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Guilin Travel Guide 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?

Guilin LocationGuilin 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 (Lijiang 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 cycling.

What Is The Best Time To Travel To Guilin?

Though 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.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ave. Temp. (Centigrade) 8 9 13 18 23 26 28 27 25 20 15 10
Rainfall (cm) 54 71 126 284 252 316 233 164 64 101 79 54


How To Travel To Guilin - Transportation Of Guilin

By Air
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 annually.

International flight
Hong Kong - Guilin
Macao - Guilin
Bangkok - Guilin
Singapore - Guilin
Seoul - Guilin
Kuala Lumpur - Guilin
Osaka - Guilin
Internal Flight
Beijing - Guilin
Shanghai - Guilin
Guangzhou - Guilin
Shenzhen - Guilin
Shenyang - Guilin
Chengdu - Guilin
Chongqing - Guilin
Hangzhou - Guilin
Nanjing - Guilin
Kunming - Guilin
Xi'an - Guilin

By Train
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.

By Bus:
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.

Guangxi area bus:
Guilin - Nanning
Guilin - Liuzhou
Guilin - Baise
Guilin - Hechi
Guilin - Beihai
Guilin - Yansghuo County
Guilin - Longsheng County
Guilin - Xing¡¯an County
Guilin to other province long distance bus:
Guilin - Guangzhou
Guilin - Shenzhen
Guilin - Dongguan
Guilin - Zhuhai

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Guilin Tourist Attractions

Guilin travel to Elephant Trunk Hill Elephant Trunk Hill
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.
Folded Brocade Hill Solitary Beauty Peak
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 spots.
Guilin travel to Reed Flute Cave Two 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.
Li River Li River
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.
Guilin travel to Seven Star Park Seven Star Park
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.
Yangshuo yulong river Longji Terraced Fields
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 Longsheng.

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Guilin History

Guilin HistoryThe 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

boat for li river cruiseLocation: 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 the east.

Area: Guilin Prefecture covers an area of 27.8 thousand square kilometers.

Climate: January, 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: 4.94 million

Population of city: 720,000

Languages: Mandarin and the Guilin dialect

Nationalities: 36 ethic groups, including Zhuang, Yao, Miao, Hui, Dong, etc.

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