Li River, Taohua River, Shahu Lake, Ronghu Lake, Guihu Lake and the newly dug Mulong Lake are connected and liked up. The waterway transportation makes up of Guilin's central round-the-city water system, called "Two Rivers and Four Lakes". More than 1000 years ago, there has formed in Guilin a complete moat river system. Tour and Recreation on water had been very much in a fashion in the Tang and Song dynasty.
However, as history deposited, the river courses were silted up and rivers and lakes were separated and hindered, water quality became bad and cultural relics were buried. The great pomp of Guilin on the water didn't exist any more.
The Two Rivers and Four Lakes at the turn of the century dreged the thousand-year-old Waterway and make it a combination of historical and modern culture and a galaxy of natural landscape and ecological harmony between man and nature. The wonderful scene of the water city as described in the poem "A thousand hills stand around the city, a river flows through it" reappears.