Duxiu Feng (Solitary Beauty Peak)
Location: At the north of the city centre, in Wang Cheng Ancient Mansion of Prince Jingjiang, Guilin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (aka Guangxi Province).
Opening time: 7:30 - 18:30
How to get there: By private coach or departing from Guilin train station, take buses No.1 or No. 2 to reach the peak. Other buses No. 22, 30, 99 and 100 can reach the place. Get off then at the station of Lequn Crossing (乐群路口, Le Qun Lu Kou) and walk 50 meters more eastward. And buses NO.10, 11, 14, 18 and 98 lead you to the peak when stopping at station of Liberation Bridge (解放桥,Jie Fang Qiao), have a 100 meters walk northward.
Best time to visit: All year long
An amazing Guilin scenery in the city center of Guilin
With its 66 m pinnacle towering in the middle of Guilin city, the Solitary Beauty Peak (独秀峰, "Du Xiu Feng" in Mandarin Chinese) is a Guilin scenic spot that cannot be ignored. Being a major sightseeing point over the city skyline since ancient times, the Solitary Beauty Peak is a creation of mother nature that greatly deserves its name. Standing solitarily in the middle of Guilin's streets, shopping malls and shops, the peak is a nature blessing standing in the very middle of the famous Jing Jiang Wang Cheng (靖江王城, the fief of Prince Jing Jiang of Ming Dynasty), today renown as the local symbol of Guangxi Normal University.
Particularities of the Solitary Beauty Peak
The Solitary Beauty Peak has the particularity of being one of the most famous and highest peak standing in the middle of Guilin city. Towering inside the 14th century Wang Cheng, Prince Jing Jiang's ancient city located near to the present Guilin city center, the peak is a typical highlight that cannot be denied and has to be visited. Duxiu Feng is composed of limestone like the general topography of the surrounding mountains of the area of Guilin and Guangxi. Its 66 meters height (about 217 feet) above the ground, make it recognizable from other Guilin peaks such as the Fubo Hill or the peaks in the Seven Stars Park. 306 stone steps lead visitors to the top of the peak, where everyone can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Guilin City, bordered by the Li River. What makes the particularity of this peak is also the presence of the Xuanwu Pavilion (玄武阁 Xuan Wu Ge), Kwanyin Pavilion (观音阁, Guan Yin Ge), Three Guests Temple (三客庙, San Ke Miao) and Three Gods Memorial Temple (三仙祠, San Xian Ci) elegantly dotted on the peak and that can be seen from far away in the cityscape. The Solitary Beauty Pavilion (独秀亭, Du Xiu Ting) located at the top is a 7-meter-high (about 23 feet), 2 floors and pillars supported building built in ancient times, a visit giving a deep impression over the ancient past of Guilin city where officials and royal people used to relax far away from the turmoil of the ground.
The site is also home to many distinctive caves and rocks like the Dushu (读书, studying or reading) Cave on the eastern foot of the peak, looking astonishingly like a stone room with natural windows and beds. The place was said to have been a shelter to the famous Guilin governor and writer Yan Tingzhi, 1500 years ago, which is a fact giving an even more precious signification to the Solitary Beauty Peak. The western foot of the peak is also the place where to see the Taiping (太平, peace) Cave covering an area of 140 square meters and filled with curious stalactites of various shapes and "Taisui" and poets' stone inscriptions declaring the beauty of Guilin by the famous "桂林山水甲天下" (Gui Lin Shan Shui Jia Tian Xia) saying, meaning: "the rivers and mountains of Guilin are the best under heaven". Snow Cave, Yueya (月牙，crescent) Pond, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Tower and many more, the Solitary Beauty Peak is a mingle of highlights and protected historical relics making an overall gorgeous impression of the Peak, standing solitarily but marvelously in the middle of Guilin city.
History around the Solitary Beauty Peak
With years, history around the Solitary Beauty Peak has been recollected mainly thanks to the glorious past of the Jing Jiang Prince's ruling the city during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Prince's mansion in the city had been set in ancient times around the karstic peak for its beauty and high scenic view over the city. The lines carved in the stones in the nearby cave explain the importance of the peak in the eyes of people at that period of time. According to the Southern and Northern Dynasty (420-589) poet Yanyuan: "The beauty of the peak is so unique that other nearby mountains are not on the part with it (未若独秀者，峨峨郛吧间)". Inspired by these lines, the site got its name of "Solitary Beauty", a reference in all Guilin scenic area today.
What to see in the Solitary Beauty Peak?
Rising abruptly in the middle of Guilin city, the Solitary Beauty Peak is the fame of the people living next to it for thousands of years. Compared to a "pillar under southern heaven", this high and magnificent peak is a marvel for the eye as the sight offered is one barely seen anywhere else in the world. Travelers looking for a deep insight into the peak and its history would climb to the top though steep and hard. The reward there is to take like a present from mother nature: splendid vistas, relaxing feeling and deep breath over the most beautiful landscape under heaven. When planning to visit the peak, a stop at Wang Cheng is also a great highlight as visitors would know more about the history of Guilin city in itself. The Solitary Beauty Peak is a must-see highlight of Guilin, don't miss the opportunity to have a sight there.
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