The Xingping Town is a little town in the Guangxi Province of China. It occupies the northeast part of the Yangshuo County, one of the most famous tourist destinations in China. The town is 25 kilometers away from the Yangshuo County. It is known for its beautiful hills and rivers. Thanks to the natural forces of the Lijiang River which flows through the southwest part of the town, many breathtaking attractions came into being, including the Painted Hills of Nine Horses, the Reflections on the Yellow Cloth, and the Lotus Cave. The last one is listed as one of the world wonders. In it there are 108 delicate karst lotus pads.

The Xingping Town is not only a place of natural beauty, but also a place of cultural heritage. Built in 265, the town has a history of more than 1740 years. There are historical and cultural relics throughout the town, such as the ancient slabstone lanes, the theatrical stages constructed in the Tang and Song Dynasties, the remains of ancient temples, and well-maintained buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. One of the must-visit attractions is the renowned Fishing Village. After its establishment in the Ming Dynasty, the village has not changed much. People there still keep to the traditonal life-style. This Fishing Village is so special that many famous people have visited it, among them is the former US President Bill Clinton.

If you are wondering what the Xingping Town looks like, just take out a 20-yuan note of 1999’s version. Printed on the back of the note is the beautiful landscape of Xingping. Almost all the essential attractions of the Guangxi Province are gathered here. Your journey to Guilin will never be complete until you have visited this little town.

The Xingping Town Attractions

The Ancient Town of Xingping

The Lotus Cave

The Fishing Village

The Painted Hills of Nine Horses

The Reflections on the Yellow Cloth

The Xingping Town Story

The Tale of the Painted Hills of Nine Horses

The Painted Hills of Nine Horses are a marvellous attraction because you can distinguish the shape of nine horses on the west side of the hills. How did these nine rock horses come into being? Their origin has something to do with the Monkey King.

It is said that the Monkey King used to work for the Jade Emperor and be in charge of all the horses in heaven. But being very mischievous, he could not tolerate the tedious official affairs. One day he sneaked back to his former residence, the Water Curtain Cave, and left all the horses unattended. When the horses noticed that their keeper had gone, they went on to an adventure in the world below. They travelled by clouds and wandered around, but were not impressed by what they saw. At last, they came to the Xingping Town, and its verdant landscape gave them great delight. They ran along the Lijiang River, enjoyed the fresh grass beside it, and neighed loudly. However, the Monkey King’s absence was soon discovered by the Jade Emperor. He was worried about the horses so that he ordered to have the horses taken back. But the horses were deeply attracted by the carefreeness in the Xingping Town, and refused to go home. To escape capture, they went into the cliff of the Painted Hills by their own magic power and hid there. They never came out again. This is how we can recognize the horse-like shape of the hills today.

The Tale of the Yellow Cloth Shoal

The Yellow Cloth Shoal is located to the south of the Painted Hills. When you look  into the water of the shoal, you can see a huge yellow slabstone at the bottom of the river like a piece of cloth. It is said that the seven elegant hills around the shoal are originally seven fairies.

Once upon a time, there were seven fairies living in the Heavenly Palace. One day they passed by the Lijiang River and were attracted by its beautiful landscape. They stopped there and roamed around. So impressed by the scenery were they that they decided to settle down there forever. However, their decision was against the rule of the Heavenly Palace, and the Jade Emperor commanded them to come back. The fairies refused to go back and turned themselves into seven hills along the Lijiang River so that they could watch forever the landscape they loved.

Jack Li

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