Qi Xing Gong Yuan – popular local Seven Star Park in Guilin
Last Update: 2nd October 2020
What is Qi Xing Gong Yuan?
Acclaimed as the largest, and oldest park in Guilin City, Qi Xing Gong Yuan is a combination of culture and nature. Overlooking from the sky, the seven hills in the park form the shape of the Big Dipper, which the name of the park comes from.
Qi Xing Gong Yuan Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Qi Xing Gong Yuan (七星公园)
- Area: 134.7 hectares
- Things to do there: Photography, Culture, Nature
- Who visits: Photographers, Culture Lovers, Nature Lovers
- Time required: 1 – 2 hours
What to expect at Qi Xing Gong Yuan
Situated 1.5 kilometers from the center of Guilin City, Qi Xing Gong Yuan has been well known among tourists since the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). The park was influenced by the Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and Confucianism. You could find the related sites there. In addition, there are some 500 pieces of stone carvings from the Tang Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912).
Resembling the camel, the camel hill becomes the background of photos by tourists. In 1998, the former US president William Jefferson Clinton made a speech of environmental protection at the foot of the hill.
The Seven Star Hills cover an area of 51.5 hectares, offering more than 10 caves. But just one of them, Seven Star Cave is opened to the public. Putuo hill is dotted with stone forest and old pavilions. Yuanfeng Cave at the west foot is a summer resort. Tombs of Three Generals at the hillside remind us of the cruelty of the Anti-Japanese War in Guilin and reflect the strong will of Guilin people and the then soldiers to defend the Japanese army.
Seven Star Cave is divided into the upper, middle and lower layers. The lower one is the underground river which is still developing. Just the middle one is opened to the public. With 35 scenic spots, the opening section is 814 meters long. In addition, you’ll find more than 100 pieces of carvings in the cave.
Originally built in the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279), Flower Bridge features the wind rain style. With a length of 135 meters, it is covered with green glazed tiles. In spring and summer, peach blossom and bamboo forests at either side of the bridge make for beautiful views as well.
Guihai Tablets Forest is located in the park. The 200 tablets tell the economic, military, cultural facts and the local folklore in Chinese characters, or images. The carved map of Jingjiang Prince City is one of the oldest stone carved maps in China as well as the largest carved map.
Best time to visit Qi Xing Gong Yuan
If you’d like to explore the local life in the park, the best time to visit is in the morning when many of the local elders are used to practising Tai Chi or doing morning exercises.
The best months to visit are from April to October.
How to get to Qi Xing Gong Yuan
Several buses pass by the park. Thus, there are several options.
- Rent a vehicle to the park. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 10, 11, 14, 18, 21, 24, 25, 30, 204 and Bus 206 to the Stop of Qi Xing Gong Yuan.
Additional Qi Xing Gong Yuan Advice
- Opening hours for the park: 06:00 – 19:30 (March – November); 06:30 – 19:00 (November – February)
- Opening hours for Seven Star Cave: 08:00 – 17:30
- Opening hours for the zoo in the park: 08:00 – 17:30
- As at 2nd October 2020, the entrance to the park (Seven Star Cave and the zoo in the park not included) is 55 CNY per person; children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge; children between 1.2m tall (1.2m tall included) and 1.4m tall (1.4m tall not included) are charged 30 CNY per person.
- As at 2nd October 2020, the entrance to Seven Star Cave is 35 CNY per person; children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge; children between 1.2m tall (1.2m tall included) and 1.4m tall (1.4m tall not included) are charged 20 CNY per person.
- As at 2nd October 2020, the entrance to Seven Star Cave is 50 CNY per person; children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge; children between 1.2m tall (1.2m tall included) and 1.4m tall (1.4m tall not included) are charged 25 CNY per person.
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