Two Rivers and Four
Lakes of Guilin
Li River, Taohua River, Shahu Lake,
Ronghu Lake, Guihu Lake and the newly dug Mulong Lake
are connected and liked up. The waterway transportation
makes up of Guilin's central round-the-city water system,
called "Two Rivers and Four Lakes". More than 1000 years
ago, there has formed in Guilin a complete moat river
system. Tour and Recreation on water had been very much
in a fashion in the Tang and Song dynasty.
However, as history deposited, the
river courses were silted up and rivers and lakes were
separated and hindered, water quality became bad and
cultural relics were buried. The great pomp of Guilin
on the water didn't exist any more.
The Two Rivers and Four Lakes at the
turn of the century dreged the thousand-year-old Waterway
and make it a combination of historical and modern culture
and a galaxy of natural landscape and ecological harmony
between man and nature. The wonderful scene of the water
city as described in the poem "A thousand hills stand
around the city, a river flows through it" reappears.