Guilin in Chinese language literally means “Forest of Sweet Osmanthus”. This is due to a large number of sweet osmanthus trees grown in the city. When the osmanthus trees blossom, they produce strong fragrance.
Guilin is situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the west bank of the famous Li River. Guilin’s geographical feature is of a typical karsts formation. The city is famous for its “3 hills 2 caves, 2 rivers 4 lakes” scenery. The 3 hills are Elephant Trunk Hill, Wave Subduing Hill and Folded Brocade Hill while the 2 caves are Seven Star Cave and Reed Flute Cave. The 2 rivers are the Li River and its tributary, Peach Blossom River. The 4 lakes are the Rong Lake, Shan Lake, Gui Lake and the Mulong Lake. Besides, the entire Guilin city is surrounded by Lipu Mountains, the Cat Mountains and Yaoshan Mountains.
Besides “3 hills, 2 caves”, Guilin’s other attractions are Jingjiang Princes City, Seven Star Park and night cruise that travels through 2 rivers 4 lakes scenic area, just to name a few. Of course, you should also not miss out on the nearby Longji Rice Terraces.
Guilin’s scenery has long been lauded as the best among all under heaven. Read my Guilin travelogue here.
Guilin a true beautiful place