Iconic art that is seen to symbolize the image of traditional China is actually a comparatively new phenomenon From a source high on Mao'er Mountain, the Lijiang River sweeps south toward Guilin and into the world's imagination. Millions each year take to its waters, weaving between poetic peaks and submerged islands in search of scenery that arguably epitomizes Chinese landscape beauty. The Lijiang River scenery was even selected as a suitably phantasmagoric location for the Star Wars films. In the world's eyes, Guilin's karst hills and jade waters are quintessential China. Images of Guilin's iconic peaks dignify conference rooms and lobbies across China and grace China's office at the United Nations and its embassy in Washington, DC. The use of the Lijiang River as an emblematic subject of Chinese landscape painting received the ultimate stamp of approval when it was pressed on the 20 yuan banknote. So wo can choose the guilin hotel . Gregory Michiels, a Belgian photographer who now calls Guilin his home, says the distinctiveness of Guilin, which is in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, lies in "the uniqueness and the endless rhythms of the karst hills. The sea of clouds at sunrise with the karst hills sticking through the clouds is magical. The scene of cormorant fishermen with the karst hills as background takes you back to ancient times".