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Introduction
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Guilin is a city in China, situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the west bank of the Li River. Its name means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. The city has long been renowned for its unique scenery.

Guilin is regarded as the most picturesque city in China. Two crystal-clear rivers meander through the city, which are encircled by hills with unusual & bizarre rock formations and caves inside.

Two crusted movements of earth took place about 200 and 180 million years age thrusting the limestone sediments out of the sea bottom. They were forced upwards more than 200 meters to the surface. This Karst formation was molded through many years of erosion by the wind and rain to become the hills and rocks with bizarre shapes. There are numerous complete Karst(limestone sites), which are of high scientific value and tour value.

Guilin is named after the fragrance of osmanthus tree and saw its first inhabitants in Qin Dynasty over 2000 years ago. Guilin experienced a prosperous period during Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty under the patronage from succeeding Emperors.

Situated in the northeastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin has enjoyed the reputation of having the most fantastic natural landscapes not only in China but also abroad. Its dreamy natural scenery and unique ancient architecture from the Qin and Ming Dynasties astound visitors from home and abroad. Visiting Guilin and discovering its natural wonders, such as its magical green pinnacles, crystal-clear water, picturesque rocks and intriguing caves, can provide a never-ending journey for every visitor. Now is the prime time to travel to Guilin and experience this charming and historic city in all its splendor.

Guilin is not only a perfect place for living, but also an extraordinary, eco- friendly tour destination.

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History

History & Culture

The earliest traces of human habitation in Guilin date back to the Qin Dynasty (B.C.221- B.C.214). Since then, Guilin has become the political, economic and cultural centre of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. During the Tang and Song Dynasties, local civilization lived prosperously leaving many historic relics still intact today. Among the innumerable historic relics, there are some distinguished representatives including Jingjiang Prince Villa Inscription (of the Ming Dynasty), which was carved in Yinwu Mountain, and is the largest of all the inscriptions in Guilin. Also, located in Xin’an County, Guilin’s Ling Canal ranks as one of the three greatest Water Conservancies in Ancient China. It was built in the Qin Dynasty and is still fully functional today. Owning such an abundance of historic relics and inscriptions, in 1982 Guilin became part of China’s first batch of National Historic and Cultural Cities.

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Best Time to Visit

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Climate

Guilin sits in a subtropical monsoon zone with a warm and moist climate, which is moderate all year round. However be prepared for a bit of rain, with annual precipitation amounts of 1900mm.
The average temperature all year round is 19°C(66F).The coldest temperatures occur in January at 8°C(46F) and the hottest occur in July at 28°C(82F).

The best time to travel here is between April and October.

Table of the average temperatures in Guilin during each month of the year

Average Data

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High ( F)

53

53

62

72

81

87

91

92

87

78

68

58

Average High (C)

12

13

17

22

27

31

33

33

31

26

20

15

Average Low ( F)

41

44

51

60

68

74

77

76

71

63

53

44

Average Low ( C)

5

7

11

16

20

23

25

24

22

17

12

7

Rain (in)

2.0

3.4

5.0

10.0

14.0

13.5

8.7

6.8

3.0

3.5

2.7

1.8

Rain (mm)

52.5

87.5

127.5

252.5

357.5

342.5

222.5

172.5

77.5

87.5

72.5

47.5

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Geography

Geography

Guilin is located at 109°E longitude and 24° N latitude in northeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The Guilin Municipal region covers an area of 4,195 square kilometers. It lies in a basin surrounded by the Yuecheng Range, Ocean Hill, Jiaqiao Range and Tianping Hill. The altitude is 140 to160 meters.

People
With a total population of 4,951,100 in the city and surrounding areas, Guilin is currently home to 12 ethnic nationalities. 8.5% of the population is made up of 11 minority nationalities including Zhuang, Hui, Yao and Dong etc..

Main Districts
Guilin covers an area of 27,809 square km and has 5 districts (Diecai, Qixing, Xiufeng, Xiangshan, Yanshan) and 12 counties (Yangshuo, Lingui, Lingchuan, Xing’an, Quanzhou, Ziyuan, Longsheng, Yongfu, Lipu, Gongcheng, Pingle and Guanyang).

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Transportation

Getting There and Around

Guilin International Airport flies to China’s other main tourist destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and Guanghzou to name a few, and it also offers many international air routes to Hong Kong, Macau,Japan, Thailand and Korea. Going out of Guilin, there are an abundance of public transportation services making trips to and from other cities in Guangxi and counties around Guilin. Two reliable examples of this are the convenient and punctual railway, and the comfortable long-distance buses. For more, please visit the Transport Channel.

By Public-Transport

If you want to make a trip to a destination in downtown Guilin, using the extensive public-transportation system is the best choice. Bus Number 58 is free for tourists (anything that begins with “5” should be free), and it runs to many local sights, including Xiangshan Hill and Seven-Star Park. Otherwise, most of the city’s public buses stop in front of Guilin’s long–distance bus and train stations. The ticket fee is CN ¥1.0 per person per ride. Also, bringing a detailed city map with you would be a good idea.

By taxi

Taking a taxi is the most comfortable, easiest and most secure way of getting around. There are many taxis around Guilin, large and small. Simply wave your hand and a taxi will stop for you. Prices vary by county but are usually very cheap. The meter should always be activated. You can order a taxi from your hotel and ask the concierge to write down your destination on a card. Pay the driver upon arrival. Tipping is not the custom in China.

By bike

If time isn't the most important factor, then bicycles are easily the best way to travel around Guilin and its surrounding areas. Cycling with your friends and wandering around the tranquil landscapes, can be a memorable experience.

How to rent a bicycle
The best way to get around Guilin is by bike. Bicycles can be rented by the day at hotels throughout Guilin and at many cafes and hostels in Yangshuo for a maximum of RMB15-20 in Guilin (a deposit of around RMB200 could be required) and RMB10 in Yangshuo.

On foot

Route Planner
Use the powerful route planner to help you plan your journey. A detailed description of your route and an easy-to-read map will help get you quickly and safely to your destination.

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Map of Guilin

 

City map
City map
Prefecture map
Prefecture map

 

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