Guilin Overview

  • Located in the south of China, not far from Vietnam, Guilin is one of top ten destinations for both local Chinese and foreigners. It has China's most "Chinese" scenery, the subject of thousands of paintings in China and has been eulogized in innumerable literary works. The limestone carst peaks along the Li River are especially magnificent, as you see in many paintings, postcards and photos. Other typical sceneries includes farmers wearing straw and planting seeds and sprouts with water buffalos in the wet paddy fields; fishermen casting nets and cormorants lining up on the edges of the wooden boats. The life of Chinese minorities in the countryside is another attraction of the trip.

What to see

  • Rong Hu and Shan Hu, the two lakes of the city, lie on either side of Zhongshan Lu, which runs through the heart of town.

    Xiangbi Mountain is the most famous of the city’s rock formations. It is 100m high and resembles the stylized form of an elephant taking a drink from the adjacent Li River.

    Qixing Gongyuan (Seven Stars Park) is a pleasant and lush park which covers an area of 2sq km along the eastern shore of the Li River.

    The Jinjiang Prince Palace resembles a miniature Forbidden City.  It was built for the Ming prince Zhou Shouqian in 1372 and later it served Sun Yat Sen’s headquarters in the 1920s.

    The cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo.