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Guilin

Make Your Visit to China Unforgettable

As a famous saying goes, the scenery in Guilin is the most beautiful under heaven. Guilin is one of the most notable and popular tourists destinations in China. With its landscape of limestone mountains amidst verdant riverbanks, Guilin mesmerizes countless travels annually.

The breathtaking scenery, azure blue sky, crystal clear water, crisp air, rolling hills, unique caves and beautiful rocks will no doubt astonish you. Travel to Guilin and immerse yourself in the captivating scenery.

Things To Do

Impression Liu Sanjie

Impression Liu Sanjie is a large-scale outdoor performance set on the Li River. The stage is composed of 12 peaks, 1.654 square kilometers of water and and auditorium with 2,000 outdoor seats taking the shape of terrace. The repertoire changes with seasons and weather. During the performance, more than 600 actors or actress who are local fishermen dress in the different styles of the Zhuang, Miao and other ethnic groups in Guangxi. They work in the field or catch fish in river in the daytime and row bamboo rafts to give a performance after super.

The show artfully combines the Liu Sanjie’s songs and cultures of the ethnic groups in Guangxi, and also reflects the harmony between man and nature. It is very worthwhile to spend your time and money to watch this magnificent show which will make your Guilin travels complete!

Li River Cruise

The picturesque Li River originates in Mount Mao’er in Xin’an county and meanders its way for 170 kilometer, running through Guilin and Yangshuo to the outlet of the Gongcheng River in Ping County. It is characterized by verdant hills, crystal waters and caves. The Li River scenic area is dotted with numerous spots like Reed Flute Cave and Seven-Star Cave. Visitors can enjoy the most attractions along Li River by going on a cruise. Besides enjoying the captivating scenery along the Yangtze River, tourists can also learn something about country life: peasants work with the help of domesticated water buffaloes in the field, women do their laundry in the river, and fishermen fish by bamboo rafts.

Cycling in the Countryside

If you want to fully experience the beauty of Guilin, one of the best ways is to cycle through the countryside in Yangshuo. Biking alongside rice paddy fields enclosed by the verdant mountains and clear rivers, you will have a insight into the rural life in Guangxi.

It is very easy to rent a bike at the West Street in Yangshuo at a price ranging from 5RMB to 30RMB.

Climb Piled Silk Hill

Piled Silk Hill stands north of Guiling along the bank of the Li River. The essence of Piled Silk Hill is the stone inscriptions on the hill. Climbing the top of Bright Moon Peak and standing at Catching Cloud Pavillion, you can get a panoramic view of the all Guilin.

Best Time to Visit

When is the best time to visit Guilin? In general, the best time is from March to November. But Guilin offers different views in different seasons.

Guilin is best-known for the lovely Li River. It is said that the Li River can represent the whole of Guilin. Guilin in springtime is warm but it sometimes rains. On rainy days, the Li River and its surrounding mountains are enclosed by mist, which makes the Li River look like a landscape painting. When planning to visit Guilin in spring, you should avoid May Day from May 1st to 3rd, the Chinese national holiday. During May Day, it is typically very crowded in Guilin.

In the summer, the essence of views in Guilin is the mountains standing in the river, unique caves and rocks. It is also the best time to cruise on Li and Yulong River. Another worthwhile stop is to check out the Gudong Waterfall, about 16 miles (26 kilometers) away from Guilin.

The weather of Guilin in autumn is very comfortable for tourists. Most tourists choose to visit the Longji Rice Terrace at the end of September or mid-October when the paddies turn gold.

Guilin Attractions

Why do so many tourists choose to visit Guilin? The answer is simple – its picturesque landscape and quaint nearby ancient towns like Huangyao Ancient Town.

Guilin, reputed to be the most beautiful city under heaven, is endowed with unparalleled scenic attractions, from the picturesque Li River, mysterious Reed Flute Cave to famous Elephant Trunk Hill and breathtaking Seven Star Park.

Just a minute from the busy city life, Guilin’s scenery, rolling hills and tranquil landscape, offers a perfect escape from the urban center. Treat yourself to a visit to Guilin and indulge in the captivating scenes.

Daxu Old Town
Huangyan Ancient Town
Elephant Trunk Hill
Li River
Longsheng Rice Terrace
Reed Flute Cave
Seven Star Park
Fubo Hill

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Guilin Culture

With history stretching back 2,000 years, Guilin is one of the most famous historical and cultural cities in China. Guilin had been the center of politics, economics and culture since the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 CE).

