Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Architectural roofts at Mulong Lake Park.

木龍湖

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Dragons are a sign of power and fortune, here's one on a rooftop.

木龍湖

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Fubo Hill.

伏波山公园

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Be sure to touch this Buddha for good luck when you visit Fubo Hill.

伏波山公园

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
The contrast of colors in China is lovely to capture.

伏波山公园

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Buddhas and scriptions in stone.

伏波山公园

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Gorgeous contrast on rocks at Fubo Hill.

伏波山公园

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Karst Mountains along Li River.

陽朔

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Karst mountain tops.

陽朔

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Busy streets of Yangshuo.

陽朔

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained the birds to fish in rivers.

鸕鶿

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Dandelions against the karst mountains, up close & personal.

世外桃花源

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
A fisherman and his boat.

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
A fisherman speaking to his cormorants.

鸕鶿

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Caligraphy on a paper fan.

書法

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Jiangnan Alley is known for vintage cafes and souvenir shopping.

江南巷

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
The lanterns at Jiangnan Alley.

江南巷

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Golden Gate Bridge in four lakes.

兩江四湖

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
One of many bridges in Guilin's four lakes.

兩江四湖

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
The beautiful Glass Bridge.

兩江四湖

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
The boat of a famous poet.

兩江四湖

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Top of the iconic Buddhist Temple.

日月雙塔

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Sun & Moon Temples.

日月雙塔

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Underwater tunnel between Sun and Moon Temples.

日月雙塔

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Guilin Lookbook: Karst Mountains & Forest Of Sweet Osmanthus
Tunnel Hill Cave.

穿山公園

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BY WENDY HUNG

Approximately 800 years ago, Chinese poet 王正功 Wang Zheng Gong wrote the famous phrase 桂林山水甲天下 which means “Guilin’s mountains and waters are the most outstanding on Earth.” If you understand Mandarin, this phrase plasters every site, spoken by locals and guides. The truth is, clusters of karst mountains along the Li River is majestic. In essence, a Chinese water painting coming to life.

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Bordering Hunan, Guilin’s name literally means “Forest of Sweet Osmanthus” – East Asian flowers perfuming the streets of Guilin when the season is ripe. The city was one of the later ones to be discovered by mainstream, it remained a countryside town even during the Tang and Song dynasties though used as a guard bordering central government and southewest border. During this time, numerous canals were built for transporting food supplies from 長江 Yangtze region.

During 1920’s, 孫中山Dr. Sun Yat Sen used Guilin as a headquarter for his Northern Expeditionary Army. Dr. Sun later became a George Washington-esque figure in Taiwan, referred to as the Father of China’s neighboring island. Along with Beijing, Hangzhou and Suzhou; Guilin is part of China’s efforts to protect historical, cultural heritage and natural scenery.

Tripping to Guilin is equivalent to embracing the beauty of mother nature. Poet Wang was right, such mountains and waters are incomparable. If you wanted a glimpse of Eastern heaven, come here for a long, hard, stunning stare.

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