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Guilin
Travel Guide

Set amid mist-covered limestone mountains and a river winding through an idyllic rural landscape, this city has inspired painters, poets and dreamers for centuries.

“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.

Where to stay in Guilin

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin
Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin
5 out of 5
111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin, Guangxi
The price is SG$132 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Guilin hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Mulong Lake and Lijiang Folk Customs Garden. Seven-Star Park and Reed Flute ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)
Family fun time

"Spent family New Years vacation in Guilin. Had a wonderful time at the Shangri-La hotel. Excellent service and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan,2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
4.5 out of 5
15 Bin Jiang Road, Guilin, Guangxi
The price is SG$97 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Xiufeng, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven-Star Park and Mulong Lake. Shan Hu and Lijiang Folk Customs Garden ...

4.1/5Very Good! (343 reviews)

"The location is unbeatable. The staff is friendly and particularly Candy Hu at the reception, always there to help with a great smile."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jun,2020

Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Banyan Tree Yangshuo
Banyan Tree Yangshuo
5 out of 5
No. 168 Zhengdong Street, Fuli Town, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi
The price is SG$405 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located on the riverwalk, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of South China Karst, Yangshuo West Street, and Green Lotus Peak. Impression Liu ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)

"Too cold and no heating"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct,2020

Banyan Tree Yangshuo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kayumanis Yangshuo Private Villa & Spa
Kayumanis Yangshuo Private Villa & Spa
3 out of 5
Fenglou Village, Gaotian Town, Yangshuo County, Guilin, Guangxi

Located in Yangshuo, this villa is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Moon Hill and 12.8 mi (20.5 km) from Shiwai Taoyuan.

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
一間真正充分放鬆的度假村

"一間舒適,服務到位,與十里畫廊風景區融合一體的度假村!適宜放鬆度假。每天吃完可口的早餐後,可以隨意騎酒店的免費自行車在景區及村莊遊蕩。品嚐免費下午茶後,在別墅的私家游泳池邊曬太陽。"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep,2019

Kayumanis Yangshuo Private Villa & Spa
Guilin Pingle Tsinghua Villas
Guilin Pingle Tsinghua Villas
3 out of 5
Huangniutou Villiage, Pingle County, Guilin
The price is SG$289 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Pingle County, this villa is 19.1 mi (30.7 km) from Moon Hill and 23.2 mi (37.4 km) from Yangshuo West Street.

Guilin Pingle Tsinghua Villas
Spacious, comfortable 5 Bedroom Home in Beautiful Guilin, China
Spacious, comfortable 5 Bedroom Home in Beautiful Guilin, China
1 Lu Di Lu, Guilin, Guangxi
The price is SG$271 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Xiufeng, this holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Reed Flute Cave and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mulong Lake and Guilin Museum. Liu Sanjie Landscape ...

Spacious, comfortable 5 Bedroom Home in Beautiful Guilin, China
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Guilin

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7 Oct 2019

The Karst mountains and scenery are outstanding, but most tourist attraction are somewhat tacky.

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CHI

14 Aug 2019

nice city and we would go there again