The landscape of Guilin not only attracts tourists but also the writers and poets. In ancient China, many famous poets visited Guilin for its unique mountains scenes astride the Li river and they also wrote the famous poems and articles to extol the beauty of Guilin. Some poets and artists were carved on the mountain or steles, which has become a famous historical sites in Guilin. 

The city is home to more than ten ethnic groups like the Zhuang, Yao, Miao, etc. These minorities have their own customs which include costumes, food, festivals, and religious beliefs.

 

Culture

Guilin Cuisine

Guilin cuisine is best known for its snacks and use of spices in China. Guilin cuisine makes use of elements of Hunan and Guangdong cuisines. Hunan cuisine features sour and spicy flavors but Guangdong cuisine has a lighter flavor. Hunan cuisine has some effect on the local fried dishes for which vinegar and pepper are indispensable. The famous local snack is Guilin rice noodles which have been a local breakfast staple since the Qing Dynasty.

Guilin Opera

Guilin opera originated in Guilin during the late Ming Dynasty. It is performed in the Guilin dialect and tells a story by use of vivid facial expressions and body language. Dance is the important element second only to song. Guilin opera also absorbed some elements of Beijing opera and Kunqu like vocal music. Guilin opera is very popular among the locals.

Guilin Festivals

More than 10 ethnic groups are scattered throughout Guanxi so there are many traditional ethnic festivals in Guilin. The Zhuang Nationality Song Festival on March 3rd of the Chinese lunar year is also known as Gepo Festival and Gewei Festival. During the festival, young women and men wear their best clothes, and men hold their precious gifts and women take Xiuqiu, a ball made of silk. Then they begin to sing in antiphonal style. If one girl is satisfied with a boy’s song, she throw her ball to the boy and the boy ties his gift on the ball. In this way, young men and women choose their mates.

The Miao New Year is celebrated after the autumn harvest. It is also a festival to celebrate the harvest. The date of the Miao New Year differs depending on the region where the Miao Nationality lives. During the festival, young men play Lusheng, an ancient instrument of the Miao people while girls dance to the music.

Guilin Food

Guilin cuisine is characterized by sweetness and the delicate use of spices, particularly chili, which is mostly prepared by stir-frying and steaming. For the local specialties, Guilin Rice Noodle, Lipu Taro and Pork Loaf, Steamed Li River Fish, Stir-Fried Beef With Bamboo Shoots, Yangshuo Beer Fish, Stuffed Li River Snails are all your best choice, which could be served in the well-reviewed local restaurants like Red Lantern Restaurant, Guilin Guy Restaurant, Guilin Bravo Hotel Restaurant, Tong Lai Restaurant, Lao Xiang Qin Restaurant and the likes.

Food

Guilin cuisine is characterized by sweetness and the delicate use of spices, particularly chili, which is mostly prepared by stir-frying and steaming. For the local specialties, Guilin Rice Noodle, Lipu Taro and Pork Loaf, Steamed Li River Fish, Stir-Fried Beef With Bamboo Shoots, Yangshuo Beer Fish, Stuffed Li River Snails are all your best choice, which could be served in the well-reviewed local restaurants like Red Lantern Restaurant, Guilin Guy Restaurant, Guilin Bravo Hotel Restaurant, Tong Lai Restaurant, Lao Xiang Qin Restaurant and the likes.

What to Eat in Guilin

Guilin Rice Noodles
Guilin rice noodles are well notable for the special flavor throughout China. The well selected rice are ground into thick liquid which are then filter into a lump. After cooking, the lump will be squeezed into round or flat. The delicacy of Guilin rice noodles lie in the soup which are mainly stewed from pig or cattle ribs, Momordica grosvenori and other ingredients. As different ingredients and methods are used to stew soup, the rice noodles are separated into different kinds like hot and sour rice noodles and beef rice noodles. It is easy to find a restaurant to taste authentic rice noodles at cheap price.

