Guilin Cruise - Four
Lakes & Two Rivers
water consists of two rivers and four lakes. Two rivers
are the Li River (Lijiang River) and Taohua River (Peach
Blossom River), while the four lakes are Ronghu, Shanhu,
Guihu and Mulong Lakes. Together these bodies of water
form the Guilin Water System's Dream Tour. This tour
and construction of the water system began during the
Tang Dynasty and was popular in Song Dynasty. During
these periods, there were many lakes and ponds scattered
throughout Guilin. The city's water system was thus
highly developed. People could get to and enjoy all
the well-known scenic spots by a small boat.
However, with the passage of time, the
¡°two rivers and four lakes' were cut off
from one another and Guilin's Water System became fragmented
and the water quality worsened. In 1998, Guilin carried
out the "Two Rivers and Four Lakes" project. This involved
connecting the rivers and the silt and din, drawing
water into lakes, making the hills and surrounding landscape
greener, building the roads and bridges, and improving
the cultural attractions. This project has not only
rebuilt and expanded Guilin's old water system, but
also improved the ecological environment of the central
city and boosted its appearance and quality of life.
For example, pleasure boats can once again be seen sailing
on the waters within the city. This recreational landscape
is one of the best in China.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.