Two Rivers and Four Lakes
 

Guilin two rivers and four lakes is not only a beautiful scenic Area but also a spectacular round-the-city water system, Guilin two rivers and four lakes, As the name suggests, it,s made up of two rivers and four lakes. the two rivers are Li river and peach blossom river. The three of the four lakes are named by the trees which planted both side each of their own riverside, there are Rong (Banyan tree) lake; Shan (Chinese fir) lake and Gui (Osmanthus tree) lake. the fourth lake named by a famous cave located nearby. that,s Mulong (wooden-dragon) lake. The two rivers and four lakes interconnected each other.

It,s worth noting that the beautiful four lakes are surrounded by lots of characteristic trees, flowering plants, traditional Chinese style pavilions, statues, and stone carvings scattered around beside the riverside.so,it provides a very pleasant, peaceful and quiet environment for the local Guilin residents and tourists. You can see that most of local people would like to walking along the meandering paths of this area even just sit for a short while in the morning or after dinner.

The popular activities must belong to the Cruise through the four lakes.it,s really a very delightful experience to take the Cruise at night. As the slow moving boat travels pass by this area ,the fantastic scenery and riverside lighting effects in the evening looks like a moving natural gallery.besides There are some performances which located along the route include local Guilin Opera, fountains and traditional music from time to time.it will brings you delightful optical and acoustic! it really a picturesque oasis embedded in the down town of Guilin city.

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.

Towing high up in the Shan Lake, the two towers-Golden Tower and Silver Tower are quite an eye-striking sights around.

The Golden Tower is a nine-storeyed architecture of 41 meters high. Built with copper, it ranks as the highest tower as its kind. The Silver Tower, 35 meters high, is decorated with colored glaze all through. The two towers are linked by aquarium under the water. Bearing colorful designs on the doors, windows etc. they look stately, yet graceful.     However, 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. 

Banyan Lake and Cedar 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.   

 
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