Guilin- an Enchanting City.
Guilin is known as a world famous tourist destination as well as a city of national, historical, and cultural significance. Since ancient times, Guilin has been known to Chinese people worldwide as "the most beautiful place under the heavens." Within the city, the beauty of the natural landscape and the depth of historical culture add radiance and beauty to each other. Guilin's fabulous landscape is the based on limestone karst formations that formed hundreds of millions of years ago when Guilin was under the ocean. This landscape is characterized by green mountains, sparkling waters, gorgeous caves and statuesque monoliths, which have lured countless poets to express their love for Guilin in poem and mesmerized a great many tourists for thousands of years. The moderate subtropical climate in Guilin presents a winter that never goes below freezing and summers full of sunshine. The integration of the magnificently beautiful scenery, unique minority folk customs, and historical culture have formed the unique urban landscape that is Guilin.
Top Ten Sites of Guilin:
I. Li River
Originating at the highest peak of South China, Mao'er Mountain, the Li River is surrounded by stunning karst formations. Seen from the panoramic view, the Li River is felt by Chinese to strongly resemble a jade silk ribbon snaking through thousands of strange peaks. Hence, the Li River is known by the expression "the hundred-mile Li River is a hundred-mile picturesque gallery."
II. Two Rivers and Four Lakes
The Two Rivers and Four Lakes scenic spot refers to the water system which encircles downtown Guilin. It is composed of the Li River, Peach Blossom River, Banyon Lake, Fir Tree Lake, Osmanthus Lake and Wooden Dragon Lake. These form a park system that builds a belt around the downtown of Guilin.
III. Jingjiang Prince City
Located in downtown Guilin near the banks of the Li River, the ancient Jingjiang Prince City was constructed 640 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. Jingjiang Prince City is home to the oldest campus of Guangxi Normal University, and the only campus nationwide to receive a 5A rating from China's National Tourism Bureau. Solitary Beauty Peak rises from the middle of Prince's City and is known as the "King of Guilin Mountains." Jingjiang Prince City possesses China's best-preserved city wall constructed during the Ming Dynasty and includes ancient architecture throughout. Jinjiang Prince City has stood the test of time and witnessed the ups of downs of Guilin's fame.
IV. Longji Rice Terraces
Enjoying the reputation as the world's best terraces, Longji Rice Terraces coil from the foot of the mountains to the many summits like a dragon's spine. The terraces are scattered tier upon tier forming a patchwork pattern. The ribbings of the terraces stretch smoothly as floating clouds and flowing water. Appreciating from a panoramic view, you will be fascinated by its boundless magnificence. It's an exquisite masterpiece created by the integration of man and nature. It also shows how ancient agricultural culture has been passed down to future generations.
It's said that Guilin's landscape is "the most beautiful under the heavens, and Yangshuo landscape is the most beautiful part of Guilin." Yangshuo is a river town entirely embraced by marvelous karst mountains that stretch for more than 100km. Along with the nearby emerging villages of Yangdi and Xingping, Yangshuo fully displays the breathtaking magnificence of the Li River's scenery. West Street embodies globalization as east meets west.
VI. Mao'er Mountain
Known as the number one peak of South China, Mao'er Mountain is named after its summit which resembles a gigantic, reclining cat. Mao'er Mountain connects with the Yangtze River system and Pearl River system; Mao'er Mountain is the lifeblood to Guilin's scenery. Here you will find Guilin's most beautiful sunrise amidst a sea of clouds. Gazing into the distance on the top of the mountain, you have a panoramic view of the awe-inspiring scenery at the foot of the mountain.
VII. Ginkgo Forest of Haiyang Village
Located in Guilin's Lingchuan County, leaves turn to an amber hue, yellow glow, and dark rose in Haiyang Village. Here every autumn, ginkgo leaves fall in profusion constituting an exceedingly beautiful fairy tale in Guilin.
VIII. Lingqu Canal
Located in Guilin's Xing'an County, Lingqu Canal is one of the oldest canals worldwide and a marvelous masterpiece of man-made wonder. Lingqu Canal has been irrigating northern Guangxi for thousands of years.
IX. Bajiaozhai in Ziyuan County
Named from the eight horns projecting like eight valorous dragons, Bajiaozhai has not undergone excessive development. The original beauty of the mountains and rivers is well preserved.
X. Ancient Town of Daxu
Built in 200B.C, Daxu is located in the middle reaches of the Li River. Daxu used to be foremost among the four ancient market towns in Guangxi. Meandering through Daxu, you can encounter antique cobbled roads and well-preserved ancient houses between the stone paths, which altogether draw a picture of Daxu with antique sensibility. A clear brook flows through the town offering the pleasure of tranquility and primitive simplicity.
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