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Diecai Hill

Diecai Hill, Guilin, Guangxi

Standing on the western bank of the famous Li River in the city center, the elegant Diecai Hill, composed of four scenic peaks is one of the three renowned tourist attractions in the city of Guilin. (The other two are Fubo Hill and Solitary Beauty Hill.)

The sunlit stratified rocks on the hill resembling piles of brocades earn it the name Diecai (Folded Brocade Hill). The hill became well-known during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) 1,000 years ago. It was a place where poets and writers found and gathered their poetic inspiration amidst the enthralling surrounding scenery. Hundreds of poems inscribed on the hill’s cliffs from the past dynasties add extra charm to the site. Now a park has been built on the site with many features including the Diecai Pavilion (Folded Brocade Pavilion), Wind Cave, Wangjiang Pavilion (Looking-over-River Pavilion) and the Cloud-Catching Pavilion.

Diecai Pavilion offers a charming bird's-eye view of the surrounding scenery and to the west of it there is a range of unique garden architecture in the style of the Dong, an ethnic group. The 20-meter (66 feet) long Wind Cave at the mountainside of Mingyue Peak (Bright-Moon Peak) was originally used as an underground watercourse. The long cave penetrates through the peak resulting in a draught, hence the name.

The park is the best place to get a panoramic view of the city. The suggested visiting time is around one and a half hours.

Admission Fee: CNY 20 (half price for children between 3.6 - 4.6 feet tall;
free for children below 3.6 feet tall)
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:30
Bus Route: 58 (free), 2, 13

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