On the eastern bank of the Lijiang River, Seven-Star Park is 1,200 meters from the city proper and covers an area of over one million square meters. Hence it is the largest and oldest park with the most scenic sights in the city proper of Guilin.
As early as over 1,000 years ago in the Sui and Tang dynasties, it was a tourist attraction. Now the park includes Flower Bridge, Sever-Star Cave, Seven-Star Square, Qixia Temple, Camel Hill, Putuo Hill, Crescent Hill, Crescent Tower, Longyin Rock (Guihai Stele Forest), and so on.
Located at the place where Lingjian Stream and the Lesser East River meet and by the western gate of the Seven-Star Park, the bridge was first constructed in the Song Dynasty, and was originally named Jiaxi Bridge. Colorful flowers grow luxuriantly on both banks, hence the name Flower Bridge. The bridge has been renovated several times because of floods. This roofed bridge is in the shape of a bow, 135 meters long, just like the wind-and-rain bridge of the Dong people. The bridge has 9 arches, including 4 in the water and 5 on the land, and each of them is like a full moon. The “Rainbow Shallow of the Flower Bridge” is one of the eight famous scenic sights of Guilin.
Known as the first cave under the heaven since ancient time, this cave was a tourist attraction more than 1,000 years ago. Then the visitors held torches to go into the cave. Now some traces of torches can still be seen in the cave. The cave has over 40 tourist attractions.
Lying at the foot of the Seven-Star Cave, Qixia Temple was first constructed in the Tang Dynasty, and was renamed Shoufo Nunnery in the Ming Dynasty. In 1651 during the Qing Dynasty, Monk Hunrong rebuilt Qixia Temple on the old site of Shoufo Nunnery and lived in the temple for more than 50 years. Hunrong was good at composing poems and liked to make friends. When he served as abbot of Qixia Temple, pilgrims, officials and scholars came to the temple in succession all year round. The present Qixia Temple was rebuilt a few years ago.
Walking out of the Seven-Star Cave, you will come to the Camel Hill, which is in the shape of a camel. In 1976 when former President Nixon of the United States paid a visit to Guilin, he planted a friendship tree in front of the hill. In 1998, former President Clinton of the United States made a speech on environmental protection in front of the hill during his visit to Guilin.
Potted Landscape Garden and Weird Rocks Hall
On the southern side of the Camel Hill, the garden and hall cover an area of over 4,000 square meters. Potted landscape Garden is divided into three parts: water rock landscape, pillar landscape and milky rock landscape, and presents the most representative potted landscapes in the area of Guangdong and Guangxi. Square bamboo in the garden is also a rare treasure. Weird Rocks Hall includes four exhibition halls to display the rocks with weird shapes, charms and demeanors, and selected precious rocks, respectively, over 8,000 in total.
Located to the south of the Putuo Hill, the Crescent Hill is composed of Yuheng Peak, Kaiyang Peak and Yaoguang Peak, which form a shape of Big Dipper together with the four peaks of the Putuo Hill. The Crescent Tower Restaurant at its northern foot has a history of over 100 years of serving vegetarian cuisine, of which vegetarian noodles are the most famous.
The Crescent Hill is adjacent to the Lesser East River in the west, and Banyue Pavilion on halfway up the hill is the best spot to appreciate Flower Bridge.
It stands on the Crescent Rock halfway up the Crescent Hill in the northwest. In the Qin Dynasty, it was the Crescent Hill Temple, with two stories. The second floor was the Hall for Goddess of Mercy, and the first floor was the Grand Hall. During the War of Resistance against Japan, it was the main battlefield for defending Guilin. The temple was destroyed in the war. Xiaoguanghan Tower was built on the old site, which is linked with Jinjiang Pavilion. Standing at the tower, you can have a panoramic view of the towering peaks and the rivers flowing endlessly.
Walking out of the Jinjiang Pavilion, you will go to the well-known Longyin Cave through the gate of the Crescent Hill. Longyin cave was originally a branch of the Lesser East River, and people have to go boating in the cave. Later a road was paved to provide conveniences to tourist. The most attractive in the cave are two lifelike natural dragons on the sunken part of the roof.
Longyin Rock (Guihai Stele Forest)
It is a place gathering over 220 cliffside stone carvings from the Sui Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty in Guilin, with the contents involving politics, economy, military affairs, documents and ethnic relations, in the forms of poems, inscriptions, essays, couplets, images, letters, etc. They are in regular, cursive, official and seal scripts. The Chinese character “佛” (Buddha) left in the Qing Dynasty looks like a pair of old hands holding joss sticks to pay homage to Buddha in a distance. The image of Goddess of Mercy carved in 1665 during the Qing Dynasty is an excellent work of art, with fine lines, a full face, three small images on the hair knot, an extra eye on the forehead and beards over the lips. The most valuable is the tablet reflecting the struggles among different schools in the Yuan Dynasty.
Transport: It can be reached by bus No. 10, 11, 14, 28, 30, 31, 52 and 58.