for its wonderful scenery, rivers and karst peaks covered in lush
greenery, Guilin has a long history as the most beautiful place in
China. Established in the Qin Dynasty as a regional power base for the
first emperor of China, Guilin's population exploded to around a
million during the 1930s when the city was a Communist stronghold
against the Japanese. In recent decades, although development and
exploding tourism are changing the face of this beautiful city, Guilin
has remained one of China's greenest and scenic cities.
situated along the Lijiang River, which is a favorite travel
attraction in itself. The beauty of the water and the karst peaks
towering into the sky have attracted travelers to this area for
to the Lijiang River runs Zhongshan Road, Guilin's main street. In the
middle of the city on both sides of Zhongshan Road are Banyan
Lake and Fir Lake respectively, each a beautiful park in its own
right. To the north stands Solitary
Beauty Peak, Guilin's most prominent karst peak. Along the Lijiang
River are two more peaks, Wave
Subduing Hill and Elephant
Trunk Hill, each proudly showing off Guilin's unique scenery.
Elsewhere in the city is the immense Seven
Star Park with seven peaks and six caves as well as pavilions and
gardens to enjoy. Lastly, on the northwestern outskirts of town is Reed
Flute Cave, one of the area's wonderful underground sights.
Guilin is a very beautiful place, many travelers simply pass though
Guilin on the way to their true destination, Yangshuo.
Yangshuo is 83 kilometers along the Lijiang River, settled amongst the
most beautiful part of the Lijiang River's karst scenery. Less than 2
hours by bus, Yangshuo has become something of a backpacker's legend
and the relaxed pace of life, good food (including some great western
cuisine), friendly people, scenic beauty, flat landscape of rice
fields and streams perfect for cycling make it paradise for all those
who wish to get a rest from the harsher aspects of life in China.
Yangshuo's best sights include Moon
Hill with its local villages and caves, Green
Lotus Peak, and Yangdi