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Seven Star Cave

Seven Star Cave, Guilin tour China travel trip
Seven Star Cave, Guilin travel China tour trip

Cross the Li River at the end of Jiefang Donglu (Jiefang Road, East) and approximately one kilometre from the downtown area of Guilin you will find Seven Stars Park. This delightful park that has been landscaped to encompass hills and natural waterways is a great favourite with the local people and tourists alike.

The park takes its name from the fact that the four peaks on Putuo Hill and the three peaks on Crescent Hill that form the main part of the park replicate the pattern of the seven stars in the Ursa Major constellation (Great bear or Big Dipper). A further hill, known as Camel Hill is another attraction of the park. This limestone outcrop looks exactly like a camel resting among the trees. The main entrance to the park is over the Flower Bridge [Hua Qiao], an elegant arched structure dating from the Song Dynasty that crosses the confluence of Xiaodongjiang [East River] and Lingjian Stream that passes through the park.

As you walk into the park you will find Crescent Hill to your right, so named for its crescent-moon shaped rock. A notable feature of this hill is the 200 calligraphy carvings in the caves within it. These are said to be the work of important and talented calligraphers of the Tang, Ming and Qing Dynasties. A flight of steps will take you to the top of the hill. Pavilions, kiosks and towers line the path, each offering excellent views of the Xiaodongjiang River.

By choosing the path to the left and heading north you will come to Putuo Hill. Climbing the steps will bring you to Putuo Jingshe. This is both a living and preaching place and the tortoise intertwined with the snake in this hall is a typical Chinese Taoist symbol.

On leaving Putuo Jingshe a further two-minute walk leads to Seven Stars Cave. Eroded by water over thousands of years, the cave is a wonderland of stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations resulting from carbonate deposition. All year, the temperature within the cave remains at a constant 20 degrees Celsius and it has been a tourist attraction since the Tang Dynasty. However, for all its splendour, the Seven Stars Cave is overshadowed by the awe-inspiring Reed Flute Cave to be found five kilometres to the northwest of the City. There is an admission charge of 20 Yuan to enter the caves.

On leaving Putuo Hill and walking further eastwards into the park Camel Hill is a wow of a sight. Being so like a camel, as our picture shows, it is hard to believe that it is an entirely natural formation. Near to Camel Hill you will find a zoo, a botanical garden and teahouses.

Guilin Sights & Attractions

Solitary Beauty Peak
Seven Star Cave
Reed Flute Cave
Li River
Yaoshan Mountain
Seven Star Park
Crown Cave
Longsheng Rice Terraces
Elephant Hill
Ling Canal
Pedestrian Street
West Hill Park
Ming Palace & Mausoleum
Merryland golf club
Guilin Art Museum
Pagoda Hill
Folded Brocade Hill
Peach Blossom River
Yu Hill Park
South Creek Park
Two Rivers And Four Lakes
Yuzi Paradise
Wave Subduing Hill
Tunnel Hill Park
Tigers Mountain Villa
Fengyu Cave
Center Square
Li River Folk Custom Center
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