Guilin Travel Guide

Li River Cruise
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'East or west, Guilin landscape is best!' Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China, Guilin is considered to be the pearl of China's thriving tourist industry on account of the natural beauty and historic treasures. Covering an area of about 27,800 square kilometers (10,734 square miles), the city is rather compact when compared with other major travel destinations in the country. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills or karsts, with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters and wonderful caves make the city such an appealing destination. It is an important cultural city with a history of more than 2,000 years, and has been served as the political, economic and cultural center of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).

See more about Top 10 Things to Do in Guilin 
It is a well-developed tourist city with convenient transportation facilities. You can enter Guilin by air, train, long-distance bus or ship and get around the city by bus, taxi or bicycle. 

Guilin Rice Noodles
Local food is influenced by the food of Canton, Sichuan, Hunan, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Fujian. In recent years, Sichuan and Cantonese dishes become the most popular. From splendid restaurants to local snacks, tourists from around the world are sure to find that your need is met beyond your expectations. The most popular local snacks include local rice noodles (mifen), nun noodles, chestnut glutinous rice dumplings (banli zong), stewed duck with gingko, lotus-leaf duck and stewed duck with ginger.

Shopping in Guilin
 What to Buy: The sanhua alcohol, fermented bean curd and chili sauce are considered to be the city's three treasures, and are top choices among travelers. Products made from sweet-scented osmanthus are also recommended since the name of Guilin literally means forests of osmanthus. Osamnthus tea, sugar and wine will bring you sweet memories of this city.
 Where  to Buy: Here lists department stores for daily articles and local specialties as well as shops for souvenirs, jewelry, panitings and calligraphy works.

Guilin Nightlife
Local nightlife is as attractive as its natural beauty. From modern nightclubs, romantic night cruise to Li River Folk Customs Center, travelers can enjoy or relax themselves thoroughly.
 Recommended Ethnic Shows: Impression - Liu Sanjie (Yangshuo), The Beauty of Guishan (Guishan Hotel)...
 Popular Nightclubs: Guilin Plaza Hotel Karaoke Bar, Bravo Hotel Reed Flute Cowboy Bar, Bravo Hotel VIP Nightclub...

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, Mulao, Maonan

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- Last modified on May. 09, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guilin Travel
Asked by Leann wong from USA | May. 09, 2019 10:34Reply
I am planning to go to Guilin and Zhangjiajie for two weeks.
Can you please give an idea of how I should plan my trip? How long I should spend for each location? Would there be any speed train available between these two places? How is commute at each locations? Any public transportation beside can.

I am planning to go in September or October. Would it be cold?

Appreciate if you can provide any suggestions.

By the way I am traveling from New York.

Thank you
Leann Wong
Answers (1)
Answered by Albert from GERMANY | May. 09, 2019 22:57

September or October is the test time to travel in these places, neither cold nor hot. However, remember to avoid the National Day Holiday (Oct.1-7). It is suggested to spend 5-6 days in Guilin and 5 days in Zhangjiiajie. From GL to Zhangjiajie, there is no direct bullet trains and you can take a flight and transfer in Xi'an. The following itineraries offer to you for a reference:
Day 1 Arrive at the city and stroll around Zhengyang Road to taste snacks .
Day 2 Elephant Trunk Hill, Wave-Subduing Hill, Wave-Subduing Hill
Day 3 Take a cruise from GL to Yangshuo in the morning to enjoy Li River and visit West Street in the after noon. At night, you can enjoy the Impression Sanjie Liu
Day 4 Yulong River, Silver Cave
Day 5 Back to GL and go to Longsheng to enjoy Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces.
Day 6 Depart to Zhangjiajie

Day 1 Zhangjiajie Forest Park, Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve
Day 2 Golden Whip Stream, Ten-mile Gallery
Day 3 Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with the Glass Bridge, Boat ride on the Baofeng Lake
Day 4 Tianmen Mountain, Glass plank road,Tianmen Cave
Day 5 Fenghuang Ancient Town
Asked by Emily from USA | May. 07, 2019 17:37Reply
Is the Guilin West high speed rail station wheelchair accessible?
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Answered by Emma from USA | May. 08, 2019 22:50

Yes, it is.
Asked by Vikash Jain from INDIA | Apr. 07, 2019 19:39Reply
I want to know, where to buy Li River Cruz ticket in Guilin down town address?
I do not want to buy from tourist agencies. I want to buy directly from ticket center of li river cruz. Somebody told me it should be around CNY 270.
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Answered by Tony from MALAYSIA | Apr. 09, 2019 00:56

You can buy tickets in Lijiang River Cruise tickets office one day in advance, which is located in No. 23, Zhongshan North Road, Beimen Street, Diecai District. The ticket price is right.
Answered by vikash jain from INDIA | Apr. 09, 2019 19:56

Dear Tony , thanks for swift reply . Can u please provide me address in Chinese ?
Answered by Tony | Apr. 25, 2019 02:45

In Chinese, it is '叠彩区北门街中山北路23号'.
Asked by TLC from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 01, 2019 15:04Reply
Staying at Moon Flower hotel in Guilin and need address in Chinese to show taxi driver
Hi we're staying here and can't find the address in Chinese, only English, and think the taxi driver may be unable to find it if not in Chinese. Please help. No.39, Lujia Village, Taohuajiang Road
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Answered by Ava from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 02, 2019 00:29

The address in Chinese is '桂林市秀峰区桃花江路鲁家村39号 (芦笛岩景区旁)'.
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