The city of Guilin in subtropical south China has the reputation of having the country’s most beautiful scenery, famous for its green mountains, beautiful rivers, wonderful caves, fantastic rocks and unique natural landscape.
Guilin is the place making you close to nature. In Guilin you can appreciate the picturesque Lijiang River on the boat, see a reflection of the Water Moon Cave of the Elephant Trunk Hill on the water and enjoy the harmonious mixture of the Chinese and Western cultures in Yangshuo. Also you can see the terrace fields which reflect the intelligence and hard work of the laboring people and try a bowl of warm rice noodles in a food street to enjoy such a leisure life in Guilin.
Located in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin enjoys a pleasant subtropical monsoon climate, and is spring all year round. This tourist city features unique karst landform and beautiful mountains and rivers, boasting a large number of places of interest, such as the Solitary Beauty Peak, Elephant Trunk Hill, Folded Brocade Hill and Seven-Star Park, etc. Lijiang Scenic Area is indeed the soul of tour in Guilin. The Lijiang River originates from the Mao’er Hill in Xing’an County, Guilin. A boat excursion in the 83-kilometer-long Guilin-Yangshuo section is like sailing across a scroll of a magnificent traditional Chinese landscape, with the reflection of grotesque peaks, limpid water, green hills on both banks, cowboys singing and fishermen angling leisurely and farmer’s homes.
Guilin is also an ancient cultural city with a long history. There are many cultural heritages with a higher literary, historical or artistic value from the Han to the Qing dynasties and even to modern times, such as the Prince City of the Ming Dynasty, Guihai Stele Forest, Official Residence of Li Zongren, especially the water conservancy culture represented by the Ling Canal of the Qin Dynasty, the King Fan Culture of the Ming Dynasty represented by the Prince City, and the landscape culture represented by the cliffside stone inscriptions and landscape poems.
Guilin is home to multi ethnic groups living harmoniously here, including Zhuang, Miao, Yao and Dong. The beautiful mountains and rivers nourish the folklore and customs of these ethnic groups and make the city more attractive. The traditional long-drum dance of the Yaos is famous for its nice movements; the Yueye gathering of the Dongs is famous for its rich contents; the marriage customs of the Zhuangs are distinctive, such as song contest festival, throwing balls made of rolled colored silk, carrying a bride on the back, ladder-chopping, bridge-dismantling and singing in antiphonal style; wandering in the moonlight and 18 rules for antiphonal singing are the customs of the Miao youngsters to express their affection for each other. All these will make you forget to go back.