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  Guilin

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major attractions

Elephant Trunk Hill
Reed Flute Cave
Seven Star Cave
Touring the Li River
Yangshuo

 
 

 

Guilin is said to be the most beautiful place on earth. The endless miles of limestone (karst) mountains, clear rivers and enchanting caves make Guilin the quintessential misty and mysterious Chinese landscape. It is a classical Chinese landscape painting brought to life which is not surprising as for centuries Guilin has been a source of inspiration for artists and poets in China. The unique and surreal beauty now draws admirers from around the world.

Guilin is situated on the Li River in the northeast of Guangxi. The city of Guilin covers an area of 4,200 sq km and has a population of 1.2 million. The name Guilin means the "forest of osmanthus trees", and along the riverside and throughout the city osmanthus (cassia) trees can be seen everywhere. Osmanthus wine and tea are specialties of the area.

Visitors to Guilin can enjoy the surrounding landscape as they stroll through the city, but itís worth venturing out to some of the imaginatively named limestone peaks to discover more of the history of the area, climb a few meters and gain a new perspective of the views. One of the most pleasant ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery is to take a cruise along the Li River and simply drift gently past the majestic limestone formations. After dark, night markets line the riverbank and the river is lit by the tiny lights of Guilinís cormorant fisherman as they float down the river to make their catch.

Guilin lies in the subtropical zone and can be visited throughout the year. Winters are mild and summers are hot with heavier showers. The cityís new airport is 30 minutes away from the city center and has excellent connections with all major mainland cities as well as Hong Kong.

 

 
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