Lipu Taro Looped Meat
Lipu Taro Looped Meat are a famous traditional dish in Guilin. With best taro picked up in Lipu County, delicious Lipu Taro Looped Meat lies in seasoning and various materials like Guilin fermented bean curd. How to cook Lipu Taro Looped Meat? The streaky pork and taros should be cut into strips and then these strips should be deep fried into golden in vegetable oil. Then smear Guilin fermented bean curd and add other ingredients and wait until the pork become soft. This dish can be tasted in almost all restaurants in Guilin.

Yangshuo Beer Fish
Yangshuo beer fish is the most famous local cuisine with tasteful spicy flavor. The fresh carps are caught from Li River. When cooking, the carp first is fried in the oil and then braised in the beer. When you pay a visit to Yangshuo, the beer fish is a must-try. Many restaurants on the West Street of Yangshuo are specialized in beer fish.

Lotus Leaf Steamed Meat
The main materials in this dish include streaky pork, mung bean flour, lotus leaf, Guilin fermented bean curd and other condiments. Before cooking, the lotus leaf must be washed and the raw streaky pork should be cooked. Smear fermented bean curd on the pork and add other condiments. Then use lotus leaf to wrap the pork and steam the wrapped pork.

Guilin Shui Ci Ba (glutinous rice cake)
Shui Ci Ba is one of most famous snacks in Guilin. It can be found throughout Guilin. Here introduce the process of making Shui Ci Ba. Firstly, steam the selected sticky rice and then mash the sticky rice into paste. Secondly, fill the paste with bean paste, sesame sugar and other materials. Lastly, steam the filled Shui Ci Ba. The Shui Ci Ba looks pure white, taste fine and chewy.

Where to Eat in Guilin
Guilin Food Streets
Binjiang Road Food Street
Address: From Foboshan Mountain to Elephant Trunk Mountain Park

Jiefang West Road Street
Address: West Jiefang Road

Wangjiao Food Street
Address: Middle Zhongshan Road, close to bell tower, Central Square

Guilin Restaurants
Anyway
Cuisine: Chinese Address: Jiefang Xi Lu
Telephone: 0773-2819985

Red Lantern Restaurant
Cuisine: Chinese Address: South Banyan Rd., Near the Banyan Lake Scenic

Midiexiang
Cuisine: Western Address: Yiren Lu 1-1, Guilin, Guangxi
Telephone: 0773-2810063

Spring of Countryside
Cuisine: Fast Food Address: Guihu, Xi Qing Qiao, Xi An, Guilin
Telephone: 0773-2858188

Cafe Mimosa
Cuisine: International Address: 16 Gui Hua Road, Yangshuo, Guilin
Telephone: 0773-8828309

Mc Found
Cuisine: Chinese Address: 12 east Chuanshan Road, Guilin, China

Little Italian
Cuisine: coffee shop Address: 18 Binjiang Lu, Guilin, China
Telephone: 0733-3111068

Li River Cuisine Restaurant
Address: No.1 Shanhu North Road, Guilin, China
Telephone: 0773-2822881

Guilin Shopping

Although Guilin is a relatively small city, shopping in Guilin never fails to be a fantastic experience along your travel. Specialties like Scroll paintings, Southern Candies, Landscape Paintings, Yangshuo Painted Fan, Paper Umbrellas, Bamboo and Wooden Carvings, Guilin Sanhua Alcohol and Weaved Grass Craftworks are all what you can not miss along your travel, which are easily available in such local famous markets as Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, Zhongshan Street, Xi Cheng Lu Pedestrian Street and West Street in Yangshuo.

Shopping

Although Guilin is a relatively small city, shopping in Guilin never fails to be a fantastic experience along your travel. Specialties like Scroll paintings, Southern Candies, Landscape Paintings, Yangshuo Painted Fan, Paper Umbrellas, Bamboo and Wooden Carvings, Guilin Sanhua Alcohol and Weaved Grass Craftworks are all what you can not miss along your travel, which are easily available in such local famous markets as Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, Zhongshan Street, Xi Cheng Lu Pedestrian Street and West Street in Yangshuo.

What to Buy in Guilin

Glaze Ceramics with engravings
Glazed ceramics with engravings made by tungsten steel of a diamond knife can be traced back to Ming Dynasty. The images of engravings include birds and flowers, mountains and rivers, human being. With clear and vivid images, the glazed ceramics are highly worthwhile to collect.

