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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.