One of China’s top tourist destinations, the Li River is honoured to the most beautiful gallery of the world. The picturesque river is a major component of Guilin scenery. As it sparkles in the sunlight the river meanders through lush mountains like a liquid jade belt. To really appreciate the scenery a cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is a must and your voyage of discovery can be divided roughly into three sections… the first of these is from downtown Guilin where you board the cruiser to Huangniu Xia valley. As soon as you leave the landing stage you will begin to enjoy the natural wonder and local customs. Upon reaching this Valley, the cruise enters upon the second section. This part is the very essence of Li River. The gorgeous mountains and the crystal water together with the romantic and mystical legends are certain to impress you. Shuiluo Village marks the beginning of the third and final section that ends at Yangshuo. Along this stretch of the river you pass through pastoral scenes unchanged for generations as the banks are lined with quaint fishing villages, farmland and bamboo groves. Peasants reap rice paddies, water buffaloes patrol the fields, and school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. The Li River cruise is the centre-piece of any trip to north-eastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the divine river under the blue sky. With its breath-taking scenery and a taste of life far removed from the maddening rush of the metropolis, the scenery along the Li River becomes one of China’s most admired tourist destinations, as the eye-feasting landscape and country scenery will never disappoint you.
Perching on the northern bank of the Li River, the ancient Daxu town keeps in its antique style from the Ming Dynasty….. a flagging street, lined with old residences, shops and stalls…. runs two kilometers along the river bank through the town. Some well-preserved residences hidden behind the street door may give you surprises when you occasionally explore further into a shop. These are quarters for businessmen in the past times. Have a try on various dumping snacks on the stalls or peddle cars along the street. Some will surprise you with both its taste and reasonable price. People in the town are very kind to tourists. Further to the south, there is a single-arched bridge in the town named Longevity Bridge. The town is really a sight off-the-beaten track. Opposite the town on the other side of the river, a millstone-like rock with the running waters creates the scene of Grinding Grain.
Another glorious site…….the Folded Brocade Hill or Diecai Hill is one of the most popular attractions….. a place known for it’s amazing scenery and stone carvings. It gained it’s name because of the resemblance of the rock formations, piled up layer upon layer on each other, to folded brocade. Many other special names have been given to this picturesque spot…. the name Laurel Hill or Gui Hill, derived from the laurels that have spread across the slopes since ancient times, and the name of Wind Cave Hill, due to the remarkable wind cave on the hill. Four small hills, Yuyue Hill, All-Direction-Looking Hill or Siwang Hill, Crane Peak and Bright Moon Peak surround the Folded Brocade Hill.
A visual feast of magnificent scenes such as Folded Brocade Pavilion, Wind Cave and Cloud-Catching Pavilion, along with countless stones with inscriptions created by famous Chinese scribes, awaits your eyes. The distinctive Folded Brocade Pavilion a single storey high is well designed and elaborately built with red poles, green tiles, and four unique angles. Your fantastic journey will start from here. The Wind Cave, which the wind blows through in all seasons, waits for you a little further along. This cave penetrates Bright Moon Peak, with a wide mouth protruding from either side of the slope and a narrow part in the middle. What makes it famous is the changing temperature of its winds. Whatever the weather outside, a cool breeze is always blowing in the Wind Cave. For this reason it is known as ‘Cool World’ by many people. The cave is worth a visit not only for its winds but for its rock-stone carvings, both inside and outside…. this is a journey through marvellous landscapes and you can congratulate yourselves as you reach the top of Bright Moon Peak. This is where the Cloud-Catching Pavilion, a building with a round shape, single eave and a pinnacle, is located. No other place offers you a better vantage position to admire the sparkling Li River, as well as the magnificent city of Guilin in its entirety. A journey to the summit will also offer you the opportunity to admire the Solitary Beauty Peak and Wave-Subduing Hill or Fubo Hill, the other two notable hills in Guilin.
Move to….. the Mulong Lake Scenic Area and thence….. it features the integration of historical culture into nature. To the north of Mulong Lake, visitors can find a group of manmade sights such as Dongzhen Gate and the site of the City Wall in Song Dynasty. A very large building complex is scattered around. The construction includes Song Street, Half-side Street, Mulong Pagoda, Mulong at Night, and Ancient Song City……..deserving kudos…..for their artistic expressions! Besides, there is an ecological landscape zone between the southern Mulong Lake and Diecai Hill where visitors can admire forest, grass, falls and streams.
The Merry-land Resort is a comprehensive resort with a five-star hotel, a golf club, a forest village with a cottage area and a campsite area, a theme park featured by exotic flavors. The Solitary Beauty Peak is known as the Sky-Supporting Pillar in the South. This is the oldest place of interest in the city.Go on and explore……the Tombs of Prince Jingjiang…… a state cultural relic where these tombs are well preserved dating from the Ming Dynasty, located in the eastern suburbs of the city. The Xishan Park is the second largest park which is comprised of Xi Hill and Yin Hill. This used to be a shrine of Buddhism and one of the five Buddha Temples in the south. The Guilin Museum is also located in the park.