|Guilin Travel Information|
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.
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.
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.
|Best Time to Visit||
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.
Table of the average temperatures in Guilin during each month of the year
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.
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.
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.
How to rent a bicycle
|Map of Guilin|