Nature is the ultimate artist, and the mesmerizing Reed Flute Cave deep in Guilin stands proof that great things take time to create. Known as the “Palace of Natural Arts”, this 180 million year old cave has drawn tourists for over a thousand years. Stepping into this marvelous cave gives you a glimpse into a world of stalactites, stone pillars, and ever-changing formations, created through thousands of years of water dripping and erosion into the cave. The halls of the cave are filled with these spiraling structures, rising higher and higher and moving down from the ceiling. Illuminated by colorful lights, the cave looks breathtaking and magical, as though you were stepping into an entirely new world. You'll be able to take unforgettable photographs in this area, capturing the natural wonders of the rock formations.
Known as China's other “Forbidden City", the Jingjiang Princes' City is located in a picturesque spot beside Li River and in the heart of Guilin. Built around the Solitary Beauty Peak, it's a noted historical sight and is rich in both cultural history and natural wonder. Entering this location allows you to explore this grand structure built between 1372 and 1392 AD during the Ming Dynasty. Its magnificence and opulence remains evident in its beautiful architecture and it's one of China's best preserved royal residences, noteworthy for its carved balustrades and marble steps. If you want to learn about Ming Dynasty architecture and styles, you shouldn't miss a chance to revisit history and learn of the great significance that this palace possesses. Atop the Solitary Beauty Peak, gaze over the great panoramic view of Guilin and the winding Li River. It's an exploration into history, culture, and breathtaking natural wonder.
Take the opportunity to see two natural wonders in Guilin! Folded Brocade Hill is known for its dazzling natural scenery as well as its unique rock formations. True to its name, the rock formations are piled in such a way that they look as though they are folded brocade (woven silk fabric). Laurels grow heavily upon it, making it a remarkable sight to behold. Head to the Wind Cave for a cool breeze year-round, and look up to see the four smaller surrounding hills, all of them resting by the Li River.
Elephant Trunk Hill is a famous tourist attraction in Guilin and for good reason: it looks just like an elephant drinking out of the water! Get your ticket to see this amazing natural formation so you can take beautiful photos and marvel at the natural wonders surrounding it. This attraction has been renowned since the Tang Dynasty, and attracts tourists from all over the world. Lush foliage surrounds this area, and within it, ancient buildings are nestled. Get the chance to see the Puxian Pagoda situated atop the hill, 14-meters high and built during the Ming Dynasty.
Discover incredible Guilin on an extensive four day tour taking in the best sights of one of China's most picturesque cities. Over the course of the trip you'll explore this idyllic region, visiting places of interest such as Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, and Elephant Trunk Hill. You will also be taken along the stunning Li River on a relaxing cruise to see the sights from the water. As well as Guilin, the tour will take you to the pretty waterside town of Yanghshuo to discover ancient streets and local culture.
There aren't many parks in the world as rich in natural beauty and vegetation as Guilin's Seven Star Park. This 120-hectare park is named after the beautiful peaks that have a formation similar to that of the Big Dipper star constellation. It's situated not far from the Li River, and is home to numerous wonderful experiences for you to explore. HEad to Flower Bridge, which dates back to the Song Dynasty, and was once covered with many flowers. Then there's the Seven Star Zoo, the only zoo in the city, and home to China's iconic panda bears, as well as a tiger, an elephant, birds, reptiles and more.
What makes karst caves so special is the beautiful array of stalactites and stalagmites within each one. Silver Cave in Guilin is the largest of such caves found within the region. Formed for millions of years through water runoff, the cave forms an aquifer (a large underground water supply) which also helped create these natural spikes and spirals. Silver Cave is also regarded as the most beautiful, with an AAAA level in national scenic spots. The stalactites here are unique as they are crystalline, clear, and sparkling like silver, which is where the cave gets is name. Combine this dazzling scenery with the array of multicolored lights that illuminate this cave and you will feel like stepping into a glorious fairyland that is both romantic and mysterious. Three famous caverns can be found in here: the Snow Mountain With Waterfall, the Music Stone Screen, and the Jade Pool Wonderland. All of these areas are a sight to behold and make for wonderful photographs. This cave is such a delight for the eyes and such a rich sight that there is an ancient Chinese proverb that says “Anyone who has been to Silver Cave will never be short of money.”
China has been the home of so many of the world's innovations that every corner seems to have a historical wonder for you to discover. In Guilin, you'll get the chance to see the world's oldest canal: Ling Canal, built more than 2,000 years ago. It connects two rivers, tributaries of the Pearl and Yangtze rivers. Upon entering this area, you'll be able to learn about how China innovated thousands of years ago, and see the full achievement in all its splendor.
The first thing that might catch the eye of visitors to the Yangshuo Butterfly Spring Park is a massive butterfly model resting against a cliff. This 280-square meter butterfly is so gigantic and vivid that visitors can easily imagine it taking flight. Beneath it is a an inscription from the famous poet He Jingzhi. This beautiful park is also home to the Butterfly Grotto, a 400-meter long spring from underneath a layer of rock, and dotted with fascinating variations of stalactites that can look like fruits, mountains, divinities and more.