scenery is unique - both to China and to the rest of
the world. From a lush green plain laced with rivers
and lakes suddenly spring steep, rounded towers of stone
which loom singly like battlements or fade in ranks
toward the horizon. This bizarre range of peaks has
to be immortalized in Chinese painting and poetry. The
celebrated Tang Dynasty poet Han Yu (768--824) described
the region this way: "The river forms a green silk
belt, the mountains are like blue Jade hairpins."
The karst formations were thrust up from the limestone
sea bed which covered the region some 300 million years
ago. Eroded over centuries by the area's unique wind
and water conditions, this "stone forest",
with its many subterranean caves and rivers, creates
a haunting atmosphere.
The ancient town of Guilin is located on
the west bank of the Li River
in the northeastern part of the Guangxi
Zhuang Autonomous Region. Many of its 300,000 inhabitants
are Zhuang, who comprise China's largest national minority.
Although renowned mainly for its beauty, Guilin is also
a regional manufacturing center and an important link
in the transportation network of southern China. Since
1984, the area has received a large influx of foreign
tourists to complement the steady, perennial flow of
What is the best time
to travel to Guilin?
The best time
to travel Guilin is from April to October due to the
charming scenery and comfortable weather during that
time, but it all depends on your personal interests.
Guilin weather is generally
mild with four seasons - sunny and vigorous spring,
hot summer, pleasant and cool autumn, breezy and dry
winter. All kinds of flowers blossom all year round.
The average temperature for the
year is 19.3 centigrade with a July average temperature
of 28.3 degrees. The average rainfall for the year is
192.6 cm per month.
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