James Hiltonâ€™s legendary novelâ€ Last Horizonâ€ wow readers with a
paradise, characterized by snow-capped mountains, vast grasslands, lush
vegetation, gorgeous gorges and idyllic lakes. Shangri-la has been a dream for
many while you will find a real Shangri-la not far from Guilin. A place
showcases a natural paradise to you, which may not be reprehensive but surely
The first sight visitors will encounter is a pavilion named Peach Pavilion.
Itâ€™s a five storyed building with a scenery view platform on the top. A
willows shaded narrow trail will lead to a idyllic lake, called Swallow lake,
which is the largest tributary of the Yu Long River, a ideal drifting place. the
narrow lake can be divided into three parts, the Outer Lake, Inner Lake and the
Back Lake. the river features crystal water and impressive natural scenery along
it. Cruise boat are available and many visitors rather board a boat to sail on
the gentle water and enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty along.
On the lake stands a traditional building complex, actually a roofed bridge,
called Wind-and-rain Bridge which is the symbolic architecture of the Dong
Minority people living in this area. Itâ€™s a wooden architecture, elegantly
erected without even one snail. Through the bridge and along a path, you will
see three larger Totem Pillars.
Totem Pillars are symbolic architectures of the ethnical groups living in the
southwest remote regions. These oddly carved stone pillars represent the
primitive local religions and culture which now are still practiced by the
minority peoples in the area.
If you are a folk art lover, you should not miss the Folk Customs in the
Grand-view Garden. Various of art crafts, local souvenirs are displayed here.
Performance featuring the ethical dances and songs are presented. Visitor can
also experience the throwing-love-ball tradition. Throwing love ball is a
traditional custom of the Zhuang people, who mainly live in Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region. The gracefully embroidered ball is considered a symbol of
love by the Zhuang people. In the Zhuang community, when a girl falls in love
with some boy, she will give her beloved one an embroidered ball as a token of
her love. In the park, a girl in traditional Zhuang costume will throw
embroidered ball from a building to express her welcome to visitors from afar.