Guilin Travel Guide

Li River, Guilin
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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 tourist cities 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 Guilin such an appealing destination. Guilin is also an important cultural city with a history of more than 2,000 years. The city has been the political, economic and cultural center of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). You can refer to Guilin History to know more about the vicissitudes of the city.

 Guilin Attractions

Li River, Guilin
Li River
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin
Reed Flute Cave
Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin
Elephant Trunk Hill
Diecai Hill, Guilin
Diecai Hill

 Newly Updated Attractions:  Solitary Beauty Peak & Jingjiang Prince City

 Guilin Transportation

Guilin Train
Guilin 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. 

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 Guilin Dining

Guilin Food
Guilin 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 Guilin rice noodles (mifen), nun noodles, chestnut glutinous rice dumplings (banli zong), stewed duck with gingko, lotus-leaf duck and stewed duck with ginger.

 Guilin Shopping

Shopping in Guilin
 What to Buy: Guilin sanhua alcohol, fermented bean curd and chili sauce are considered to be Guilin's three treasures, and are top choices with visitors. 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 in Guilin for daily articles and local specialties as well as shops for souvenirs, jewelry, panitings and calligraphy works.

 Guilin Nightlife

Guilin Nightlife
Nightlife in Guilin 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, Guilin Bravo Hotel Reed Flute Cowboy Bar, Guilin Bravo Hotel VIP Nightclub...

 Guilin Travel Tips

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
 Area Code: 0773
 Post Code: 541002
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