Guilin is a prefectural city located in the Guangxi region of China. Situated on the banks of the famed Li River, the city is known for its forest of “sweet osmanthus” trees and karst topography. There are many hills in the city that attract tourists from all over Asia. This includes the Fubo Hill and the famous Elephant Trunk Hill. Our journey to Guilin was an adventure-packed experience and here I would like to mention some of the best sites in the city.
- Jingjiang Princes’ Palace
Jingjiang Princes’ Palace is a historical site which is also known as the Princes’ City. It is one of the finest tourist attractions in Guilin. The 14th-century palace is now converted into a university that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. The palace and its premises occupy around 19.7 hectares. The famous Solitary Beauty Peak that offers a stunning view of the entire city is the major attraction of the place. Other notable attractions include the Peace Grotto, Confucius Temple, and Study Cave that preserves 800 years old cliff engravings.
- Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill is the most-visited place in Guilin. The base of the hill has a round cave that makes the hill look like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk. The strange cave is also known as the Water Moon Cave. The reflection of the moon cast through the cave’s opening is quite mesmerizing and creates an illusion of the moon floating over the waters.
- Reed Flute Cave
The limestone cave is a natural rock formation which is believed to be 180 million years old. The cave was discovered around 1200 years back and has over 70 inscriptions that belong to the 8th-century Tang Dynasty. The reed plants that cover the cave’s surface were used for making flutes and thus the cave was named as Reed Flute Cave. Here you can also see lots of stalagmites and stalactites that are spectacularly illuminated by artificial lights.