Travel Destinations: Guilin, Guangxi Province, China

Guilin is the ideal place to go if you are looking for Chinese beauty. Located in Guangxia Province, Guilin is the most beautiful place in China; once arriving in Guilin, you feel as though you have been transported back in time when emperors ruled the country, silk robes flowed in the breeze and paladins run around the country helping others.

Guilin has managed to keep its incredible natural beauty throughout the years and even today when it has been one of the most popular places in China for both the Chinese and international travellers. However, it should be stressed that the entry fees for Guilin is extraordinarily high, but is very much worth it.

There are so many beautiful and interesting places to go. Start with Solitary Beauty Peak, a 152m pinnacle. Climb to the top for some amazing views of the area. At the top, you will find Wang Cheng, a 14thcentury palace that was constructed by the nephew of a Ming Dynasty emperor.

Nearby is Fubo Sha, also known as Wave-Subduing Park, offers some just as lovely views. On the southern side is the Returned Pearl Cave where you can admire a Buddha image etched into the wall more than a thousand years ago. There are more than 200 other Buddhist images here, most date back to the Song and Tang Dynasties. The nearby Thousand Buddha Cave is not to be missed but it houses only a couple of dozen Buddhist statues, not a thousand.

If you only have a short time in Guilin, the one thing you must see Qixing Gongyuan. This is the most incredibly beautiful parks in all of China, possibly the world. Seven Star Park is on the eastern side where the peaks resemble the Big Dipper constellation. The park was first opened as a tourist destination during the Sui Dynasty. The biggest highlights here are Seven Star Cave and Dark Dragon Cave.

Reed Flute Cave has the most amazing scenery found in Guilin. In the underground Reed Flute Cave you will rock concert lights highlighting the beauty of the stalactites. The Crystal Palace of the Dragon King holds around 1000 people at a time. The entrance fee is steep but well worth it.

Rong Hu and Shan Hu are two lakes in Guilin. The former is named after a 800 year old banyan tree on the shore, which stands by the restored South City Gate (Nan Men) built in the Tang Dynasty. The bridges and the trees are elegantly lit up at night, making a truly romantic and beautiful place to be after the sun has set.

Guilin has several boat trips down the River LI for tourists to gaze in wonder at the natural beauty of the area. The river runs between Guilin and Yangshou and will cost you a staggering Y500 but does include lunch and the bus trip back to Guilin. The fee is high but well worth every yuan.

A journey to Guilin will truly last a lifetime and will be a memory that you will treasure until the very end.

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