Guilin,the best beautiful city.
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The area around Guilin is dotted with weirdly shaped karst pinnacles that appear to have spring up straight from the ground. They look like elephants, camels, horses, lions, lotus, bamboo shoots, and even emerald hairpins.
The city itself abounds in fantastic hills with spectacular caves. The best known of these are Reed Flute Cave and Seven Star Cave, with their stalagmites and stalagmites of stroking shapes and colors.
Guilin has many waterways. The Li River winds its way through the hills. An attractive park surrounds two glistening lakes -- Banyan Lake and Fire Tree Lake.
Guilin has excellent transportation facilities, with railway links to all parts of the country and air flights to all major cities in China. There is also a direct air route between Guilin and Hong Kong. Special boats for touring the Lijiang are available and there are bus excursions to various scenic spots. Taxis are also available.
"I have visited more than 80 countries and over 100 cities. I have found that no city can surpass the beauty of Guilin. Guilin is really a bright pearl in China." - by former American President Richard
"No place in China is more evocative of the beauty of your country than Guilin." - by former American President Bill Clinton. "The beauty of the area is astonishing.
"The attractiveness of Guilin lies not only with the scenery, but also with the people. They are open and friendly, as if the scenery is a reflection of its people."
Beautiful Li River
Why the Li River cruise is special
The Li River boat trip is one of our planet's most stunningly beautiful journeys. The smooth water exquisitely mirrors a fairy-tale landscape of conical peaks reaching for the sky (see photo). These limestone peaks are the vestiges of eroded ancient sea beds.
Li River tips & insights -There's something interesting to see from your Li River cruise boat along the banks of almost every bend of the river. You view graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffalos pulling carts or cooling off in the river.
-Another interesting sidelight is seeing fishermen gliding on the Li River on narrow bamboo rafts. Some use tethered cormorant birds to catch fish.
-The Li River vista is particularly mystical when flowing mists weave themselves around the peaks, hiding then exposing them in moments of surprise.
-There are dozens of tour boats, each about the size of a medium sized tug boat. They head down the river from Guilin to Yangshou city in a conga line, one closely following the other.
-The tour boats have open decks for observing the scenery and indoor tables for sitting and eating lunch (the boats have small outdoor kitchens stretched across their sterns).
-When water levels are low, the cruise tours begin their journey halfway down the Li River cruise route, not in Guilin.
-The tours end in Yangshou. A bus returns you to Guilin (an hour long trip on a paved road).
- Select a tour that gives you ample opportunity to explore on land the beautiful Yangshou countryside before heading back to Guilin.
- For a more comprehensive visit to the countryside, stay a night or two in Yangshou.
- The word Li is pronounced lee.
- Before or after your Li River cruise, visit Reed Flute Cave. This major Guilin-area attraction is lit with colored lights and has a cavern room that can hold a thousand people. Reed Flute Cave is a Hillman Wonder bronze medal winner.
Guilin enjoys convenient transportation. Guilin Railway Station has is the largest in South China. Train from Guilin to Guangzhou is express train especially for tourists. Guilin boasts a net work of highways, which lead to the whole province and neighboring provinces. Guilin can reach Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau by waterway. It has 8 wharfs, and there are one foreign tourists' wharf and one domestic tourists' wharf in Zhujiang River and Mopanshan Mountain respectively.
By Air: Liangjiang International Airport is 28km from Guilin City. It covers a total area of 4.06 square kilometers with a parking apron coverage of 150,000 square meters, which is enough for 20 airplanes. With the passengers handling capacity of 5 million person times in a year, it is a modern airport with 9 waiting halls. It has a category-1 road 25.6km long leading from Guilin City to the airport. By now, Guilin has 48 air routes to Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing, Guangzhou and other cities, 3 air routes to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and 1 international air route to Fukuoka in Japan.
By Trains: There are 28 trains from or pass Guilin to Beijing, Shanghai, Hengyang, Nanning, Liuzhou, Guangzhou, Kunming and Xi'an every day. Guilin by now has 2 railway stations.
