Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is created specifically for the Zhuang people. It was given provincial level status during the Yuan Dynasty and in 1949 was reformed as one of China's five minority autonomous regions.
The major tourist attraction of Guangxi is Guilin, a town famed across China and the world for its spectacular setting by the Lijiang River (Li River) amongst severe karst peaks. South of Guilin down the river is the town of Yangshuo, which has become a favourite destination for foreign tourists, particularly backpackers.
Ethnic minorities native to Guangxi, such as the Zhuang and Dong, are also interesting for tourists. The northern part of the province, bordering with Guizhou, is home to the Longsheng Rice Terraces, said to be some of the steepest in the world. Nearby is Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County.
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Guilin is situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the west bank of the Li River. Its name means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. The city has long been renowned for its unique scenery.
Scenic spots around Guilin include: Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Seven-Star Cave and Ludi (Reed-Flute) Cave, Camel Mountain and Elephant Trunk Hill, Piled Festoon Hill, Crescent Hill, Fubo Hill, Nanxi Hill, Erlang Gorge, Huangbu (Yellow Cloth) Beach, Moon Hill, Longsheng Rice Terrace, Daxu Ancient Town, Duxiu（Solitary Beauty）Peak, and Liusanjie landscape Garden.
The Jingjiang Princes City is a royal complex dating from the Ming Dynasty that lies near the center of modern Guilin.
Yangshuo is popular for its incredible karst scenery, beautiful mountains, rivers, caves, and temples as well as its laid back cafes and bars. However, as a result, there is no shortage of mainland Chinese tourists, ex-pats, and other foreigners.
Yangshuo isn't your typical Chinese town and does not have the big-city feel as in most other Chinese cities. Yangshuo has a reputation as a foreigners' village in Southern China and is a major stop on the trail of many independent travelers. It's also a nice place to stop and explore the local countryside by bike or even give a try a world class rock-climbing sites.