24 Guilin

24 Guilin

Things to do - general

It is said Guilin has the best scenery in the entire world.Guilin ,situated on the west bank of Li River,is the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China and borders Hunan Province.As the image of China’s thriving tourism,Guilin is renowned for its nature as well as historical sites.It has a coverage of 27,800 square kilometers (10,734 square miles).Compared with other travel places in China,Guilin is more compact.The city is over 2000-year-long and has been served as the political, economic and cultural center of Guangxi Province since Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).

Guilin has a spectacular landscape with different-shaped hills and karsts.The vegetation here changes from bamboos to conifers.Additionally,the crystal clear waters and amazing caves add more color to this magic city.

Visa requirements

Whether you need a visa to come to China or not depends on your nationality.

LanguagesMandarin
Minorities & Population Zhuang&Han;1 ,084, 221
Currency Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Area (km2)27,809 

Unfortunately there are no accommodations at this location at the moment.

1 Day Guilin Highlights Private Tour

1 Day Guilin Highlights Private Tour

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1 Day Guilin Tour-Elephant Trunk Hill & Reed Flute Cave

1 Day Guilin Tour-Elephant Trunk Hill & Reed Flute Cave

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Tour route: Guilin  Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour). Price inclusions: P More info
1 Day Longji Terraced Rice Fields and Ping'an Zhuang Ethnic Village Tour

1 Day Longji Terraced Rice Fields and Ping'an Zhuang Ethnic Village Tour

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The tour starts from and ends at your Guilin hotel. It takes you to discover the dreamy terraced ric More info
2 Days Guilin Classic Tours

2 Days Guilin Classic Tours

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The Symbol of Guilin Scenery-Elephant Hill, “State Guest Cave” Karst Cave Fairyland-Reed More info
3 Days Guilin Yangshuo Tour

3 Days Guilin Yangshuo Tour

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Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour). Price inclusions: All transportation me More info
A 3-day Photography Experience in Guilin

A 3-day Photography Experience in Guilin

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A photography lover based in Guilin will offer you a three-day photography trip in Yangshuo County. More info
Full Day Guilin Private Tour of Daxu Old Town and Yaoshan Tea Plantation

Full Day Guilin Private Tour of Daxu Old Town and Yaoshan Tea Plantation

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Explore more than 1,000 years Daxu Old Town, walk along bluestone paved street with many well mainta More info
Guilin Essence and Lifestyle Walking Day Tour

Guilin Essence and Lifestyle Walking Day Tour

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Discover the highlights of Guilin on a full-day walking tour with an experienced guide. Stop at land More info
Guilin Mountain Bike Cycling Excursion to Countryside and Wild Nature

Guilin Mountain Bike Cycling Excursion to Countryside and Wild Nature

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Book this exclusive mountain bike tour and explore the countryside of Guilin avoiding the traffic an More info
Guilin Private Sightseeing Tour

Guilin Private Sightseeing Tour

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Get the perfect overview of Guilin during this 8-hour private group sightseeing excursion. Observe t More info
Jin Keng Rice Terraces With Dazhai And Yao Minority Villages And Sanjie Liu Tea Plantation

Jin Keng Rice Terraces With Dazhai And Yao Minority Villages And Sanjie Liu Tea Plantation

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Explore JinKeng’s lush rice terraces and Hong Yao villages on this private 8-hour tour from Guilin. More info
Li River Cruise Tour from Guilin to Yangshuo

Li River Cruise Tour from Guilin to Yangshuo

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Known as “the most impressive highlight under the heaven”, Cruise down from serene water More info
Li River Cruise Tour of Yangshuo With Jiuxian Village and Optional Yulong Bamboo Rafting

Li River Cruise Tour of Yangshuo With Jiuxian Village and Optional Yulong Bamboo Rafting

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Drive through the countryside to Zhujiang Wharf to catch a 4-hour cruise along the Li River to Yangs More info
Private Airport Transfer Guilin Airport to Guilin Hotels

Private Airport Transfer Guilin Airport to Guilin Hotels

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There’s no better way to begin your vacation in Guilin with a private transfer from the Guilin More info
Private Airport Transfer Guilin Hotels to Guilin Airport

Private Airport Transfer Guilin Hotels to Guilin Airport

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There’s no better way to begin your vacation in Guilin with a private transfer from your hotel More info

Unfortunately there are no cruise offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no car rental offers at this location at the moment.

