Seven Star Park
Seven Stars Park, covering an area of more
than 120 hectares (297 acres), is the largest comprehensive
park with mass scenery in Guilin City. Located at the
east bank of Li River, the park is 1.5 kilometers (0.9
mile) from the downtown area of Guilin. The park was
so named because of the seven peaks (the four peaks
of Putuo Mountain and three of Crescent Mountain) inside
resemble the form of the Big Dipper constellation.
The park is endowed with elegant mountains,
clear water, miraculous stone forest, deep and serene
valleys, plentiful animals and plants and valued cultural
relics. It has been popular since the Sui (581-618)
and Tang (618-907) Dynasties. The main sights contain
Flower Bridge, Putuo Mountain, Seven Stars Cave, Camel
Hill, Crescent Mountain, Guihai Stele Forest and Light
of China Square.
Flower Bridge, built in the Song Dynasty
(960-1279), is the oldest bridge in Guilin. Every spring
and summer, it is set off with blooming flowers and
the streams, hence the name Flower Bridge. The larruping
point of the bridge lies in that the arch's inverted
reflection in water always looks like a full moon. It
never changes even though the quantity of water changes.
Putuo Mountain, where Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
is worshiped, is the main body of the park. It abounds
with caves and pavilions. At the southwestern foot of
the mountain lies the natural air condition Xuanfeng
Cave. At halfway up the mountain, you will see Putuo
Jingshe (a two-storied pavilion). At the west belly
of the mountain, you will see the renowned Seven Stars
Cave, which is also called Qixia Cave or Bixu Cave.
With the multifarious stalactites, stalagmites and stone
pillars formed by the dissolved limestone, the cave
was called 'Residence of the Immortals'. Turning right
and go on climbing the mountain, you will see the Tomb
of the Three Generals and the Tombs of 800 Heroes. On
the top of the mountain, there are Putuo Stone Forest,
Xuanwu Pavilion and Zhaixing Pavilion. In addition,
there are numerous valuable tablets on the mountain.
Camel Hill, looking like a life-like squat
camel, lies behind Putuo Mountain. It was once called
Hu Shan because it is shaped like a flagon. A hermit
in the Ming Dynasty once lived here and grew large numbers
of plum trees. In spring, the full-blown plum blossom,
together with the rays of the sunrises or sunsets drapes
the hill with a gorgeous glow. This is one of the Ten
Scenes of Guilin. Around the hill are bonsai gardens,
a zoo and teahouses.
Crescent Mountain is to the south of Putuo
Mountain. It was given this name due to the crescent-shaped
stone at its belly. The mountain is reputed for its
maigre food, which has a history of more than 100 years.
The Nun Noodles are really worth tasting. Walking along
the stone steps, you can see Banyue Pavilion, Crescent
Rock and Guanghan Pavilion. Standing here, the sights
of Guilin City even come into sight! At the southwestern
foot, there is Guihai Stele Forest, which consists of
Longyin Cave, Longyin Rock. The stele forest has more
than 220 tablets, referring to politics, economy, culture
and military affairs in forms of poems, posies, couplets
and images. The characters in the tablets are inscribed
in regular script, cursive script, seal characters and
Light of China Square is between Putuo Mountain
and Crescent Mountain. It boasts of two craftworks,
one is the stone carving murals and the other is Shi
Ji Bao Ding (the precious Ding of the century). The
mural, made up of more than 100 stone carvings, epitomizes
5000-year Chinese civilization. Shi Ji Bao Ding, a four-legged
Ding at a height of 4.6 meters (15 feet), symbolizes
that the country flourishes and people live in peace.
Thanks to the pleasant climate here, you can pay a visit
to Seven Stars Park at any time of year.