The second phase of South China Karst has just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list on June 23.2014; and Guilin karst was included along with Huanjiang in Guangxi, Shibing cluster in Guizhou, and Jinfoshan cluster in Chongqing.
Karst hills along the Li River in Guilin, China
The newly-added South China karst areas cover an extension of the first project, which was listed as a natural World Heritage site in 2007. Experts believe that this year’s extension project makes the listing more complete. The two parts group the world’s most unique karst landforms, which evolved from highlands to flatter lowlands,
Karst topography is a distinctive landscape formed from the dissolution of layers of soluble bedrock, such as limestone, dolomite and gypsum. South China has the world’s most diverse karst landforms. Now, the serial sites of South China karst, with an area of 176, 228 hectares, spread over the provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi, Yunnan and Chongqing.
Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo,China
The region of Guilin in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is world-renowned for the stunningly karst landcape. Astounding karst hills topped with lush greenery are typical. The city of Guilin lies amidst limestone towers and cones of different height and shape, on the alluvial plain of the Li River. Surprisingly, there is dramatic change in the karst landscape. A four-hour boat trip down the river from Guilin to Yangshuo allows visitors to observe changing scenery of ‘Fenglin’ – ‘peak forest’ and ‘Fengcong’ – ‘peak cluster’.
The grand opening event of Club Med Guilin kicked off, with a ribbon cutting ceremony presided by the Chairman and CEO Henri Giscard d’Estaing. It was the official inauguration of Club Med Guilin on Monday, September 24, 2013.
Henri Giscard d’Estaing, the Chairman and CEO of Club Med, attended the grand opening event of Club Med Guilin
The Club Meb Guilin is located in 47 hectares of private grounds within a sculpture park in the rural area between Guilin and Yangshuo. The resort boasts two contemporary style hotels with 330 Elegantly appointed luxurious rooms with rooms for a restful and warm ambience.
Club Med Guilin Resort, China
The world leading high-end holiday operator Club Med has more than 80 resorts worldwide. The company ventured into China in 2010, opening a village at a ski resort called Yabuli, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. For the second one – Club Med Guilin, it come as the its first “culture-centric” resort in Asia.
Guilin is a UNESCO World Heritage-designated historical city, famous for its unheavenly natural beauty – the Li River, teraced rice paddies, mysterious caves. There are weeks of possible exploration out there. Travelers can go on excursions to the city’s scenic karst mountains and meet the minority tribes. All of these await you!
The Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) 2013 took place in Guilin, the primary tourist city of China’s Guangxi Province, on June 19th and 20th. This year’s forum attracted some 150 participants from the six Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Yunnan and Guangxi provinces of China. During the two-days event, they widely discussed around “Rapid development of China’s outbound travel – how the Greater Mekong Subregion countries to maximize the benefits”.
Mekong Tourism Forum 2013
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) announced that a strategic communication strategy will be implemented to provide more visibility to the Mekong destination. “We recognize that communication is essential to increase the recognition of the region”, indicates Mason Florence, Executive director of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
It was the first time that the TWG meeting had convened in Guilin. And now, Guilin is set to be an International Tourism Destination by 2020; favorable tourism policies will be implemented for Guilin’s development. Thus, the international character of Guilin also became one of the topics in this forum.
GMS Tourism Working Group meetings
The Mekong Tourism Forum is the platform for discussion on tourism between the private and public sectors of these six GMS member countries. The forum is usually linked to the region’s Tourism Working Group meetings that are held twice a year and mainly attended by government officials responsible for tourism policy.
Narcissus delegation, led by Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Huang Huiying, traveled to China for their 2013 Narcissus Goodwill Tour from June 2 and June 17. After visited Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xian and Beijing, they arrived in Guilin on June 13, and then left for Hong Kong. Mr Zhou wei, deputy mayor of Guilin, welcomed them at Guilin Bravo Hotel, and offered congratulations to the newly elected Narcissus “Queen” and “Princess”.
We, as a professional tour operator based in Guilin, provided a wide-range travel service for these guests. This 3-day well designed trip highlights the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, for heavenly beauty of the scenic city. And then, visit a local market in Yangshuo to glimpse into the people’s daily life. Moreover, the star attractions – Elephat Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Reed Flute Cave and Impression Sanjie Liu – are also included.
The group photo of our manger, the queen and her courts, and the tour guide (from L to R)
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce started the Narcissus Festival in 1950, with the aim to showcase Chinese art and culture. Throughout all the fifty-three years, the Festival has had the Narcissus Queen Pageant as its flagship program. The primary award for the queen and her court is to participate in the annual Narcissus Goodwill Tour of the Chamber to Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan as “goodwill ambassadors.”
China has revealed a plan of the construction and development of Guilin international tourism destination, in an effort to boost the city’s economic growth. By 2020, the plan will be basically completed, and Guilin will become an important platform of world-class landscape tourism and leisure holiday destination.
the Press Conference of Guilin International Tourism Destination
A Press Conference of Guilin International Tourism Destination Construction was held in the State Council Information Office on March 26, 2013. Special policies will be applied to support Guilin’s development and benefit residents’ life as well.
In November 2012, agreed by the State Council, National Development and Reform Committee officially replied Guilin International Tourism Resort Construction Development Planning Outline. So far, the NDRC has approved Hainan and Yunnan provinces as well as Guilin as three reform pilot areas. Guilin, as a prefecture-level city, is the only one to get its construction rose to a natinal strategy.
Guilin is a world-famous scenic city for its picturesque Li River, spectacular Longji Rice Terraces, colorful ethnic culture and much more. In 2012, Guilin has received 1.9 million overseas tourists, up by 11 percent over the previous year.
The tenth Guilin Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off in Nanxi Mountain Park, south of the city, on March 23, 2013. This year, it will last until the end of the month. Droves of visitors have swarmed onto the park to enjoy the cherry trees in full bloom.
The Cherry Blossom Festival consists of two parts, flowers appreciation and art performances. Along the main road, the cherry trees blossom on both sides, like pink clouds. The petals of cherry blossoms flutter down when soft spring wind blows. The whole park has become a sea of flowers, with fragrant air. Visitors ramble among the trees, enjoy the flowers, and take pictures.
Cherry Blossom Festival in Nanxi Mountain Park,Guilin
During the festival, art performances include dancing, singing, Kong-fu and fashion shows. All of these are arranged by college students; and, the committee has also prepared a mysterious gift for lucky audiences.
Nanxi Mountain is home to the largest cherry tree park in Guilin. The best blossoms comes from the end of March to early April. During this period, the park is set to hold its Cherry Blossoms Festival. Since 2003, the festival has become a annual event.