Hot Spring National Park
Longsheng Hot Spring National
Park is located at the upper reach of Sangjiang
River in the southern end of the Yuecheng
Ridges, 129 kilometers from Guilin City
and 29 kilometers from Longsheng County.
Covering an area of 10 square kilometers,
the park, with a high elevation, has become
a favorable place for visitors. Standing
in the park, one may be charmed by the wave-like
ridges and peaks, queer rocks, luxuriant
trees, deep gorges and clear creeks. Major
rare flora and fauna there include such
plants as gingko and long-stalk hairy beech,
and such rare animals as black bear, rhesus
monkey, deer, musk, civet, and giant salamander.
Hot Spring National Park has many interesting
sights; the most famous include Longshen
Hot Spring, Yanmen Gorge, and Baiman "Queer"
Longsheng Hot Spring
Longsheng Hot Spring is the centerpiece
of the national park. Welling out from rock cracks halfway
up the mountain, the hot spring water is colorless,
tasteless, pure and clear, 54-58 degrees centigrade,
and consists of many trace elements, such as lithium,
strontium, iron, manganese, zinc, copper and other elements.
The water is good for drinking and bathing. It also
has curative effects for nerves, skin diseases, rheumatism,
and arthritis. Since Longsheng Hot Spring is situated
in a deep and tranquil valley and surrounded by mountains
of dense vegetation, it is warm in winter and cool in
summer. It is an agreeable resort for tourism, recuperation,
health, relaxation and vacation.
Yanmen Gorge Rafting
Another spot that attracts much
attention from tourists is Yanmen Gorge
Rafting Course located in the national park.
Roaring in between the breath-taking mountain
ranges, the torrential currents make an
ideal place for rafting throughout the course,
which is a great experience, thrilling but
dangerous, challenging but amusing. Ninety
meters above the rafters, an iron-chain
bridge 120 meters long and 1.5 meters wide
spans the Yanmen Canyon. Those who ascend
to such heights may enjoy an excellent view.
Since this place is dangerous, not many
foreign tourists will choose it except some
Chinese who is very familiar with the route.
Four kilometers away from Longsheng
Hot Spring, there stands a grotesque rock
"Baimian Queer Rock". Several
meters long and sticking out of the slope
of a mountain inhabited by the Yao people,
the rock resembles the tongue of a dragon.
On the rock there are some Chinese
inscriptions. There is a story to these
inscriptions. On December 9, 1934, when
the Chinese Workers and Peasants Red Army
was passing through on its long march, the
Yao chief in this region followed the advice
of a commander of the Third Red Army and
called on his people to adopt the path of
revolution. Therefore, he wrote on the rock
face, "Go on to fight, and fight for
the bright future" and "The Red
Army absolutely protects the Yao people".
Later on, the sentences were carved by local
people, using a Yao chief's writing as a