The following is used to describe Guilin, “The scenery of Guilin is the finest under heaven.” Characteristic of green mountains, crystal clear waters, unique caves, and beautiful stones, Guilin is located northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is considered the pearl of China’s thriving tourist industry due to its natural wonder. Every year it attracts millions of visitors domestic and abroad.
The name of the city is translated as “the forest of sweet osmanthus trees,” which is true. Visitors can smell the fragrant osmanthus flowers throughout Guilin, particularly in August when the flowers bloom. With a population of about 5 million, it has an area of approximately 27,800 kilometers squared. The many ethnic minorities there include the Zhuang, Yao, Hui, Miao, Mulao, Maonan and Dong. They’ve all contributed to the cultural fabric of the city.
Guilin is also an important cultural city with a history of more than 2000 years. The city has been the political, economic, and cultural center of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty from A.D. 960 to 1127. In this cultural city there are many places to explore.
There are various tourist attractions in Guilin City. Many parks downtown feature Li River, mountains, and caves. The towns near the city center also boast natural wonders. The most famous are Yangshuo, Xing’an, Xingping, Longsheng, and Ziyuan.
Li River flows through Guilin and is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The crystal water of Li River, together with gorgeous scenery of both sides, form a perfect view. The karst hills with various shapes stand erect along the river and are reflected in the water. One of the hills is called the Elephant Trunk Hill, which is an important symbol for Guilin. Countless artists, photographers, poets, and tourists have sought to visit.
Besides the splendid scenery, the Zhengyang Walking Street of Zhongshan Road in Guilin, which is the main walking street. There, visitors can experience the leisure life style of Guilin and enjoy local delicacies. At South Zhongshan Road in the city center, there is a night market after 7:30 p.m. every night. You can find almost anything there like souvenirs at low prices including antiques, scrolls, paintings, perfumes, toys, fans, Guilin specialties, and so on.
Among the local delicacies of Guilin, the Rice Noodles should not be missed. There are many places serving Guilin Rice Noodles in downtown Guilin because it is what local people eat for breakfast. You can choose one of the restaurants to taste Guilin Rice Noodles like locals do and enjoy the unfamiliar taste.