The rapid development of China's economy has led to an influx of hotels and tourism services being established for visitors to both Guilin and Yangshuo. Within this blog post, I will outline where the best places to stay in Yangshuo are, the reasons for this as well as my top 5 boutique Yangshuo hotels. So let's begin and explore Yangshuo's accommodation options together!
For visitors interested in visiting Guilin and Southern China, the first thing is working out how to travel to Guilin. There are three modes of transport for traveling here and I will outline a few of the most popular options for visitors when considering to visit. Let's start with the various flight options available in and out of Guilin City.
When Chinese people think of Guilin (or you tell them you are planning to visit Guilin), I'm certain that the vast majority would remark something along the lines of 'how beautiful Guilin is'.
Others would refer to the Li River and it's scenic beauty whilst some would suggest you simply visit Yangshuo.
However, Guilin itself has some enjoyable as well as famous attractions for visitors to visit during their time in the city. From caves to scenic lookouts and historical buildings, the following are the 5 best attractions to visit in Guilin.
Firstly, if you're visiting on one of our 'Guilin Tours', 'Yangshuo Tours' or 'Longsheng Tours' AND you have a Private Li River Cruise as part of the tour, we can also arrange a Cormorant Fisherman to accompany the cruise.
Cormorant Fishing is a traditional fishing practice whereby the fisherman uses Cormorant birds to catch fish. To ensure the birds don't swallow the fish, the fisherman ties a piece of string at the base of the bird's neck so only very small fish are swallowed. After catching the fish, the fisherman then brings the bird back and has the bird spit up the fish. To read more about Cormorant Fishing, please visit the Wikipedia page as follows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormorant_fishing
For the Cormorant Fishing experience during your tour - there are two different options.
February is often the month of Chinese New Year (although this differs year by year) and the weather in Guilin is still very cold but with a transition to Spring. The average temperature in Guilin during February is 9 degrees celsius (48 degrees fahrenheit) whilst the average high temperature is 13 degrees celsius (55 degrees fahrenheit) and average low temperature is 7 degrees celsius (45 degrees celsius).
The weather can change quite dramatically during February with temperature swings, windiness and some drizzle. Pack accordingly and you'll enjoy your time in the city and surroundings as it's usually very quiet -although does get busier if Chinese New Year falls during the month.
China's other 'Forbidden City' (Source: CNN)
China's other 'Forbidden City' is a great article published on CNN introducing the Jingjiang Princes' City, which is a famous landmark in Guilin built during the Ming dynasty.
It was built in the 14th century for Zhu Shouqian, great nephew of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
Whilst Guilin is mainly known for it's famous scenery, it also has historic sites and nowhere near as busy as the Forbidden City in Beijing ;)
Dusk to Dawn (Source: Daily Mail)
Check out the amazing photographs taken by Paul Reiffer (at the link provided above)...and most relevant, photo number two is from Xianggong Hill, which we feature in our Guilin Tours and Yangshuo Tours. There are some incredible photographs shown within that article so I highly recommend reading it - especially for all the photographers!
Locals Celebrate 'Chili Festival' in China's Guangxi (Source: Women in China)
Short article outlining the celebration of Chili Festival in Longji. If visiting the Longji Rice Terraces on one of our Longsheng Tours, you can taste the local chilies which are very famous (and hot!)
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