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Seven Star Park

One of China's most picturesque city parks

Registered as one of the best city parks in China, the Guilin Seven Star Park (Qixing gongyuan) is for sure the attraction that you should do when having some extra time in the city. Most picturesque and visited park of Guilin area, the Seven Star Park is also the largest park of the city for its more than 120 hectares of mountains, clear water, amazing stone forest, calm valleys, animals and plants diversity and valued cultural relics. Tracing back to the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties, the park has gained even more reputation with years due to its unique natural richness. Praised by former American President Bill Clinton in 1998 during a speech on environmental protection, Seven Star Park is a place where to enjoy diverse attractions such as the Flower Bridge, Seven Star Buddhist Temple, Seven Star Cave, Camel Hill, Guihai Stele Forest, Light of China Square, Guilin Seven Star Zoo, Children's Amusement Park, 3 Generals and 800 Warriors' Tomb, Mosque, Potted Scenery, and Sea of Sweet Osmanthus Trees and Forest of Tablets (Gui Hai Bei Lin, a large collection of sweet osmanthus trees and ancient tablets). A huge natural scenic spot near to the city center of Guilin!

Particularities of the Seven Star Park
The Seven Star Park's topography is what we can call a curiosity. Indeed, the park got its name from its seven karstic peaks: four from the Putuo Mountain, three from the Crescent Mountain all together representing the seven stars of the Ursa Major constellation ("Great bear" or "Big Dipper" in the USA). This universally known constellation - called "The Plough" in Britain, "The Great Cart" (Grosser Wagen) in Germany, "Karl's Cart" in Scandinavia (i.e. Karlsvognen/Karlsvagnen/Karlsvogna in Denmark, Sweden, Norway), and "The Saucepan" (Steelpannetje) in Nederland - is also known as "The Northern Dipper" (Beidou Qixing) in Eastern Asia. The four peaks of Mount Putuo making the four corners of the Big Dipper's cup, the three of the Crescent Mountain the handle. The many peaks of the park together with the caves, gardens and tourist attractions are major highlights keeping the interest of its visitors for hours.

The Seven Star Park's Putuo Mountain, main body of the park located at its northwest, is the worshipping place of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. The four peaks composing the Mountain are the Tianshu, Tianxuan, Tianji and Tianquan Peaks. This part of the park is abounding with many grottoes (among which are the famous Yuanfeng Cave and Seven Star Cave), pavilions (Xuanwu Pavilion and Zhaixing Pavilion at the top, giving the best city skyline ever). Most important attraction of the park: the Seven Star Cave in the eastern part of Putuo Mountain is where admiring stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars. By climbing the mountain, the Tomb of the Three Generals and the Tombs of 800 Heroes can be seen. Arrived at the top, the Putuo Stone Forest is waiting for travelers and constitutes a great highlight of the area, where seeing numerous ancient tablets, cultural relics and stone inscriptions (more than 200 indeed).

To the south of Putuo Mountain, the Crescent Mountain called this way due to its obvious crescent-shaped stone geology is also where seeing pavilions (among which the Banyue Pavilion, Guanghan Pavilion are the most famous), caves (Longyin Cave and Rock) and Guihai Stele Forest. Composed of more than 220 tablets concerning general matters such as economy, politics, military affairs, etc… of ancient times. The more than a hundred year history of the place is not without letting its visitors flint every time.
The other curiosity of the Park stands in the area between the two mountains: the Light of China Square. Spreading over 13,520 square meters (16,170 square yards), the square is a place where relaxing near to the two large-scale pieces of artworks: the stone carving murals, made up of more than 100 stone carvings and epitomizing 5000-year of Chinese civilization, and the Shi Ji Bao Ding, a four-legged Ding (4.6 meters (15 feet) height), symbol of a flourishing nation and peaceful living people.