Guilin is a historical
and cultural city as well as a tourist wonderland of
fame. It literally means "cassia tree forest",
named for the local cassia trees, whose scent wafts
through the city in autumn. "Guilin boasts the
most beautiful scenery under Heaven" is a saying
popular among its admirers. Green hills and fields,
forests of peculiar pinnacles and the beautiful Li River
all wind through the city.
Although Guilin is not as modern as
Shanghai or not so politically important like Beijing,
it is a great tourist city with the focus of world attention.
So as to convenient its guests, the local government
has built a quite complete transportation system, which
is in possession of airlines, railways and highroads
to get people travel to & from Guilin easily, as
well as city buses, free tourist buses, taxis, cruise
ships etc. to ease the inside traffic pressure. In the
city, you can shop a lot of Guilin-styled commodities
and souvenirs such as Guilin's Three Treasures-Sanhua
alcohol, Guilin fermented bean curd and Guilin chili
sauce, Yangshuo painted fan, Guilin stone sculptures
etc. to present as gifts to your family members, relatives
and friends. Entertainment activities seem to veil a
Guilin style, too. Either to enjoy a Guilin opera, or
to cruise a ship on Li River at a romantic night is
so unique, so peculiar. And it has nothing to do with
bustle and hustle. If you are a foody like me, please
do not miss tasting both local snacks and main courses.
Snacks like Guilin rice noodles, nun noodles, oil tea,
Steamed rice in bamboo is definitely worth trying. Such
main dishes as Steamed Li River Fish, Gingko stewed
with Old Duck, Yangshuo Beer Fish etc. will not disappoint
you, either. Please give yourself a treat!
Guilin is a clean city with charming
waterfront and ever-changing moods. Hills and parks
mottle the urban landscape. Breathtaking sights namely
Elephant Trunk Hill, Wave-Subduing (Fubo) Hill, Seven
Star Park etc. are just like magnet to visitors, attracting
a myriad of people each year to come and leave their
beautiful memories here.
Join the designed Guilin tours
offered by us to dig deeper of this charming, graceful,
elegant historical city. Words are too plain to describe
its beauty, so come and experience all by yourself!
Where Is Guilin?
is a city located in the northeastern of Guangxi
Zhuang Autonomous Region, sitting on the
west bank of the Li River. Its name in Chinese means
"forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the
many of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees planted in the
city. The urban area of Guilin is 565 square kilometers,
and the urban population is 734800 people. There are
at least 37 ethnic groups including the Han, Zhuang,
Miao, Yao, Dong, Hui, Jing, Yi, nationalities etc.
Guilin is situated along the Li
River). Li River winds its
way south for about 437 km, passing through Guilin,
Yangshuo, Pingle and Zhaoping, and finally meets the
Xi (West) River at Wuzhou. The 83-kilometer-long section
between Guilin and Yangshuo
is the essence and the most beautiful part. Yangshuo
is settled amongst the most beautiful part of the Li
River's karst scenery. Less than five hours by boat.
Yangshuo has become something of a backpacker's legend
and the relaxed pace of life, good food (including some
great western cuisine), friendly people, scenic beauty,
flat landscape of rice fields and streams perfect for
What Is The Best Time
To Travel To Guilin?
is suitable for traveling all year round, the best travelling
time is from April until October, but it all depends
on your personal interests. Guilin
weather is generally mild with four seasons: sunny and
vigorous spring, hot and humid summer, pleasant and
cool autumn, breezy and dry winter. All kinds of flowers
blossom all year round. The average
temperature for the year is 19.3 centigrade with a July
average temperature of 28.3 degrees. The average rainfall
for the year is 192.6 cm per month.
How To Travel To Guilin
- Transportation Of Guilin
Flying is the most convenient way
to arrive in and depart from Guilin. The city is directly
connected to most major domestic cities.
Guilin International Airport is located in the Liangjiang
Town, about 28 kilometers southwest from the city center,
35km from Guilin Train Station, 92km from Yangshuo County.
It opened for business on October 1st, 1996, and is
a modern International Airport newly established in
the south of China. It is capable of handling the Boeing
747-200, and was designed to cater for 5,000,000 passengers
Hong Kong - Guilin
Macao - Guilin
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Seoul - Guilin
Kuala Lumpur - Guilin
Osaka - Guilin
Beijing - Guilin
Shanghai - Guilin
Guangzhou - Guilin
Shenzhen - Guilin
Shenyang - Guilin
Chengdu - Guilin
Chongqing - Guilin
Hangzhou - Guilin
Nanjing - Guilin
Kunming - Guilin
Xi'an - Guilin
Guilin is directly linked by train
to Beijing, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Kunming, Shanghai, Xi'an,
Nanjing and Hangzhou. The Guilin Railway Station is
located in the south of the city. It has two branches,
the North Railway Station and the South Railway Station
with 66 arrivals and departures daily.
