look-on-All-Direction Hill, Crane Peak and Bright Moon Peak. The Wind Cave runs from north to south halfway up the hill, with a cool breeze blows inside it in all seasons. It features 90 Buddha images of the Tang and Song dynasties, as well as dozens of ancient stone carvings. After passing through the Wind Cave, you come to the Face-the -Cloud Pavilion, Over-the-River Pavilion, and finally the summit of Bright moon Peak, where Catch-the -Cloud Pavilion commands a splendid view of tourist attraction was already famous back in the Tang Dynasty, or some 1,000 years ago.

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