Seven Stars Park (Seven Star Cave)
Seven Stars Park, covering an area of more than 120 hectares (297 acres), is the largest comprehensive park with mass scenery in Guilin City. Located at the east bank of Li River, the park is 1.5 kilometers (0.9 mile) from the downtown area of Guilin. It was so named because of the seven peaks, the four peaks of Putuo Mountain and three of Crescent Mountain, inside resemble the form of the Big Dipper constellation.
The Seven Stars Park is endowed with elegant mountains, clear water, miraculous stone forest, deep and serene valleys, plentiful animals and plants and valued cultural relics. It has been popular since the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties. The main sights contain Flower Bridge, Putuo Mountain, Seven Stars Cave, Guilin Zoo, Camel Hill, Crescent Mountain, Guihai Stele Forest and Light of China Square.
Flower Bridge, built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), is the oldest bridge in Guilin. Every spring and summer, it is set off with blooming flowers and the streams, hence the name Flower Bridge. The larruping point of the bridge lies in that the arch's inverted reflection in water always looks like a full moon. It never changes even though the quantity of water changes.
|Elegant mountains and clear water|
Putuo Mountain, where Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is worshiped, is the main body of the Seven Stars Park. It abounds with caves and pavilions. At the southwestern foot of the mountain lies the natural air condition Xuanfeng Cave. At halfway up the mountain, you will see Putuo Jingshe (a two-storied pavilion). At the west belly of the mountain, you will see the renowned Seven Stars Cave, which is also called Qixia Cave or Bixu Cave. With the multifarious stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars formed by the dissolved limestone, the cave was called 'Residence of the Immortals'. Turning right and go on climbing the mountain, you will see the Tomb of the Three Generals and the Tombs of 800 Heroes. On the top of the mountain, there are Putuo Stone Forest, Xuanwu Pavilion and Zhaixing Pavilion. In addition, there are numerous valuable tablets on the mountain.
Camel Hill inside Seven Stars Park, looking like a life-like squat camel, lies behind Putuo Mountain. It was once called Hu Shan because it is shaped like a flagon. A hermit in the Ming Dynasty once lived here and grew large numbers of plum trees. In spring, the full-blown plum blossom, together with the rays of the sunrises or sunsets drapes the hill with a gorgeous glow. This is one of the Ten Scenes of Guilin. Around the hill are bonsai gardens, the Guilin Zoo and teahouses.
|Seven Stars Park|
Light of China Square
Thanks to the pleasant climate here, you can pay a visit to Seven Stars Park at any time of year.
How to get to Seven Stars Park
Guilin Bus Search
|Seven Stars Park||Seven Stars Cave||Guilin Zoo|
|Entrance Fee||CNY 75||CNY 60||CNY 70|
|Opening Hours||Mar. - Nov.: 6:00 - 19:30 |
Dec. - Feb.: 6:30
|8:00 – 17:30|
|Best Time to Visit||Apr. –Oct.|
1. To visit Seven Stars Cave and Guilin Zoo, you must enter Seven Stars Park first, so you also need to pay for the park.
2. The Seven Stars Park is free for children under 1.2m (3.9 ft).
3. Comb Ticket of Seven Stars Park and Guilin Zoo: CNY 99.