Guilin

Image: On the first night of my excursion, we made it out to Xingping and headed to banks of the Li River before sunset to get some shots of the Cormorant Fishermen. Chinese fishermen are smart. Why go through the hassle of actually catching the fish yourself when you can have birds do it for you?! Each fisherman has a couple trusty Cormorants perched on their bamboo raft ready to dive into the river at the first sign of a fish. The cormorants have a snare tied to the base of their throats to prevent them from swallowing their hard-earned catch. When they come back to the raft, the fishermen just pull the fish out of their throats and dinner is served. It is a bit sad, but the birds do get fed in the end so I guess it all works out. The nice fisherman on the right was so tired from nabbing the fish from the birds that he was dozing off. by Christian Ortiz

Guilin

Guilin Tourist Attractions

Scenic Lijiang in Guilin Cruise

Scenic Lijiang in Guilin Cruise

Cruise down the famous Lijiang river and enjoy Guilins unique scenery.
Guilin Merryland Leisure World

Guilin Merryland Leisure World

Located north of Guilin, Merryland offers a Theme Park and a Golf Course.
Yuzi Paradice Park

Yuzi Paradice Park

A area of park land filled with modern art sculptures.
Old East Falls Scenic Guilin

Old East Falls Scenic Guilin

A large waterfall.
Jingjiang Princes Palace

Jingjiang Princes Palace

The mansion house or palace of local prince.
Seven Star Park

Seven Star Park

Seven Star Park and Scenic Area
Xiangshan Scenic Area

Xiangshan Scenic Area

Known as Elephant hill
Guilin Shangri-la tourism area

Guilin Shangri-la tourism area

Set in beautiful scenery, this ethnic theme park tries to introduce visitors to the wide range of local nationalities and their cultures.
Two rivers and four lakes scenic spots in Guilin

Two rivers and four lakes scenic spots in Guilin

Take a boat trip around the two rivers and four lakes that surround Guilin city centre.
Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave

The Reed Flute Cave is a major tourist attraction in Guilin. This natural limestone cave is illuminated with multicolored lighting.
Crown Cave

Crown Cave

A large cave system deeper underground than others in the area.
Julong Deep Pool

Julong Deep Pool

This cave got its name from the stange dragon like rocks outside.
Yaoshan Scenic Spot

Yaoshan Scenic Spot

This is a large country park which encompasses the highest peak in the area.
Longji Rice Terraces in Longshen

Longji Rice Terraces in Longshen

The famous rice terraces in the mountains just north of Guilin.
Guilin Museum

Guilin Museum

This museum features over 21,500 cultural relics from around Guilin area.
Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village

Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village

Quite possibly the most depressing zoo you will ever go to.
Diecai Mountain

Diecai Mountain

A popular hill and park in the north east of Guilin city, beside the Lijiang river. It is known for it's scenery and stone carvings.
Fubo Hill Park

Fubo Hill Park

This hill is famous for it's ancient Buddhist carvings.
Solitary Beauty Peak

Solitary Beauty Peak

This peak rises prominantly in the centre of the city. It is just to the rear of Jingjiang Palace.
Dreaming on Li River Show

Dreaming on Li River Show

A theatrical performance illustrating the life, culture and minority ethnic groups along the Lijiang river in Guilin.
Butterfly Cave

Butterfly Cave

A large cave system set within two spectacular hills just south of Yangshuo.
Moon Hill

Moon Hill

The top of this mountain has a natural arch cut through it that resembles a crescent moon.
Impression Liu Sanjie

Impression Liu Sanjie

Truly spectacular show set outdoors with the Lijiang river and the mountains as its stage. You must see this.
Darongshu Scenic Area

Darongshu Scenic Area

The Big Banyan Tree is thought to be more tha 1400 years old.

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Guilin Tourist information

Guilin is a prefecture level city within Guangxi province in China.

Intro to Guilin

Guìlín (桂林) is a city in Guangxi Autonomous Region in the South of the People's Republic of China. Situated on the banks of the Kuei and Li Rivers; encircled by four lakes; and set amid spectacular limestone karst mountains; Guilin is a major tourist destination and famed beauty spot. A scene form the Li river, near Guilin, appears on the reverse side of the Chinese 20 yuan banknotes.

Separated from the center of china and the Yangtze river basin by the Nan mountains, Guangxi has always been distinct form the rest of china. In early times, it was considered to be inhabited by unruly barbarians. The Han Chinese empire first expanded into Guangxi in the 3rd century BC. The Ling Canal was cut around this time, allowing small boats to transit form the Yangtze to the south flowing Xi River via the Kuei River.

Trade grew along the canal and river routes. Guilin was founded as a trading post in the 1st century BC on the west bank of the Kuei River. During the Ming dynasty, a garrison was set up in Guilin and the surrounding area gradually civilised with the development of farmland. The city had a population of over two million at the time of the Second World War, but was utterly destroyed during the war. The population recovered slowly with the post war construction of several factories for the production of paper, chemicals and agricultural equipment. However, market forces have cause several of these industries to relocate out of Guilin.

Guangxi and Guilin and home to 12 different ethnic minorities besides the Han Chinese. Guangxi is an autonomous region for the Zhuang ethnic group, rather than a province. See List of Chinese provinces and regions for an explanation if needed. Various other minorities, such as the Dong, are also found in the area.