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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.
A lot of things to do mixed in: It has a small zoo, a small amusement park, seven hills, and Camel Hill that is a place to take photographs with living camels. There are some elusive monkeys and cultural displays as well as a small cave.
The main attactions 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 it contains some of the finest sights in the city.
Guilin Zoo in Seven Star Park is the only zoo in Guilin City. It was built in the early 1960s. It has monkeys (some have escaped and now live free range in the park), camels, birds, and reptiles. The enclosures have improved somewhat in recent years, but some animal lovers may still regard them as cramped.
Special note: The zoo was famous for having pandas a few years ago and big cats, but now it doesn't have them.
Performances: Some of the animals perform and do tricks in an amphitheater. You may see the unbelievable sight of a monkey balancing on a pot balanced 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.
Apart from the performing monkeys, the rest of the Tibetan macaques have escaped from the zoo and now reside semi-wild on a hill opposite the stele green and pavilion-topped hill. The troop comes to visitors for food, but, as the signs say, "the monkeys can be dangerous". Tibetan macaques are some of the rare and interesting animals that are best to see in China.
The 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. They are of great significance to the development of Chinese calligraphy.
The 'forest' of inscribed stones is located south of Crescent Hill that 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.
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 that offers a pleasant place for a stroll. 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, as 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. This adventure area is located beside Camel Hill, and opening hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Seven Star Cave got its name for the seven peaks supposed to resemble the star pattern of the Big Dipper constellation nearby. Four peaks in the north are called Putuo Hill and three in the south are called Lunar Hill. Two of the peaks have steps up and pavilions.
The cave is famous for its stalactites of various shapes inside. The cave is divided into three parts. The upper part is high and steep, and the lower part is an underground river channel. The middle part is an 814-meter-long tunnel. It widest place is 49 meters wide, and the highest is 27 meters. It is the main touring area.
The temperature in this cave remains 20 degrees all the year round, and it provides a comfortable condition for visitors. Since the Tang Dynasty (618–907), the cave has been a favorite tour resort. Many visiting poets, writers, scholars and nobles left inscriptions on the wall.
Taking the shapes of stone columns, curtains, stalagmites and animals, the limestone of the cave leads visitors into a marvelous world. Now, an artificial lighting system provides colorful lights to display the underground world.
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.
Entrance Fees: There are three entrance fees. The fee for the park itself is about 55 RMB. Additional to the park entrance fee, the Seven Star Cave entrance fee is 45 RMB and Guilin Zoo's entrance fee is 70 RMB or about 10 USD.
Walking is a good idea: It might surprise you, but the inner city area is small enough and scenic enough, with plenty of interesting places to see, eat and dine in as you go, that simply walking from your hotels in the inner city or from the central Guilin Station to 7 Star Park might be preferable if you have the time.
It is only a 20 or 25 minute walk over Liberation Bridge from Center Square, the Sheraton, and Waterfall Hotel.
Elephant Trunk Hill Park is nearby across the Li River, and you could also walk between the two parks. See Walking between Elephant Hill Park and 7 Star Park and Guilin Hiking for ideas for walking to the park.
Are you considering visiting Guilin and China and find all the options for traveling around the city rather daunting? Or are you in China already and have had enough of trying to work everything out for yourself?
We, China Highlights, are based in Guilin, and can offer you the option of having private transport with an English-speaking guide on a customized tour to Seven Star Park and other scenic areas in the Guilin region.
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