A city with his­tory

Vision Magazine - - Destinations -

Guilin is lo­cated in north­ern Guangxi. The Li and Xiang Rivers run through it and a man-made Linqu Canal con­nects them.

Set­tle­ment in the Guilin area dates back to more than 10,000 years ago. Qin Shi Huang's uni­fi­ca­tion of China in 221 BC brought great changes to the new na­tion. His or­der to con­struct a canal to con­nect the Li River and Xiang River led to the con­struc­tion of the Lingqu Canal which opened up the re­gion’s heav­enly land­scape to the world. At that mo­ment his­tory was made: Guilin was born and the Lingqu Canal was the first canal ever to con­nect two river val­leys.

Like all his­toric sites, Guilin has her fair share of great sto­ries and le­gends.

Guilin's beauty is myth­i­cal and mys­ti­cal. Nearly all of her scenic lo­ca­tions have sto­ries to tell. These leg­endary tales are passed on from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion and are an in­sep­a­ra­ble part of the Guilin cul­ture. Among them, the Moon God­dess Chang E is the most pop­u­lar and re­counted tale.

The idyl­lic land­scape, the folk le­gends and myths make Guilin a very spe­cial, in­com­pa­ra­ble place found nowhere else in China or the world.

桂林位於廣西東北部,漓江、湘江為境內兩大河流,中間有靈渠相連。

據考古發現,桂林區域在一萬多年前已經有人類居住。二千多年前,秦始皇一統天下後,下令建造一條運河——靈渠,溝通長江水系的湘江和珠江水系的漓江,卻無意間發現了這塊世外桃源般的勝地。從那時起,桂林作為城鎮出現在中國的版圖上。而靈渠是當今世界上最古老的盤山渠道。

如同長城,桂林也留下了無數催人淚下的民間故事與動人的神仙傳說。

二千年來,桂林山水一直充滿了神秘色彩,幾乎每一處絕色美景都有數個故事,故事代代相傳,時至今日,民間傳說成為了桂林文化的一部分。而大多數的傳說都與嫦娥相關,當地流傳最唯美的神話中,桂林山水是由嫦娥一手造就的,絕美之中蘊藏諸多故事與寓意。

桂林山水甲天下,玉碧羅青意可參。士氣未饒軍氣振,文場端似戰場酣。九關虎豹看勍敵,萬里鯤鵬佇劇談。老眼摩挲頓增爽,諸君端是斗之南。

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