is a living canvas of Chinas stunning scenery, romantic
landscape and is a spiritual land of peace!
When you see Guilin, you
will totally understand what has inspired thousands of Chinese
artists over the ages to draw such beautiful paintings! "I
often sent pictures of the hills of Guilin which I painted
to friends back home, but few believed what they saw."
The writer of this was the Song Dynasty (1127-1279) scholar
Fan Chengda and his comments show that the scenery of Guilin
has been attracting and astonishing visitors for many centuries.
Guilin is the very essence of the classical Chinese landscape
paintings; fantastically shaped peaks that are studded with
pines and delicate pavilions, partly shrouded in the mist.
is said to have been founded in 214 BC. At that time, one
of the earliest ancient projects undertaken in China (along
with the Great Wall) was the Ling Canal. It was built under
the regency of the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shihuang. It
still connects the central Asian plain with southern China
and South-East Asia, via the Yangtze, Li and Pearl Rivers.
Guilin is located on the "Guixiang Corridor" which
was an important passage connecting Central China and Southern
China. During the Three-Kingdom period (221-265), the Wu Kingdom
built up the area, and from then on Guilin has come to be
a political and transition center. Ever since the Tang Dynasty
(618-906), Guilin had become a relatively big city and then
the capital of Guangnanxilu, which governed Guangxi and Hainan
Island. In the last century, Dr. Sun Yat-san had his residence
set up here and directed the northward expedition of his revolution.
the construction of Ling Canal in the Qin Dynasty (221-207
BC), Guilin has developed into an area of cultural exchange
between South and North. The legendary scenery has attracted
many famous Tang Dynasty poets to Guilin. The poems and essays
they wrote added charming brilliance to the timeless mountains
and rivers, forming the unique culture of Guilin. In the Song
(960 -1279) and Yuan Dynasty (1279 -1368), the culture in
Guilin flourished and was listed as the top in the country.
In the Ming (1368 -1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911), Guilin
became a key cultural city in southern China. The education
system in Guilin is so developed that it is also called the
"Zhuangyuan City", means a city full of intellects!
on the bank of Li River, Guilin was a quiet, sleepy town until
the end of the 1970s, when tourism erupted! It was like a
Shangri-La being discovered by the outside world! Guilin has
the most spectacular Karst region in the world! These magical
limestone rock formations, with the lush green surroundings
make Guilin a true paradise! The signature landscape in Guilin
is water buffalo leisurely working in the terraced rice paddies,
with buffalo boys on their back, with misty but graceful lush
green mountains as background setting completing the timeless
picture of Guilin!
in subtropical and monsoon zone with warm and moist surroundings,
Guilin has very mild and pleasant weather. Sweet Osmanthus
is the city flower of Guilin. Named after the fragrance of
the Osmanthus (Cassia), Guilin actually means Forest of Sweet
Osmanthus trees. In the fall season, the air is full of the
sweet fragrance of Osmanthus, spread over the entire city.
The city tree of Guilin is banyan tree, which you will see
everywhere in the city like an on-going bonsai show!
Guilin is a very peaceful
place and generation after generation, many different minority
people have coexisted, thrived and enjoyed this land of natural
miracles! The colorful village life of the different minority
people only adds more energy and spice to Guilin. They are
actually another main reason to visit Guilin! Guilin is inhabited
by 12 different minorities with a total population of 1,260,000.
Each minority has its own unique customs and festivals; and
you can enjoy these pageants at the Li River Folk Customs
great highlight of your Guilin tour is the cruise down the
picturesque Li River. The hills beyond hills with their reflections
in the crystal water are like a fairy land. The green bamboo
waves at you in the breeze all the way along the river. The
water buffaloes contentedly munching the grass; the ducks
swimming along the river; the fisherman fishing or catnapping
on the bamboo rafts with his cormorants resting peacefully
next to him, it is truly a masterpiece of nature...You will
be enchanted by those amazingly shaped mountains, whether
shrouded in mist or under an azure blue sky, during the early
morning or late evenings sunset. Lost in the quiet voice
of the nature, you will always feel like you were reborn into
a new world! At the end of the cruise, you will arrive at
an energetic, small but quite international town: Yangshuo!
Started as a fishing village, Yangshuo has become a very interesting
town that thrives in the mixed culture of its international
Guilin truly a place
that you should never miss seeing at least once in your lifetime!!