After visiting Reed Flute Cave, you’ll be driven to the city center where you can enjoy a walk around the city’s water system — Two Rivers and Four Lakes.
The two rivers in the name relate to Guilin’s two major rivers running through the city: the Li River and the Peach Blossom River. The four lakes in the name refer to the four major lakes in the city: Ronghu (Banyan Lake), Shahu (Chinese Fir Lake), Guihu (Osmanthus Lake), and Mulonghu (Wood Dragon Lake). These rivers and lakes are linked together in a circuit.
Your walk will begin at Gunanmen (‘Old South Gate’), which used to be the south gate of Guilin during the Tang Dynasty in about 700 AD.
Gunanmen (‘Old South Gate’)
Near the gate stands a 1,000-year-old banyan tree, which reflects the history of this city. In front of it is Banyan Lake — walk alongside it to discover ancient bridges in many different styles.
After you walk around Ronghu, you’ll come to another lake named Shahu, which has twin towers standing in it. The Sun and Moon Twin Towers are landmarks of Guilin. The Sun Tower is the largest bronze Buddhist tower in the world.
The Sun and Moon Twin Towers
Continue onward to reach the most beautiful street in Guilin — Binjiang Road. The road runs alongside the Li River and you’ll see the aptly named Elephant Trunk Hill, which appears to be an elephant drinking the river. Along the roadside, which is decorated with banyan trees, you’ll see many street artists playing music and singing about this beautiful city.
Your final stop is Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, which is home to the largest man-made waterfall in the world. Your wonderful trip ends here. You can choose to continue walking in the nearby area (Zhengyang Pedestrian Street and the food market are only a few steps away) or you can be driven back to your hotel.
Recommended Nighttime Activity
The water system of Two Rivers and Four Lakes looks even more beautiful at night when it is decorated by the many city lights. Cruise boats run through the water system, departing between 8pm and 10pm. Each trip takes about 90 minutes and costs about 220 yuan. If you want to take this nighttime cruise, please ask your guide to book it for you.
Cruise boats run through the water system
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