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Located in Guangxi Province in south China, Guilin area (Include Yangshuo town) along the Lijiang River with the stunning landscape is one the most picturesque areas in the world. The strangely shaped hills, or karsts, limpid rivers with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboo to conifers, fantastic caves full of stalagmites and stalactites with striking shapes and colors, make Guilin a fairyland like attraction for tourists. Lijiang River was listed as one of the world’s top ten watery wonders by America National Geographic Magazine. It was even picked by CNN as one of "World's 15 best rivers for travelers"

 

How long the tour in Guilin could be:

Normally 4 Days Tour or 3 Days Tour in Guilin is OK.

 

Day 1  Arrive in Guilin at noon, Sightseeing in Guilin Proper to visit Elephant Trunk Hill, Wave-Subduing Hill (Fubo Hill), Zhenyang Pedestrian Street, night cruise at Two Rivers and Four Lakes.

 

Day 2  One day tour to the north of Guilin, to visit Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces Fields with Zhuang and Yao minority villages (100km from Guilin proper).

 

Day 3  Morning departure to take the cruise ship from Lijiang River to Yangshuo Town along Lijiang River. Arrive at Yangshuo at around 2pm and check in at the hotel in Yangshuo. Tour to Silver Cave, Giant Banyan Tree, Moon Hill and Ten-Li Gallery. Enjoy the night life at West Street

 

Day 4  Sleep until wake up naturally. Drifting on the fairyland like Yulong River. Drive for around 90km/1h15m to Guilin Airport.

 

If only have 3 days, you can deduct the 2nd day's North of Guilin Tour, only enjoy the scenery along the Lijiang River between Guilin and Yangshuo. 

 

If you have one more day, you can stay one night at the Longshen Hot Spring Resort (137 km from Guilin) and Lingqu Canal and in Xing'an County (70km to Guilin Proper) to enjoy the best hot spring in south China and the natural beauty of the limpid streams, lush mountains and charming canal and dam there. 

 

What to See in Guilin

There is a popular saying in China to describe Guilin: The mountains and the waters of Guilin top those of China; Those of Yangshuo surpass those of Guilin. Renowned for its placid clear water and fascinating hills, Lijiang River which links Guilin and Yangshuo is one of the best highlights in China, known all over the world. Cruising from Guilin city to Yangshuo Town along Lijiang River is a must for all tourists to Guilin. There are also many other attractions in Guilin and Yangshuo deserve to be visited:

 

In Downtown Guilin

Elephant Trunk Hill, Wave-Subduing Hill (Fubo Hill), Zhenyang Pedestrian Street, Two Rivers and Four Lakes (Fir Lake and so on), Jingjiang Princes City (a royal complex dating from the Ming Dynasty and Duxiu (Solitary Beauty) Peak that lies near the center of modern Guilin). 

 

Near Guilin Proper

Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, 

 

In North of Guilin

Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces Fields with Zhuang and Yao minority villages, Longshen Hot Spring (the best hot spring in south China) and the 4-star Hot Spring Resort, Guilin Merryland World and the 5-star Resort Hotel, Lingqu Canal in Xing'an County. 

 

In Yangshuo

Silver Cave, Drifting on the fairyland like Yulong River, Giant Banyan Tree and Moon Hill, Land of Idyllic Beauty

 

More detail about the Tour Info In Downtown Guilin

 

1. Cruising from Guilin Zhujiang Wharf to Yangshuo 

The Lijiang River flows 83 km (52 mi) from Guilin to Yangshuo, where the karst mountains and river sights highlight the famous Lijiang River cruise. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Your way is lined with striking jagged karst peaks and lush, pastoral scenes. You can breathe the fresh air, feel gentle breeze and appreciate the fabulous landscape on both sides of Lijiang River. This scenery has long inspired artists and poets, becoming the epitome of Chinese landscapes – the Lijiang River even appears on the 20 yuan bank note! 

 

Cruising on the Lijiang River from Guilin city to Yangshuo county is enjoyable no matter what the weather is like. During sunny days, tourists can enjoy the inverted reflection of the hills on both sides clearly in the water. During cloudy days, the hills are surrounded by mist and tourists may feel they are cruising in a mystical paradise. And when the rain comes, drizzle is like a vale, which covers the hills and river, and tourists may feel the poetic connotations of this too.

