Guilin Travel Guide

Li River Cruise
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 Feb. 19, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guilin Travel
Asked by Chris Hopkins from UK | Feb. 19, 2019 08:34Reply
Would Visa free travel work on the following route in Guilin?
Hong Kong - Hainan - 4 days
Hainan - Guilin - 4 days
Guilin - Guangzhou - Singapore
Answers (1)
Answered by Madison from CANADA | Feb. 19, 2019 19:46

No, you need to apply for the visa in advance in your country.
Asked by kelly from INDONESIA | Feb. 16, 2019 09:26Reply
If we (4 person with luggage) want rent a car from guilin (lijiang waterfall hotel)
to yangshuo (bamboo resort hotel), how much cost for rent a car?
Answers (1)
Answered by Abigail from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 19, 2019 19:51

Generally speaking, it costs CNY500 to 700 for the single trip.
Asked by Rose from USA | Jan. 23, 2019 00:37Reply
I need to get to Hezhou from the Guilin Airport.
I want to take high speed train, from GL to Hezhou. How do i get to GL from KWL, then what train do I need to catch to Hezhou
Answers (1)
Answered by Simran from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 24, 2019 00:23

Upon landing, you can take a shuttle bus to get to North Railway Station first. The bus schedules are from 09:00 to 21:00 with the frequency of an hour. It takes around 60 mins on the way. Then take the high speed train to Hezhou.
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