Guilin (桂林; Guì lín) is a city in North Guangxi, China. It is a scenic town and one of the best-known tourist destinations in China. There are many scenic places within short traveling distance of Guilin. These include Longsheng with its famous Longji rice terraces; the Lijiang River, a scene of which is printed on the back of ¥20 bank notes; Yangshuo, a small county downstream from Guilin; Reed Flute cave and many other river formed cave formations…and much more. This makes Guilin an excellent base for exploring the northern end of Guangxi Province.
Guilin is a beautiful city. The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes and studded with sheer sided karst mountains. Outside the city center, real village scene unfolds. The main industry in the city is tourism so the city is much cleaner than other Chinese cities.
Guilin itself is like most other medium size Chinese cities, other than that it has a large number of western-style hotels, tourists and is relatively free of air pollution. Many Chinese domestic tourists also flock to this area. What makes it special is its proximity to many picturesque limestone mountains and formations. What is disturbing is the construction of apartments in the outskirts of the city centre…
Reach by flight from Shanghai: 135 minsA simple three day itinerary can give an introduction to this stunning natural beauty! Day1: Explore Reed Flute Cave, walk around the lakes. Day2: Day cruise of Li River (fron Zhu Jiang Wharf 27 km from Guilin, drive of 40 min), Lunch on board, explore Yangshuo old town. Return to Guilin by evening. Explore elephant trunk hill, get the birds eye view of Guilin. Day3: Longji Rice terraces