About Guilin Travel

Introduction:Just as Xian is a must when you travel to China, so is Guilin. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills,..

Districts: Nangning Beihai Guilin Liuzhou Baise Dongxing FangchengGang Guigang Guiping Heshan Hechi Laibin Pingguo Qinzhou Tiandong Wuzhou Yangshuo Yulin

Attractions: Diecai Hill Gongcheng Confucius Temple Moon Mountain Elephant Hill Park Chengyang Wind and Rain Shelter Bridge Ling Canal Elephant Trunk Moutain Lijiang River Scenic Spot silver rock Seven Stars park

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Guilin Introduction

Just as Xian is a must when you travel to China, so is Guilin. 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 bamboo to conifers together with wonderful caves make Guilin such an attraction for tourists.
Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 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 leading cities in the country. However, situated within this area o­ne may find green mountains, crystal clear waters, unique caves and beautiful stones. Major attractions include Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River, Reed Flute Cave and Seven-Star Park that boasts a Stone Museum where amazing geological finds are displayed. Believe that each of these places and many other attractions will leave you the lasting memories.
Guilin is also an important cultural city with a history encompassing more than 2000 years. The city has been the political, economic and cultural center of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).Solitary Beauty Peak is considered to be the oldest place of interest and has been so since the far off days of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The prosperity enjoyed by the city during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) is epitomized by the Tomb of Prince Jingjiang.
The many ethnic minorities represented here that include the Zhuang, Yao, Hui, Miao, Mulao, Maonan and Dong enrich the cultural life of the city. Each minority has its own unique customs and festivals and this means that they are much more abundant here than in many other places elsewhere in China. Travelers can enjoy these pageants at the Li River Folk Customs Center.
Guilin is a well-developed tourist center with convenient transportation, communication and accommodation facilities. You can enter Guilin by air, by train or by bus and get around o­n free buses. From luxury hotels to hostels, from splendid restaurants to local snacks, you are sure to find that your needs will be met beyond your expectations.

Guilin Traffic

By air
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) is 26 km (16.2 miles) from the city center. Over 50 airlines connect Guilin with domestic cities as well as foreign counties such as Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, etc. In particular, airlines schedule several flights daily to and from major cities like Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Macau, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Wuhan, Xian, Zhengzhou, Dalian, Shantou, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Tianjin, Jinan, Wenzhou, Changsha, Fuzhou, and Zhuhai.
The airport shuttle bus runs between the airport and the Aviation Building located at No.18 Shanghai Road at a cost of CNY 20. The airport shuttle bus leaves for the center following flight arrivals. It leaves for the airport every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 20:00. It costs about CNY 80 for taxi.
Ticket Office: Airport Terminal of Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
By Train
Guilin Railway Station (South Station) is to the south of the city center but is more conveniently situated than the North Station. The two stations have some thirty trains each arriving and leaving daily, as the city is the hub of the Nanling Mountain and central China. The North Station is situated in the suburbs of the city and has less convenient links with the center. Guilin's major trunk routes link it with Anhui, Beijing, Chongqing, Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, and Shanghai, Sichuan and Zhejiang. International trains from Beijing to Hanoi, Vietnam, pass Guilin twice a week, so do the trains from Hanoi to Beijing.
Tips: It is not easy to buy sleeper tickets at the Guilin sales office, as the city is a mid-route stop rather than a terminus. Therefore it is best to make reservations 5 days in advance or even 10 days earlier during the golden weeks. The booking service fee is between CNY 20 to 50 per ticket.
By Bus
Coaches link Guilin to surrounding cities like Yangshuo, Quanzhou, Lipu, Longsheng, etc. There is an express high way from Guilin to Liuzhou. Long-distance sleeper coaches run between provincial cities like Beihai, Nanning, Wuzhou, Yulin, etc, and cities in the Pearl River Delta such as Dongguan, Guangzhou, Jiangmen, Panyu, Shunde, Zhongshan and Zhuhai, Puning, Shantou and Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province, Changsha in Hunan Province, Wuhan in Hubei Province, Fuzhou in Fujian Province and Sanya in Hainan Province and more.
There are three bus stations: the Chief Bus Station, Chengnan Bus Station and Beimen Bus Station. The Chief Bus Station is at No.427 Zhongshan Nan Road, 10 minutes' walk from the railway station in the north. You can take No.1, 2, 3, 10, 11 Buses. Most buses set off from this station to surrounding cities in Guangxi, Guangdong and Hunan provinces.
By Water
Water conveyances from Guilin mainly along Xiangjiang River and Li River lead to the ports of Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau.
As a developed tourism city, Guilin boasts convenient transportation. And what's more, you will be delighted to know that there are 8 tourism buses serving 110 routes free of charge for both locals and tourists alike. Just be prepared for these buses to be very crowded between 9 am and 5 pm daily. The terminals and attractions are as follows:
No.51 from Donghuan Parking Lot to Guilin Station
No.52 from Donghuan Parking Lot to Seven-Star Park
No.53 from Gongjiao Company to Beiji Square
No.54 from Guilin Southern Company via Chuanshan Park to Hi-tech Zone
No.55 from Pingshan to Cheguansuo
No.56 from Pingshan via Nanxi Park back to Pingshan
No.57 from Xifeng Road via Elephant Trunk Hill Park back to Xifeng Road
No.58 from Nanxi Park, Elephant Trunk Hill Park, Seven Star Park, Folk Customs Center, Fubo Hill Park, Diecai Hill Park, Yu Hill Park to Reed Flute Park
Most buses charge CNY 1,2 but without air conditioning. No.99 Bus from North to South of the city is air conditioned, charging CNY2. The buses run begin from 6 to 7 in the morning to 18 to 21.30 in the evening.

