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Guilin

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Considered the pearl in the crown of China's thriving tourism industry, the attractive landscaped city of Guilin is famed for its idyllic scenery of undulating karst hills and verdant vegetation that span out from the Li River flowing through Guilin from north to south. Unsurprisingly, this striking landscape is often the subject of traditional Chinese painting and has long inspired the country's top artists. For many foreign visitors, Guilin and its scenery typifies the exotic Chinese landscape that they have previously only imagined.

The compact city of Guilin makes for a pleasant base from which to explore the natural endowments of the region with plenty of shaded avenues, thoroughfares and rocky parkland to explore within the city limits and great accommodation options.

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Throughout Chinese history, Guilin has long been lauded for its artistic delights and beautiful scenery, and rightfully so.

Huang Jin Ling
China Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Guilin

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Bamboo Raft Cruise in Guilin

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.

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Elephant Trunk Hill

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.

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Reed Flute Cave

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.

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Wave-Calming Hill (Fubo Shan)

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.


Best Time to Visit Guilin

Best time to visit Guilin and Yangshou are the periods of late March to May and late September throughout November when the weather is relatively mild and days are generally sunny with temperatures varying between 20-30°C.

May and June often compete to be the wettest month although it varies each year. July and August are often hot and humid with temperatures of 28-35°. January and February are generally the least best times for a visit when weather is grey and gloomy, cold and rainy, and visitors in Guilin are very few.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
12
Feb
13
Mar
17
Apr
23
May
28
Jun
30
Jul
33
Aug
33
Sep
32
Oct
26
Nov
20
Dec
15
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
55
Feb
84
Mar
140
Apr
135
May
347
Jun
332
Jul
218
Aug
179
Sep
83
Oct
88
Nov
66
Dec
48
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
12ºC
55mm

FEB
13ºC
84mm

MAR
17ºC
140mm

APR
23ºC
135mm

MAY
28ºC
347mm

JUN
30ºC
332mm

JUL
33ºC
218mm

AUG
33ºC
179mm

SEP
32ºC
83mm

OCT
26ºC
88mm

NOV
20ºC
66mm

DEC
15ºC
48mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

  • 01

    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.

  • 02

    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.

  • 03

    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.

  • 04

    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.

  • 05

    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...


Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Guilin, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Guilin on a bespoke touring itinerary to China, do not hesitate to contact us.

Ideas for Experiencing Guilin

Cruise the Li River
Spend the morning on a leisurely cruise along the Li River, starting at Guilin and ending at the small town of Yangshuo. En route, the cruise passes through extraordinary scenery, with karst limestone pinnacles thrusting up from the bamboo-covered plains.