Guilin Travel Guide

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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 

Tickets & Activities

Click and book tickets for attractions and shows in a fast and convenient way to guarantee your entry or select a preferable seat. This is particularly of great help for independent travelers.
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 Oct. 24, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guilin Travel
Asked by Leslie from GERMANY | Oct. 23, 2019 04:33Reply
We need a bus from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang and the after from Fenghuang to Guilin.
Is that easy to get the bus tickets and do we need so book that on advanced ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex from USA | Oct. 24, 2019 02:07

Oh, the online booking page only has Chinese version. Thus you are suggested to go to the bus station early and purchase the tickets there. Generally speaking, there will have enough tickets. Don't worry.
Asked by Arthur from SWITZERLAND | Jul. 09, 2019 14:14Reply
Tour GLV02 (2pax): whole luggage with us and drop off at the Guilin West Train station (dep 20:19)
Dear Sir/Madam
Is it possible/guaranteed to carry our whole luggage (2 pax, total 2 suitcases) on the tour (GLV02) and get dropped off at West Train Station in order to reach our train to Guangzhou (dep. 20:19, check-in 1 hr before or dep. 21:02) on the same day?
Thanks for your quick response
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide from CHINA | Jul. 09, 2019 18:44

Dear Arthur,

Thanks for your attention on
1. Yes, it will be ok for you to bring two suitcases in the morning when you take the tour, and go to the railway station directly after the tour.
2. We can transfer you to Guilin West Railway Station for your train at 20:19 or 21:02 after the tour.

Kindest regards!
Asked by vebri from INDONESIA | Jun. 02, 2019 08:20Reply
i'm planning to take the train from Guangzhou to Guilin. And after that i want go to Meizhou
but i didn't find the train direct go to Meizhou, What would be the best option for me, if i want direct go to Meizhou without go back to Guangzhou? there is the bus direct to Meizhou? if yes do you now how long the time?
I really need your advise, sorry for my bad English ,Hope you can help me thank you
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Answered by Dane from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 02, 2019 20:12

Do you mean the Meizhou in Guangdong Province? I haven't found any direct bus or train from Guilin to there. So it is better for you to go back Guangzhou first.
Asked by David from CANADA | May. 28, 2019 21:38Reply
Do you offer a service of airport transfer from Guilin Airport to Longji Rice Terrace?
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Answered by Amanda from MALAYSIA | May. 29, 2019 19:08

As I know, the tour provided includes the driver and tour guide from airport to Longji Rice Terrace, not the separate airport transfer service.
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