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Two Rivers and Four Lakes

The Li River, Peach Blossom River (Taohua River), Fir Lake (Shahu), Banyan Lake (Ronghu), Guihu Lake (Osmanthus Lake) and the newly dug Wood Dragon Lake (Mulong Lake) are all connected and linked together. With waterway transportation, this comprises Guilin's central round-the-city water system, known as the "Two Rivers and Four Lakes" of Guilin. More than 1000 years ago, there has formed in Guilin a complete moat river system. Tour and Recreation on water had been very much in a fashion in the Tang and Song dynasty. Tourists can take boat trips by the water route around the city. This brand new water entertainment will surely adds charm to your stay in Guilin.

The project of water system reconstruction was launched in 1998 and completed in 2002, forming a round-the-city waterway that linking the four lakes Guihu Lake (Osmanthus Lake), Ronghu Lake (Banyan Lake), Shanhu Lake (Fir Lake), Mulong Lake (Wood Dragon Lake) and the two rivers Li River, Taohua River (Peach Blossom River) together, which enables Guilin to be a scenic city of park.. Though located in downtown, the lake areas are beautiful and quiet city gardens.

Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Guilin Tours

Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Guilin ToursTwo Rivers and Four Lakes, Guilin Tours

Peach Blossom River is a tributary of the Li River, traversing the western part of Guilin. In autumn the red leaves along the river are spectacular. The Ronghu (Banyan Lake) and Shanhu (Fir Lake) are two beautiful lake parks embedded in the center of Guilin. Far back to the Tang Dynasty, they were parts of the city moat. The two lakes are originally a whole before being divided into two parts by the Yangqiao Bridge (Sun Bridge). The east is called the Fir Lake owing to the fir trees growing around, and the west is named Banyan Lake thanks to a giant banyan guarding the ancient city gate that enjoys a history of 1,000 years. There are bamboo groves grown, peach and cassia trees grown around the lakes.

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