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Guilin has got 600,000 inhabitants. It belongs to the Autonomous Region Guangxi, in South China, and it has got a subtropical climate. In this climate rice can be cultivated and so near Guilin there are many rice fields. Palms also grow in this subtropical climate. Qin Shi Huangdi (reign: 221 BC - 210 BC), the first emperor of China, let build a canal near Guilin. This canal was a connection between the Chang Jiang and the rivers near Guilin. This was a continuously water route between the Chang Jiang and Canton (Guangzhou). From 1647 to 1660 Emperor Yongli reigned from Guilin the Southern Ming Dynasty. Although the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) was replaced by the Manchurian Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) the descendants of the Ming Dynasty fled to South China and there they founded the Southern Ming Dynasty. So near Guilin there are the tombs of the imperial family of the Southern Ming Dynasty. Guilin is famous for its karst sceneries. These beautiful karst sceneries are a very liked motive in Chinese painting. These karst mountains are covered by plants. In the karst sceneries there are also caves with stalactites and stalagmites. To admire the karst sceneries it is recommended to make a river travel over the Li River to Yangshuo. Yangshuo is about 60 km south of Guilin. In Yangshuo the karst sceneries can be also admired. It is a wonderful sight. Because of much rainfall (subtropical climate) in Guilin the karst sceneries are often covered by fog and it also looks very interesting. The landmark of Guilin is the Elephant Trunk Hill. It is also a karst mountain which looks like an elephant who is drinking water. One can climb the Elephant Trunk Hill over stairs. From the top of the Elephant Trunk Hill one has got a beautiful view over Guilin with its karst mountains. On the Elephant Trunk Hill there is a small brick pagoda which cannot be entered. The Reed Flute Cave is also very interesting. It is a 400 m long dripstone cave with many stalactites and stalagmites. Other sights in Guilin are the Seven Star Park (the name cames from seven hills), the Wave-Subduing Hill, the Folded Brocade Hill and the Solitary Beauty Peak.

Elephant Trunk Hill
The Elephant Trunk Hill

Karst sceneries near Guilin
Karst sceneries near Guilin

Karst sceneries near Guilin
Karst sceneries near Guilin

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Last Update: 03.08.2006