What to see in Guilin
This relatively small city is best known for its picturesque scenery and clear air. Activates in Guilin therefore revolve mostly around caves, mountains, rock formations, rivers, lakes, and gardens. The area is a photographers' paradise where shutterbugs will be delighted by Guilin's scenic offering.
Boat rides and cruises are a popular way to navigate Guilin's scenic areas, one of the most iconic sights is Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) which is a large natural arch on the banks of the Li River that resembles an elephant bending down to drink. Like most places of interest in this tourist-orientated city, Elephant Trunk Hill is situated in a park which boasts numerous other attractions and amusements. Every effort has been made to enchant visitors, and the natural surroundings are breath-taking in their own right.
Guilin is also famous for its numerous caves and impressive rock formations: try the Reed Flute Cave for a great hour-long tour through some of the area's most intriguing caves.
If travellers are willing to travel further afield, the Tianmen Mountain National Park is about a four hour drive from Guilin. Tianmen is one of the most impressive scenic areas in China and boasts multiple attractions. From Zhangjiajie, the city at the base of the mountain, visitors can take one of the longest cableways in the world up the peak. Once there, they have many trails, temples, and walkways to explore, including the thrilling Walk of Faith - a transparent glass pavement built on the side of the mountain.
For a little bit of everything Guilin is famous for, it is worth visiting the Seven Star Park, which features a zoo with Giant Pandas and tigers, extensive gardens, caves, the famous Flower Bridge and Camel Hill, among other things. For art lovers, there is also the Guilin Art Park and the Guilin Arts Museum.
For shopping, browsing, and eating out, travellers can head to West Street (also aptly called Guilin Foreigner Street) for numerous restaurants, shops, stalls, and cafes. This is a colourful, vibrant, friendly and multicultural area.
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