Nanxi Shan Gong Yuan (南溪山公园), "South Stream Hill Park," is located just a few minutes south of Guilin on the main road (Zhongshan Lu). The park is not on the "top tens" of Guilin travel guides, but I think its worth a visit. During peak tourist season, this park may not be so busy. Also, the park is close enough to Guilin City Center to see the park in half a day, but far enough south to get a different view (than Fubo, Diecai, or Solitary Beauty Peak). The mountain's extreme saddle-shape is unique, and the views from the top are worth the climb.
We visited the park for my birthday, climbed to the temple in between the two peaks, then attempted to free-climb to the top of either peak. The steps end before reaching the top of either peak, but that doesn't stop most visitors. Follow the path a bit further up for better views. If you want a serious adventure, climb to the top (at your own risk).
Alternate Entry: To get into the park for free, avoid the main entrance. Instead, walk south toward the Nanxi Shan Hospital. Before reaching the hospital, head east down the first ally south of the park; you will see a nice international hotel and a large parking lot. Look for paths up the mountain (there are a few). Then, begin your climb up Nanxi Shan from the back side of the park.
The facilities are not great, nor are they very clean. On the northeast side of the park, there is a tea house offering various teas and souvenirs. The art made of pressed tea-leaves was most impressive.
Also, the stream in front of the mountain can be more of a cesspool than a stream (depending on the amount of recent rainfall). Even so, the dirty water shows up quite nice in pictures.
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