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Guilin was China’s first tourist destination, its beauty and potential spotted as far back as the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It remains one of the country’s most visited spots today. The beauty of the surrounding landscape has for centuries inspired many artists, poets and old sayings alike - ‘Guilin’s scenery is best among all under heaven’ - the Li River meandering amongst towering karst peaks and lush greenery is certainly breathtaking.
The city of Guilin itself is a clean and modern city, sat on the banks of the Li. There are plenty of dramatic karst hills to climb and fascinating caves to explore in and around the city, but it is best known as a jump off point for the famous cruise to Yangshuo. Usually taking four to five to float your way downstream, every river bend brings a fantastic new view – water buffalo wallowing in the shallows, conical hatted farmers tending their rice paddies and fishermen waiting for a bite. Yangshuo itself is set amongst even more gorgeous rurality – vivid green foliage and more ragged peaks – it is easy to see why the area is so popular.
No trip to Guilin would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.
Enjoy a magical cruise lined with striking jagged karst peaks and lush, pastoral scenes.
A veritable underground palace of weird and wonderful formations
The scenery that the Yulong flows through is some of China’s most gorgeous; rolling hills, verdant greenery, orchards and bamboo forests.
Carved into the mountainsides that tower above the Heping River, the Longsheng rice terraces swoop and whirl their way along the hills.
Named for its resemblance to an elephant drinking water and considered one of the symbols of Guilin.
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We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Guilin: