Solitary Beauty Peak, also known as “Pillar of the Southern Sky,” is a surreal outcrop covered in vegetation, shooting into the sky next to the riverbank right in the center of Guilin. Climb the 300-odd steep stairs to Solitary Beauty Pavilion for a great view of the city, the river and the area’s unique topography.
As with many hill sites in the region, there are a number of caves here, customized with inscriptions and sculpture.
Nearby Jingjiang Palace is a complex whose arrangement recalls Beijing’s Forbidden City, though on a much more modest scale. It was built for a Ming Dynasty prince and is set in landscaped gardens with ceremonial gateways and elegant pavilions.
Solitary Beauty Peak is in the center of Guilin; your entrance fee also covers Jingjiang Palace.