 

The Luxurious Cruising Ship departs from the Zhujiang Wharf which is around 32km/45 minutes drive to the south of central Guilin. Tourists embarking on the cruise ship from Zhujiang Wharf are required to show passport when purchasing ship tickets and boarding. They need to get to the wharf at least 30 minutes before departure to leave enough time for passport inspection. Normally it will take around 5 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo. The ship ticket also include a buffet lunch in the ship. But normally the ship staff will recommend tourists to pay more for some fish which were caught by the fisherman just in the morning. If you do not want to take the fish dish, just ignore it.

 

The river generally has Two Sections from Zhujiang Wharf to Yangshuo. Various attractions like peaks and villages along the river have interesting descriptive names, which calls for much of your imagination to see what it is like. Listening to tour guide's legendary stories about the attractions is a delightful experience when you are appreciating the landscapes. Most are mystical fairy and love stories. 

 

In the First Section, which is from Ox Gorge (near the Bamboo River Wharf and the Mopanshan Wharf) to Water-Dropping Village, the most charming scenery of the cruise awaiting you include: Wangfu Rock (Yearning-for-Husband's-Return Rock), Crown Cave, Half-Side Ferry, Yangdi Village, Mural Hill (Nine Horses Mural Hill), Xianggong Mountain, Yellow Cloth Shoal (RMB20 banknote Scene), and Xingping Town

 

From Yangdi to Xingping:

Down stream from Yangdi to Xingping, the Li River passes an endless procession of distinct peaks and bamboo groves and the stunning landscape. This part is the highlight of the cruise. Pinnacled peaks pop up and surprise visitors at each bend of the river. Water buffalos patrol on the fields; ducks paddle in the waters; peasants reap paddies in front of village houses; fishermen use the cormorants to catch the fish and return them to the boat and kids go home singing songs. All these create an idyllic and beautiful scene of the life removed from concrete cities.

 

Nine Horses Mural Hill: 

The hills and peaks in Guilin, crafted by nature, rise sharply from the ground in many different shapes. Each famous peak along the Lijiang River has been given a name based on its shape. Some peaks however require a great deal of imagination to see how it got its name. One of the most famous peaks along the Lijiang River is the 416-meter-high Nine Horses Mural Hill. The precipice of the Mural Hill is even and straight as if cut by knife, decorated with colors of white, yellow, gray and black. Images of nine horses may be seen indistinctly on the precipice, hence the name Nine Horse Mural Hill.

 

Yellow Cloth Shoal (RMB20 banknote Scene):

Floating downstream, after passing Mural Hill, you will find the Yellow Cloth Shoal. The cliffs are steeper and the river becomes wider and calmer here, so it is the best place to appreciate the reflections of the verdant peaks. It is no wonder that the newly-issued RMB20 note carries the image of this part of the river. The water is so limpid that the reflection of a huge yellow flagstone can be clearly seen on the water. It is like a yellow cloth spreading across the countryside, hence the name Yellow Cloth Shoal. 

 

Xingping Town:

As you reach the area surrounding Xingping village, some of the most striking scenery along the Li River comes into view. The short distance between Xingping and Fishing Village (Yucun village) is the highlight of the cruise.

 

The river takes a big turn at Xingping and the beautiful landscape and country scenery will form a lifelong impression on visitors. Verdant bamboo greet visitors along the river while water buffalo eat grass casually on the fields, peasants harvest their crops, school children play on the way home, and fisherman float along on bamboo rafts with their cormorants.

 

The Second Section goes from Water-Dropping Village to Yangshuo where you can see Snail Hill, Green Lotus Peak (Bilian Peak), and Shutong Hill (Schoolboy Hill). The scenery is equally beautiful. 

 

Your final destination, the charming Yangshuo town, sits in the midst of some of the area’s most incredible countryside. You can walk from the wharf to the West Street which is in the very center of Yangshuo County and famous for the restaurants and bars on it. In the town’s surroundings you can go cycling and rock climbing or walking and bamboo rafting. The most famous residents of the Lijiang River are the cormorant fishermen. With their conical hats, bamboo rafts and glossy, black winged companions, this traditional technique gives you a glimpse of a China of times-gone-by.

