Guilin named after the fragrance of osmanthus, built in Qin Dynasty over 2,000 years ago, prospering in Tang and Song, flourishing in Ming and Qing, is a world-famous tourist city for its picturesque scenery, as well as a well-known cultural and historic city. Located in the subtropical zone, Guilin boasts a pleasant climate for sight-seeing throughout the four seasons. It is inhabited by 12 nationalities with a total population of 1,260,000. the typical Karst formation makes Guilin the prettiest wonder on earth which notables of all dynasties and heads of different states have been coming one after another to appreciate, all gasping with admiration:" Guilin is the most beautiful place in the world." Today’s Guilin ranks the second respectively on the list of China’s ten best scenic spots and that of China’ top forty tourist spots. With her new appearance today, she is ready at any moment to bid you welcome.
5 Must-Do Things in Guilin
|Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of the city of Guilin. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. The round opening under the elephant’s trunk is known as Water-Moon Cave because at night the reflection of the moon can be seen through the arch and it looks like it is under the water and floating on the surface of the water at the same time. It is also a masterpiece of karst landscape, composed of pure limestone deposited on the sea floor 360 million years ago.
|Yangshuo and bamboo rafting
Yangshuo County is a county in Guilin. Surrounded by karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River it is easily accessible by bus or by boat from nearby Guilin. Visitors to Yangshuo can swim in the Li River or the cleaner Yu Long (Dragon River), climb one of many nearby karst peaks, hire a bicycle for a cycling trip through the karst scenery, arrange a sightseeing trip on the Li River by bamboo raft or cruise boat, or visit a number of local cave systems, including a butterfly cave.
|Impression Sanjie Liu (evening showtime)
The performance regards the lmpression Sanjie Liu as the general theme, and creatively combines the classical Sanjie Liu’s Songs, ethnic groups’Culture and the fishing lights together, to reflect the harmonious atmosphere between human beings and nature. With 65 square kilometers water area, 12 famous mountain peaks, 67 well-known artists home and abroad made a contribution. With 600 actors and actress involved, this is a totally different performance from the conventional form. The theatre is nature itself. In this stage, only half of the performance is created by man, and the other half belongs to the mysterious nature. In the show, you won’t see the plots, the characters and the usual scenes, but rather a series of impressions from the landscapes and the ordinary life of the place.
Guilin is famous for its magical limestone pinnacles and spires. Crown cave is one of the karst scenery but unique in ways of sight-seeing. Crown Cave (Guanyan Cave) is about 29 km (18 miles) south of Guilin. Due to the crown-shaped hill, the cave beneath was given the name Crown Cave. The Crown Cave contains a giant underground river system. Equipped with a sightseeing elevator, small trains, sampans and sightseeing roller coasters, it has received a Guinness World Record for having the most numerous means of touring a cave.
|Longsheng rice terraces and Zhuang/Yao Ethnic minority village
Longsheng Multi-ethnic Autonomous County is about 80 kilometers from Guilin. Located approximately 27 kilometers southeast of Longsheng County, a vast region of rice terraces stretches layers upon layers, coiling around from the base of Longji (the dragon’s backbone) Mountain to its summit. This is the most amazing terrace in China, the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces. Construction of the terraces was completed in the early Qing Dynasty, about 500 years ago. Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon’s scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the dragon’s backbone. During the early morning, when the weather is fine, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces is magnificent.
Best Stays in Guilin
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Yangshuo – The Popular Tourists Scenery
A popular tourist town, which lies to the southeast of Guilin and in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The town is surrounded by karst mountains, winding rivers and beautiful scenery. Since introduced by ‘Lonely Planet’ in 1980, it greets an increasing number of visitors annually. The rippling Li River traverses the town and brings it breath-taking natural beauty. The town is regarded as one of the most beautiful towns in China and the local scenery is the essence of Guilin. It is also the termination of a Li River cruise.
Upon arrival in Guilin, you will meet your tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Touring program starts from the next day.
At leisure before transfer to the airport for your flight
- 3 nights accommodation at 5-star hotel
- English speaking guide
- Private car transfer
- Entrance fees as mentioned
Guilin Extension Tours
Longsheng rice terraces and Zhuang/Yao Ethnic Minority village – about 3 hours driving
Events in Guilin
Yao ethnic minority’s Aunt Wang Festival (It is said that a long time ago Aunt Wang was the wife of King Pan. She always helped Yao People in Guangxi and Hunan area. In order to thank her Yao People have been worshiping her for hundreds of years.)
Red Yao ethnic minority’s Clothes Drying festival (The Clothes Drying Festival is on June 6 in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. On the day sons and daughters travel back to their parents’ houses with ducks, alcohol and gifts to have a family union dinner. On the day every family takes their traditional clothes to dry in the outdoors. The colorful clothes beautify all the villages. That’s where the name of Clothes Drying Festival comes from)
Guilin Rice Noodles Festival
Dragon Boat Festival -In Chinese Lunar Calendar May 5th is the traditional festival – Dragon Boat Festival. During the day Chinese people will eat Zongzi which is Chinese traditional food and host dragon boat race etc.
Guanyang’s Farming Toll Festival -In Chinese Lunar Calendar Feb 8th is Guanyang’s Farming Toll Festival. The festival has more than one thousand year history. Every year the festival attracts thousands of tourists. In this year during the festival, there will be some grand performances. Famous Chinese singers are often invited.
Things to Do in Guilin
Guilin rice noodles / Gudong Waterfall / Reed Flute Cave / Guilin Wangcheng City/ Two rivers and Four lakes resort/ Yangshuo West street/
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