The Emperor Qin Shihuang (221-210 BC) established three prefectures in the region, one of which he called Gui Lin. It was located on the ''Guixiang Corridor," which was an important passage connecting central and southern China. The strategic importance of Guilin was enhanced by Qin Shihuang' s decision to build the Ling Canal, which effectively provided a passage from the Yangtze to the Pearl River estuary by linking the Xiang and Li rivers. During the Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD), Guilin served as the capital of Shi'an Shire, and during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), the city flourished and grew in size and importance. In the Song Dynasty (960-1279) Guilin was the capital of the area encompassed by the modern Guangxi Autonomous Region and Hainan Province. The importance of Guilin was further enhanced under the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD), as it became the residence of successive generations of Jingjiang princes - all influential descendants of a grandson of the Taizu Emperor. Guilin was the capital of Guangxi from the Ming Dynasty till 1912, after which the location of the capital moved several times before finally settling in Nanning in 1949. During the war against Japanese aggression, Guilin was the site of an air base from which many attacks were launched against Japanese forces. The city was heavily damaged in an unsuccessful battle to prevent occupation by Japanese troops in 1944, and was held by the Japanese from November of that year until July 28, 1945. In 1981, this ancient city was listed by the State Council as one of four cities (the others being Beijing, Hangzhou and Suzhou) where the protection of historical and cultural heritage, as well as natural scenery, should be a national priority.
Unfortunately, while Guilin is home to breathtaking scenery, due to the high volume of tourists, it is also home to scammers of all shapes and sizes. Here’s our guide to the sneakiest scams in Guilin, and how to avoid them.
Thailand’s NewGen Airways will be offering direct flights from Krabi in Thailand to Guilin, from July 15. There will be services every 5 days.
With a balance of work and play, Guilin residents have time to exercise and stay fit. The city has many different fitness centers, and while several are a bit highly-priced, all of Gulin’s best gyms have a lot of fun fitness activities to offer!
The new high-speed train between Beijing and Guilin will begin operation on December 28, just in time for the new year.
Guilin’s Light Show is currently taking place in Seven Star park and finishes its run on October 18
Summer in Guilin is the place to go for a vacation in China. Once there, water rafting is an absolute must, as it’s one of the best ways to experience Guilin’s natural beauty. Also be sure to spend some time rafting in neighboring Yangshuo, which boasts some of China’s finest scenic landscapes. ...
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