Guilin Travel Guide

Guilin is a city in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of southern China. It is a hilly and mountainous region with typical karst landform. The limestone in this region forms an unique landscape that thousands of pinnacles stand towering around and a river winds its way about the city. It enjoys the reputation of “the mountains and rivers in Guilin are the best in the world”. It is a famous tourist destination with long and profound history, and it is the international tourism city of china approved by the State Council, the important connection point between “One Belt and One Road” and Guizhou, Guangdong, Hunan and Guangxi provinces and the permanent home of the Tourism trends and prospects international forum of the United Nations world tourism organization/Asia Pacific tourism association.

Geographic Position: in Southern China (109.45°— 104.44°E, 28.18°— 25.41°N)

Climate: Subtropical monsoon climate (high temperature and rain during the same period, high temperature and more rain in summer, mild temperature and less rain in winter)

Nearby Airport: Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL)

Nearby Railway Stations: uilin North Multimodal Passenger Transportation Hub, Guilinbei Railway Station, Guilin Railway Station, GuilinXi Railway Station


Chinese: 桂林 guì lín
Population: 1.12M
Area: 10,737 sq miles
Airport: KWL
Zip Code: 5410000
Time Zone: GMT+8


Li River




Seven- Star Park


Elephant Trunk Hill


Top Things to Do in Guilin

Here are some top things to do in Guilin for tourists, which may help tourists learn the culture of Guilin, taste the delicious food and have a great travel experience and memory of Guilin.

  • Taking a cruise trip on Li river is the most popular choice among tourists. Visitorscan not only admire the clear and strange reflections of the mountains, clear water and breath-taking natural scenery, but also enjoy the singing of shepherd boy and the rural lifestyle of fisherman.
  • Visiting the west streetin Yangshuo allows visitors to have a deep understanding about Guilin culture. People can not only see the antique and elegant building built in the typical architectural style of Southern China, but also walk on the prosperous commercial pedestrian and buy some souvenir or taste delicious local snacks, or go to the bar to have a relax.
  • It is necessary for tourists to go to theElephant Trunk Hill, Seven-Star Park or Reed Flute Cave to appreciate the uncanny workmanship of nature and take impressed photos of sunrise or sunset here.

What to Eat in Guilin

  • Guilin Rice Noodles

    Guilin rice noodles(Mifen)

Guilin rice noodles(Mifen), a traditional local snack in Guilin, is famous for its unique flavor, which looks like noodles. The main ingredient is rice which is boiled with pork bone or beef bone soup. People can add different seasoning depending on personal preference.

  • Yangshuo Beer Fish 

Beer fish, a famous local specialty of Yangshuo, tastes spicy and delicious without fishy. The beer mix with fish can stimulate people appetite. The fish is carp from the Li river. The dish is made by using the unique oil of Guilin to fry the fish, and adding some beer to braise the fish.

  • Field Snail

    Field Snail

This kind of field snails grows in rice fields, so there are large with tasty meat and delicious. And when make field snails, the special sour pepper made in Guilin is necessary. after adding onions, ginger, wine, the dish tastes sour and spicy and could stimulate appetite. 

  • Stewed Duck with Gingko

It is a traditional dish in Guilin, which is made of ginkgo nuts, sliced duck, sliced ham and various ingredients, and steam them together. It is a tonic dish that is good to people’s health.

Guilin Travel Guide

1) How to plan your Guilin tour?

Reed Flute Cave

A. How many days willyou spend in Guilin?

a. One day tour

If you only have one day in Guilin, it is necessary for you to take a cruise tour on Li river. During the cruise tour, visitors can not only appreciate the charming and beautiful scenery along the river and take photos, but also enjoy the unique lifestyle.

b. Two days tour

If you plan to spend two days in Guilin, you can choose to take a cruise tour from Guilin to Yangshuo in the first day, and go to the Longji Terraced Fields in the second day to appreciate the uncanny workmanship of nature and experience the culture and lifestyle of the minority people.


2) Visa Policy

Since July 28, 2014, Guilin has implemented a 72-hour visa-free transit policy, which allows visitors to stay in Guilin in 72 hours (three days). Visas are not required for people who come from the 53 countries, holding valid international travel documents and international flights tickets with confirmed dates to a third country (region).


3) Guilin Transportation


Guilin Liangjiang International Airport 

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, put into use on October 1st, 1996, is located near Liangjiang town of Lingui county and 26km southwest of Guilin city. The airport covers an area of 4.06 square kilometer and the landing field covers 174.5 square kilometer, which can park 22 airplanes at the same time and is equipped with 8 boarding bridges. The airport terminals is divided into nine waiting halls for domestic and international flights. By January 2018, it has 112 flight routes to 76 cities.

  • Direct international flights:
  • Guilin Liangjiang International Airport-some Asian Countries:Republic of Korea, Republic of Singapore, Malaysia,
  • Guilin Liangjiang International Airport-some Asian Regions: Hongkong, Taiwan
  • Popular travel airlines: Guilin-Beijing, Guilin-Xi’an, Guilin-Chengdu, Guilin-Shanghai, Guilin-Zhangjiajie

4) Guilin Weather& What to wear& The Best Time to visit Guilin

Guilin is subtropical monsoon climate with the features of high temperature and rain inthe same period, high temperature and more rain in summer, mild temperature and less rain in winter. The weather of Guilin is generally mild and moist with four distinctive seasons – a warm spring, a hot and rainy summer, a cool autumn, and a cold winter.


Shangri-La Hotel Guilin

5) Where to Stay in Guilin

Fivestar hotel

  • Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

Shangri-La Hotel, located on the Huancheng North 2nd Road of the bank of li river, covers 68,000 square meter and is close to the Piled Silk Hill and Zhengyang Walking Street. The hotel is designed with the theme of classic Chinese style, and the guests can see beautiful views of Li river in the spacious room.


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