About Guilin

Guilin is the land of dramatic lighting and magnificent mountains which make it a photographer's paradise. This pearl of China comprises of four lakes and two rivers with ample natural beauty to take your breath away. It's unique limestone landscapes have been included in the world heritage listing and offer an ideal location for recreation, hiking and sightseeing. You can explore the sheer beauty of Guilin Karst by boat over the famous Li River or by hiking and biking around the popular tourist town of Yangshou.

Guilin appeals to all with a love for the outdoors and off-beaten activities. There is plenty of rafting and swimming in the rivers, cycling around the countryside and hiking along the rice terraces at Longji. If you're planning a more relaxing holiday, you can check into one of its swanky hotels and sip on a coffee while taking in the views. The city has a vibrant culture and played an important role in shaping the history of China so there will be plenty to absorb as you interact with locals at a bar or restaurant.

If you're looking for the ideal oriental destination, Guilin is the place to visit. It is very receptive and tourist-friendly with a 72-hour visa-free transit policy for 51 countries and a 144-hour visa-free travel extension for 10 ASEAN countries. It also houses a large community of English-speaking locals eliminating concerns of language barriers. So if you're drawn to natural beauty, Guilin awaits you with open arms.  

Public Transport System

You can get around in Guilin by taking a taxi, hopping on a public or sightseeing bus or by renting a bicycle or car

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Public transport is the best and most effective way of getting around the city.

Mode & Cost of Transports

  • Buses - The two aircontioned buses 99 and 98 charge 2rmb while all other buses charge only 1.2rmb per ride. 
  • Taxi - Starting fee for the first 2 kms during the day is 9rmb and jumps to 11rmb at night. 
  • Bicycle - Charges are either by the hour or for an entire day, ranging between 10rmb and 30rmb.
  • Car - Rentals start at 600rmb for an 8-hour booking.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle RMB 2.00
Cup of Coffee RMB 15.00
Milk Carton Pack RMB 11.00
Rice/Kg RMB 10.00
White Bread RMB 7.00
Eggs (12) RMB 18.00
Combo Meal RMB 30.00
Fine Dining RMB 110.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi RMB 3.00
Domestic Beer RMB 6.00
Imported Beer RMB 6.00
Bottle of Wine RMB 30.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) RMB 10.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) RMB 2.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). RMB 2.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) RMB 3000.00


  • Carry an umbrella if you’ll be visiting during the months of April, May, June and July.
  • The best time to take a cruise of the Li River is during November and the dry winter months as water level drops and the reflection in the water is clearly visible.
  • Present gifts with both hands. 
  • Tour with a local expert to know everything about the city and its local haunts.
  • Acknowledge people in the local language.


  • Avoid embracing or kissing when greeting or saying good-bye as it is not part of the norm there.  
  • Avoid visiting Guilin during winter months as it becomes very foggy and cold. 
  • Avoid narrow winding roads and stick to the highway.
  • Don’t stick your chopsticks upright in the rice bowl as it is a bad omen.
  • Make sure the spout of the teapot is not facing anyone.

Night Life

Nightlife in Guilin is a perfect blend of customary and exceptional activities which include karaoke nights, live musical performances, enticing cultural exhibits, massage parlors, night market tours and bar hopping. Places like the Baidu Bar on the banks of the Li River is a three-storey bar/nightclub that welcomes all music-lovers. If you prefer shopping, you can stroll down Zhengyang Pedestrian Street or visit the Xicheng Night Marketa and pick out local wares and savour some great  food. 

Must See

  • Seven Stars Park
  • River Cruises
  • Fir Lake
  • Solitary Beauty Peak
  • Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Guinness record-making waterfall


•    Li River cruise
•    Explore Reed Flute Cave
•    Watch the River Night Show (Impression of Third Sister Liu)
•    Visit a tea plantation
•    Yulong River bamboo raft tour


Yangshuo Ancient Garden Boutique Hotel
No. 31, Jima Village Yangshuo Guilin Guangxi
Distance From City Center
81.3 km
Secret Courtyard Resort Hotel
No. 32 Lujia Cun, Taohua Jiang Road, Guilin, China, 541001
Distance From City Center
17.7 kms
Snow Lion Riverside Resort
Yangshuo, Guilin, China
Distance From City Center
87 kms
Guilin Two Rivers & Four Lakes Scenic Area
Xiangshan, Guilin, China, 541002
Distance From City Center
16.1 km
Guilinyi Royal Palace
No.117 West Ring Road, Guilin, Guangxi
Distance From City Center
15.1 km
Li River Golf & Country Club
Foreign Marina, Overseas Chinese Tourism District, Guilin, Guangxi Province, China
Distance From City Center
37.4 km
Li River Resort
1 Shuangtan Village, Guilin, Guangxi, China, 541900
Distance From City Center
85 km
Guilin Merryland Golf Course
Zhi Ling Road, Xing An, Guilin Guangxi Province, 541300
Distance From City Center
91.8 km
Guilin Twin Peak Resort Club
Yangmen Dian, Chaoyang Xiang, Guilin Guangxi Province
Distance From City Center
48.4 km
Guilin Seven Star Zoo
No.1 Qixing Road, Qixing District, Guilin 541004, China
Distance From City Center
19 km
Guilin Animal Theme Paradise
Qixing, Guilin, Guangxi, China, 541000
Distance From City Center
18.8 km
Huangbu Beach
Huangbu Beach, Xingping Town, Yangshuo County 541906, China
Distance From City Center
1.2 kms
Guilin Landscape Golf Club
Yang Men Dian, Zhao Yang County
Distance From City Center
2.5 km
Beihai Silver Beach
China, Guangxi, Beihai
Distance From City Center
546 km


Guilin Department Store
Shopping Malls
14 Zhongshan Middle Rd
Distance From City Center
16.5 kms
Mengzhidao Department Store
Shopping Malls
20 Zhongshan Middle Rd
Distance From City Center
Wanda Plaza
Shopping Malls
36 Huancheng South 1st Rd
Distance From City Center
1000 kms
Yang Bridge Shopping Mall
Shopping Malls
Zhongshan Middle Rd
Distance From City Center
17.1 kms
Guilin Antique Shop
Antique Markets
2 Shahu Beilu, Guilin
Distance From City Center
18.4 km
Zhengyang Pedestrian Street
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Shanhu North Road
Distance From City Center
18 km
Xicheng Night Market
Handicrafts and Souviners
Xicheng Pedestrian Street, Middle of Zhongshan Road
Distance From City Center
15.3 Km
The Little Hong Kong
Shopping Malls
Zhongshang Zhong Lu Square Underground
Distance From City Center
0.1 km
  • Guilin chili sauce
  • Sanhua Liquor
  • Guilin fermented bean curd
  • Sweet-scented osmanthus tea
  • Yangshuo painted fans
  • Zhuang embroidery
  • Zhuang embroidery ball
  • Guilin stone

Official Language


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Renminbi (RMB)


4.7 (Millions)

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Heavy Intensity Rain 20.89°C

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11:07 AM (GMT +08:00)


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Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
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Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
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Type I ( 230 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Liangjiang International Airport - KWL

Best time to visit

September and October as temperatures are moderate and most days are sunny

Moderate time to visit

March, April, May, June, July and August

Worst time to visit

November, December, January and February


Start Tariff: RMB 10.00

1 Km. Tariff: RMB 2.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: RMB 32.00

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