A city with history
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.