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Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is considered one of the most beautiful cultural cities with a long history in China. With an elevation of 150 metres, the city has a total area of 2,000 square kilometers and a population of 685,000 people.

Guilin, standing in the middle of a karst region, features a typical karst landscape. Characteristics of Guilin scenery are its oddly-shaped solitary hills rising out of flat ground, transparent waters winding through the region, intricate caves in various shapes and exquisite stones. Hence the popular saying -the mountains and water of Guilin are the finest under heaven-.

The Lijiang River, the main river in this area, winds through the rising and falling hills and peaks like a colored silk ribbon. A cruise on the river brings visitors in touch with the unique scenery around Guilin, which is considered to be a fine art gallery as natural scenic wonders unfold on both banks of the river.

SCENIC PLACES OF INTEREST - REED FLUTE CAVE/LUDI YAN: Located in Guangming Mountain in northwest Guilin, Reed Flute Cave named for the kind of reed growing near the cave, which make fine flutes. The huge limestone karst cave zigzags 500 metres deep inside, stalactites in dazzling shapes and colors show why the cave has a reputation of being a -palace of natural art-.
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ELEPHANT TRUNK HILL/XIANGBI SHAN: Sitting on the joint of Yangjiang River and Lijang River, it bears close resemblance to an elephant with its trunk in the river and has long been considered the symbol of Guilin.
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SEVEN STAR CAVE/QIXINGYAN: Located in the west slope of Mount Putuo in Guilin, the cave, zigzagging about one kilometer deep, houses more than 40 sites. A gallery of stalactites, stalagmites, huge stone slabs and pillars, the cave has a reputation of being the -cave
residence of the immortals-.
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FOLDED BROCADE HILL/DIECAI SHAN: Standing in north Guilin, also known as Mount Gui or Mount Fengdong, it is composed of Mount Yue, Mount Siwang, the Red-Crowned Crane Peak -Xianhe Feng- and the Bright Moon Peak -Mingyue Feng-. The rocks of the hill are mysteriously formed, hence the name of Folded Brocade Hill. First opened during the Tang Dynasty, the hill offers a number of scenic attractions.
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THE LIJIANG RIVER: Rising from Cat Mountain in Xing'an county to the northeast of Guilin, and winding its way through Guilin and Yangshuo, the Lijiang River is the main part of Guilin scenery. A 40-kilometer-long boat ride between Guilin and Yangshuo brings tourists in touch with the unique scenery around Guilin, and introduces them to the age-old tradition of fishing with cormorants.
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UNDERGROUND WATER HILL -FUBO SHAN-: Standing in northeast Guilin, facing down the Lijiang River on the east, this fascinating hill rising out of flat ground holds back the river flow and forms a deep pool at the foot of the hill. It has long been famed as a -wonderful place-.
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