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Guilin and the Lijiang River

Guilin is a prefecture-level city in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, situated on the west bank of the Li River, and bordering Hunan to the north. Its name means, "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees grown throughout the city. It has long been renowned for its scenery of karst topography and is one of China's most popular tourist destinations.

It covers an area of 280,000 square kilometers and 65 km from Guilin downtown. It has a total population of about 5.3 million.

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