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“East or West,” the Chinese saying goes, “Guilin’s scenery is the best.” And truly, the landscape in and around Guilin is breathtaking. Rivers, lakes and rice fields meet at the base of sheer karst cliffs and mist-shrouded peaks. These scenes have inspired and charmed visitors for centuries.
The area’s stunning landscape is the consequence of its unique situation and geology. Guilin’s otherworldly hills formed underwater, millions of years ago, and were eventually revealed through erosion. Now they stand dramatically above the rivers and lakes that nourish the city.
Head to the Seven Star Park and discover the many hills, caves, bridges and relics that continue to inspire artists, photographers and poets. Explore Reed Flute Cave to see incredible limestone stalactites and stalagmites lit up in vibrant colours. Pay your respects to Elephant Trunk Hill, which is named for its resemblance to a large elephant bathing. Fubo (Wave-Subduing) Hill is also worth a visit due to its remarkable combination of natural features and cultural history. It’s also where you can see the giant pot that is said to be able to cook rice for a thousand people.
Marvel at the dramatic terraced rice paddy fields around nearby Longsheng. Take a cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is lined with bamboo groves and ancient villages. Feel the soft breeze on the river that once led President Nixon to call Guilin the world’s most beautiful city. Four memorable hours on the water will bring you to the town Yangshuo, home to popular West Street. This 1,400-year-old street is lined with an incredible array of restaurants, craft shops, calligraphy emporiums and kung fu academies.
Guilin is famous for the its distinctive sweet-and-spicy cuisine, which combines elements of Hunanese and Cantonese cooking. Local specialties include Guilin rice noodles and, of course, fish.
Guilin is best navigated with a tourist map. Buses and taxis are available in town, as is bicycle rental. The city is well connected by air, bus and train to the rest of China.
No matter how extraordinary your hotel is, don't spend your trip holed up in your room or lounging next to the pool. There are plenty of memorable experiences to be had!
Guilin has a huge range of activities. Here are some ideas to get you going:
Head to our Guilin things to do page for a full list of activities.
Beautifully decorated, combining Chinese style motifs with Western comfort. Spacious room and bathroom. Comfortable bed. The hotel picked us up in a transfer van. The trunk perfectly fit 5 carryon suitcases and a few soft bags. He was waiting with a sign just as promised.
Very friendly and exceedingly helpful staff. Simple breakfast - perhaps can include some changes to the menu. Hotel interiors - wonderful, modern with oriental decor. Pity no escalotors. Abit remote, but peaceful and tranquil - lovely getaway from bustling downtown. Pedestrain access only to hotel ...
Loved the location - right across from the lake with the Sun and Moon pagodas and next to the pedestrian street.
Well located, excellent views, brilliantly appointed room with exceptional bathroom. Staff were a little unhelpful and level of English was not ideal.
I really enjoyed this hotel. The location was perfect, and the staff were nice. The hotel was very clean and comfortable. The restaurant was not overpriced and the staff were friendly. The food was just ok, but I ordered Western food so they just weren't as good at making that. It was right in the ...
Friendly front desk provide local shows and tours. We join few of them. They provide pick up and drop off service in front of the hotel. Room is clean and comfortable with nice view of the river and mountain. Our room have two baconies which have nice view of the sunrise in the morning. Hotel located ...
Perfect view, perfect staff, perfect experience The staff are helpful and great Probably top 3 best hotel in my life
Wonderful. The staff was exceptional. Amy was great. And the food was amazing