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Legendary Locations: Guilin, China

Hannah Davis in China, 2013 :: Derek Kettela/SI

Hannah Davis in China, 2013 :: Derek Kettela/SI

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Day 12: Guilin, China

Even the smell of the place lures you in: Guilin means "forest of sweet Osmanthus"—the fragrant, flowering trees that grow all over the city and between the the karst mountains that overlook the Li River.

The surrounding areas contain even more natural treasures. Take a 2 1/2 hour car ride followed by a long hike up a mountainside and you'll wind up at Dragon's Backbone, where ripe green rice terraces stretch majestically for mile after mile, coiling around the mountainside. Or hitch a ride on a fisherman's bamboo raft for a leisurely ride down the Li and soak in the rolling landscape and untouched beauty of the province.

–Darcie Baum