Best Kept Secret Among All Under Heaven

“Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty”
— Rumi

Guilin is one of the best kept secrets in the world. It is what people in the know break into a smile about when they hear it mentioned. It is the perfect city that is still unspoiled by the touring hordes, retaining all the charm of the perfect tourist hideaway.

There is the enchanting Diecai Hill which has a cave with a small complex and temple inside. It is ascended by a trail looping the hill, with small pit stops beautifully carved into the rock, where one can stop and rest before continuing on the journey to the summit.

I love this city and would like to go back and lose myself there. The people are wonderful, the city is filled with attractions and natural wonders, and there is a muse in the air. A way to experience the fullness of all that is China without being overwhelmed by it.