There are also direct trains from Guilin to Nanning,
Beihai, Yulin in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Currently, there are two important
Bus (coach) Stations, one is the Chief Bus station,
and the other one is Qingtan Bus Station. Most buses
set off from these two bus stations for surrounding
cities in Guangxi, Guangdong and Hunan provinces.
Guilin - Nanning
Guilin - Liuzhou
Guilin - Baise
Guilin - Hechi
Guilin - Beihai
Guilin - Yansghuo County
Guilin - Longsheng County
Guilin - Xing¡¯an County
to other province long distance bus:
Guilin - Guangzhou
Guilin - Shenzhen
Guilin - Dongguan
Guilin - Zhuhai
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Guilin Tourist Attractions
Elephant Trunk Hill is one of the Lijiang River's
most famous sights. The hill is situated on the
western bank of the Lijiang River, to the southeast
of Guilin. It looks like an elephant, dipping its
snout into the Lijiang River, hence the name "Elephant
Trunk Hill". This sight is very representative
of the landscape around Guilin and is a symbol of
Guilin itself. A park and a Ming Dynasty pagoda
are found on and around the Elephant Trunk Hill.
Solitary Beauty Peak is located in the ancient Mansion
of Prince Jingjiang, in the center of Guilin City.
Towering abruptly from the ground with magnificent
vigour, it has long been known as the ¡°Southern
Sky-supporting Pillar". There is a natural
stone chamber located in the east of the hill and
it is believed to be the study used by Yan Yanzhi
(a famous literator in the Southern Song Dynasty
1127-1279) when he was the Magistrate of Guilin
1,500 years ago. It also is one of the oldest historical
Rivers and Four Lakes
Two Rivers and Four Lakes Scenic Area is a water
system located in Guilin's downtown area that should
not be missed. Beautiful ancient trees and flowering
plants spread out on both banks of the four lakes.
The most significant feature of the Two Rivers and
Four Lakes is bridges.
There can be no better way of viewing the stunning
limestone hills around Guilin than from the deck
of one of the small cruise boats that make the 8-hour
journey from the city downstream to Yangshuo. The
boat offers a close-up view of the strange rock
formations that give this area a feeling of 'the
land that time forgot'. Life on the river is equally
fascinating, with fishermen on bamboo rafts using
cormorants to bring in the catch.
Seven Star Park is located in the east coast of
Li River. It covers an area of more than 600 acres.
It got its name from the scenery of seven peaks
in the park which looks like the shining Charles¡¯s
Wain. It is the biggest comprehensive park in Guilin.
The Longji Terraced Fields are located in the Heping
town in Longsheng, about 2 hours drive from Guilin.
The terraced fields, like great ladders or ribbons,
wind from the bottom of mountains to the top. They
are distributed at an elevation between 300m-1100m
(984.25ft -3,608.92ft) of Longji Moutain, covering
a total area of 66 square kilometers in southeast
Guilin Travel Attractions...
city of Guilin was founded in the Qin Dynasty in 221
BC as a small settlement on the Li River. In 214 BC,
the Ling Canal was built here to connect two river systems(
the Yangzi River system and the Pearl River system)
by the order of Qin Shihuang (the first emperor of Qin
Dynasty), the same emperor who created two miracles
of the world – the Great Wall and the TerraCotta
Warriors. Then Guilin became increasingly important
after the construction of the Ling canal joining the
Li river with another further north, providing a transport
link with the Yangzi River. The imperial court could
thus send food and provisions by water from the Yangzi
plains to its armies in the far south. The town became
the provincial capital of GuangXi province in the Ming
Dynasty, and remained so until 1914, when the capital
was moved to Nanning.
Since the founding of the People's Republic
in 1949, Guilin has developed a fledging industry, producing
a variety of products such as pharmaceutical goods,
tires, machinery, fertilizers and silk. From its noted
profusion of flowering cassia trees, which have a strong
sweet scent, it produces a number of specialties including
perfume, wine, tea, cinnamon, and herbal medicine. Tourism
has been the most important industry since 1980's.
Other Travel Information
Guilin is located at latitude 24°15′N
and longitude 109°36′E. It is located in the
northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the
south of China, and borders with Hunan Province to the
north, Liuzhou city to the south and Wuzhou city to
Prefecture covers an area of 27.8 thousand square kilometers.
with an average temperature of 8.3℃, is the coldest
month, and July, with an average temperature of 28.5℃,
is the hottest month.
Population of prefecture:
Population of city: 720,000
and the Guilin dialect
ethic groups, including Zhuang, Yao, Miao, Hui, Dong,
Ethnic Minority People
Around Guilin Area