GuiLin Flute Reed CaveGuilin, Yangshuo and the Li River between them have an abundance of natural scenery hot spots and other tourist sites, and their mountains and rivers attract millions of domestic and foreign tourists every year.

Located in southern China’s Guangxi Province, Guilin has long been hailed as one of the most beautiful places in China. It is a pleasant place to visit at any time of the year with its mild subtropical climate. In autumn, blossoms (sweet osmanthus) are in bloom, the fragrance of the blossoms permeates the air. The shrub grows everywhere in and around the city; the name Guilin, in fact, means “forest of sweet osmanthus”.  The city is surrounded by boundless natural beauty which simply cannot be overlooked or ignored. The city of Guilin owes its popularity and status as tourist destination entirely to its geographic location.

Sightseeing

  • Around Guilin:
    GuiLin Flute Reed Cave★ Reed Flute Cave located almost 6km northwest of Guilin city which goes 240 meters (790ft) into the mountain. The name of the cave is derived from ludi cao (reed grass), which grows in front of the cave and is used to make flutes. The grass covered the entrance to the cave, so the people of the area used this cave for many centuries as a hideout in times of war. The cave is filled with many bizarre stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is a part of the Reed Flute Park (ludi gongyuan).
    ★ Elephant Trunk Hill which is the symbol of Guilin. The hill resembles as an elephant drinking water from the river with its long trunk.
    ★ The Longji Terraces are situated in Longsheng County about 2 hours drive from Guilin. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides. The terraces resemble the great chains or ribbons as they meander from the foot to the top of the hills. This smart construction makes the best use of the limited arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. The Terraces were first started in the Yuan dynasty and finished d in the Qing dynasty by the Zhuang people.
  • The area around Yangshuo contains some staggeringly beautiful panoramas. An almost extra-terrestrial topography of limestone peaks dominates the skyline, intersected by the Li and Dragon Rivers, whose waters reflect their surroundings in postcard photography. Whenever you see a Chinese scroll painting portraying mountains and rivers, the chances are it will be a scene from Yangshuo.  Yangshuo is a popular backpacker hangout, and great place to visit for a night. Temperatures are mild in winter and hot in summer.  In such an “East-meets-West” environment, don’t be surprised if you’re greeted by schoolkids in English.  Beer fish (píjiǔyú) is a Yangshuo specialty.
    ★ West Street (Xī Jiē), bisecting Yangshuo, is the heart of the town, alive with a range of restaurants, cafes and bars. It is lined with small shops and stands selling souvenirs and street snacks. Chinese teenagers mingle with a young laowai (foreign) crowd in internet cafes, feasting off apple pie, T-bone steaks, ice cream sundaes and other hard-to-come-by staples of the Western diet.  Although light years away from representing the real China, and scorned by many for its lack of authenticity, West Street is undeniably a good place to relax, satisfy any cravings for high-calorie Western dishes, and also sample some local Chinese food.
    ★ Impression Sanjie Liu show premiered on March 20th, 2004 at the Sanjie Liu Sing Fair, one mile from West Street (Xi Jie). This is the world largest natural theater which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, with the hills as its backdrop. Mist, rain, moonlight, hills and their reflections in the river all become the ever-changing natural background with the audience on designed terraces, surrounded by plants.The performance is divided into 7 chapters, scored with both modern and classical music and in excess of 600 performers, all of whom are local people of the Li River.  Admission Fee: ~ RMB 198 to RMB 680
  • Li River XingPing Village with DJXingping Village located about an hour’s drive from Yangshuois is one of the oldest towns in the area, and is renowned for its dramatic scenery along the Li River – a very pretty and interesting.  Xingping has a history dating back more than 500 years – founded during the Ming Dynasty in 1506, the town contains numerous traditional residences that are remarkably well-preserved.  Special features include blue brickwork, black tiles, sloping roofs, horse head walls, cornices and carved windows, and the houses represent classic examples of Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty architecture.  President Clinton visited there.  If you do the raft down the Li River, plan on spending an hour or so with a camera walking around.  Just be prepared for the onslaught of tourist touts trying to sell you river boat cruises and local handicrafts.