Lingchuan County is close to the northern end of Guilin. The Green Lion Pond Reservoir in the county is the largest manmade lake in north Guangxi; Ancient Town of Daxu is one of the four famous towns in Guangxi; and Gudong Waterfall flows down all year round and is known for its limpid water.
Green Lion Pond
On the upper reaches of the Lijiang River, 28 kilometers from the city proper of Guilin, Green Lion Pond is the most important project on the Lijiang River to supply water and control floods. Green Lion Pond is composed of East, West and Gongping lakes, with a total area of 170 square kilometers. The lake surface is about 30 square kilometers; the land area comes to 141.7 square kilometers; and the lake holds 600 million cubic meters of water.
Green Lion Pond sits at the foot of a green mountain in the shape of a lion, hence the name. Taking a boat tour on the lakes is a great enjoyment. Gongping Lake has a vast expanse of blue waves; and East Lake is winding and tortuous, with deep gorges on both sides. In the area where the lakes are located, primitive forests and a vast sea of bamboo form a unique landscape, with ethnic minority villages scattered here and there.
Located at confluence of Daxu Town on the eastern bank of the Lijiang River and Caoping Bai Township, Gudong Waterfall is 26 kilometers from Guilin. As a water source of the local people, Gudong Waterfall flows down all year round and is known for its limpid water. The waterfall pours down from a 13-step staircase, step by step, each step showing its distinct characteristics. You will feel the waterfall is like a cloth strip, waving gently in the wind; it sends up myriads of sprays, glittering like rainbows in the three colors of green, white and brown in the sunlight; sometimes it is thin, smooth and transparent, through which you can see rocks behind it; sometimes it looks like snowflakes flying in the sky, or round jade pearls rolling on rocks, presenting a scenic marvel.
The Gudong Waterfall drops down from a height of 90 meters, with an average width of 20 meters. The forest coverage rate of the waterfall cluster reaches 96 percent. In the forest area, you can find towering ancient trees, dotted with red maple trees. Ancient trees are twined with ancient rattans, with streams running through them. It is the closest park to Guilin consisting of waterfalls, landscapes, ancient town, fields and forest.
Daxu Ancient Town
Perched on the eastern bank of the Lijiang River, the Ancient Town of Daxu is 18 kilometers from Guilin and one of the four major towns in Guangxi. In the era when water transport prevailed, it was a bustling town. The old streets along the river in the town are kept in their original state, and Wan-shou Bridge, an ancient stone bridge in the town, was constructed in the Ming Dynasty. You can go to Maozhou Islet by boat. On the islet, there are orchards, vegetable plots, fishing ponds and farmer’s cottages, presenting fascinating rural scenery. That’s why the Daxu Ancient Town is one of the favorite destinations in the countryside for the people of Guilin.