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Guilin is located in northeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. In 1998 with the approval of the State Council, the original Guilin and Guilin District merged to form the current Guilin, with a total area of 2.78 million square kilometers and a total population of 4,951,100 people. The urban area is 565 square kilometers, and the urban population is 734800 people. There are at least 37 ethnic groups including the Han, Zhuang, Miao, Yao, Dong, Hui, Jing, Yi, water nationalities etc. Guilin Governs Xiufeng, Xiangshan, Qixing, Diecai, Yanshan 5 municipal districts and Lingchuan, Xing'an, Quanzhou, Lingui, Yangshuo, Pingle, Lipu, Longsheng, Yongfu, Gongcheng, Ziyuan, Guanyang 12 counties.

Undeniably, to live in Guilln is to be a lover of mountains and rivers. Which is not to say that all the city residents spend this leisure hours gallivanting among the hills and forests of the high country.

The establishment of the new city, approved by the State Council in 1999, will further to strengthen Guilin's status as a tourist attraction, and promote' construction and economic development in the whole area. The new government gives top priority to tourism and make better use of rich resources to develop its economy. The expansion provides better opportunity for the city to optimize tourism structure and improve tourism services.

Guilin, one of China's most popular scenic cities, played host to 10.97 million tourists in 2002, up 8.7 per cent from 2001. With a history of more then 2,000 years, Guilin is renowned for its green mountains, clear water and strangely shaped rock formations.

Most of the sights in Guilin are scenic. Although the mountains are the usual peaked mountains, they are rounded at the top and there are tons of them, very picturesque. They look almost fake and the ones in the background fade to grey more than the nearer, darker ones. A popular Chinese saying goes: The scenery in Gui[in is the finest, but Yangshuo's is still better. The well known poet Hah Yu (768-820) in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) described Guilin's landscape: "The river forms a green gauze belt, the mountains are like blue jade hairpins. "The river resembles a green ribbon, while the hills are emerald hairpins."

About 30 ethnic groups like Zhuang, Han, Miao, Yao, and Dong inhabit in the city. Gui[in is reputed as a city with "the most beautiful hills and rivers on earth. Its fantastic scenery and cultural heritage attract millions of tourists each year from both home and abroad.

It is said that since ancient times the landscape of Guilin has been second to none under Heaven (the scenery in Guilin is the best under Heaven). Great poet Fan Chengda (1126-1193) of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) said, " The strange sight of Gui Mountain should be ranked first under Heaven. "Li Zengbo of the Southern Song Dynasty acclaimed," The mountains and streams of Guilin ave second to none under Heaven. "Till the Qing Dynasty when poets changed the word" stream "into" waters, "hence the popular saying:" The mountains and waters of Guilin are second to nolle under Heaven, "or rather," The landscape of Guilin is second to none under Heaven.' It is said that Guilin is unique in four aspects : verdant mountains (enchanting hills) , lovely waters (limpid water) , strange eaves (fantastic caverns) , and charming rocks (wonderful rocks) , and in addition there are four excellent views: deep ponds , dangerous shoals , flowing springs , and torrential waterfalls . It takes years to appreciate each of these features. Besides the four uniquenesses and the four excellences, the four seasons should also be taken into consideration. The landscape in Gui[in changes in four seasons.

The city boasts 9 international exhibition centres, 34 universities and institutlons and a high-tech business incubator.

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.
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