 

2. Standing majestically in central Guilin, the Elephant Trunk Hill is the landmark of the city of Guilin. The hill towers 55m above the Lijiang River, measuring 108m in length and 100m in width. It got its name because it looks like an elephant drinking water. The round opening that would be under the elephant’s trunk is known as Water-Moon Cave because at night the reflection of the moon can be seen through the arch and it looks as if it is under the water and floating on the surface of the water at the same time. Elephant Trunk Hill and Water-Moon Cave are located at the junction of the Taohua River (Peach Blossom River) and the Lijiang River.

 

3. About 2 km from Elephant Trunk Hill and above the western bank of Lijiang River, there towers Wave-Subduing Hill (Fubo Hill), another of Guilin's wonderfully scenic spots. Partially submerged in the river and partially above ground, it is 62 meters above ground. Measuring 120 meters long and 60 meters wide, it covers an area of 0.7 hectares. Because of its location and height, Wave-Subduing Hill (Fubo Hill) can tame the waves, stopping the surging waters when they begin to form whirlpools. Since the galloping water is always blocked here and eddied, the hill is considered to have the power of subduing waves. Moreover, it was on this hill that a temple in commemoration of General Fubo was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which gave rise to the name Wave-Subduing Hill. At the southern foot of the hill is a garden full of bamboos, palm trees and flowers, a quite and interesting place. Natural scenery of rocks and stalactites as well as artificial cloister and pavilions compose the fantastic and unique sight of the hill. At the foot of the hill lie the Pearl-Returning Cave, the Thousand-Buddha Cave and the Sword-Testing Rock, all of which have great appeal. A gracious cloister and tearoom were built on the southern slope. Halfway to the hill is the Tingtao Pavilion (Pavilion of Listen-to-Waves). Stone stairs wind up towards the hilltop on the western slope of the hill. The Viewing Platform on the top is an ideal spot for taking in the panorama of Guilin. 

 

4. Zhenyang Pedestrian Street is a 1000-year-old road, which used to be an important commercial occasion in Guilin in history and has been Guilin's political, commercial, cultural and opera centre since Tang Dynasty.

 

It is paved with flagstones and stretches for six hundred and sixty six meters. Amidst of the street stands a red 17.5-meter-high bell tower, which has now become the most eye-catching symbol of the street. It is a very popular street that mixes leisure, shopping and entertainment together. The width of the street varies from 12 to 14 meters and the buildings along the street are mainly in traditional Chinese style with Guilin local feature and stone carvings of Guilin landscapes, which well presenting the street's long history and culture, accompanying with some classical structures in Japanese, South Asia and European styles. Wandering along the street, both charm of the Yangshuo West Street in South China and jollification in Beijing temple fairs in North China can be found surprisingly. You can find many famous restaurants and bars here.

 

5. Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise

Two Rivers and Four Lakes is a Waterway System around the central Guilin. It is a tour project and big free public park which integrates all famous attractions in Guilin City for local people to relax. Two Rivers refers to Lijiang River and Peach Blossom River, while Four Lakes indicates Shahu Lake (Fir Lake), Ronghu Lake (Banyan Lake), Guihu Lake (Osmanthus Lake) and Mulong Lake. They are connected with each other and totally 7.33 kilometres long, covering an area of 380,000 square metres. The water in the four lakes is from the Lijiang River and flows back to the Lijiang River. 

 

You can walk by the side of Fir Lake and Banyan Lake, stroll along the causeway, bridges to some islands in the middle of the lake and enjoy the charming night view of the Sun and Moon Pagodas on the Fir Lake. Or to take the one hour or 90 minutes night cruise to enjoy the fantastic scenery. Sponsored by Guilin Travel Ltd. Co., the night show along two rivers and four lakes is a live show integrating the real nature landscape, minorities’ performance, and large-scale light show together.

 

What kinds of performance can be enjoyed

Folk music and dance in Gui Lake 

Famous band performance, minority songs and dances, and drum performance, in Mulong Lake

Chinese traditional instrument in Shan Lake

Guilin local songs in Rong Lake

Shows above are performed when your cruise is passing. Show may be cancelled by bad weather and other accidental situations.

 

Highlight - Show in Mulong Lake

Stared from the Baoji Bridge, tourists are welcomed by minority ladies who stand on the bank. Lusheng instrument play joyful melody, ship will enter into the Song Dynasty City area. During this time, minorities ladies will dance for you.

 

In the succession, drum performance on the ancient wall in Song Dynasty City area will begin. Decorated by the colored lights, this scenic area will turn into a paradise immediately. 