Passengers Wharf: Guilin has 8 wharfs with 47 cruises, which aim to provide tourists with services of sightseeing along Lijiang River and night tours on the river. 28km away from Guilin City, there are wharfs for foreigner tourists and domestic tourists in Zhujiang River and Mopanshan Mountain respectively. Guilin has 67 luxurious cruises with 5,800 guest seats for overseas tourists and 112 cruises with 9,000 guest seats for domestic tourists. From 1978, cruises can not go sailing from Guilin during the dry season (November to February next year). Tourists have to board on Yangdi Wharf. Tourists can tour on Lijiang River in the section from Yangdi to Yangshuo in winter.
Expressway: Measuring 138.5km long, Liugui Expressway starts at Liaotian, Guilin, and ends at Jinglan, which is in the east of Liuzhou, via Yongfu and Luzhai. It is 23.5 meters in width (21.5 meters wide in mountainous regions) and is a 4-lane expressway. The expressway is a cement road with a speed limit of 100km/hour (80km/hour in mountainous regions). An emergent parking zone and a special emergent phone is available every 500 meters and 2km on the road. The No.1 and No.2 traffic police teams of Guilin Communications Department are stationed in Guilin and Liuzhou. Traffic police is on duty along the road to safeguard the expressway unimpeded.
Urban Traffic: Guilin has convenient public bus network throughout the city. It has 266 buses and 26 bus lines. Starting on May 1st, 1998, sightseeing buses runs from the General Station to Reed Flute Cave via Railway Station, Nanxi Park, Elephant Hill Park, Seven-star Park, Fubo Hill and Brocade Hill From 7:00 to 19:00, it runs once an hour with tour guides on bus.
There are also periodical sightseeing buses arranging one-day tour for individual tourists owned by Guilin International Travel Service.
Taxi: Taxis in Guilin totaled 1,651 by April 1998. There air luxurious and ordinary taxis in Guilin with the starting rate of RMB 11/3km and RMB 9/3km respectively. Taxis can be found 24 hours a day and tourists can take taxi everywhere at any time. The city government attaches great importance to the management of taxi services. It issued the Managerial Regulations on Guilin Taxis in December 1996. All taxis must be in a nice outlook, must use odometer, must not refuse to take passengers, and must not bully and blackmail passengers. In 1997, Communications Bureau issued Specifications on Guilin Taxis Service to standardize the taxi industry in Guilin.
Fermented Beancurd: Started in the mid-Qing dynasty, Guilin Fermented Beancurd now boasts a long history of over 300 years. Its main material is well-chosen fresh bean. Featuring its softness and unique taste, Guilin Fermented Beancurd ranks the best of its kind in china.
Guilin rice noodle
With its distinctive flavor, Guilin rice food provides a reputation rival its unique water and hills. The food is finely made with materials carefully chosen, and can be cooked with a various ingredients, while the best dish of which is made with horsemeat. The rice noodle is first rinsed in a soup boiled with horse bones. Slices of cured and deep fried fresh horse meat and garlic are then placed on top of the noodle, after which a riot of seasoning is added, including hot cooking oil. A bowl of delicious rice noodle is ready now.
Guilin Sanhua alcohol: guilin sanhua alcohol is reputed as one of three treasures of Guilin. As early as song dynasty, people here have started the brewage of Sanhua Wine. The wine adopted the name-Sanhua (means three flowers) for the fact that it should be brewed three times before the final products.
Landscape painting: The landscape paintings mainly concentrate the ideal natural beauty. Landscape painting of Guilin presents you the highlights of the water and hills on paper. Some masterpieces can be found among these paintings.
Paper fan: The elegantly designed paper fan is an ideal souvenir for you Guilin tour. Crafted from wood and white paper, these fans are folding fans that can easily fit inside a small purse. Guilin paper fan features its graceful decoration and special fragrance.
Pepper Sauce: The main materials for Guilin Pepper Sauce are lobster sauce, garlic and Sanhua Wine. Hot, fragrant and tasteful, it is the best seasoning for your dishes. To the locals, the pepper sauce itself is an appetizing dish.
Pomelo: The pomelo produced in Guilin finds its markets all over china. The pear-like fruits are big, sweet and tasteful. It is one of the local favorite fruits.
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