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The city of Guilin, a name which means “forest of Sweet Osmanthus,” was built in Qin Dynasty over 2000 years ago, prospering in Tang and Song, and flourishing in Ming and Qing. It is a world-famous tourist city for its picturesque scenery, and is a well-known place of culture and history. Located in the subtropical zone, Guilin boasts a pleasant climate for sightseeing throughout the year, and is inhabited by twelve different nationalities with a total population of over 4 million. Notables of all dynasties and heads of different states have come one after another to appreciate it, all gasping with admiration: “Guilin is the most beautiful place in the world!”

Today, Guilin ranks second on the list of China’s ten best scenic spots and that of China’s top forty tourist spot. And given the natural scenery it boasts, it is little wonder: the crystal clear ribbon of water amidst verdant hills of the Li River, the fantastical formations in Reed Flute Cave, and the grandeur of Elephant Hill all come together to create an unforgettable journey into the beauty of China.

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Elephant Hill

Description : An elephant-like hill stands majestically at the confluence of the Lijiang and Yangjiang rivers, and faces the Zi-Zhu Islet on the opposite side of the Lijiang. Arching its long trunk into the river, this seeming like an elephant suck water, lifelike in shape and full of energy in posture. No wonder it takes the name "Elephant Hill"
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Li River Cruise

Description : The picturesque Li River is one of the most important parts of Guilin scenery. It originates in the northeast of Guilin and winds its way for 170 kilometers, passing through Guilin, Yangshuo to the outlet of Gongchen river in Pingle county. Li River traverses 84 kilometers: a jade ribbon meandering through thousands of hills. The rolling peaks, steep cliffs and green hills that line the river create a hundred-mile picturesque gallery. Li River is known to all not only for its green hills, clear water, fantastic caves and spectacular rocks but also for its deep pools, springs and waterfalls. Moreover, people can enjoy the different beauties of Li River scenery at different seasons and weathers. In fine days, reflections of the hills in clear and greenish water are especially pleasing to the eyes, but the hazy view of the drizzling rain and lingering clouds give birth to a wonderful fairyland for all who see it.
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Reed Flute Cave

Description : Located at the northwest of Guilin City, 5 kilometers away from the center of the city. The cave is a famous scenic spot, mainly offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, curtains and flowers in fantastic shapes and colors while appreciating landscape and rural scenery. The length of the cave is 240 meters, whereas the whole distances of touring can last 500 meters. There are too many things for the eyes to take in. The natural beauty of a large amount of stalactites and stalagmites, with their endless variety of remarkable scenes and visitors in the cave could undoubtedly evoke breathless admiration from domestic and foreign visitors. Among these never-to-be-forgotten scenes are Rosy Dawn in the Lion Hill, Round-topped Mosquito Net, Dragon-shaped Pagoda, Primitive Forest , the crystal Palace, the Hill of Flowers and Fruits, etc. Thus, the cave is highly praised as the Huge Art Palace of the Nature.
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Yangshuo West Street

Description : West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Situated at the center of Yangshuo County, West Street has become, since the 1980's, a window of eastern and western culture and the biggest 'foreign language center' in China. Visitors are attracted to West Street by its unique mix of cultures. West Street is 517 meters (1,696 feet) long and 8 meters (26 feet) wide, meandering in an 'S' along its length. Being completely paved with marble it is a typical example of a southern China street. It is greatly admired by foreigners for its simple style and courtyard-like setting. There is a saying about West Street that 'half is village while the other half is stores'. Because, at times, foreigners outnumber Chinese, West Street is also called 'foreigners' street'. Visiting West Street , you may see a multitude of items, from embroidered silk cloth, wax-painted weaving, to ethnic costumes made of batik fabric. At night, the restaurants on "Foreigner's Street" are crowded with diners. With facades decorated stylishly with tree bark, palm leaves and colorful lights, these restaurants all boast their own specialties.
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