As a center for tourism, Guilin boasts magnificent natural beauty with unique karst landform. It has formed the “four wonders of Guilin” of “green mountains, beautiful waters, strange caves and beautiful rocks”, and it has been known as “the best landscape in the world” since ancient times.
Lijiang River symbolizes the area，as this picturesque river is a major component of Guilin scenery and is publicly recognized as the first-class tourist resort in the world. As it sparkles in the sunlight, the river meanders through lush mountains like a liquid jade belt. To really appreciate the scenery a cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is a must and your voyage of discovery can be divided roughly into three sections.
The first of these is from downtown Guilin where you board the cruiser to Huangniu Xia(valley ). As soon as you leave the landing stage you will begin to enjoy the natural wonder and local customs. Upon reaching Huangniu Xia(valley), the cruiser enters upon the second section. This part is the very essence of Lijiang River. The gorgeous mountains and the crystal water together with the romantic legends are certain to impress you. Shuiluo Village marks the beginning of the third and final section that ends at Yangshuo. Along this stretch of the river you pass through pastoral scenes unchanged for generations as the banks are lined with quaint fishing villages, farmland and bamboo groves. Here you will see water buffalo，ducks swimming in line and the small boats used by fishermen when they ply the river with cormorants to catch fish from its abundant stocks. This quiet rural beauty, a stunning contrast to the hustle and bustle of the modern city streets，is a joy to behold.
There are havens of peace within the city such as Diecai Hill(Folded Brocade Hill)，also named Gui Hill. This hill is easy to climb, making it popular with visitors. While stepping into the Nayun Pavilion on Mingyue Peak，you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the whole city.
There are more than 30 noted scenic spots within the boundaries of Guilin Peak. Among them is a hill standing in solitary loftiness in the center of the city: the Elephant Trunk Hill. The mountain is a symbol of the city. Its name comes from its shape like an elephant. Its long curved nose is constantly sipping the water of the Lijiang River. Elephant Trunk Hill Located on the right bank of Lijiang River in the southeast of Guilin City, the mountain is named after the elephant standing by the river, stretching his nose and absorbing water. It is a symbol of Guilin. There are two rocks on the mountain. They look like the eyes of an elephant. They go down dozens of steps from the right eye to the South Pole cave. The wall of the cave is carved with the words “South Pole cave”.They go down dozens of steps from the right eye to the South Pole cave. The wall of the cave is carved with the word “South Pole cave”. Then go up dozens of steps to Shuiyue cave, which is 1 meter high and 2 meters deep. It looks like a half moon. The cave reflects the water, just like a full moon. The scenery is very beautiful.
Bajiaozhai is also known as Yuntai mountain. The main peak is 814 meters above sea level. The main peak is named after eight warped corners. The Danxia landform covers an area of more than 40 square kilometers. Its rich development is rare in the world. It is praised as the “soul of Danxia” and “top grade” by relevant experts. Bajiaozhai is surrounded by cliffs in the East, West and south. You can only climb the top of the mountain along an ancient, steep and rugged path on the southwest slope. There is a platform of more than 3000 square meters at the top of the mountain. In the song and Yuan Dynasties, Tianxin temple was built. There are many monks and a alof of incense. From the main peak, there are many cliffs and peaks. There are thousands of sceneries in the mountains, such as cloud sea, cloud belt, cloud waves, Cloud Lake, sunrise, Buddha light, etc. The main peak of bajiaozhai is 814m above sea level and 500m above sea level. The complex geological structure and unique climate conditions have made the unique landscape of Danfeng, Qishan, and Bishui Danya in the park.
Moon mountain, located in Juntang village, Qinglong Township, Pingle County, Guilin City, is the most beautiful and precipitous of all moon mountains in China, and also the most valuable for tourism development. Local villagers are preparing to make it the most beautiful village in China. At the same time, it is also very suitable for outdoor climbing.
People all say: “Guilin scenery is better than anywhere else in the world”. Those mountains were encircling water, and this water was reflecting the mountains. In addition, the sky was hazily foggy, the mountains were adorned with green-trees/red-flowers, and the river was floating with bamboo-rafts/small-boats. The mix made you feel like you had entered into a never-ending painting scroll as succinctly described in the poem-verses “boat sailing on greenish waves and man strolling in painting”.