The mountains of Guilin are one of the most scenic places on the planet. Because of the alien karst terrain, this place is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. This is where we will go on a journey with an overview of 360º
Chinese Guilin is an interesting city and an amazing natural monument. The city is known for its scenic topography and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China.
Guilin is located in an unusual area with karst formations, so it is protected as a national park (Guilin National Park). Today we will make our virtual journey to this unusual place, but first we will tell you some interesting facts about it.
The beauty of Guilin inspired people to come up with unusually poetic names for the surrounding places, such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Cave, Reed Flute Cave, Brocade Hill or Green Lotus Peak – this is not a complete list of Guilin attractions.
The history of the city of Guilin exceeds 2000 years, and here natural monuments are interspersed with man-made masterpieces. In the center of Guilin rises the 152-meter Mountain of Unusual Beauty (Dusiufeng), to the top of which a staircase of 300 steps leads. Here are the ruins of the imperial residence of the Ming era, and to the south – Mount Elephant Trunk, named after the resemblance to an elephant drinking water.
The Lijiang River, which flows through the entire city, is exceptionally clean and transparent. In the middle of the river rises the Mountain of the Crushing Wave, on which a Buddhist temple was erected. He possesses such unique items as a bell weighing 2,5 tons and a cauldron that can cook food for a thousand people.
"Guilin" is translated from Chinese as "forest of cassia trees". Pillars of limestone in appearance really resemble a huge stone forest.
The layers of limestone that make up the rocks were once deposited at the bottom of an ancient sea. A few million years later, this section of the earth's crust rose after strong earthquakes. Subsequently, terrible downpours and snow fell on this area, gradually washing away the rock, already weakened by cracks and faults. Later, the upper layers of limestone fell away, exposing spire-shaped limestone shafts, which have become for modern scientists a model of karst rocks of ancient origin.
At present, the limestone pillars of the Chinese mountains stretch from the southern regions of Central China to the northern regions of Vietnam. Sheer cliffs, whose height often reaches 100 meters, stand, clinging to each other, almost vertically. For many kilometers you can see the strict ridges of the peaks of Guilin.
It would seem that nothing can grow on a bare rock. However, the mountains of Guilin are among the most picturesque on the planet. Almost the entire mountain range is covered with lianas and small trees clinging to the rocky slopes. At the moment of flowering of orchids, multi-colored islands of flowers light up on the slopes. The mountains, often shrouded in soft haze, and the calm waters of the Li River have a mystical aura that has inspired artists and poets for centuries.
The unusual and, in the truest sense of the word, ethereal landscape of Guilin made it one of the filming locations for Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
And now it's time to look at this miracle with the help of virtual panoramas from AirPano. 2 parts are waiting for you virtual tour of the picturesque mountains of Guilin and high quality spherical video. Have a nice trip!
Guilin National Park, China