Guilin is regarded in China as the country's most picturesque city. Two crystal-clear rivers meander through the city, which are encircled by mountains with unusual & bizarre rock formations and caves. Two earth crustal movements took place about 200 and 180 million years ago thrusting the limestone sediments out of the sea bottom, which were forced upwards more than 200 meters to the surface. This karst formation was molded through many years of erosion by the wind and rain to become the hills and rocks with unusual shapes . There are many complete karsts (Limestone sites), which are of high scientific value and tourism value.
Guilin was named after the fragrance of osmanthus tree and saw its first inhabitants in the Qin Dynasty over 2,000 years ago. Guilin prospered and flourished during the Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties under patronage from succeeding emperors. Li River in GuilinIt is currently home to 12 ethnic nationalities with a total population of 1,260,000 in the city and surrounding areas. Guilin's reputation as one of the world's most beautiful places has established over hundreds of years and ranks second on China's list of the 10 best tourist destinations. Location Guilin is located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Guilin Map)The downtown Guilin covers an area of 565 square kilometers. It is in a basin surrounded by the Yuecheng Mountain Range, Ocean Hill, Jiaqiao Mountain Range and Tianping Hill. Guilin is located almost due west to Hong Kong and about 1 hour by air. Guilin is in subtropical and monsoon zone with warm and moist climate.The altitude is 140-160 meters. All this makes Guilin a unique natural experience for visitors. The Li River meanders through Guilin from north to south. Most of the city lies on the western bank of the Li River.