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Guilin, the "City of Cassia Trees," is famous throughout China
for its unusual and breathtaking scenery. For thousands of years, it has been
eulogized throughout Chinese literature. Its vertical karst formations, or
limestone mountains, inspired classical Chinese landscapes paintings depicting
fantastically shaped peaks rising above winding rivers.
founded in the third century BC under the Qin Dynasty. Because of its location,
in the second century BC it developed into a center of transportation,
following the completion of the Ling Canal. Located about 70 kilometers north
of the city, the canal links the Xiang River, which flows into the Pearl River,
and the Tan River, which eventually meets the Yangzi, thus joining two of
China's major waterways. One of the most prosperous cities in Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region, Guilin draws substantial revenue from its large tourist