Taxies are mostly Jetta, Santana or Citron. Taxi fare for daytime (6.30 to 23) starts from CNY6-7 for the first 2 kilometers (1.24miles), CNY1.4-1.6 per kilometer over 2 km to less than 4 km (2.48miles) and CNY2 for each additional kilometer (0.62 mile) thereafter. For nighttime (23 to 6.30 the next morning), the flag fair is CNY7.8, CNY1.8 per kilometer for 2 km to less than 4 km and CNY2.4 per kilometer from 4 km. The price difference depends o­n the type of the taxi. The charge of Jetta and Santana is slightly higher than Xiali and Lada. Most taxies are air-conditioned and provide service 24 hours a day.

Motor Tricycle
Motor tricycle is also a handy choice. Remember to bargain. For trip in the city, the first offered price is CNY5.

Guilin is a compact city so using a bicycle is an option. Do in Rome as Rome does, as the saying goes, to ride a bicycle will let you experience how ordinary Chinese live as China is dubbed "Kingdom of bicycles". Bicycles can be rented at most hotels and traffic trunks. The charge is either by the hour or the day depending how long you wish to have the bicycle. The daily rate is approximately CNY15.

As it is situated o­n the world-renowned Li River; Guilin thus has a special means of transport - cruise ships from downtown to Yangshuo. The ships usually set off at 9:00am and will take about 4 hours to complete the journey. A gentle breeze will caress your face; picture postcard riverside scenery will please your eyes as life become so beautiful here. However, remember that in winter since the water level at that time is rather low, the cruise is limited to just 10 km (6.2miles) instead of the normal 82km (50.95miles).

Guilin Festivals

Gongcheng Cultural Festival for Guangong (red-faced Chinese folk god):
Time: May, 12th (in Chinese lunar calendar) .Gongcheng Cultural Festival for Guangong is a joint work by Gongcheng Cultural and Tourist Development Co, Ltd. in Guilin and Qianse Tourism Marketing and Management Co, Ltd. in Nanning. The festival is characterized by rich and colorful cultural activities, including Guangong Showering, National Music Conference, Traditional Opera Performance, New Plague Unveiling Ceremony, Sacrifice Rite of Huimen Martial Arts Organization, Yao Nationality Folk Songs Contest, Writing and Painting Exhibition, and Speed Boat Performance, etc.
Guilin Landscape and Cultural Tourist Festival:
Time: the slack season (form October to December).The annual Guilin Landscape and Cultural Tourist Festival is an international tourist event, characterized by tourism and culture. It aims to promote the further development of Guilin tourism through a series of art performance with local flavors, sport events and competitions, commercial expositions and fairs, as well as activities of exploration in scenic areas. By now eight sessions of Landscape and Cultural Festival have been successfully held here in Guilin City.
Guilin International Dragon Boat Contest
Dragon Boat Contest is o­ne of the grandest events of the dragon boat festival o­n May 5th in Chinese lunar calendar. It is held every 3 years. All the participants actively make preparations and practice half a month in advance. o­n the morning of May 5th in lunar calendar, the banks of the Li River will be crowded with spectators before the contest is started. During the contest, dragon boats cleave o­n the river with continuous dragon boat songs and deafening sounds of gongs and drums, and the spectators move in crowds, which is an exceptionally grand occasion. The winners will gain silver coins and a roasted pig. Participants attach great importance to the final win of the contest. May is an ideal time for tourists from home and abroad to watch the Guilin Dragon Boat Contest. Guilin held the first International Dragon Boat Contest in 1998, which attracted Dragon Boat troupes from Southeast Asian Countries, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

Guilin Service Telephones

Nanning tourism complaints :0771-2821623 * 3184
Guilin Tourism complaints :0773-2800315
Beihai tourist complaints :0779-2051091

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