Every time when I hear this saying, my pride about Guilin, the place where I live, get enhanced, and my love of her, deepened.
Located in the northeast of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and with a population of some 5 million, the great Guilin area covers an area of 27,800 square kilometers (10,734 square miles) and enjoys a mild sub-tropical climate. As one of China's most famous travel destination cities, Guilin is also a historic and cultural city with a history of over 2,000 years.
I always use the word of “UNIQUE” to concisely describe the characteristic of the landscape in Guilin. The stunning unique landscape in Guilin is elaborated in a poem, "the rivers are blue satin ribbons, the hills ornaments of green jade, secluded are the caves deep and dewy, everywhere a glorious gorgeous sight.", which is shortened as "verdant hills, crystal clear water, grotesque rocks and spectacular caves". Among the hills and caves of Guilin, the most famous ones are Elephant Trunk Hill, Wave-subduing Hill, Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave and Seven-Star Cave. The Li River is the soul of Guilin landscape. Many tourists would take a cruise to feast their eyes with the “Best Landscape under Heaven”. However, to avoid the crowds and to slow down the pace, HikeGuilin.com would rather encourage travelers to try a hiking tour along the Li River than just a simple cruise.
As an important cultural city, Guilin has a history of more than 2,000 years. Ling Canal, connecting Yangtze River System and Pearl River System, dug in 214 B.C., located in the Xing'an County of Guilin, is one of the oldest manmade canals in the world. Guilin has been the center of politics, economy and culture of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). It is considered that the Solitary Beauty Peak is one of the oldest places of interest in Guilin since the far off days of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Tomb of Prince Jingjiang is another historic attraction built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Many ethnic minorities, including Zhuang, Yao, Miao, Dong, Hui, Mulao and Maonan enrich the cultural life of Guilin. Each minority retains its own unique customs, traditions and festivals. To hike through their terraced paddies areas and to stay in their villages is the best way to learn about the local minority nationalities.
Guilin is a well-developed tourist city with well-equipped hotels, convenient transportation and professional tour guiding services. You can arrive in Guilin by air, by train or by bus and rent a car/van with guide and driver to get around. From luxury hotels to budget hostels, from time-honored restaurants to authentic local snacks, it is no doubt that your need will be met beyond your expectations! HikeGuilin.com would be your friend who can offer you all Guilin guide services. But of course, remember that, we’re hiking pro in Guilin!