Attractions to See
Top 6 Attractions
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 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.
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
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
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
Address: Zhongshan Middle Road
Specialty: New Zealand steak
Address: Chuanshan South Road
Shopping in Guilin
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.