Guilin is one of the popular
travel destinations in China. It is located in the northeast
of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region southwestern China,
with a history of more than 2,000 years. The city covers
565 square kilometers, with a population of 600,000.
Guilin is hailed by many as the most beautiful place
in China and is one of the "must-see" destinations
for most foreign tourists. According to an old Chinese
scenery tops all others under heaven." Its fantastic
green karst peaks, shapely-rising limestone towers and
crystal-clear rivers are often portrayed in Chinese
artworks. Adding to its natural beauty are many fascinating
Guilin lies in a basin
surrounded by the Yuecheng Range, Haiyang Mountain,
Jiaqiao Range and Tianping Mountain. The altitude is
140-160 meters. Karst caves and stone forests
feature the wonderful natural ecological environment
of Guilin. Li River is meandering through Guilin from
north to south, passing through Yangshuo, Pingle and
Zhaoping, and finally meets the Xi (West) River at Wuzhou.
The 83-kilometer-long section between Guilin and Yangshuo
is the highlight and the most beautiful part. The plants
in Guilin belong to the southern green plants of the
sub-tropical evergreen forests, with a variety of 2,329
species, which fall into 247 divisions and 969 sections.
There are 1,593 kinds of animals in Guilin, falling
into 60 divisions and 295 subdivisions.
In 1985 and 1991, Guilin mountains
and rivers ranked the second place both in the
top ten places of Interests and in the Forty Best
Tourism Attractions in China. In 1998, China National
Tourism Administration conferred Guilin as one
of the Top Tourist Cities in China.
What Is The Best
Time To Travel To Guilin?
Guilin sits in a subtropical
monsoon zone with a warm and moist climate, which
is moderate all year round. However be prepared
for a bit of rain, with annual precipitation amounts
of 1900mm. The average temperature all year round
is 19°C(66F). The coldest temperatures occur
in January at 8°C(46F) and the hottest occur
in July at 28°C(82F). The best time to travel
to Guilin is from April to October.
in Guilin during each month of the year
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Elephant Trunk Hill is located on the western
bank of Li River Scenery, at the confluence
of Li River and the Peach Blossom River (Taohuajiang).
It obtained its name because the mountain
resembles closely an elephant stretching its
nose drinking water on the river bank. It
is known as a symbol of Guilin landscape.
The Wind Cave en route to the top has Ming-
and Song-era poetry inscribed on the walls,
and Buddhist sculptures, some of them damaged
by the Red Guards. The twin peaks of the 73-m
high hill are named Bright Moon Crane and
Seeing Around the Hill. Both offer views of
the city and the river.
The stalagmites and stalactites of this cave
are magically lit, and present an extraordinary
underground vista. The great limestone galleries
lead to petrified accretions that have adopted
fantastical shapes over the millennia. All
have names, and some of them are clearly as
described, while others are fanciful or depend
on poetic licence.
Li River is regarded as the essence of Guilin
scenery and has long been famous and known
to all over the world. With its amazing beauty,
this pearl is authorized to be shown in the
first batch of state-level scenic area list
by State Council as early as in 1982. What
more, in 2007, Li River is approved as one
of the national 5-A scenic spots.
The park gets its name from its peaks being
aligned more or less in the same configuration
as the stars of the Plough in the Ursa Major
(Great Bear) constellation. Adjacent to the
park are stone stelae (standing stones) carved
with calligraphy at the Guilin Forest of Stone
Inscriptions. The Guilin Zoo is also here.
Yangshuo is where cruises downriver from Guilin
finish. The town has the same advantages as
Guilin, in terms of its location among the
limestone hills, but without the hassles,
hype, and overcharging of that city. The Yangshuo
waterfront, however, is a noisy tourist-trap
of souvenir stalls and photogenic cormorant
fishermen who want payment for pictures taken.
Away from the riverside, the village lives
up to its 'more genuine' reputation, and is
a good place for strolling around. On the
Li River, some 80km south of Guilin. The bus
from Guilin takes less than 2 hours.
Guilin Travel Information
a total population of 4,951,100 in the city and surrounding
areas, Guilin is currently home to 12 ethnic nationalities.
8.5% of the population is made up of 11 minority nationalities
including Zhuang, Hui, Yao and Dong etc..
Guilin covers an area of 27,809
square km and has 5 districts (Diecai, Qixing,
Xiufeng, Xiangshan, Yanshan) and 12 counties (Yangshuo,
Lingui, Lingchuan, Xing’an, Quanzhou, Ziyuan,
Longsheng, Yongfu, Lipu, Gongcheng, Pingle and
Local snacks include Rice Noodle
and Nun Noodle. Delicacies of Guilin include chestnut
glutinous rice dumplings, stewed duck with gingko,
lotus-leaf duck and stewed duck with ginger.
Performances in Guilin are as refreshing as its
natural beauty. Liu Sanjie, a cultural performance
directed by famous Chinese Director, Zhang Yimo,
stages more than 600 local fishermen in the natural
landscape of Yangshuo. The one-hour performance
will surely be an eye-opener.
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