May 14, 2015

Guilin, Guangxi, China

What Lonely Planet said: Guìlín was China's first city to develop tourism after 1949. For decades, children's textbooks proclaimed 'Guìlín's landscape is the best under heaven'. It was the darling of Chinese politicians, the star city proudly presented to visiting dignitaries. Today Guìlín's natural endowments still amaze, yet, thanks to imperfect urban planning, there is a pervasive feeling that the city is past its prime.

I was there: January 10, 2013, January 12, 2013 - January 13, 2013

Camera used: Canon EOS 40D

Guilin's Sun & Moon Twin Pagoda
A misty morning at Fir Lake in the middle of Guilin

A bridge near the twin pagoda

Me and the pagodas

One of several stone sculptures at the lake

Sun Pagoda framed by a dragon

Elephant Hill, an icon of Guilin

Nanxi Park in Guilin

Silhouette of a tree and the two hills at the park 

Entrance to Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) Temple built in a cave at a hill

View of Guilin from the top of one of the hills at Nanxi Park

Me at Jinjiang Palace

The Jinjiang Palace was built even before the Forbidden City in Beijing

Me inside the palace. It was the administrative centre of South China ages ago

The palace was converted to a school 

The palace did not survive the Cultural Revolution. All the buildings in the complex were rebuilt

A bare tree at the palace. The tour guide said it looks like a dragon's claw

Calligraphy carved onto the side of a hill inside the palace complex

A longevity character wrote by infamous Empress Dowager Cixi

The palace is also home for Imperial Examinations in the area

A garden at the back of Jinjiang Palace