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 Jan. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guilin Travel
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
Asked by Viacheslav from RUSSIA | Oct. 09, 2018 12:46Reply
Dear friends! I would like to sail from Guilin to Yangshuo in the morning of October 27.
How do I get from (NO.5 Lingui Road, Xiangshan District) Guilin Central to Zhujiang Wharf or Mopanshan Wharf? And how long will it take? Thank you
Answers (3)
Answered by Adrian from CANADA | Oct. 09, 2018 23:40

As I know, the foreign tourists only can take the cruise from Zhujiang Wharf.
About the transportation, walk east around 400 meters to get to Guangming Road Bus Stop. Take bus no.16 to Lijiang Road and transfer to bus no. 9 to Qifeng Road East. After arriving, take a taxi to the destination.
Answered by Viacheslav from RUSSIA | Oct. 12, 2018 00:25

Thank you very much Adrian.
The girl from the hotel recommended to take a taxi near hotel. She wrote that it would cost 100-120 yuan from a hotel. And what do you think ?
Answered by Adrian | Oct. 14, 2018 19:35

Yes, it is also a good option if you have enough travel budget, faster and more convenient.
Asked by C from SINGAPORE | Sep. 03, 2018 08:52Reply
Need visa? Singapore to Guangzhou by flight then train to Guilin then back to Guangzhou
Will in guilin for 4 or 5 days then back to GZ to fly back Singapore. Total 7 days.
Is this itinerary OK? Need special visa?
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Answered by Charles from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 03, 2018 22:37

No, you don't need a visa in China less than 15 days.
Asked by michelle from CANADA | Aug. 17, 2018 11:37Reply
Can you advise best mode of transport to go from Xi'an to Guilin, then onwards to Hong Kong ?
Thank you
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Answered by Kent from GERMANY | Aug. 21, 2018 02:59

You are suggested to take a flight to Guilin and it takes about 2h.
To HK, there is a direct flight from Guilin at 16:35, and it’s also recommended.
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