Seven Star Park
Seven Star Park takes its name from its seven peaks which are laid out like the Big Dipper constellation (with its handle bent forward). The park is on the eastern side of the Li River in central Guilin City. Attractions in the park include: Seven Star Cave, Dragon Hiding Cave, Flower Bridge, the Zoo, Maping Mosque, Guihai Forest of Steles, and much more. Covering an area of 1.34 square kilometers, it is the largest park in Guilin, and contains some of the finest sights in the city.
Flower Bridge was first built in Song Dynasty (960–1279). It is so named because in ancient times, the area surrounding the bridge was planted with various flowers. In late spring and early summer, when the flowers bloomed, the bridge was covered with flowers. However, in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), the flowers gradually declined, and today visitors cannot see any flowers surrounding the bridge. Flower Bridge is just inside the main entrance to the park.
Guilin Seven Star Zoo
Guilin Seven-Star Zoo is the only zoo in Guilin city, built in the early 1960s. It has pandas, monkeys (some have escaped and now live free range in the park), a tiger, an elephant, camels, birds, and reptiles. The enclosures have improved somewhat in recent years, but some animal lovers may still regard them as cramped.
Pandas soon became the star attraction. Currently visitors can also see two giant pandas and several red pandas. After its construction, panda becomes the famous star here. Since the 1960s, there have been raised more than six pandas which are "have lived out their lives in Seven Star Zoo: No.9"Number Nine, "Weilun", "Meimei" (holding the record for longest living captive panda at 36 years), "Taotao", "Yueyue," and " Yangyang". The two Olympic Pandas (During 2008 Beijing Olympic, some pandas are sent to be on display during the Beijing Olympic Games) ", Fengyi" and "Meixin," which have moved here inrecently for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and are regarded as the seventh and eighth pandas kept in the Guilin Seven -Star Park. Among all the pandas that kept in the park, "Meimei" had lived for 36 years. It had set a new record for the longest life among the pandas raised in captivity in the world.
Performances: Some of the animals perform and do tricks in an amphitheater. You may see the unbelievable sight of a monkey balancing on a goat balancing on a tight rope.
Wonder Garden is one of the most popular places in the zoo. Many children come to feed young sheep and rabbits there.
Camel Hill is one of the outstanding features of Seven Star Park. With a bit of imagination, you will find that all the limestone hills in Guilin look like somebody or something. This hill looks incredibly like a huge camel standing in a vast grassland. At the foot of the hill there is a grassy lawn, which offers a pleasant place for a stroll. In the south of the park, it is very popular with locals, and many can be seen leisurely walking around in the early mooning or late afternoon. The zoo is nearby.
This outdoor adventure program is good for families with kids, a students' activity, or team building. The essence of outdoor adventure is brought to participants through several challenging courses and games among the trees. Climbing, jumping, "flying", and sliding experiences are offered. Currently, there are two routes for adults and two special routes for children. Adventreez is located beside Camel Hill, and opening hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Seven Star Cave
Seven Star Cave lies in the belly of Putuo Hill, the mass of limestone that forms the four northern peaks of Seven Star Park. The cave is well-known for its dazzling array of stalagmites and stalactites.
The cave passageways stretch for about 1,100 meters. The route is 50 meters across at the widest point and 20 meters to the roof at the highest point.
The cave has been a place of interest for hundreds of years. As early as the Song Dynasty, some explorers made an expedition into the cave and left their marks inside. With its huge variety of oddly-shaped karst formations, the cave is indeed overwhelming and well worth your time and money (30 yuan on top of the park entrance fee of 30 yuan).
Guihai Stele Forest
Guihai Stele Forest is a collection of 218 well-preserved upright stone tablets with various ancient engravings. Most of these painstaking works of engraving were from the Tang (618–907) and Song dynasties, which are of great significance to the development of Chinese calligraphy. The ‘forest' of inscribed stones is located south of Crescent Hill, which holds the park's three southerly peaks. If you don't have time to visit the famous Forest of Steles in Xi'an, this one will provide an ideal alternative.
- Location: east bank of the Li River with 1.5 km from Guilin downtown
- Nearby and similar attractions include Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill, Folded Brocade Hill, and Reed Flute Cave.
- Opening hours: 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Bus routes: 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, 24, 25, 30, or 204 to Seven Star Park (七星公园 Qixing Gongyuan /chee-sshing gong-ywen/)
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