This pair of pagodas sit next to the Shan (Fir) Lake and are a famous landmark of Guilin, standing tall against the surrounding buildings. They are pretty impressive even from the outside and make a beautiful scene next to the lake. The Sun Pagoda stands nine stories tall, presumably providing incredible views over the city, and is painted a bright golden colour. Next to it, the Moon Pagoda is a more subdued blue and only seven stories high.

Apparently there is an underwater tunnel linking the two (which you can walk through and admire the fish!) – however due to the rather expensive tickets (70 RMB each) we opted not to go inside the pagodas. Instead, we enjoyed a relaxing walk around the lake.

We returned at night time to see them all lit up with incredible lights – interesting fact: if you put the two characters for sun (日) and moon (月) together, you get the word for bright (明)!


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