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Chilling out in GUILIN

Sitting in northeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin boasts enchanting natural views that have often been described as “the best in the world” since ancient times.

Savoring Guilin’s beauty can perhaps best be enjoyed on a bamboo raft ride on the Lijiang River, which meanders leisurely around the oddly shaped karst mountains and caves.

The laid-back county of Yangshuo is known as a backpacker’s retreat with an eclectic vibe that blends the idyllic lifestyle of the Zhuang minority people with a surprisingly vibrant nightlife.

If time permits, drop by the magnificent Longji Terrace Land, a three-hour drive from Guilin. Overlooking mountain
tops, the terraced paddy fields have inspired artists for centuries as mountain peaks often look as though they are peeking out from the clouds.

April to October is the best time of year to visit Guilin. Shanghai Daily photographer Dong Jun captures the soul of the city.

Locals chopped chili peppers. Guilin is famous for its spicy food.

Tourists climb a mountain in Guilin, which is a popular destination for mountaineers and hikers due to the great variety of climbs.

The best way to savor Guilin’s astounding beauty is to go rafting along the Lijiang River.

Cormorants rest on a bamboo raft along the Lijiang River.

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