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GUILIN has been famous since Tang times for its scenic location among a host of gnarled, two-hundred-metre-high rocky hills on the Li River, down which you can cruise to the village of Yangshuo. Despite being prone to tourist-driven inflation and hard-sell irritations, the city is an attractive place to spend a day while organizing a cruise downstream, with plenty of well-designed landscaping, shady avenues and rocky parkland. Look at a map and Guilin's medieval city layout is still clearly visible, defined by the River Li to the east. The two tree-lined lakes of Rong Hu and Shan Hu originally formed a moat …
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