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Solitary Beauty Peak & JingJiang Prince's Mansion

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JingJiang Prince's Mansion is located in the center of Guilin and surrounded by walls, it was actually the inner city of Guilin that was occupied by the princes and their families. The first Ming Emperor gave each of his 24 sons a region to govern in a bid to centralize his power, naming them kings in the process. King Jingjiang received his title and proceeded to build his mansion at the bottom of Solitary Beauty Peak. The construction of the mansion started in 1372 AD in early Ming Dynasty. 14 princes of 11 generations had lived here in the whole Ming Dynasty. During Qing Dynasty, this mansion was converted into the provincial examination house. Right now it is the campus of Guangxi Normal University.
JingJiang Prince's Mansion,Guilin

Solitary Beauty Peak is located in this ancient Mansion, with an area of 6,100 square meters (about 1.5 acres). Towering 216 meters (about 709 feet) above the sea level and 66 meters (about 217 feet) above the ground, this peak has been a major scenic site in Guilin since ancient times and is renowned as the 'Sky-Supporting Pillar in the South'. Composed of limestone from the shallow sea sediment biochemistry about 0.35 billion years ago, the peak got its name from the famous line in Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature which was written by YanYanzhi, the governor of Guilin, 'none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty'. When bathed in the dawn sunshine or afterglow, the peak seems to be wearing a purple gown and a golden belt, which is the origin of its other name 'Purple Golden Hill'.

A stone stair of 306 steps will lead you to the top of the peak, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Guilin City and the panoramic views of Guilin’s hills. Here, you will also find the famous Solitary Beauty Pavilion, which is 7 meters (about 23 feet) high, has 2 floors and is supported by several red pillars.
Solitary Beauty Peak,Guilin

There are many peculiar caves in this scenic site. The most famous one is the Dushu (Study) Rock at the east foot of the peak, which looks like a stone room with natural windows and beds inside. It is said that Yan Yanzhi, governor of Guilin and also a famous writer, often studied here about 1,500 years ago. At the west foot lays the Taiping (Peace) Rock, which is 2.9 meters (about 9.5 feet) high and covers an area of 140 square meters (about 1,507 sq ft). This cave looks like a gracious house with a very smooth floor and stalactites of various shapes hanging down from the roof. Flowers are planted in the front of the cave, and statues of Buddha have been erected inside. On the wall of the cave, you can read poets' praise of the cave's exquisite characteristics. The Snow Cave on the other hand, which is located at the north-west foot, is famous for its stalactites that are white as snow.

The renowned Yueya (Crescent) Pond is located at the east foot of the peak. Its name is owing to its distinct crescent shape. The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial monument stands on the bank of the pond, and was established in 1925 to memorize the revolution led by its namesake, Sun Yat-sen. Now, it has been acknowledged as one of the major protected heritages of Guilin City.

Admission fee: RMB 130 p/p;

Opening hours: 08:30 - 17:30

How to get there:
1. Take public bus No. 1, 22, 30, 99, or 100 to the bus stop of Lequn Road(乐群路口站),and then walk about 50 meters towards east.
2. Take public bus No. 10, 11, 14, 18, or 98 to the bus stop of Liberation Bridge(解放桥站),and then walk about 100 meters towards north.