It is by no
means necessary to make additional acclaim to Guilin--the attractions
here speak for themselves. Asked which of China's natural
scenery is the best to visit, a vast majority of mainlander's are sure
to point to the beautiful karst scenery of the Guilin area, as the
ancient Chinese saying goes: Guilin's attractions top the world.
city itself there are a wealth of good sights to be seen, and a little
geographic tour here should guide you. Parallel to the Lijiang River
runs Zhongshan Road, Guilin's main street. In the middle of the city
on both sides of the road are the Banyan
and Fir Lakes respectively, each beautiful parks in their
own right. To the north stands Solitary
Beauty Peak, Guilin's most prominent karst peak while 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 this area's most wonderful underground sights.
Of course few
people coming to Guilin will skip a visit to the Lijiang River which
bends all around this region curving around the many karst peaks.
Withstanding the exorbitant cost, thousands of people still take the
Lijiang Tour, during which you can see a plethora of these beautiful
yet strange hills as you glide your way down- or up- stream. Many head
for the popular little town of Yangshuo.
If you are interested by ancient Chinese history, the Ling
Canal is also definitely a place not to miss, for it was
constructed under orders from the first emperor of China. However,
this is only for the enthusiasts being a good 70km from the city.
the past few years, has become the ultimate haven for tired
backpackers, with its picturesque Fuli
Lotus Peak and Moon