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Escorted Tour - Guilin Overview

One of the most-visited Chinese cities, Guilin (pop. 1,340,000), located in the northeastern part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has long been famous for its limestone karst hills. Formed more than 200 million years ago when the oceans receded from this area, the towers sprout from a patchwork of paddy fields and flowing streams, creating a dreamy, seductive landscape that leaves few souls unstirred. Time and space meet here to produce a masterpiece of nature's handiwork. The scenery here is so alien that the makers of Star Wars decided to film the scenes of Chewbacca's homeworldKashyyyk among the karst columns. The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo remains one of the top river journeys in the world. Unfortunately, the cost of Guilin's overwhelming popularity is a degree of unrelenting exploitation and extortion audacious even by Chinese standards; foreigners especially are overcharged for everything.

Renowned Guilin Tourist Attractions
Li River

Li River has been ever named as Gui Water, Gui River and East River in history. It passes through Guilin---the third largest city and the political, economic, transport, cultural and tourist center of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Because of the unique and beautiful natural scenery---Guilin Landscape gestated in this drainage area, Guilin is famous for its beautiful scenery, green mountains, clear water, spectacular caves and pretty rocks and has become a nice place of interest popular both at home and abroad. Li River belongs to the upriver reach of Gui River which is a part of the Pear River water system and originates from the south side of the 1732ms high Laoshan Peak, Yuecheng Mountain Range which is the common boundary of Xing’an and Ziyuan county. The climate there is mild subtropical. Li River has rich natural landscapes. As early as the South Song Dynasty, Guilin has long laid claim to having the most beautiful landscape under heaven. A lot of excellent poems works in modern or ancient appreciated the beauty of this charming river lingered in the south China for its long history and civilization. "Beautiful landscape is mellow and sweet wine that makes visitors drunk, sip and drink it, there comes a poem in heart" is the praise given by numerous visitors.

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill is located on the western bank of Li River. The shape of the hill is just like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk, thus the mountain was named so.

ShuiYue Cave (Water Moon Cave) is between the trunk and the legs, which is a semi-round cave penetrated by water. The inverted reflection of the cave in water plus the part above forms a full moon. This phenomenon is unique and many laudatory inscriptions were found on the wall inside the cave. Visitors can boat through the cave to the river.

Another cave regarded as the eyes of the elephant lies in the hillside. It provides tourists an ideal position to enjoy the panoramic view of Guilin.

On the top of the hill is a two-storey pagoda built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) surrounded by green trees. The north seat of the second floor is inlaid with an image of Bodhisattva Puxian. The pagoda looks like a precious vase on the back of an elephant seen from distance and many beautiful legends about the pagoda with good wishes are said among people.

Reed Flute Cave

With its location five kilometers northwest of the downtown of Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave is a brilliant cave marked on almost all travel itineraries. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave. Walking through the serried stone pillars, tourists feast their eyes on changing spots, feeling they are in a paradise where the Gods live.

Tourists enter the cave and then take a U-shaped sight-seeing route to see different spots, whereupon they exit it from another cave quite near the entrance one. One trip lasts about one hour.

Recommended Tours:

Guilin City Highlight Day Tour
A full tour of Guilin's traditional scenic sights. You'll view Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill looming over the picturesque Li River, as well as Reed Flute Cave's underground wonderland full of fantastically shaped stalactites and stalagmites. Next, it's on to Solitary Beauty Peak which towers over central Guilin, also the ancient carvings, murals and inscriptions scattered amidst Seven Star Park's karst peaks.

Li River Cruise to Yangshuo Day Tour
Enjoy the finest scenery Guilin has to offer from the comfort of a Li River cruise boat as you drift to Yangshuo past karst peaks, vivid green rice paddies, scenic villages and water buffalo. Enjoy a buffet-style local lunch on-board then, in Yangshuo, tour the town's famous West Street where international flavors mingle with local styles within view of some of China's most stunning natural scenery.

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