Attractions to See

Top 6 Attractions

Li River

Li River is one of China's top tourist destinations.As the largest and most stunning karst gallery of the world,you can not miss Li River during your Guilin visit.When ths sunshine sets in,the river flows through the verdant mountains like a jade belt in the water.The journey from Guilin to Yangshuo captures the best view.

Yangshuo

Yangshuo is 40 miles (65 kilometers) away from Guilin.Li River passes through this town and brings the splendor.To drift on a bamboo raft is the best way to enjoy Yangshuo.Except than,you can also rent a bike to tour around this pretty town.Yangshou is a definitely a good escape from modern civlizition offering pure rural scenery with wide rice fields and terraces.

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill is at the junction of Taohua River and Li River.It looks like a giant elephant drinking water from river.The Water Moon Cave comes from the semicircle between its legs and trunk.The hill is a landmark of Guilin as well as a highlight of Li River.

Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave is one of the most stunning kurst caves with different-shaped stalacities like lions,pagodas, forests and waterfalls.Under the lights,the cave looks more mysterious.Walking through the cave is like walking through a magnificent crystal palace.

Seven-Star Park

Opposite the Elephant Trunk Hill sits the Seven-Star Park located on the east bank of Li River.The park's name comes from its seven peaks like the shape of big dipper.Visitors come here to see the odd peaks,amazing caves and unique landscape.

Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

The Dragon's Backbone Terraces are 56 miles (90 kilometers) away from Guilin in Longsheng.It shows the purest side of countryside.You can see locals planting crops and experience local life.The stair-shaped terrances look amazing from far and make you feel like in a rural painting.This attraction is very famous attracting thousands of travelers every year.

 

 

Dinning and Shopping

Dining in Guilin

Guilin Cuisine is influenced by Canton, Sichuan, Hunan, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Fujian food due to its central location in Ling Nan.Sichuan and Cantonese style food are especially popular among tourists.

What to Eat

Feature Food

Guilin Rice Noodles

Guilin rice noodles can be round or flat.You can choose the soup such as pork,beef horse and Lo Han Kuo with various seasonings.The soup taste can be original,vegetable,three-fresh,spicy and sour.

Stewed Duck with Gingko

This dish is thought to be able cure lung disease.It is made of Gingko, cubes of duck meat, ham slices, and other ingredients being steamed in the braising cup.The dish tastes light but the meat is very tender with the slightly slimy texture of the gingko.

Lipu Taro Pork

This dish uses Lipu taro,pork,bean curd, and other various ingredients.The taro and pork are fried separately and then steamed together which makes each piece golden outside but flavorful and soft inside.It can improve people's complexion.

Stewed Clams and Chicken

This dish is award-winning in Guilin.Ingredients used are chicken, a pair of clams, preserved longan, and slices of ham in a covered porcelain pot for two hours.

Lo Han Boiled Chicken

This dish is steamed with traditional Chinese herb like Lo Han Kuo, astragalus, and codeonopsis pilosula and can lower blood pressure.

Fried Chicken with Water Chestnut

This dish uses local water chestnut, quality chicken, fresh mushrooms, and other special ingredients.

Duck Wrapped in Lotus Leaf

This dish uses the cubes of lean pork,bamboo shoot,ham,taro,mushroom,green beans as well as stir-fried seasonings.Then the ingredients are stuffed into the duck.Then the duck is wrapped with a lotus leaf and steamed subsequently.The fragrance of the lotus permeats the duck meat which makes the dish really delicious.

Fried Meat Floss with Sweet-Scented Osmanthus

This dish is a good appetizer matches well with wine.The scent of osmanthus makes this dish very unique.

