Gulin lies in the northeast part
of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It covers an area of 27800
square kilometers with the population of 4.94 million. It is one
important tourist city in China. Gulin is famous for the green hills,
clear rivers, fantastic caves, and spectacular rocks. Gulin is claimed
to have the most beautiful mountains and waters.
The Li River is the most important tourist attraction of Guilin
due to its picturesque scenery. The clear Li River is like a jade
belt. Along the River scattered many different shaped hills. Taking
boat to cruise on the Li River is one must when visiting Gulin.
Li River is like an unfolded Chine scroll presenting
in front of you. Gorgeous Karst peaks and the blue sky are mirrored
in the limpid river. Water buffalos are working in the farms. Farmers
are harvesting rice. Fishermen are floating on bamboo rafts. The
natural rural scenery along the Li River will let you forget clamor
in the city. The river trip is around 83 kilometers long. That will
take several hours. The eye-feasting landscape and country scenery
will please your eyes all the time.
Usually the first section is downtown Guilin where you board the
cruiser to Ox Valley. After boating out of Guilin City, comes the
Elephant Trunk Hill and Pagoda Hill. Downstream a while, two hills
named "Chuanshan", on the east bank and, Gamecock Hill
across the river with a moon-shaped cave, resembles a pair of fighting
roosters, hence the name "Rooster Fighting Hill". Southward,
Jingping Hill (Clear Vase Hill) jumps into your eyes, elegant and
simple, like a vase.
Rafting downstream from Jingping Hill, on the banks near Daxu Town,
a range of hump-like peaks rises steeply- famed as "Forest
of Odd Shaped Peaks". It is a typical Karst land formation
At the spot where the Li River meets Liangfeng River stands Father
and Son Hill. The name comes from the two human-like stones on the
hill, which according to legend is a man that refused to build boats
for a landlord and instead sheltered himself in a cave with his
South of Father and Son Hill is Millstone Hill where a dock situates
28km from Guilin and where 3,000,000 people pass through annually.
Boating south from this dock, and passing Nine Dragons Playing the
Water, the ship enters the Ox Gorge, where the next highpoint of
the trip arrives.
Upon reaching Ox valley the cruise enters upon the second section.
This part is the very essence of Li River. The gorgeous mountains
and the crystal water together with the romantic legends are certain
to impress you. After passing the Ox Gorge, the water becomes calm
and wide. Wangfu Rock, a human-shaped rock, stands on the west bank
of Li River as the first scenic spot in this section. Boating south,
about 29km from Guilin, is Caoping Village where the famous Crown
Cave locates. Continue south for about 10km is "Half-side Ferry".
Different from other ferries, the ferries of these two villages
are in the same side instead of two sides. Boating south one would
see a group of peaks in various shapes rising out of the river.
About 61km from Guilin and on the east bank of Li River lies Mural
Hill. It was said that nine horses were contained in this huge painting,
and anyone who can tell all of them would be the Number One Scholar.
Going downstream and turning right is Yellow Cloth Shoal, where
is the best place to view the reflections in the water. Xingping
town is the place where the second section basically comes to end.
Shuiluo Village marks the beginning of the third and final section
that ends at Yangshuo. Along this stretch of the river you pass
through pastoral scenes unchanged for generations as the banks are
lined with fishing villages, farmland and bamboo groves. Here you
will see water buffalos, ducks swimming in line and the small boats
used by fishermen when they ply the river with cormorants to catch
fish from its abundant stocks. This quiet rural beauty, a stunning
contrast to the hustle and bustle of the modern city streets, is
a joy to behold.
Reflecting in the Li River
Dock on The Li River
Paddy Fields Beside the Li River
Winding Li River
of Folded Brocade
with Cormorant on the Li River
Swiming in the Li River
Yangshuo is an enchanting town,
where the limpid water, verdant pinnacles and hillocks, and spectacular
caverns compose a captivating tableau. Green Lotus Peak, Schoolboy
Hill and Snow Lion Ridge add more charm to this beautiful town.
No wonder people often say: "Guilin has the most beautiful
scenery in China, and Yangshuo is the most beautiful part of Guilin."
Elephant Trunk Hill is located
on the western bank of the Li River. The shape of the hill is just
like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk,
so it got its name. It is the symbol of Guilin. Water Moon Cave
is between the trunk and the legs, which is a semi-round cave water
flowing through. The cave with its image mirrored in water form
a full moon. This view is unique and many laudatory inscriptions
were found on the cave. Visitors can boat through the cave to the
river. On the top of the hill is a two-storey pagoda built in the
Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) surrounded by green trees. The pagoda looks
like a precious vase on the back of the elephant seen from distance.
Hill of Folded Brocade is situated in the northeast of Guilin by
the Li River, is one of the most popular attractions in Guilin,
a place known for its amazing scenery and stone carvings. Rocks
are mysteriously piled up layer upon layer, which is like folded
brocade. A visual feast of magnificent scenes such as Diecai Pavilion,
Wind Cave and Cloud-Catching Pavilion, along with countless stones
with inscriptions created by famous Chinese calligraphers will please
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 crestic 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 wherated by carbonate
deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantae the Gods
The Local snacks are Rice Noodles, Nun Noodles
and Rice Steamed in Bamboo. The local keepsakes are Guilin Stone,
Embroidered Ball, Reed Flute, and Wood Carvings.