Guilin, located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China, is considered to be the pearl of China's thriving tourist industry on account of the natural beauty and historic treasures. “East or west, Guilin landscape is best!'” The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills or karsts, with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters and wonderful caves make Guilin such an appealing destination. Although when Guilin is mentioned, the city's beautiful natural scenery will come to people's minds more vividly than its history.
In fact, with the exception of its astonishing Karst landscape, Guilin City also boasts a long history that can be traced back for 10,000 years. Because of its rich resources and advantageous geographical position, especially during the period of the War of Resistance against Japan, Guilin was the resistance cultural center with a great number of active intellectuals. Benefiting from the solid political situation, the local culture also received further development during this period.
Guilin was once the center of the noted Lingnan Culture which is a typical regional culture. Fortunately, there are a number of historic sites left in Guilin City for travelers to appreciate its past splendid culture, such as the ancient Mansion of Prince Jingjiang, which is the best preserved mansion of the Prince in the Ming Dynasty. Therefore, Guilin's history and culture are balanced with its natural wonder. Guilin Highlights
The Li River, a river in Guangxi Province, enjoys the reputation of being a "River Art Gallery" and originates in the Mao'er Mountains in Xing’an County and flows in the general southern direction through Guilin, Yangshuo and Pingle. Its cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. Cruising on the river is enjoyable no matter what the weather is like.
Now starts our impressive Li River trip from section to section: Elephant Trunk Hill Situated majestically on the western bank of the River, the hill resembles an elephant sucking water from the river with its long trunk; Daxu Town, the ancient town keeps in its antique style from the Ming Dynasty, people in the town are very kind to tourists; Crown Cave, its name from a crown-like crag, is a wonderland of various stalactite, stone pillars and rock formations in the cave; Yangshuo, located some 90 kilometers south of Guilin City, is a small town but well-known among foreigners and the enchanting fairyland of Yangshuo is renowned as the best in Guilin. The scenery along the Li River becomes one of China's top tourist destinations with its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis.
Facts in Guilin
Guilin is a city that rather compact when compared with other major tourist cities in the country. There are many ways to get around in Guilin. Good air, train and bus services and systems are available from most part of China and abroad. The most convenient to get around for tourists is to take a tour but taxi's are plentiful and the city is flat so bicycle is also an option. The city has a sub-tropical monsoon climate with four mild and distinctive seasons. So the weather there in January is the coolest and July is the hottest. Warm clothes are recommended for winter-wear, while in spring and autumn something lighter with a woolen sweater will be comfortable. For summer is the rainy season, always remembered to bring an umbrella with you. It would be wise to bring sun block with you and some medicine to prevent heatstroke and insect.