Guilin - Guilin is home to the famous Li River
What is Guilin?
Guilin is well-known for the Li River around the world. Guilin is endowed with natural beauty with the local ethnic folk customs. Originally built in the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC), Guilin is home to more than tens of nationalities, such as Han, Yao, Zhuang, Miao, Hui people and more ethnic minorities.
Guilin Fast Facts
What to expect at the Reed Flute Cave
In Guilin, the world-famous Reed Flute Cave lying around 5 kilometers from the heart of Guilin City has attracted tens of national leadersfrom abroad and at home, including Deng Xiaoping, Li Peng, Zhu Rongji, Hu Jintao, the late president of the U.S.A. - Richard Milhous Nixon, the former Secretary General of the United Nations - Javier Perez de Cuellar, and more since the 1970s. With the unique stalactite in different shapes, it stands out among the several caves in Guilin Region.
If you would like to enjoy the karst mountains in Guilin City, it is suggested that you visit Yao Mountain located around 8 kilometers from the center of the city which is the tallest hill in the city. Fubo Hill is a great place to admire the bird’s eye view of Guilin City. If you don’t like the crowd, you could explore Daxu Old Town or Jiangtou Village Jiuwu Town. Compared to Daxu Old Town, Jiangtou Village is much quieter and less touristy as it is hidden in the countryside which is around 70 minutes drive from the city. 60% of the houses at Jiangtou Village were built in the Ming (1368 -1644) and Qing (1644 - 1912) Dynasties.
The night views in Guilin are also gorgeous. You could walk along the city lakes and overlook the Sun and Moon Pagodas standing in one of the city lakes in the evening. If interested, you could appreciate the views on a night cruise boat. After the night cruise or walking, you could taste the local food in Shangshui Snack Street, such as Guilin Rice Noodles – the very popular food among tourists and the like together with Zhengyang Walking Street, a paradise for shopping lovers.
Dreamlike Li River Show is a feast for eyes and soul. It is a combination of ballet, acrobatics, local nature and local culture. If you want to admire the Flying Tigers who had contributed a lot in the Anti-Japanese War, it is recommended that you visit the Flying Tigers Museum in Lingui District which is located around 50 minutes drive from the center of Guilin. The museum offers precious cultural relics of the Flying Tigers to admire, such as the military uniforms of the Flying Tigers, medals donated by the families of the Flying Tigers, old pictures and other related materials. You will be moved at the selfless actions of the Flying Tigers.
Best time to visit Guilin
The best months to visit Guilin are from April to October.
How to get to Guilin
There are several airplanes to Guilin from the main cities around China, such as Beijing, Tianjin, Xiamen, Ningbo, Changsha, Hongkong, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Nanning, Hangzhou, Xi’an, etc. There are some direct trains to Guilin from Xi’an, Kunming, Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Changsha, Guiyang, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hongkong, Nanning, etc. Please get to Guilin by air or by train based on your schedule.
Additional Guilin Travel Advice
- From November to March, it sometimes rains. Thus, you may feel much colder on a rainy day in winter. Please take enough warm clothes with you.
- Please take umbrellas with you to prevent the sun or the rain in Guilin.
- Genarally speaking, Guilin food is spicy but you could let the waiters at the restaurant make note that you prefer non-spicy food if you don't like spicy food.
- Please take care of your valuables in crowded places.