A region unrivalled by few in the world for its striking natural beauty, Guilin – unsurprisingly – is in close proximity to a variety of National Parks. Named after the eight stone peaks that lie near the border, Bajiaozhai National Geopark’s trail meanders past steep cliffs, dramatic gorges, bamboo forests and collapsed boulders. Hike through Tianmen Mountain National Park - or take a relaxed boat ride down the pretty Zi River - absorbing panoramic views of proud cliffs, enchanting waterfalls, sharp ravines and lush sub-tropical greenery.
Just a short drive north of Guilin and nestled among picturesque farmland, discover the ancient, 1000-year-old village of Jiangtouzhou and its indisputable rustic charm. Stroll down the pretty cobblestone alleys past ancient homes from the Ming and Qing dynasties, encountering the village’s fascinating residents – descendants of the 11th century philosopher, Zhou Dunyi, whose essay on virtue, ‘Love of the Water-Lily’, made the flower a decorative symbol throughout the village.
Gracefully embellishing the scenery of Shan Lake, the Sun and Moon Twin Pagodas are striking octagonal structures that combine Guilin’s beguiling culture, art, religion, architecture, technology and natural landscape. Walk along the lake shore at night and prepare to be mesmerised by the reflection of the Pagodas’ dazzling lights and beautiful colours, before entering the buildings, discovering various statues of Buddhist and other fascinating historical and cultural symbols. Climb – or take the lift – to the top of these fabulous structures for a breathtaking, peaceful and moonlit view of downtown Guilin.
Providing an oasis of tranquillity among the urban hub of the city, Guilin houses two captivating lakes that once made up a vital city moat. Rong (Banyan) Lake, named after an ancient Chinese banyan tree on its shore, includes the iconic South Gate, the only surviving section of the original Song-dynasty city wall; illuminated at night, the vibrant area is often alive with locals going about their various pastimes - including Tai chi, calligraphy and traditional dancing. Shan Lake, named after the beautiful surrounding cedar trees, boasts the striking twin pagodas.
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