Many friends tell me to visit Seven Star Park during my first visit to Guilin, cause’ it’s not only the largest comprehensive park of its kind in Guilin, but it’s very rich in natural scenic spots and cultural relics, so I visit it with great interest, and it really is.
With an area of 400,000 square meters, Seven Star Park perches on the west of Li River, and seven peaks resembling Great Dippers in the sky are available in the park, hence its present name, where the main attractions are the Flower Bridge, Great Dipper, Rosy Cloud over Camel Hill, Rainbow Shadow over Crescent Tower, Dragon-Hidden Cave and Great Mosque as well as Bonsai Garden and Crescent Cave and Guihai Stele Forest.
Setting foot on the park through west gate, and you walk along the 135-meter long Flower Bridge initially built in Xining period of the Song dynasty and spanning over Little East River, on which the Wind and Rain Corridor stands with decorative green glazed tiles, and the bridge we see was rebuilt in 1965. With water flowing quietly under the bridge, the four semi-arches of the bridge forms four round plates by company of their reflections in the water.
Walk out of the bridge and turn left, and you’ll find a vast verdant lawn before your eyes, on the left and right of which are Chinese Nation Glory Square and Crescent Tower respectively. Two huge pieces of artworks are available on the square, of which one is Fresco of Chinese Nation Glory with 105 meters long by 5 meters high, fully displaying the most advanced scientific & technological inventions in Chinese history in the forms of over 100 stone embossments, and the other one is the Century Cauldron with 4.6 meters tall, standing on a granite-structured pedestal, which symbolizes that China flourishes and Chinese people live in peace. Perched at the foot of hill, Crescent Tower is a well-decorated building provides visitors with local snacks.
Walk across a lotus pond, and then I come to Camel Hill, which resembles a squatting camel, hence the name. Surrounded by peace trees and decorative bonsais, Camel Hill looks more amazing when it comes to spring every year, where the former U.S. president Bill Clinton delivered one of his speeches on environmental protection.
After a short rest, I visit the 1,100-meter long Seven Star Cave, which is filled with stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes, and it seems as if I were in a wonderland when walking through the cave. My next stop is 265-meter tall Putuo Hill, where the statue of Kwan-yin is enshrined, and it’s composed of Tianshu Peak, Tianxuan Peak, Tianji Peak and Tianquan Peak. After a while, I walk into Xuanfeng Cave, where the air is rather cooler, giving me a sense of refreshment and comfortableness.
In addition to the attractions mention above, Seven Star Zoo, Grotesque Stone Hall and Rock-Climbing Field are available for visitors in the park, attracting thousands of visitors every year, especially families with kids, so you are strongly to visit the park during your first visit to Guilin.
Author: Yang Qingwei