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Li River, Taohua River, Shahu Lake, Ronghu Lake, Guihu Lake and the newly dug Mulong Lake are connected and liked up. The waterway transportation makes up of Guilin's central round-the-city water system, called "Two Rivers and Four Lakes". More than 1000 years ago, there has formed in Guilin a complete moat river system. Tour and Recreation on water had been very much in a fashion in the Tang and Song dynasty.

Banyan Lake, GuilinHowever, as history deposited, the river courses were silted up and rivers and lakes were separated and hindered, water quality became bad and cultural relics were buried. The great pomp of Guilin on the water didn't exist any more.

The Two Rivers and Four Lakes at the turn of the century dreged the thousand-year-old Waterway and make it a combination of historical and modern culture and a galaxy of natural landscape and ecological harmony between man and nature. The wonderful scene of the water city as described in the poem "A thousand hills stand around the city, a river flows through it" reappears.

At night, under the colorful neon lights, the natural beauty of landscape turns into a galaxy of ecological harmony between man and nature.Ticket price: RMB 158

There is an environmental protection project that connects Guilin’s four inner lakes together to Peach Blossom River and Li River. Four inner lakes are Shahu Lake, Ronghu Lake, Guihu Park, Mulong Lake, which are all located in the downtown of city. After the complete in the year of 2000, the 4-lake area has been turned into a giant natural park. There are various bridges over lakes, all kinds of plants and pavilions on the banks. Nowadays, you can take a yacht along the 4 lakes to tour the famous Elephant Hill, Fubo Hill, Folded and Brocade Hill.

Banyan Lake and Fir Lake are located in downtown Guilin . They are like two pieces of crystal embedded in the central part of the city. The origin of both parks dates back to Tang Dynasty when they were part of a city moat. As Guilin expanded to the south, the moat became a lake within the city area.

Built in Song-Dynasty, Blue Ribbon Bridge (now Sun Bridge ) separates the lakes. The Cedar Lake was named after the cedar trees growing on the shore and the Banyan Part got its name because of a large banyan tree standing on shore near the 1,000-year-old South City Gate. The two lakes together were often referred to as Round Lake . A Zigzag bridges lead to the Mid-lake Isle , which is dotted with long corridors, waterside pavilions and ancient buildings.

fisherman and fishing bird on li river,yangshuo (Click to see details)The Two Rivers and Four Lakes scenery area points the two rivers—Li River ( part of downtown area ), Taohua River (Peach-blosom River ) link with together the four lakes—Guihu Lake, Ronghu Lake, Shanhu Lake, Mulong Lake to form a round-the-city waterway attraction. At present, it is divided into three main theme scenery area, it includs:

Mulong ancient water channel scenery area—Taking the Mulong Ancient Ferry, Old City-wall as main spots, the baoji Hill and Diecai Hill as background to show the city’s culture.

Guihu Lake scenery area—Taking the natural and wild interests as special characteristics Ronghu Lake-Shan-hu Lake scenery area—To show the artistic Conception of “the city is in scenery while the scenery is in city”, taking the city’s space between hills and rivers as characteristics.

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