Guangxi, along with its peculiar karst landform, brilliant cultural relics, and strong national customs, is a place with most minorities in China. TopChinaTravel would like to introduce some of the Best Places to visit in Guangxi, to help you find your way to explore the unspoiled beauty of this charming and mysterious area. Where to visit in Guangxi? Travel with us, just let us to be your guide and accompany with you to discover the charms between hills and waters.
Li River is a bright pearl on the list of China's tourist attractions and it is the highlight of sightseeing tour in Guilin. The 83-km-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is the masterpiece of Li River, decorated with rolling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, leisurely boats and lined bamboos which is just like enjoying a melodious symphony. Hanyu vividly described the enchanting beauty of the Lijiang River in his poem: The River looks like a blue silk ribbon, and the mountains resemble emerald hairpins".
Along the river, the rolling peaks, steep cliffs, green hills and clear water constitute a fascinating hundred-mile pictures gallery. The crystal clear Li River is located amid precipitous peaks hung with waterfalls. Among poems singing the praise of its beauty are these tow lines: "He who travels in Guilin hills finds himself in a fairyland", and "He who sails along the Li River finds himself boating in a sweet dream."
Yangshuo West Street, an ancient Chinese poet once depicted the scene of Yangshuo as "scattered houses at the foot of Bilian Peak". He would never expect that the residential spot of a few households has developed into a town today. The most amazing section of Yangshuo is its West Street, about 1000 meters long, popularly known as "Foreigner's Street".
The signboards of all the stores and restaurants on this street have foreign names written on them, and foreigners are seen here and there. At night, the restaurants in Foreigners' Street are crowded with diners. Decorated with tree bark, palm leaves and colorful lights, these restaurants all boast their own masterpieces. Quite a lot of tourists who want to stay in Yangshuo for some time stay here and get a job working in a restaurant as a cook.
Situated on the eastern side of the Li River, Seven Star Park is the biggest (with an area of 134 hectares) with the best natural environment in Guilin. It includes sites as Follower Bridge, Camel Hill, Seven Star Cave and others.
The Seven Star Cave is a fantastic karst cave with a large number of stalagmites and stalactites, which decorate the cave into an eye-dazzling beautiful place. Seven-Star Cave is an extensive limestone cave complex in Seven-Star Park, both of which are popular tourist attractions in the city of Guilin. The park and cave's name derive from the fact the main karst limestone peaks roughly resemble the stars of the Big Dipper constellation. The earliest exploration of Seven-Star Cave dates back to the Tang Dynasty, about 1,300 years ago.
Longsheng Longji Rice Terraces show a picture of great momentum and imposing beauty, being reputed as having no match in the world.
Longji Rice Terraces are reached from Guilin by mountain roads amid spectacular scenery. With a history of more than 700 years, the area is still being used for growing premium quality rice by Yao and Zhuang villagers.
The rice terraces are built into the hillsides and look like great steps cut into the slopes as they wind around the mountainsides. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in the mountainous area.
Elephant Trunk Hill, also called the elephant hill, lies on the conjunction of the Li River and the peach blossom river. It is the badge of Guilin city.
The whole hill looks exactly like a huge elephant stretching its trunk drinking water of the Li River. It is the masterpiece of karst landscape, composed of pure limestone deposited on seabed 360million years ago.
Between the "trunk" and the "body" is a vast round cave which resembles a full moon on water hence the name Moon-over-Water Cave. When the waters wave and the moonlight gleams, the scene is exceedingly enchanting. This cave intoxicated innumerous poets through ages. Many lines can be found giving high honor of the cave.
Reed Flute Cave is a famous scenic spot, mainly offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, curtains and flowers in fantastic shapes and colors while appreciating landscape and rural scenery.
There are too many things for the eyes to take in. The natural beauty of a large amount of stalactites and stalagmites, with their endless variety of remarkable scenes and visitors in the cave could undoubtedly evoke breathless admiration from domestic and foreign visitors. The Reed Flute Cave offers a majestic fairyland of karst caves with landscape and rural scenery. It is a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors, all glistening in colorful lights.
Ranks as the largest waterfull in Asia and the second largest transnational waterfall in the world, Detian Waterfall,is over 200 meters wide and has a drop of more than 70 meters. Its water rushes down a three-tiered cliff with tremendous force. The fall is awe-inspiring, and its thunder is audible before it even comes into view.
The changing seasons transform the natural scenery of the waterfall throughout the year. In spring, the flame-red blossoms of the kapok trees that surround the waterfall are in full bloom, symbolizing success. Throughout the autumn months, though, the area around the waterfall turns golden-yellow, creating a harvest scene. In the summer, visitors feel a complete freedom of mind and ease of spirit as they see the waters of the fall cascade with the momentum force of an avalanche. During winter, on the other hand, the fall's clear water drops slowly, making visitors feel even-tempered and good-humored. The Detian Waterfall appears to be a sculpture made by nature.
Yangmei Ancient Town, is an ideal place to re-discover your inner peace, far away from the pressures of modern life, and to grasp the spirit of China's long history.
Yangmei Ancient Town in Nanning was built for more than one thousand years. You can know the story of this place form those aged architectures spread here. Yangmei Ancient Town was prosperous for the developing of waterway transportation but also depressed for it.
The well-preserved buildings such as the ancient street, lane, temple, shrine, house, tree, port, Wenwu pagoda, and beacon tower, all of them are standing there quietly but not unattractively. The smell of the old time spread over the Yangmei Ancient Town.
South Lake Park , is one with half of area water and the other half garden. The National Dragon Boat Festival was held in the lake. The smooth water in this lake which is surrounded by the green hills makes visitors relaxed.
In the South Lake Park, you can fully appreciate the views of various plants, such as Pinang, Chinese fan palms, and other tropical trees. There is a garden with hundreds of precious flowers and bamboo, in which three inner gardens are very attractive places. Above the lake, there is a nine-arch bridge, a scenic bridge, and a long bank where you can get a view of the lake. Fish eateries will also provide you delicious local food. Either boating on the lake or fishing at the shore can offer you an escape from the pressures of city life indeed.
The fresh air and picturesque scenery make Mt. Qingxiu become a necessary attraction to travel. Ranges along the north bank of Yongjiang River, the mother river of Nanning, Mt. Qingxiu scenic spot takes a total area of 4.07 square kilometers (about 1.6 square miles).
Looking magnificent yet elegant, the mountain is covered in green. Mt. Qingxiu is reputed as the "Green Lungs" of the city of Nanning. Here, people can appreciate all sorts of tall and broad-leave arbors, epiphytes and liana as well as some other tropical plants. Mt. Qingxiu provides the people living in the city with a tranquil, leisure and relaxing environment to take a break.