Guilin is located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, almost due west of Hong Kong and about 1 hour by air. Guilin is regarded in China as the country’s most picturesque city and ranks second on China list of the 10 best tourist destinations. Guilin has jurisdiction over 12 counties, among which the Xin’an, Yangshuo and Longsheng Counties are well-known for their unique scenery. The Guilin covers an area of 4,195 square kilometers. Guilin is named after the fragrance of osmanthus tree and saw its first inhabitants in Qin Dynasty over 2,000 years ago. Gui means Osmanthus tree and Lin means forest.