 

Continue to cruise further, folk song which is sang by Liu Sanjie and attractive dances performed by minorities such as Miao, Yao, Dong and Zhuang will begin. 

 

6. Jingjiang Princes City

The Jingjiang Princes' City is magnificent and grandly walled, and once functioned as an 'inner city' occupied by the princes and their families. There are 4 halls, 4 pavilions and 40 other buildings surrounding the main buildings, totally around 20 hectares. It now functions as both Guangxi Normal University and as a tourist attraction. It was built between 1372 and 1392 AD during the Ming dynasty close to the Solitary Beauty Peak. It was originally the official residence of Zhu Shouqian - the great-nephew of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Ming dynasty emperor). After Zhu Shouqian was declared Prince of Jingjiang by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, his palace was set at Jingjiang. It took more than 20 years to build the capital, which now has a history of over 630 years and is older than the Forbidden City in Beijing. During the 257 years from the building of the mansion to the end of Ming dynasty, 14 kings from 12 generations lived here. 

 

Over its more than 600 years history, the city was burned down several times, however it remains as one of the best preserved Princes' City in south China. Notably, the carved balustrades and marble steps still remain. The Government gave the site national protection status in 1993. 

 

The summit of the Solitary Beauty Peak in the Princes' City offers a panoramic view of Guilin. The well-known description that characterizes Guilin landscape “the scenery in Guilin excels all under the heaven” is among the numerous stone inscription on the cliffs of the Peak. Inside the Peace Cave at the foot of the Peak, there are 60 Chinese zodiacal signs carved on the wall that are considered to be one of the world culture wonder.

 

More Detail about the Tour Info near Guilin Proper

 

1. Located around 5km northwest of downtown Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave also known as the “the Palace of Natural Arts” is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. 

 

The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. This water-eroded cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and other 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. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty. It is commonly regarded with the longest sightseeing history in Guilin Area. These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times. It was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing the Japanese troops. Nowadays, multicolored lighting artificially illuminates the cave.

 

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

 

2. Seven Star Park

Located on the east bank of the Lijiang River, and covering an area of more than 120 hectares, the Seven Star Park is about 1.5 km away from the city proper. The park shares all such beauties as 'the strangeness of hills', 'the clearness of waters', and '“the marvels of caves' in Guilin. The Camel Hill in it is just shaped like a camel squatting on the ground. The Seven Star Cave is the largest karst cave in Guilin area. The 1,000-meter-long tunnel is also a gallery of stalactites such names as 'Monkey Picking Peaches', 'Frog Leaping into a Pond', 'Two Dragons Entering a Cave', and 'Two Dragons playing a Ball'. Sometimes the formations resemble forests; at other times they remind the visitor of waterfalls.

 

More Detail about the Tour Info to the North of Guilin 

 

1. Located in Longsheng County, about 100 km (2 hours drive) from the north of Guilin city, the Longsheng Longji Rice Terraces is a vast region of rice terraces stretches layer upon layer on the slope of mountains and the most amazing terrace in China. The most popular are Ping An Rice Terrace and Jinkeng Rice Terrace. Coiling around from the base of Longji (the dragon's backbone) Mountain to its summit, it covers an area of 66 square kilometers and spans an altitude between 300 m (about 984 feet) and 1100 m (about 3608 feet). The coiling line that starts from the mountain foot up to the mountain top divides the mountain into layers of water glittering in the sun in spring, layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of golden rice in fall, and layers of silvery frost in winter. At its beginning of Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the terraced fields were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago. The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces are the culmination of both the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang minority people. 

 

Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon's scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. Visitors standing on the top of the mountain can see the dragon's backbone twisting off into the distance. In an early morning when weather is fine, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces is magnificent. 

 

As well as its amazing scenery, Longji is also the area to visit to experience Chinas ethnic minorities' culture. The Zhuang and the Yao nationalities live here, though mainly it is the Zhuang people. The women dress in unique and colorful costumes, singing and dancing. They have lived here for a long time and the life here looks so peaceful. Guests also can join in with them to enjoy the original Zhuang life and culture, and even stay with local families enjoying both the Longji tea and the Longji wine. It would be a shame to leave Longji without try some family-style-dishes, such as "braise hen with fresh spring water". Taking along the umbrella or raincoat with you, cause the easy-change weather. 

