Attraction & Sightseeing In Guilin
Star Park is one of the best urban parks in China and has something
for just about everyone.
park is named after the seven peaks located throughout here that are
shaped like the Big Dipper constellation. Amongst the peaks are
several explorable caves, including "Seven Star Cave", which
are quite famous for having stalagmites, stalactites and other natural
formations that resemble animals and landscapes.
rest of this fantastic park is filled with trees and gardens. With its
beautiful peaks, caves and gardens, this park has enough to keep any
visitor entertained for hours.
may wish to avoid the park zoo however, as conditions in Chinese zoos
can be upsetting for animal lovers.
to get there: Take Bus No. 9, 10, or 11 from the railway
Open: 7:00am-9:30pm daily.
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Beauty Peak (Duxiu Feng) is one of Guilin's most prominent karst
peaks and is located in the city center.
you are willing to make the 306 step trek to the peak, you will be
rewarded with fantastic views of Guilin, the Lijiang River, and the
surrounding peaks. However, the stairs are very steep and reaching the
top can be dangerous. Depending on the weather and your experience
level, it may be best to explore only part of the way.
stairs to the peak start from a Ming dynasty palace on the eastern side
of the peak, where a RMB4 entrance fee is charged.
How to get there: From the Guilin
Railway Station, Bus No.1 reaches the west side entrance and Bus No. 2
goes along the eastern side of the peak.
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Subduing Hill (Fuboshan), yet another of Guilin's karst
mountains, has one of the most unique and interesting shapes of all the
hills around here and contains many interesting sights. The mountain
itself resembles a wave reaching up to the sky and descending down into
sights on the hill include a temple to the Wave Subduing General (Fubo
Jiangjun), after whom the hill is named. Elsewhere on the hill,
Returned Pearl Cave and Thousand Buddhas Cave are also great places to
see some Tang and Song Buddhist statues. Lastly, the Wave Listening
Pavilion, on the southeast cliff of Fuboshan, is a great place to view
the surrounding area. Built in 1964, while not ancient, the Pavilion is
a great place to relax and take in the natural beauty of the Guilin
to get there: Bus No. 2 takes you near to the hill or you can
reach it by bicycle.
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most beautiful and unique peaks are along the Lijiang River between
Yangshuo and Yangdi Village,
which is about a third of the way to Guilin from Yangshuo. Look for
"Crown Rock", "Mandarin Ducks Play in the Water",
"Nine Horses Mountain", "Screw Mountain",
"Mural Hill" and many other strange and fascinating peaks
along the way to Yangdi.
to get there: This trip can be cut short by taking a boat to
Yangdi and then doing part of the return trip by bus, with a total time
of around 6 hours. The price of the tour varies by season, at around
RMB30 in the Winter and RMB60 or more in the Summer. Be sure to bargain
and shop around (as some local travel agencies can charge as much as
RMB100 for the trip to Yangdi).
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