Momordica grosvenori (Luo Han Guo)
Momordica grosvenori fruit takes the shape of oval with light yellow pilose on the surface. Yong Fu and Lingui counties in Guilin are the best place to buy Momordica grosvenori. Momordica grosvenori is also used as an expectorant and antitussive to treat asthma, sphagitis, acute and chromic trachitis, cough and other respiratory ailment.

Yangshuo Painted Fans
Yangshuo Painted Fans can be easily found in the West Street of Yangshuo and boutiques in Guilin. The painted fans are made of silk or rice paper with Nan bamboo as frame. The images, including Guilin mountains and river, flowers, birds, rural views, ancient poets on the fans, are painted by the local peasant. These fans range in size from small to large. The small ones are about 20cm long and the large ones 1 to 2 meters.

Bamboo and Wooden Carvings
Used bamboos or boxwood as raw material, the bamboo or wooden carvings depict the images of mountains, gardens, flowers, birds, human being, etc. The artists use different ways of carvings like line carvings and embossment and also borrow the skill of traditional Chinese paintings. The bamboo and wooden carvings are very popular with its elegant appearances among tourists.

Paper Umbrellas
With the history of more than 400 years, the paper umbrella is very traditional artwork in Guilin. The paper umbrella with beautiful Chinese paintings and high quality can serve as good souvenirs to your family members and friends.

Guilin Sanhua Alcohol
The history of Sanhua Alcohol can be traced back to South Song Dynasty and served for royal family at first. Sanhua means “three flowers”. Because it should be brewed for three times before the final products and when shook, the many bubbles are produced and looks like small flowers, the name “Sanhua” are adopted. With fragrant smell and smooth mouthfeel, Sanhua alcohol has the function of refresh yourself and promoting blood circulation.

Where to Buy in Guilin
Shopping Streets
Zhengyang Street
In ancient times, Zhengyang Street was the main passageway for aristocrats. Paved with flagstones, the street stretches for 660 meters and is adjacent to Li River in the east and Central Square in the west. Amidst the street stands a 17.5-meter-high bell tower and a big ancient bell hangs in the tower, which is the symbol of Zhengyang Street.
As one of renowned and busy streets in Guilin, Zhengyang Street houses various types of shops, boutiques, restaurants, etc, where you can buy the authentic local products and have a taste of local snacks. Some world-famous hotels like Sheraton Guilin are located around Zhengyang Street.
How to get to: Take bus No. 2, 10, 31, 51 to Jiefangqiao Stop

Xi Cheng Lu Pedestrian Street
Xi Cheng Lu Pedestrian Street is a entertainment, shopping and food street only second to Zhengyang Street in Guilin. Visitors can not only purchase the local products and exquisite souvenirs but also appreciate the ancient Ming and Qing-styled architectures. Xiangshan Night Market has become more prosperous since Zhongshan Road night market moved here. The street is bustling with bars, teahouses, snack booths and shops for local products and souvenirs. This night market is regarded as a must-see by tourists.
How to get to: Take bus No. 3, 10, 11, 16, 23, 91, 99 to Xi Cheng Lu Kou Stop.

Zhongshan Middle Road
Zhongshan Middle Road is a famous commercial street with various kinds of shops and boutiques. Zhongshan Middle Street is characterized by night market where miscellaneous products like tasteful snacks and local products can be found. The night market is opened till to midnight every day even during Spring Festival.
How to get to: Take bus No.1, 9, 14, 22, 51, 57, 99, 100 to the crossroad stop

Shopping Malls, Departments & Supermarkets
NiKo-NiKo-Do Plaza (微笑堂)
Address: 37 Zhongshan Middle Road
Telephone: 0773-2819449
Open Time: 9:00 – 22:00, Monday – Sunday

Wal-Mart
Address: The second and third floors in Guangyun Meiju Shopping Mall, Zhongshan North Road, Diecai District
Telephone: 0773-2673005

Dream Island Department Store (梦之岛百货)
Address: 20 Zhongshan Middle Road
Open Time: 9:00 – 22:00, Monday – Sunday

Nancheng Shopping Mall
Address: No.26, Lijiang Road, Qixing District
Telephone: 0773-5841168

Makro
Address: West Street, Yangshuo County

Hui Ke Fu Local Products Supermarket
Address: Shanghai Road, Xiangshan District

Wang Cheng Department Store
Address: 89 Jiefang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin
Telephone: 0773 – 2835241

Guilin Maps