Chilling in China

Guilin may draw the crowds, but the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is the place to escape

Chinese tourists love to visit Guilin, the southwestern Chinese city famous for its karsts—the bizarre, mountain-like limestone formations that shoot up from the region's towns and rice paddies. Favorites of traditional Chinese painters for centuries, the karsts make for breathtaking scenery. When China goes on holiday—as it will in early May, when the whole country shuts down for a weeklong celebration of May Day—Guilin is packed with visitors taking in the sites.

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