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Description of Guilin Hills

Guilin Hills are situated on the west bank of the Li River and borders Hunan to the north. Its name can be translate as a "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant sweet osmanthus trees located in the city. Guilin Hills has long been renowned for its scenery of karst topography and is one of China's most popular tourist destinations. Guilin Hills are major karst geological formations in a Guangxi region in China. Millions of years ago the region was a part of the sea and was shaped like a gulf. Over time salt water began its erosion of the rock. It was formed by dissolution of limestone by waters leaving picturesque and unusual hills. But besides hills Guilin are also famous for its caves that were formed the same way. In particular two caves, Crown Cave and Reed Flute Cave, are particularly famous and popular among the tourists.




The Li River has its origin in the Mao'er Mountains, in Xing'an County. It flows southward, passing through the cities of Guilin - the capital of Guangxi, with a population of 670,000 inhabitants - Yangshuo (about 300,000 inhabitants) and Pingle (about 430,000 inhabitants), where it joins with two other rivers and It continues south, like the Gui River, until it flows into Wuzhou (492,306 inhabitants in 2007) on the Xi River, the western tributary of the Pearl River.

The upper course of the Li River is connected by the old Lingqu Canal with the Xiang River, which runs north until it drains into the Yangtze, connecting the important Yangtse Valley with the Pearl River Delta.

The course of the Li and Gui rivers, 437 kilometers, is flanked by green hills. Its unusual slopes of karst topography have often been compared to those of Ha-Long Bay in Vietnam.

It is common to see numerous water buffalo on the riverbank. You can also see fishermen use cormorants to make their catch.

Due to the beauty of the landscape surrounding the river, the Lijiang has become one of the destination points of many tourists. Several cruises make crossings that allow to know better the places of the region. Much of these cruises make their journey through the 83 kilometers that separate the cities of Guilin and Yangshuo. The river is divided into three different sections. Among the scenic points stand out:

the reed of the cane flute, a cave that contains a large number of stalactites and stalagmites as well as rock curtains.
the hill of the elephant trunk, symbol of the city of Guilin.
the Lingqu channel, one of the oldest water conservation projects and the oldest channel in the world.
the seven-star park, the largest in Guilin.





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