Guilin is one of the most celebrated scenic cities in China. The old saying goes that "Guilin has the most beautiful scenery in China, but Yangsuo's is the unmatched in Guilin." Guilin is a cultural city with a history of more than two thousand years. Guilin Prefecture was set up in 214 B.C., and in 111 B.C., the city was built. With a warm climate and a yearly plentiful precipitation, the land of Guilin is featured by an active karst topography in giving rise to myriads of weird mountain heights, pinnacles, peaks, caverns and subterranean rivers. On the banks of the section of the Lijiang River from Guilin to Yangsuo, which extends about 65 kilometres, are numerous scenic wonders. Xu Xiake, a traveller of the Ming, once praised Yangsuo a world of green lotuses and jade bamboo shoots. Yangsuo is famed for its green mountains, beautiful waters, weird-shaped hills and mysterious caverns. Major scenic sites include the Solitary Beauty Peak, Elephant Trunk Peak, Folded Brocade Hill, Underground Water Hill, Crescent Moon Hill, South Steam Hill, Seven-Star Cave, Reed flute Cave, in addition to unique scenery on the banks of the Lijiang River, such as the guanyan Scenic wonder, Nine-Horse Mural Hill and beautiful Yangsuo. About 60 kilometres northeast of Guilin is the Lingqu, a man-make canal dug in 214 B.C. Well equipped and constructed are all Guilin's hotels put at the service of foreign tourists and overseas Chinese. Major hotels include the Lijiang Hotel, Ronghu Hotel, Rongcheng Hotel, Yinshan Hotel, Jiashan Hotel, Dangui Hotel, Yangsuo Hotel and guanguang Hotel all famed for super environment. Guilin is easily accessible by direct flights from Beijing, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Chongqing, Chengdu and Shanghai.