Ginkgo Forest of Haiyang Town

40 km (25 miles) to the north of Guilin, Ginkgo Forest of Haiyang Town is famous for the unique ginkgo scenery. There are about one million ginkgoes with an average age of 30-50 years. Among them, over 170 thousand ginkgoes have lived for more than 100 years. The oldest one is more than 500 years. The highest one is called the ginkgo king, about 30 meters (98 feet) high, which could only be encircled by six adults.

Ginkgo Forest of Haiyang Town - A Golden Sea in Autumn

When late autumn comes, Haiyang Town becomes a golden paradise. All the leaves are painted into golden yellow. With a soft breeze through the forest, some leaves couldn't wait to hug the mother earth; some are still in love with the branches. All those leaves together with the children playing under trees compose a wonderful fairy world.

Thousands of shutterbugs and painters come here to search for their inspiration. It becomes their dreamland for such a golden world is hardly to be seen through the whole country.

Best Time to Visit

Every late October, the ginkgo leaves begin to turn yellow. Some days later during mid November, they would be the golden color. This beautiful color would last for half a month utill early December. So it's the best choice to visit Ginkgo Forest of Haiyang Town in mid and late November.

Both morning and dusk are the best time for photographing. The ginkgo leaves in the soft and inspirational lighting will give you a special enjoyment.

Where to See

There are three places in Haiyang Town for you to enjoy the scenery. Datongmuwan Village and Xiaotongmuwan Village are the most famous. Two to three km (1.2-1.8 miles) from the town center, it's easy for you to get there. The ginkgo trees are dense in the two villages, attracting most of the visitors. What's more, the famous ginkgo king stands in Datongmuwan Village.

If you would like to enjoy yourself quietly, Xiaopingle is there for you. It's a little far from town center, about 18 km (11 miles). So there are fewer people visiting here. Flourishing upon a slope, the ginkgo trees give the photographers a different visual enjoyment especially at sunset.

Where to stay

Autumn is the slack season in Guilin, so it's easy for visitors to find a hotel. Farm houses are also available for you. If you are a photography enthusiast, you can choose to camp under a ginkgo tree.

The delicious farm foods like local chicken soup are offered. Locals set up stalls selling seasonal specialties, such as taros and sweet potato. What's more, ginkgo nuts cooked in different ways give you a unique ginkgo feast. You could enjoy all those green foods at a low price.

How to get there

Take Bus 6, 9, 14, 27, 35, 98 or 214 and get off at Sanlidian Square (Sanlidian Guangchang). Then take a minibus to Haiyang Town at the central island, which costs CNY10. After getting to the town, you can choose to walk or take a motorcycle taxi to Datongmuwan Village or Xiaotongmuwan Village.
When you arrive at Haiyang Town, you could take a minibus to Xiaopingle.

Admission Fee & Opening Hours

Ginkgo Forest of Haiyang Town opens all day.
Datongmuwan Village CNY10-20
Xiaotongmuwan Village Free
Xiaopingle Free
- Last updated on May. 30, 2019 -
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