Covering an area of two square kilometers (0.8 square miles), the West Hill Park is the second largest comprehensive park in Guilin, next to the Seven-Star Park. There are many things that make West Hill Park special, and one thing you may like is that this park doesn’t seem touristy.
Located two kilometers west of Guilin city center, the West Hill Park is composed of West Hill, Hidden Hill, and West Lake. Guilin Museum is located in this park.
The West Hill, which was a sacred place for Buddhist in ancient China, is well-known for Buddhist statues. The hill is surrounded by a lake called West Lake, by which stands Xi Qingling Temple which was one of the five most famous Buddhist temples during the Tang Dynasty. Today, over 200 Buddhist statues which were made in Tang Dynasty still remain on the cliff, each showing its own unusual expression and manner, hence they are acclaimed as the high-quality Cliffside Buddhist statues in Guilin.
West Hill consists of a number of towering peaks, such as West Peak, Goddess of Mercy Peak, Dragon Head Peak, and Qianshan Peak. Among them, West Peak, which is 357 meters above sea level, is the highest peak of the hill. West Peak Pavilion in West Peak is the best spot for you to appreciate the “Afterglow at West Hill”.
As the hill hides itself in the center of West Lake, you can go to the hill only by boat, hence the name Hidden Hill. It is a famed hill with a history of 1,000 years. A total of 85 stone inscriptions from the Tang Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty are preserved in the hill. Hidden Hill features six caves, which are named Chaoyang, Baique, Jialian, Xiyang, Nanhua and Beiyou caves. All caves are connected with each other, making the hill hollow. The paths leading to the hilltop are gentle, so it’s easy to climb up to the top.
Located by the entrance to the West Hill, Guilin Museum displays historical and cultural relics of Guilin, customs of minority people in Guangxi, gifts and presents sent by international friends, porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The most valuable collection must be more than 300 pieces of blue-and-white porcelain plum vase of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). The number and value rank first in the country.
Transport: It can be reached by bus No. 3, 14 or 89.