Two Rivers And Four Lakes

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  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes
  • two rivers and four lakes


Two Rivers and Four Lakes is a tour project which integrates all the famous attractions in Guilin City. Two Rivers refers to Li River and Peach Blossom River, while Four Lakes indicates Shahu Lake, Ronghu Lake, Guihu Lake and the Mulong Lake. This tourism projection is the largest-scaled project in the history of Guilin. The project makes Guilin a real gardening city.

The project was launched in 1998 and accomplished in 2002. The 2 river and 4 lakes form a waterway around the Guilin City. The four lakes, Shahu Lake, Ronghu Lake, Guihu Lake and the Mulong Lake, were linked by the two rivers, Li River and Peach Blossom River. Tourists can enjoy the whole beauty of Guilin City by boat now.

Two Rivers

Li River:

The cream of Li River extends 83km from Guilin City to Yangshuo. This section of Li River boasts strand peaks rising abruptly from the flat ground, multi colored crags stand erect like pillar, crystal streams mirroring the green hills on banks and ancient trees growing straight out of rock fissures.

Peach Blossom River: The Peach Blossom River runs through the west part of Guilin City. In spring, you can see peach blossoms along the river, hence the name.

Four Lakes

Ronghu Lake (Banyan Lake) and Shahu Lake (Fir Lake):

Ronglu Lake and Shanhu Lake are situated in the center of Guilin City. The two lakes is divided by the Yang Bridge. Ronghu Lake is to the west of Shahu Lake.

The surface of Ronghu Lake is smooth like a mirror reflecting this ancient city. The calm of the lake attracts visitor who want a moment of quietness in the downtown in their Guilin tour. There are ancient banyans and a Banyan Shadow Pavilion to the north bank of the lake. It is said that Huang Ting Jian, a poet of Song Dynasty, used to tie his boat here.

Shahu Lake is neighboring the east bank of the Li River and with Elephant Hill to the south. The sun and moon pagodas are standing here on the isles of Shahu Lake. The Sun Pagoda is the highest bronze pagoda in the world. 

Guihu Lake (Osmanthus Lake) and Mulong Lake (Wood Dragon Lake):

Guihu Lake is situated in Xiufeng District of Guilin City. It covers an area of 16.6 hectares. Green trees surrounds the lake and colorful lights delicate the lake in the night, making the lake more fantastic than other lakes. Mulong Lake is the youngest one among the four lakes. It was built to be a theme park. The architectures of the lake are constructed in the style of Song Dynasty. The highlights of the Mulong Lake are minority factors and ancient wall.

Tourists are sometimes offered a day or night tour by cruise. While on a comfortable cruise tourists cannot help but enjoy the waters of the two rivers and four lakes, and appreciate the famous hills along the water system. These hills include the following: the Elephant Trunk Hill, FuBo Hill, BaoJi Hill, Chuan Hill and the Sun-and-Moon Pagoda which look fantastic at night.

The clear water, naturally beautiful hills, and architecture are in such harmony that you may wonder whether you’re in a dream or reality.

Client’s Reviews

  • darwinmoore


    Reviewed 6thMay2018

    They have invested a lot of effort in lighting the shoreline, bridges and buildings to make everything look lovely. There are also dancers, drums and cormorant fisherman. Very entertaining.

  • BestLambert


    Reviewed 23rdFebruary2018

    The night cruise along 2 rivers and 4 lakes are nice. The cruise ticket costs 220 CNY per adult. And the duration was around 85 minutes. Along the waterway, the banks, tall buildings, mountains and bridges were decorated with beautiful lights. So the night cruise...More

  • GaneshkumarV


    Reviewed 25thJuly2017

    Two rivers, golden pagoda, elephant trunk are all close by. A walk along the lake side is very refreshing and breathtaking. The lighted pagoda is a sight to watch for. Amazing place.

  • Ian J

    Ian J

    Reviewed 9thSeptember2017

    Guilin does not rise early unlike some other Chinese cities. We walked along by the water around 7a.m. when there were very few people about, and no pleasure boats ploughing around the lakes. We heard the dawn chorus of bird song and in the evenings,...More

  • Climber675603


    Reviewed 4thNovember2018

    Almost every attraction in Guilin is overrated and not worth. Don't stay in Guilin and go to Yangshuo.



    Reviewed 20thNovember2017

    When we arrived in the evening after visiting the Li River to Yangshuo, we didn't know that our posada stood in front of these beautiful illuminated towers, we gave a delightful walk with the smell of Bay-trees in flower, an unforgettable experience which later does...More

  • exedra536


    Reviewed 27thOctober2017

    All along the river cruise with boat was a very good experience with beautiful view and clean surrounding.This boat ride wasn't part of the itinerary on our tour, but we had read about it and asked our guide to add it to the tour. We...More

  • B L

    B L

    Reviewed 4thOctober2017

    Absolutely a must see attraction! Beautiful 2 pagoda bldgs w/history surrounding by a lake. Concerts r done notes when I was there. Nice after a dinner to stroll to. Popular!

  • ZakZapper


    Reviewed 23rdJuly2018

    We recently went on a night cruise of the waterways and found it a colourful, relaxing and enjoyable experience. Recommended.

  • Simon M

    Simon M

    Reviewed 30thAugust2017

    Three delightful days in this, as yet, relatively unknown town. Fabulous walks around the lakes and along the rivers. Great places to eat suitable for all tastes and ages. The local Chinese food on "Foot Street",(the pedestrian street) is superb and cheap. Stay at the...More

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