Guilin Travel Tips

Area: 27,809 square kilometers (10,737 square miles)
Population: 4,951,100
Ethnic Minorities: Han and over ten minorities of Zhuang, Yao, Dong, Miao, Hui
Language: Mandarin is recognized widely in cities and major tourism regions.
Area Code: 0773
Post Code: 541002

 As of May 28th 2015, tourist groups from ASEAN countries (including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Brunei, Myanmar, and the Philippines) can enjoy a 6-day visa-free stay within the city. Read information about 6-Day Visa-Free Policy.

 Since July 28 2014, the city implements the 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy to facilitate passport holders of 51 countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 72 hours when taking an international transfer via Liangjiang Airport. Read details about 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit.
 

A Local Bank
A Local Bank

 Useful Telephone Numbers:
Fire: 119
Police: 110
Ambulance: 120
Tourism Complaint: 0773-2800315
Guilin Tourism Information Service Center: 0773-12301
Weather Forecast: 121
Consumers' Complaint: 12315

 Post Offices:
Zhongzhong branch: No.55, Zhongshan Road (Middle) 
Zhongbei branch: No.100, Zhongshan Road (North)
Zhongnan branch: 43-4, Zhongshan Road (South)
Yangqiao branch: No.97, Zhongshan Road (Middle)
Guanyinge branch: No.57, Zhongshan Road (North)
Lijun branch: No.5, Lijun Road
Lijiang branch: No.9, Lijiang Road
Qixing branch: No.7, Chuanshan Road (East)
Ludi branch: No.41, Ludi Road
Pingshan branch: No.18, Wayao Road
Donghuanlu branch: 61-2, Putuo Road

 Money:
Money exchange is offered in any one of the exchange counters of local branches of Bank of China.
Guilin branch: No.5 Shanhu Road (North), Xiufeng District
Pingshan branch: No.16, Wayao Road, Shixia District
Zhongshanbeilu branch: No.390, Zhongshan Road (North), Shixia District
Jiedong branch: No.130, Jiefang Road (East), Xiufeng District
Sanlidian branch: No.6, Lijiang Road, Qixing District

 Religion:
Guilin Christian Church
Mass Time: 19:30 on Saturday, 12:30 on Sunday
Address: No.456, Zhongshan Raod (Middle)

Islamic Mosque
Address: No.28, Minzu Raod

 Toilet:
Local Toilets are worth mentioning since they are free, unlike those in most cities in China. All the toilets are beautifully decorated with advanced equipments.

 Hospitals:
The People's Hospital
Located in the city center, this hospital has gained high fame for international service. It is the appointed hospital of International SOS Pte Ltd in the city.
Clinic Hours: 08:00-12:00; 15:00-18:00 (summer); 14:30-17:30 (winter)
Address: No.12, Wenming Road

The Second People's Hospital
Clinic Hours: 08:00-12:00; 14:30-17:30
Address: No.2, Diecai Road

The Fourth People's Hospital (Bo'ai Humanity Hospital)
Addres: No.20, Fengbei Road

Guangxi Normal University
Guangxi Normal University

 Universities:
Guilin University of Technology
International Exchange Dept.
Address: No. 12, Jiang'an Road
Zip Code: 541004
Tel: (+86) 0773-5896079
Tax: (+86) 0773-5892796

Guilin University of Electronic Technology
College of International Exchange
Address: No.1, Jinji Road
Zip Code: 541004
Telephone: (+86) 0773-5601372

Guangxi Normal University
Office of International Exchanges
Address: No. 15, Yucai Road

 Festivals:
Local festivals are multifarious, as so many ethnic groups inhabit the city. Like any other place in China, common traditional holidays like Lunar New Year (The day falls between 22 January and 19 February, varying every year), Lantern Festival (15th day of 1st moon), Dragon Boat Festival (5th day of lunar 5th moon), Mid-Autumn Festival (15th of lunar 8th moon) are celebrated most ardently but the true highlights are undoubtedly the ethic holidays.

Third of March (lunar) is celebrated by the Zhuang ethnic group as the Song Festival. Man and woman, young and old will gather together and sing songs ranging from lyrics, old songs and love songs, etc. This holiday has developed into the Art Festival of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
 

Local Minority Costume
Local Minority Costume

Miao's New Year falls in October (lunar), the specific day varying according to different places. This is a time for courtship when young people are free to choose their sweethearts. Young men will play reed flutes while girls will dress up in their best costumes.

Fireworks Festival is the Dong peoples' holiday. The specific day varies according to place, ranging from January to October (lunar). Three fireworks will be lighted for the population's prosperity, for good fortune and for a good harvest respectively.

Guilin Mountain and Water Tourism Festival falls in October to December, which is the off-season of the city. The government designed this festival to attract more tourists.

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