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Night Cruise on Two Rivers and Four Lakes

Evening Cruise on 2 Rivers and 4 Lakes, a dream tour on the Guilin Water System. This is a very scenic tour within Guilin city. It consists of two rivers and four lakes namely the Li River, Taohua River and the lakes of Ronghu, Shahu, Guihu and Mulong. This water tour is available day and night. You can see the three scenic Chinese classical gardens at the lakes of Ronghu, Shahu and Mulong while admiring the famous traditional hills of Elephant Hill, FuBo Hill, Yao Hill, BaoJi Hill and Laoren Hill, etc.

The Two Rivers and Four Lakes scenic area refers to the water loop consisted of Li River, Peach Blossom River, Mulong Lake, Gui Lake, Rong Lake, and Shan Lake that enclose the downtown Guilin. A boat tour through the area is definitely a highlight of a Guilin city tour.

A two-rivers-four-lakes boat tour can be done during both days and nights. However the night cruises are far better. When night falls, many lanterns and lights are lit and music fountains in the lakes start to entertain the public, making the area a lovely place to go. Taking a sightseeing boat to cruise this inner city water loop, you will get the most beautiful scenes of the night in Guilin. It is one of the best things to do in Guilin to spend your night.

Guilin (桂林) is a beautiful city. A popular saying to summarize the beauty of Guilin is “3 hills 2 caves, 2 rivers 4 lakes” (三山两洞,两江四湖). The 3 hills are Elephant Trunk Hill (象鼻山), Fubo Hill (伏波山) and Folded Brocade Hill (叠彩山) while the 2 caves are Seven Star Cave (七星岩) and Reed Flute Cave (芦笛岩). On our first night in Guilin, we went for a night cruise that travels through the 2 Rivers 4 Lakes Scenic Area (两江四湖环城水系) located in Guilin’s downtown area. As the name suggests, the scenic area consists of 2 rivers and 4 lakes. The 2 rivers are the Li River (漓江) and its tributary, Taohua (Peach Blossom) River (桃花江). The 4 lakes are the Rong (banyan tree) Lake (榕湖), Shan (Chinese fir) Lake (杉湖), Gui (Osmanthus) Lake (桂湖) and the Mulong (wooden dragon) Lake (木龙湖).

A Two Rivers and Four Lakes cruise lasts approximately 2 hours for over 7 kilometers. The areas past are filled with trees, plants, meandering paths, and small pavilions. The cruise will also past performances by local people of Guilin Opera, minority songs, traditional Chinese music.

Typical sightseeing boats on the Two Rivers and Four Lakes scenic area are air-conditioned. With 360-degree cabin windows, the sightseeing boats offer exceptional visibility. 4 seats in a raw, a sightseeing boat can accommodate 80 to 100 passengers at one time.

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