The Zhuang are the most prevalent among the ethnic minorities in China . Guilin is one of the homes of the Zhuang nationality. Zhuang ethnic nationality is centuries old and scattered across the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yunnan Province, Guangdong Province and Guizhou Province. Their culture is particularly rich and colorful.
"I would rather live in Guilin than in heaven". This is how Guilin locals say about their homeland. Guilin is a blessed land filled with picturesque mountains, fantastic caves, and graceful rivers, where people live in a happy and peaceful lifestyle. Guilin people are easy going, hospitable, and really enjoy their life. Visitors often find they are so quickly fell in love with Guilin, and so envy about the locals. Some of them chose to settle down, and never want to leave.
Chinese Mandarin is the official language but the Guilin local dialect is widely used. As Guangxi Region(province) is the homeland of Zhuang Ethnic Group which is the largest minority group in China the Zhuang dialect is spoken by Zhuang People. Zhuang dialect had only written form.
The first thing that comes to mind when one mentions Guilin is the spectacular scenery and natural beauty of the area, the astonishing Karst landscape is something to marvel at and a must on everyone's to do list. Rarely do people think about its history, Guilin City can boasts a history that stretches all the way back to at least 10,000 years. It was the home of the Zengpiyan People. A matriarchal clan society.
Guilin was not brought into the official prefecture until 214 B.C. when the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C.-206 B.C.) set up the Guilin Shire in this region. Due to the construction of the Ling Canal around the same time, Guilin became one of the gateways between the Central Plains and the Lingnan Region (current Guangdong, Guangxi and part Hunan, Jiangxi). Later, in 111 of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), the Shian County was founded in Guilin.
Over the ages, many religions have entered Guilin.There are four main religions, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam andChristianity. According to recent surveys, Buddhism and Taoism have the largest number of followers, though accurate numbers are hard to come.
Buddhist temples, daoistischer temples, mosques and churches are not difficult to find in the city. Below are the main Christian church and Islamic mosque:
Mass Time: 19:30 on Saturday, 12:30 on Sunday Address: No.456, Zhongshan Raod (Middle), Guilin City
Islamic Mosque Address: No.28, Minzu Raod, Guilin City
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