GuilinChina

4.2/5Top Destination

Quaint Guilin is calling! Discover its mountain views, riverfront, sightseeing and more.

“East or West,” the Chinese saying goes, “Guilin’s scenery is the best.” And truly, the landscape in and around Guilin is breathtaking. Rivers, lakes and rice fields meet at the base of sheer karst cliffs and mist-shrouded peaks. These scenes have inspired and charmed visitors for centuries.

The area’s stunning landscape is the consequence of its unique situation and geology. Guilin’s otherworldly hills formed underwater, millions of years ago, and were eventually revealed through erosion. Now they stand dramatically above the rivers and lakes that nourish the city.

Head to the Seven Star Park and discover the many hills, caves, bridges and relics that continue to inspire artists, photographers and poets. Explore Reed Flute Cave to see incredible limestone stalactites and stalagmites lit up in vibrant colours. Pay your respects to Elephant Trunk Hill, which is named for its resemblance to a large elephant bathing. Fubo (Wave-Subduing) Hill is also worth a visit due to its remarkable combination of natural features and cultural history. It’s also where you can see the giant pot that is said to be able to cook rice for a thousand people.

Marvel at the dramatic terraced rice paddy fields around nearby Longsheng. Take a cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is lined with bamboo groves and ancient villages. Feel the soft breeze on the river that once led President Nixon to call Guilin the world’s most beautiful city. Four memorable hours on the water will bring you to the town Yangshuo, home to popular West Street. This 1,400-year-old street is lined with an incredible array of restaurants, craft shops, calligraphy emporiums and kung fu academies.

Guilin is famous for the its distinctive sweet-and-spicy cuisine, which combines elements of Hunanese and Cantonese cooking. Local specialties include Guilin rice noodles and, of course, fish.

Guilin is best navigated with a tourist map. Buses and taxis are available in town, as is bicycle rental. The city is well connected by air, bus and train to the rest of China.

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Tours, Scenery and Mountains

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Where to stay in Guilin

Guilin City Centre
Elephant Trunk Hill featuring a ferry

Guilin City Centre

Known for Rivers, Scenery, Boating

4/5(7 reviews)

Unique features of Guilin City Centre include the river views and gardens. Make a stop by Elephant Trunk Hill or Seven-Star Park while you're exploring the area.

Xiufeng
Guilin which includes caves

Xiufeng

Known for Rivers, Mountains, Monuments

River views, lake views and shopping are some highlights of Xiufeng. Make a stop by Reed Flute Cave or Liu Sanjie Landscape Garden of Guilin while you're exploring.

Longsheng Various Nationalities Autonomous County
Longsheng Various Nationalities Autonomous County, Guilin, China
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Longsheng Various Nationalities Autonomous County

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If you're spending some time in Longsheng Various Nationalities Autonomous County, Longsheng Hot Springs National Forest Park and Jin Hudingguan Scenic Spot are top sights worth seeing.

Xiangshan
Elephant Trunk Hill featuring a ferry

Xiangshan

Known for Gardens, Rivers, Mountains

Unique features of Xiangshan include the gardens and river views. Make a stop by Elephant Trunk Hill or Guangxi Guilin National Forest Park while you're exploring the area.

Ten Mile Gallery
Ten Mile Gallery, Guilin, China

Ten Mile Gallery

Known for Biking, Mountains, Scenery

4/5(1 review)

Unique features of Ten Mile Gallery include the mountain views and river views. Make a stop by Moon Hill or Butterfly Spring Park while you're exploring the area.

Lingchuan County
Guilin showing interior views

Lingchuan County

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If you're spending some time in Lingchuan County, Mopanshan Passenger Wharf is a top sight worth visiting.

Popular things to do in Guilin

Elephant Trunk Hill
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Elephant Trunk Hill

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Explore an intriguing waterfront rock formation with a fascinating legend and then hike up the hill for panoramic views of Guilin.

Moon Hill
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Moon Hill

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Moon Hill, a lovely green space in Guilin. Amble around this quaint area's riverfront or seek out the cycling trails.

Seven-Star Park
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Seven-Star Park

3/5(1 review)

Guilin’s largest park is encircled by mountains and dotted with historic artifacts. Hike through the green expanse and sightsee its many treasures.

Top activities in Guilin

Guilin Four Lakes Night Cruise With English Speaking Driver
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Guilin Four Lakes Night Cruise With English Speaking Driver

£41

The Four Lakes scenic area refers to the water loop consisted of Mulong Lake, Gui Lake, Rong Lake, and Shan Lake that enclose the downtown Guilin. A boat tour through the area is definitely a highlight of a Guilin city tour.

Bus Tour to Longji Rice Terraces at Ping’An Village
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Bus Tour to Longji Rice Terraces at Ping’An Village

£70

Board a bus and drive to Longsheng County to visit Zhuang and Yao villages, two of the many minorities in China, and listen to your guide’s comprehensive commentary about the culture and traditions of the Zhuang and Yao people.

Li River Cruise to Yangshuo with Delectable Lunch
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Li River Cruise to Yangshuo with Delectable Lunch

£106

Cruise down the serene waters of the Li River for spectacular views of the Guangxi Zhuang region's amazing countryside. Travel 52 miles (83 km) from Guilin to the city of Yangshuo down the winding river and witness the intriguing karst mountains, dramatic sheer cliffs, and small rural villages lining the shore.

Taste of Yangshuo Cooking Class
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Taste of Yangshuo Cooking Class

£46

Engage in an authentic class at Yangshuo Cooking School. With their belief that learning is best done by doing, not watching, you have the opportunity to personally create 5 dishes from scratch. As you work on food prep, listen to helpful instructions and tidbits about the culture of Chinese cuisine.

Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo Day Tour
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Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo Day Tour

£70

Our sit-in-coach small group tour leads you to experience the classic and unforgettable cruise along Li River for 3-4 hours, which is the must-doing highlight activity in Guilin. You will check in a deluxe cruise with our local expert English-speaking guide’s escort on board.

Private Transfer from Guilin to Zhaoxing and stops at Chengyang Dong Village
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Private Transfer from Guilin to Zhaoxing and stops at Chengyang Dong Village

£57

Our driver will meet you of Guilin/Yangshuo hotel lobby at 9:00am.Guilin is 300KM away from Zhaoxing, The journey takes 6-7 hours by private car, because we also need to stop at the Chengyang Dong village, If we don't stops at Chengyang Dong village, just take a 4 hours.