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Guangxi

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is located in the southern part of China and borders on Vietnam. Its topography is basin-like and the limestone distribution occupies half of the area what makes its landscapes unique and its natural sights gorgeous. 

The probably most famous city of Guangxi is Guilin, known for its limestone peaks and beautiful landscape. Along the Li River to Yangshuo it offers picturesque sceneries and fairytale images. 

The Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng and the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge in Sanjiang are not less impressing and the small ethnic minority villages along the Terraces give them a pretty and peaceful atmosphere.

Besides the Han nationality there are ethnic groups of Zhuang, Tong, Miao, Yao, Maonan, Yi, Shui and others.

 

Guilin

Guilin is home to the most eye-popped natural landscape under the heaven, offering comfortable climate, crystal rivers, spectacular caves, typical karst formations and ever green vegetation. It is a picturesque destination not only for sightseeing, but also offers great opportunities for painters and photographers.

Li River cruise, cycling in the countryside Yangshuo, Hiking up the Longsheng Rice Terraced fields, rafting along the Yulong River as well as ballooning, cooking course and fantastic show are all the funny activities for your trip in Guilin.

 

Li River

The Li River is the connecting waterway between Guilin and Yangshuo, which originates on a mountain northeast of Guilin.

The crystal clear Li River is sandwiched between sheer cliffs dotted with few cascades. A cruise down the river is one of the highlights of a holiday in China. From Guilin to Yangshuo, it winds its way through 83 km (52 miles) of beautiful countryside, with some extraordinary peaks, bamboo groves lining along the riverbank, leisurely water buffalo and picturesque villages. Sometimes the visitor can see a fishing boat slip by with two or more fishing cormorants on board. The local farmers feed the birds for fish catching. They tie a string around the bird's neck just right enough so that that it cannot swallow the fish it may catch.

The Li River was an exceptional place to observe the native farmers as they go about their daily routines. There was much people activity all along the river. Farmers tilling land, duck herders watching over their flocks, people washing laundry in the river, fishermen and much more. Another special treat was seeing so many water buffalo. The World Bank-financed project to protect the ecosystem that exists on both sides of the Li River in Guilin, one of the China's most popular tourist attractions, has made significant progress since earlier 2000.


Reed Flute Cave

Located five kilometers northwest of the downtown of Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave Scenic Area is one of brilliant and marvelous caves in Guilin and a must for home and abroad visitors. It takes an hour to finish the tour in the cave for it is 250 meters in depth and 500 meters in length.

The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside, with which people make into flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition and so formed a lot of stalagmites, stone-screens, stone-flowers and stone-pillars of various shapes. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations.

It is marvelous that if you make a strike on some of the stone-screens, there will be a fantastic melody that we never hear anywhere.

The Reed Flute Cave is divided into four scenic sections according to their special features - the first scenic section is full of wizard, yet fascinating; the second is splendid and magnificent with variations; the third shows its large space with mystery and the forth owns various graceful and delicate attractions with winding path.a

The Flute Cave includes many appealing attractions, such as 'Morning Glow over Lion Forest', 'Half a Poem Terrace', 'Stone Tortoise with Billowy Waves', 'Pagoda-shaped Pine Defying the Snow', 'A scene of Rich Harvests', 'Penglai Wonderland', 'Scarlet Stone Wall' etc. The entire scene is worth of enjoying and meditating whether you're under the heaven where lives the God. 

It was designed by the well-known architect of modern China, Lu Yanzhi, who was also the designer of the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum in Nanjing. The building complex is composed of the arch over the gateway, the auditorium, and the several-storied buildings to the east and west. The auditorium is octagonal - in the shape of the palace hall. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has become a symbolic building of Guangzhou.

Then memorial hall emcompasses 61,000 square meters, its floor space being 12,000 square meters. It is 49 meters tall from the ground level to the summit and 22 meters high from the inside ground floor to the top arch. With a diameter of 15 meters, the hall is 71 meters wide each side. The opera stage inside the hall is 19 meters wide and 15 meters long. With two stories, the hall has a seating capacity of 4,792.