Solitary Beauty Peak
The Solitary Beauty Peak (Duxiu Feng)
is one of Guilin's most prominent karst peaks. Towering
abruptly from the ground with a height of 152 meters,
it stands in solitary grace in the center of the ancient
Jingjiang Princely Mansion, because of its majesty,
it is also described as ''Sky-Supporting Pillar'' in
the South. 1500 years ago, during the Southern Dynasty
(420-589), Yang Yanzhi, governor of Guilin and a poet,
wrote these lines: None can surpass this solitary peak
in beauty, towering in the centre of the town, stately
and lofty. It is from this poem that the hill derived
On the east side of the hill there are such inscriptions
from the Qing Dynasty as 'Southern Sky-supporting Pillar'
and 'Purple Gown and Golden Belt.' At the foot of the
hill are 'Study Rock', 'Peace Rock' and 'The Crescent
pond'. There is a gate built in the 14th century leading
to what once was the home of the nephew of a Ming emperor,
but is now the Guangxi Teacher's University.
A flight of 306 stone steps leads
from the west foot of the hill up to the top. If you
climb the steep incline you will be rewarded with beautiful
panoramic views of the surrounding hills, the Li River
and the town of Guilin. However, the stairs are very
steep and reaching the top can be dangerous. Depending
on the weather and your experience level, it may be
best to explore only part of the way. The stairs to
the peak start from a Ming dynasty palace on the eastern
side of the peak.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
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political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
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called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
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monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.