Guilin's Idyl­lic Scenery -Best Un­der Heav­en桂林山水甲天下

Best Un­der Heaven

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Wang Zheng­gong, a court of cer of the South­ern Song Dy­nasty, helped put Guilin on the world map when he wrote a poem to en­cour­age lo­cal young peo­ple to study hard so as to be able to serve the court. His poem’s pop­u­lar catch­phrase “the scenery of Guilin tops the world” has helped pub­li­cise the re­gion's nat­u­ral beauty to the world. So to­day Guilin has be­come one of the top ten travel des­ti­na­tions in China, sec­ond only to the Great Wall. 南宋時期,一位寧波老人王正功在桂林為官,以景擬人,留下詩句「桂林山水甲天下」以鼓勵當地年輕學子好好讀書,報效朝廷。卻意外成為千古名言,更讓秀美如畫的桂林山水的盛名遠播。在當代共認的中國十大旅遊勝地中,桂林山水排行第二,其地位僅屈居長城之後。

ENGLISH TEXT BY CI­CILIA KWAN CHI­NESE TEXT BY PETER WU

PHOTO CREDIT: FOTOLIA

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