Home to stunning scenery and picture-perfect towns, Guilin offers some respite from the chaos of China’s bigger cities. Although it doesn’t offer the same off-the-beaten-track appeal it once did, the countryside that surrounds Guilin city centre is still popular with would-be adventurers. Those looking to travel China on a budget will love Guilin, with the region’s main attraction, the Yangshuo River, offering days of budget-friendly fun.
Our Scenic Chinese Route, a journey which takes you from Beijing to Hong Kong, provides the opportunity to absorb all that the beautiful region of Guilin has to offer. Read on, to discover more about the amazing things to do and to see in Guilin.
Elephant Trunk Hill
Based to the south of Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill is one of the most iconic sights in the region. As you’ll see from pictures and during your impending visit, its famous name comes from the shape of the lumps of rock which resemble an elephant dipping its trunk into the Lí River. There are a number of tours that you can take to enjoy all the splendour of Elephant Trunk Hill. Those looking for a more authentic experience may want to book a fishing trip on the Lí River to see Elephant Trunk Hill, as the locals do.
Reed Flute Cave
It’s not just at ground level where Guilin’s natural beauty can be embraced. Under the ground you’ll find Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone wonder that’s truly a work of art. Thought to have been formed some 180 million years ago, these mesmerising rock formations are the product of millions of years of water erosion, and the results are beyond beautiful. The cave’s age isn’t the only thing that makes it extra special, as Culture Trip details:
“The Reed Flute Cave is filled with various stalactites and stalagmites, which are named according to what they look like and the legends surrounding them, Crystal Palace, Fish Tail Peak, and Dragon Pagoda. One giant stalactite is said to have been the magic spear of the Dragon King, used by the Monkey King Sun Wu Kong in in the Chinese Buddhist classic, Journey to the West. What’s more, the walls of the cave have calligraphy inscriptions, mostly poems and travelogues, from visitors dating back to the 8th century, the Tang Dynasty, giving perhaps a glimpse of a medieval Chinese version of graffiti.”
From one natural wonder to another, Moon Hill – based just a few kilometres away from Yangshuo, is another must see for those on the lookout for spectacular scenery. Want more of a challenge? Scale Moon Hill to take in amazing views from its peak. It only takes around 20 minutes to climb to the arch itself with its 800 steps manageable for people of most ages and abilities.
Longji Terraced Fields
Known as the world’s most beautiful rice paddies, the Longji Rice Terraces offer endless greenery and some of the most fantastic scenery on the planet. There’s over 25 square miles of terraced fields to explore, with the paddies built into the hillside providing plenty of opportunities for hiking and Instagram iconic photography.
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