Throughout Chinese history, Guilin has long been lauded for its artistic delights and beautiful scenery, and rightfully so.
Huang Jin LingChina Travel Specialist
Drive to the Yulong River, a quieter tributary of the Li River, for a short, private cruise on a bamboo raft through the beautiful valleys of the Guilin area. The steep green hillsides and dramatic limestone spires that line the rivers here have inspired generations of Chinese landscape painters.
Visit one of Guilin’s most well known rock formations, Xiangbi Shan, or “Elephant Trunk Hill,” so named because of its resemblance to an elephant drinking from the adjacent Li River. Learn about the local legend that explains how this “elephant” came to reside here permanently. If you wish to climb the path to the summit of the rock, it is about 100 meters (328 feet) high.
Explore Ludi Yan, or “Reed Flute Cave,” which is situated about 5 kilometers (3 miles) northwest of the center of Guilin. One of the foremost natural wonders of Guilin, the caves consist of tunnels measuring 10 meters (33 feet) in diameter that run for roughly 500 meters (1,640 feet) through Guangming Hill. The caves derive their name from a type of reed once found growing within, which were made by local residents into flutes.
Inside the caves are inscriptions dating back more than 1,000 years; in the 1940s, Guilin residents hid in the caves during the Japanese invasion of China. Today, the caves many stalactites, stalagmites and inscriptions are illuminated by lighting of various colors.
An iconic sights in central Guilin, Fubo Shan, or “Wave-Calming Hill,” is so named because this Buddha-topped rock is believed to subdue the waters that rush below it.
Jin Feng Festival (MARCH): To express thankfulness to the Yao people’s god, Jin Feng Festival is held every year in Miaoping village, near Longsheng. You can see local people in their traditional costumes, eat tasty local food, and best experience Miaoping’s Yao ethnic culture during the festival.
Zhuang Nationality Song Festival (APRIL): Zhuang Ethnicity Song Festival is celebrated by the Zhuang minority. They gather in Guilin to sing songs together. Various traditional events like the Zhuang people’s costume, singing, and dancing competitions, and delicious food attract millions of tourists.
Yao Nationality Longsheng Red Clothes Festival (MAY): From the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368), Yao people in Longsheng, Guilin, have celebrated their Red Clothes Festival annually. During the festival, Yao girls wear their traditional hand-made red clothes. That’s why the Longsheng Yao people are called the Red Yao.
Longji Terraced Fields Plowing Festival (MAY): People from Longji Ancient Zhuang Village in Longsheng County hold Longji Terraced Fields Plowing Festival to coincide with the busy Labor Day holiday on May 2. The villagers begin to plough their fields on the mountainsides in this period, providing many a photo opportunity.
Ziyuan Water Lantern and Song Festival (AUGUST): Held in Ziyuan County, Ziyuan Water Lantern and Song Festival is popular among tourists for a day tour. You can take part in many fun activities: making water lanterns, floating water lanterns, watching the folk song competition, etc...