About Guilin

Guilin is a prefecture-level city in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, situated on the west bank of the Li River, and bordering Hunan to the north. Its name means, "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. The city has long been renowned for its scenery of karst topography and is one of China's most popular tourist destinations.

A three-days tour to Guilin

Day 1: Arrive in Guilin
Morning:  Flight to Guilin
Afternoon:  Visit the Elephant Trunk Hill

The Elephant Trunk Hill is the landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of the city of Guilin. It got its name because it looks like an elephant drinking water. The round opening that would be under the elephant’s trunk is known as Water-Moon Cave because at night the reflection of the moon can be seen through the arch and it looks as if it is under the water and floating on the surface of the water at the same time. Elephant Trunk Hill and Water-Moon Cave are located at the confluence of the Taohua River and the Lijiang River.


Day 2
Morning: Visit the Li River
Afternoon: Visit the Yangshuo Pedestrian Street

The Li River is in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. It flows 83 kilometres (52 mi) from Guilin to Yangshuo, where the karst mountains and river sights highlight the famous Li River cruise. Tourist cruises in different boats (varying from small bamboo-like rafts to larger, air-conditioned ships) are offered on the Li River throughout the year and are one of the major attractions of Guilin.


Yangshuo is a small exquisite town with only 7 square kilometers.  The Pedestrian Street provides people with string decorations on clothes, Chinese minority headgear, silk scarves, embroidery lady handbags, etc. Many local products stores are along this street. There are local specialties on sale such as Dried Persimmon, Chinese Chestnuts, Osmanthus Tea, Gingko, Bamboo and wood carving, Paintings of Landscape, paper fan and paper umbrella. Gems can be found from crystal goods to jade articles and pearls. 


Day 3
Moring: Visiting the Silver Cave
Afternoon: Return

Silver Cave is a national AAAA level scenic spot in Lipu County, Guilin City, Guangxi Province of China, 85 km from Guilin and 18 km away from Yangshuo. Silver Cave is the typical karst landscape, running through 12 hills. The cave is a floor-type cave, with three layers and more than ten scenery spots and different types of stalactites, which are crystal clear and sparkling like silver, thus providing the area with its common name. The three most famous scenic areas include snow-mountain with waterfall, music stone screen, and Jade Pool Wonderland. In the early 1999, it was listed as one of "Guilin tourism scenic spot of civilization demonstration". There is a Chinese proverb: "anyone who has been to Silver Cave would never short of money".

Food, culture and historical figure in Guilin

Osmanthus is common among Chinese dessert. The osmanthus flowers are produced in spring, summer or autumn. It has a very nice elegant aroma and is often used in Chinese cuisine. Osmanthus helps relieve cough, reduce phlegm, and improve our digestive system.

The Gui Opera, a major local opera in Guangxi and based on Kunqiang, Gaoqiang, and Yiyang Tunes, originated in mid-Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Deeply rooted in local customs and culture, the opera has a distinctive local flavor. However, presently the Gui Opera is in danger of fading away. Audience numbers and performers are on the decrease. 
Many performers have turn to other careers. The Gui Opera needs protection as soon as possible.

Liu Sanjie (The Third Sister of the Liu Family) is a legend of the Zhuang people. Zhuang is one of the 56 ethnic groups in China and, with a population of 15 million, and is second only to the Han people. The story of Liu Sanjie became known throughout the country thanks to an eponymic movie, produced in color in 1961. An instant hit, the movie also helped spread the legend to the entire Southeast Asia.

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