Guilin is a city in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst hills. At its center are 2 lakes, Shanhu and Ronghu, remaining from a medieval-era moat that once surrounded the city. Boats travel through these and other lakes via connected rivers. On Cedar Lake’s shore, twin pagodas, the Sun and Moon, light up the sky at night.
Solitary Beauty Peak rises in the city center, with winding stone steps, poetic inscriptions, and panoramic views. Elephant Trunk Hill resembles an elephant dipping its trunk into the river and contains a Ming dynasty pagoda. Ludi Yan, northwest of town, features stalagmites and stalactites illuminated by colored lights. Seven Stars Park encompasses caves and hills, which have a pattern resembling the Big Dipper constellation. The Ancient South Gate, on Banyan Lake’s north shore, dates from the Tang dynasty and is a lively spot where locals congregate.