Where is Guilin
is located 109¡ãE longitude and 24¡ã
N latitude in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region. The Guilin Government area
covers an area of 4,195 square kilometers. It
is in a basin surrounded by the Yuecheng Range
, Ocean Hill, Jiaqiao Range and Tianping Hill.
Guilin is located almost due west of Hong Kong
and about 1 hour by air.
The Li River meanders through Guilin
from north to south. Most of Guilin lies on the
western bank of the Li River.
The main artery is Zhongshan Lu, which
runs roughly parallel to the river on its western
side. At the southern end of this street is Guilin
Railway Station. Zhoangshan Lu is a rapidly developing
stretch of tourist class hotels and retail shops.
The city center is dominated by the
central square which is surrounded by a number
of good hotels, shopping precincts and commercial
Guilin is built around its two rivers
and lakes that are inter-connected. Many distinctive
bridges crisscross the waterways.
Those who enjoy walking can spend
many hours wandering the beautiful river and lakes
Why Go To Guilin
is by no means necessary to make additional acclaim
to Guilin--the attractions here speak for themselves.
Asked which of China's natural scenery is the
best to visit, a vast majority of mainlander's
are sure to point to the beautiful karst scenery
of the Guilin area, as the ancient Chinese saying
goes: Guilin's attractions top China.
Within the city itself there are a
wealth of good sights to be seen, and a little
geographic tour here should guide you. Parallel
to the Lijiang River runs Zhongshan Road, Guilin's
main street. In the middle of the city on both
sides of the road are the Banyan and Fir Lakes
respectively, each beautiful parks in their own
right. To the north stands Solitary Beauty Peak,
Guilin's most prominent karst peak while along
the Lijiang River are two more peaks, Wave Subduing
Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill, each proudly showing
off Guilin's unique scenery. Elsewhere in the
city is the immense Seven Star Park with seven
peaks and six caves as well as pavilions and gardens
to enjoy. Lastly, on the northwestern outskirts
of town is Reed Flute Cave, one of this area's
most wonderful underground sights.
course few people coming to Guilin will skip a
visit to the Lijiang River which bends all around
this region curving around the many karst peaks.
Withstanding the exorbitant cost, thousands of
people still take the Lijiang Tour, during which
you can see a plethora of these beautiful yet
strange hills as you glide your way down- or up-
stream. Many head for the popular little town
of Yangshuo. If you are interested by ancient
Chinese history, the Ling Canal is also definitely
a place not to miss, for it was constructed under
orders from the first emperor of China. However,
this is only for the enthusiasts being a good
70km from the city.
Yangshuo, in the past few years, has
become the ultimate haven for tired backpackers,
with its picturesque Fuli Village, Green Lotus
Peak and Moon Hill.