What to see in Guilin
This pretty and relatively small city is best known for its beautiful scenery and clear air. Things to see and do in Guilin therefore revolve mostly around caves, mountains, rock formations, rivers, lakes, and gardens. The area is a photographers paradise and shutterbugs will be delighted by Guilin's attractions.
Boat rides and cruises are a popular way to navigate Guilin's scenic areas and 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 breathtaking in their own right.
Guilin is also famous for its caves which are numerous and have impressive rock formations: try the Reed Flute Cave for a great hour long tour through some of the areas 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 city visitors can take the longest cableway in the world up the mountain. 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 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, amongst 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 which has something for everyone.
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