 

2. By the side of 4-star Longsheng Hot Spring Resort, the Longsheng Hot Springs is 32 kms from Longsheng County and 137 km from Guilin proper.  As they contain natural hot spring water, the Longsheng Hot Springs are very beneficial to the human body. The water boils 1,200 meters underground with water temperatures ranging from 45°C to 58°C and the water, tested by experts, contains various elements including lithium, iron, zinc, strontium, copper and many others that are beneficial to health. It has now become the most famous hot spring area in South China and is an ideal place for a vacation. Tourists can stay at the hot spring resort to enjoy it. 

 

3. Occupying an area of 6000 acres and being about 63 kilometers away from downtown Guilin, the Merryland World in Xing'an County went into operation on December 25, 2000. It is a very popular theme park that gets its renown not only in Guilin and attracts visitors from all over the world. Of its 5 components of Merryland Theme Park, 5-star Holiday Hotel & Wooden Villas, American 18-hole Golf Club, Business Conference and Mandala Garden, the park is the most famous part and is especially popular with the youth with its various interesting and exciting programs. 

 

4. The Lingqu Canal is a canal in Xing'an County, around 70km from the northwest of Guilin. It connects the Xiang River (which flows north into the Yangtze) with the Lijiang River (which flows south into the Gui River and Xijiang River, then join the Zhujiang River (the Pearl River) to reach Canton, Hongkong and South China Sea.), and thus is part of a historical waterway between the Yangtze and the Pearl River Delta. It was the first canal in the world to connect two river valleys and enabled boats to travel 2,000 km (1,200 mi) from the latitude of Beijing to Hong Kong. 

 

In 214 BC, Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC), ordered the construction of a canal connecting the Xiang and the Lijiang Rivers, in order to attack the Baiyue tribes in the south. The architect who designed the canal was Shi Lu. It is the oldest contour canal in the world, receiving its water from the Xiang River. Its length reaches 36.4 km and it was fitted with thirty-six flash locks by 825 AD and there is a clear description of pound locks in the twelfth century, which were probably installed in the tenth or eleventh century. Its design also served water conservation by diverting up to a third of the flow of the Xiang Riverto the Lijiang River. 

 

The canal has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites tentative List. 

 

The main design feature of the Lingqu Canal was to elevate water level of the Xiang River by using Huazui, a weir in the shape of a plowshare. The weir further diverts one stream (today's south canal) into the upper branch of the Lijiang River and directs another larger stream through a canal (today's north canal) which winds into the Xiang River. Huazui is surrounded by stone dikes on three sides and a Small Balance on one side. The Small Balance, as a segment of the embankment of the south canal, is about 407 feet (124 meters) long. Besides, there is a Big Balance, which is around 1,247 feet (380 meters) long and makes a segment of the embankment of the north canal. The Big Balance and the Small Balance form a V-shaped diversion dam and ease the impacts of water flow. In the event of the water level falling, they can feed water into the canal to elevate the level and ensure the smooth progress of ships. On the contrary, when water level rises, the dam can divert water into the Xiang River, protecting humans and crops from being affected by floods. The Big Balance and the Small Balance regulate water flows efficiently, that is why they are called balances. Another highlight is the 36 Doumens, namely, ancient locks. As the earliest lock ever created, Doumen is praised as the "ancestor of locks" and is used to raise and lower water levels to facilitate navigation.

 

Shui jie (or 'Water Street') is one of the liveliest parts of the Lingqu Canal and has developed a charm and feel all of its own. It has captured and retained the unique characteristic of both the Qin and Han dynasty including a plethora of ancient bridges, sculptures, tea-houses and marketplaces. At dusk the banks of the canal that flows through Shui Jie is dotted with brightly lit lanterns, illuminating the gentle-flowing water, as if you have reached the lower-reaches of the Yangtze river, a truly amazing experience. 

 

More Detail about the Tour Info in Yangshuo

 

1. Silver Cave Tourist Scenery Area is around 85km south from Guilin and 18km south to Yangshuo. It is commonly regarded as the most beautiful karst cave in Guilin Area.

 

Penetrated through twelve hills , Silver Cave is a multi-storied karst cave with three layers and more than ten scenic spots and different types of stalactites, which are crystal clear and sparkling like silver, giving the cave its name. Various stalactites developed in different geologic ages in Silver Cave constitute awe-inspiring scenery. Nowadays, 2 km of the cave has been presented to tourists. It is made up of three parts: the upper cave, the grand hall, and the lower cave. There are many outstanding scenic spots:- the Waterfalls on Snow Hill, the Heavenly Screen of Music, the Deep Moon Palace, Three Treasures of the Buddha, The Pearl-decorated Umbrella and the Solitary Pillar Propping up the Sky. 