Where to Eat

Chinese food

Guilin Bravo Hotel Restaurant
Location: No.14 South Rong Hu Road
Style: Sichuan cuisine

Tong Lai Guan
Location: No. 4, Zhongshan Middle Road
Style: Guilin cuisine

Lao Xiang Qin Restaurant
Location: Shizijie Square
Style: Beijng and Tianjin cuisine

Western food 

Weixiao Eatery
Address: Zhongshan Middle Road
Specialty: New Zealand steak

Sharon's Coffee
Address: Chuanshan South Road

Shopping in Guilin

Local Specialties

Guilin sanhua alcohol:it is Guilin's three treasures and popular to visitors.

Osmanthus-made products:osamnthus tea, sugar and wine

Local chufas:chufa paste, chufa panocha and canned chufa

Luo Han Kuo:This fuirt is a a traditional Chinese herb,sweet and mellow.It got its name because of its resemblance of Buddha belly.

Shaddock:It is rich in Vitamnine.

Paintings and Calligraphy

To Chinese culture and art lovers,you definitely can not miss traditional Chinese paintings of mountains and waters.Painters from Song Dynasty (907-1279) always got inspiration from these beautiful mountains and waters.Chinese modern painters such as Xu Beihong, Huang Binhong,Li Keran and Qi Baishi all paid a visit here to create their amzing works.Paintings of Guilin are not only famous locally but throughout China.

As for Chinese caligraphy,brush pens play a vital role.These pens are made of hair,wolf hair or wool with more than 70 sizes.Huang Changdian brush pen is more 100 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Transport

Air

Airport Code&Name:KWL/Liangjiang International Airport
Open Date:1996
Location:Liangjiang Town, Lingui District of Guilin City, about 17 miles (28 kilometers) southwest from downtown
Airport Hotline: +860773-2845359 / 0773-2845303
Intro:it has 37 parking apron, 20 gate locations and a two-story 60, 000 square yards (50,000 square meters) terminal building with a flow volume of about 6 million passengers every year.The airport provides 81 air routes bound for 48 domestic cities and 60 international cities.

Railway

1.Guilin Railway Station

Location:At the junction of South Zhongshan Road and Shanghai Road in Xiangshan District

International Service

Z5 (Beijing – Hanoi): It departs twice every week from Beijing West Railway Station on Monday and Friday and will stop by this station from 11:23 to 11:30 next day;Z6 (Hanoi – Beijing): It departs from Hanoi every Tuesday and Friday and will stop by this station from 14:23 to 14:28 the next day.

Domestic service

It goes to all the major cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xian, Changsha, Nanning, Liuzhou, Beihai and so on.

2.Guilin North railway station

Location:Beichen Road in Diecai District

Serving lines:It mainly goes to Guangzhou, Guiyang, and Nanning using high speed services from the station in around 3 hours. In addition, there are ordinary services to Kunming, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Xian, and Harbin, etc.

Long-distance Bus

There are three main bus stations in the city.They bound for the surrounding cities in Guangxi and other provinces like Guangdong.

General Bus Station

Location:at No.427 Zhongshan Road (South)/a 10 minutes' walk from the Railway Station (South Station).

How to Get There:You can take city bus No.1, 3, 11, 22 or 51 to reach there.

Chengnan Bus Station

Location:Cuizhu Road

How to Get There:It can be reached by city bus No.26 and 27.

Beimen Bus Station

Location:Zhongshan Road (North)

How to Get There:It can be reached by city bus No.18.

Water

There are two main docks for passenger transport service in the city.

Mopanshan Passenger Transport Dock

The dock is 28 kilometers (about 17 miles) from downtown near Mopanshan Mountai.It covers an area of 233,350 square meters (about 0.09 square miles).The dock has five waiting halls designed like a beautiful garden.From downtown,tourists can not find public transport to the dock.To take a taxi costs CNY60.

Zhujiang Dock

Zhujiang Dock is two-kilometers (about 1.2 miles) from the other dock by waterway and 32 kilometers (about 20 miles) away from southeast of the city center.With an area of 48,200 square meters (0.0186 square miles), the dock is equipped with nine berths, a big waiting building, and a parking lot.It is built mainly for foreign tourists.High officials from China and other countries use it as well.Over 300,000 tourists take cruise from this dock to to tour around Li River.It is a 4.5 hours journey from Li River to Yangshuo which usually sets off at 9:00 and 9:30.