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Crown Cave & Mausoleums of Jingjiang Princes
Located at the foot of the Yao Mountain, Mausoleums of Jingjiang Princes is a well-preserved imperial burial complex during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), housing tombs of 11 princes, four princesses as well as over 300 royal family members, generals, and subjects. You can also find a museum there displaying more than 300 pieces of rare relics unearthed from the mausoleums, including porcelains, golden and silver wares, as well as jade wares. It is suggested you spend two hours visiting this attraction.
The nearby Yao Mountain is also a good destination to enjoy the natural scenery. You can either hike for about 2 hours to the top or take a cable car uphill to have a full view of the Guilin City.
After that, still take bus no. 24 back to the city. Get off at Jiefangqiao stop and then connect bus 10 or 11 to Guilin Bus Station. Take a special bus there to the next destination of today's Guilin backpacking tour, Crown Cave.
Upon arrival, don't rush to visit the Crown Cave, since half day might not be enough to fully appreciate its beauty, so for the rest of the day, we suggest you take a leisurely stroll around the nearby villages and visit a local farmer's home to experience the countryside life style. The hospitable hosts will treat you with their best meals and drinks. Don't forget to take some small gifts or give some tips (RMB20-RMB30) as reward.
You are advised to check in a hostel around the Crown Cave for tonight. There are many home-inns and guest houses, which might not be well-equipped with hotel supplies, but can provide you good opportunities to communicate with locals. Good hotels are also available here and we recommend the Foggy Resort inside the scenic area.
It would take about 3 hours to finish the visit of this site. After that, you may take the special bus towards Guilin from Crown Cave, but get off at Gudong Waterfall in the midway. It is the last destination of this 2-day independent Guilin tour. Don't miss the chance to challenge yourself by climbing up a layered waterfall inside. It will be a unique way to get a close contact with the waterfall.
After getting refreshed, you may hail the special bus from Crown Cave to Guilin by the road. You will get back to Guilin after one hour's bus ride.
Independent City Tour: 1 day, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Stars Park, Reed Flute Cave, Two Rivers and Four Lakes.
One-Day Tour to Rural Area: Li River cruise from Yangdi to Xingping, Xingping Town, Silver Cave, West Street.
Side Trip to Longsheng: 2 days, visit the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces including Dazhai & Ping'an Village.