 

2. Yulong River Bamboo Rafting

42.5km long Yulong River, about 6 km southwest of Yangshuo, is the largest tributary of Lijiang River with breathtaking scenery. Sceneries between the Yulong Bridge and Qinger ferry crossing is the most charming. The scenic attractions include Rhinoceros Pool, shuier scenery, the Five-finger Hill, and many others. 

 

Unlike the busy Lijiang River, it has no motorized boat traffic and relies completely on bamboo rafts to ferry passengers downriver. Bamboo rafting from Jinlong Bridge and Yulong Bridge through Gongnong Bridge is the highlight of a leisure trip to Yangshuo. The whole bamboo rafting takes about 4 hours, which can also be cut into different boating courses – 1 hour and 2 hours rafting to suit your travel schedule. It is an interesting experience which can enrich Guilin tour. 

 

Sit down in a chair on a bamboo raft steered by a boatman, you will float with the current passing by the paddy fields flanked by undulating karst hills without any modern buildings; limpid water running down dams makes your rating exciting with a sense of adventure. You will raft under the Yulong Bridge, an over 600-year old bridge built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 -1644 ). You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

 

3. Giant Banyan Tree

6km to the south of Yangshuo proper, you will find a prominent and towering tree: the Giant Banyan Tree. It has survived wind and rain over centuries since it was planted during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). It is also famous because the Chinese film 'The Third Sister Liu' (Liu San Jie) was partly shot here. Thus a beautiful love story adds to the magic of this centuries-old tree. This tree, measuring 7m in width and 17m in height has experienced extensive growth over the years. Although its stem is very old and its roots twist, its branches and leaves stretch out so lushly that the sunshine hardly penetrates its shadow. Sitting in its shadow on even the hottest day of the summer, you barely break out in a sweat. It is under this tree that The Third Sister Liu declared her admiration to her lover The A'niu.

 

4. To the south of the Giant Banyan Tree, around 8.5 km to south of Yangshuo proper is Moon Hill. It is a huge slice of rock with a hole on top of a 380m high hill. The rock measures 380 m (height) by 410 m (length) by 220 m (width) and the hole is around 50 m in diameter. Tourists can walk along the Tayuelu Road (Stepping Moon Road) at the foot of the hill to enjoy it. At various angles it resembles from the new moon to a full moon. 

 

5. The region around Moon Hill is endowed with beautiful sight. Many mountain rocks are in particular shapes which bring visitors infinite reverie. Local people call this picturesque scenic sight 'Ten-li Gallery'. (li is the traditional length unit in China, equals 0.5 km.) The beautiful land attracted the former US President Carter to have a visit. Having heard the interesting scenery along the 'Ten-li Gallery', he hired a bicycle to roam the land instead of taking a car. 

 

In 1995, the local government built a bicycle path for visitors to freely enjoy the natural scenery along the path. The major scenic sights along the path are given vivid names according to their shapes, such as the Flaming Mountain, Heavenly Horse Galloping in the Sky, Golden Cat Comes Out of the Hole, the Emperor Qin Shihuang Goes to the Front and the Beauty Makes Up. 

 

What to eat in Guilin 

Guilin cuisine is a mixture of the Cantonese cuisine and the southern minority cuisine. It is known for its snacks and the use of spices, especially chili. Guilin Chili Sauce, used widely in cooking by locals, is made of fresh chili, garlic, and fermented soybeans, and is considered one of the city's Three Treasures. The other two of the Three Treasures are Guilin Sanhua Jiu (Guilin Three Flower Liquor), a variety of rice baijiu, or liquor distilled from rice; and Guilin Pickled Tofu.

 

Guilin Rice Noodles have been the local breakfast staple since the Qin dynasty and are renowned for their delicate taste. Legend has it that when Qin troops suffering from diarrhea entered this region, a cook created the Guilin rice noodles for the army because they had trouble eating the local food. Specifically, the local specialty is noodles with horse meat, but this dish can also be ordered without the horse meat. Zongzi, a dumpling made from glutinous rice and mung bean paste wrapped in a bamboo or banana leaf is another popular delicacy in Guilin.