Seven Star Park

Situated in the stunningly beautiful city of Guilin, is Seven Star Park. The largest park in the city, it contains some of the most exquisite and picturesque highlights in Guilin. Seven Star Park gets its name from the seven karst peaks within its grounds that resemble “The Big Dipper”. The park is a veritable wonderland of natural beauty with the surrounding mountains, lush forests, extraordinary karst formations, and abundant plant and wildlife. Seven Star Park is an incredible attraction that cannot be missed.

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Interesting Facts

- Seven Star Park is located 1.5 km from downtown Guilin, in Guangxi province.

- The park gets its name from the seven karst peaks within its grounds that make it resemble the Big Dipper constellation. Four in the north comprise Putuo Hill, and three in the south are called Lunar Hill.

- Being the largest park in Guilin, Seven Star Park covers over 120 hectares.

- In 1998, former US president Bill Clinton, praised Seven Star Park during a speech on environmental and ecological protection.

History Of Seven Star Park

Seven Star Park is ancient, and cane be traced back to the Sui dynasty (581 to 618 CE). During the Tang dynasty (618 to 907 CE), Guilin prospered and the park became renowned for its stunning natural beauty. During this period, Guilin was the nexus between the central government and the border to the southwest. Troops were regularly stationed in the city, increasing the population and thus, the popularity of Seven Star Park as a place of respite amid the bustling city.

During the Song dynasty (960 to 1279 CE), Guilin became even more prosperous. Canals were constructed throughout the city, allowing supplies and food from the Yangtze plain to be transported to the southwest regions of the country. What for the proliferation of canals, numerous bridges were built during the Song dynasty.

Located just inside Seven Star Park, is the oldest bridge in Guilin, known as the Flower Bridge. This beautiful and ornate bridge was first constructed during this period. Over a thousand years ago when it was first built, the surrounding area was carpeted with wild flowers and vegetation in full bloom from spring to late summer. Hence, how Flower Bridge received its name. At 135 meters (147.6 yards) long, the bridge crosses a tributary of the Li River known as “East Stream”, and the Lingjian Stream which both flow through the park. In 1965, Flower Bridge was fully restored and renovated.

Culture Of Seven Star Park

Because it is the largest park in Guilin, many of the attractions in Seven Star Park have brought fame to the city over the centuries.

Camel Hill: Named its resemblance of a camel, this karst formation is one of the most popular sights in the park, and all of Guilin. Located behind Putuo Hill, Camel Hill is situated at one of the entrances to the park. The rock formation bares a strikingly similar resemblance to a camel standing amid tall vegetation. According to legend, during the Ming dynasty (1368 to 1644) a hermit resided at the foot of Camel Hill. He planted numerous plum trees, which still stand today. In spring, the area surrounding the hill is awash with colour from the plum trees in full bloom.

Putuo Hill: This is considered one of the main areas of Seven Star Park. Numerous caves can be found within this karst formation, and pavilions are located on its peak. The pavilions located here include Putuo Jingshe (a two-storied pavilion), Zhaixing Pavilion, and Xuanwu Pavilion. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is alos worshipped on Putuo Hill.

Seven Star Cave: Located halfway up Putuo Hill on the western slope, this cave has been renowned in the region since the Sui dynasty (581 to 618 CE). During ancient times, it was often referred to as the “Residence of the Immortals”. The massive karst formations found within are truly breathtaking. Seven Star Cave stretches some 1,100 meters in length, is 20 meters at the highest point, and 50 meters at its widest. During the 20th century, colourful lights were installed to accentuate the incredible karst formations within the cave.

Guihai Stele Forest: this area is another main highlight of Seven Star Park. It is a collection of 218 exceptionally well-preserved stone tablets containing ancient engravings. The majority of these artifacts date from the Tang (618 to 907 CE) and Song ((960 to 1279 CE) dynasties. This site is of great historical and cultural importance, as it exhibits the development of calligraphy culture in China.

Tips

- The best time to visit Seven Star Park is between April and October when the vegetation and flowers are in full bloom.

- The park is open from March to November, 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM. From December to February, 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

- Seven Star Park is easily accessible via Guilin city transportation.

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