With a good reputation of enthralling landscape since ancient time, Guilin has always been an important tourist destination all over the world. It has been endowed as the important scenery tourist city and the historical cultural city in China by the State Council of the People's Republic of China. It is also known as the Pearl of the international tourism, characterized by its green hills, clear water, pretty rocks and grotesque caves. It is the typical representative of China's natural scenery as well.
Guilin is located in the south-western of Nanling Mountains, with an average elevation of 150 meters. The name “Guilin” means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city.
It is a typical Karst topography with the limestone eroded for hundreds of millions of years. Therefore, it has formed a lot of unique landscapes. Among them the most representative Guilin attractions are: Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, South Creek Hill, Yao mountain, Solitary Beauty Peak, Seven Star Cave, Reed Flute Cave and so on. The most beautiful section of Li River lies in the territory of Yangshuo Town. Other towns of Guilin also have a myriad of beautiful scenery spots. Among them there are Longji Terraces, Lingqu canal in Xing'an Town and drift in Zi Jiang, all of which will bring you lots of surprise.
Guilin is a cultural ancient city. With more than two thousand years history, it has rich cultural heritage and has attracted numerous poets’ scholars and calligraphers with its miraculous peaks and streams. Those people wrote many famous poems and articles and left more than two thousand pieces of carved stone and frescos. In addition, there are many monuments and sites here. These unique landscapes have made Guilin gain lots of praises such as “traveling the mountains in Guilin makes you know more about the history of this city while looking the sights of rivers seems like enjoying beautiful paintings”. In a word, the long history has endowed rich culture to this ancient and beautiful city.
With rich tourism resources and unique charm of the city, Guilin is the first batch of "China Excellent Tourism City"; it is introduced as the world's most important tourist destinations in China by the World Tourism Organization. And it gained many other honorary titles including "National Garden City", "National Health City" and “the Charming City of China".
Li River is a beautiful river in Guangxi Province, considered as a pearl of China's beautiful landscape. It is the essence of Guilin scenery.
Elephant Trunk Hill is a hill located on the western bank of Li River, which looks like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk. It is well-known as a symbol of Guilin landscape.
Reed Flute Cave in Guilin is a limestone cave with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites, stalacto-stalagmites, rocky curtains, and cave corals. It is regarded as the “nature palace of art."
Fubo Hill, located outside the Fu Bo Gate of East Guilin, is one of the famous scenic spots of Guilin along Li River. Climbing to the top of the hill offers visitors an extensive view of some charming scenery, such as the sunrise over Yao Hill and the sight of Old Man Hill in the distance.
Ancient Town of Daxu, built in 200 A.D., is one of the four famous historical towns in Guangxi province. It is located at the east bank of the Li River about 18km (11.18 miles) southeast of Guilin. It is a hub of waterway transportation, as well as a distribution center of fair trade.
Lingqu Canal, located in northeastern Xing'an Town, Guilin, is one of the three big water conservation projects of ancient China and the oldest existing canal in the world. Dug in 214 BC, it totals a length of 36.5 kilometers.