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Guilin is a prefecture-level city in the northeast of China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is situated on the west bank of the Li River and borders Hunan to the north.

The Best Things to Do and Visit in Guilin


1 - Elephant Trunk Hill

The Elephant Trunk Hill is a hill, landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is not only one of the major tourist attractions of Guilin, an international tourist city, but also the symbol of Guilin, which uses elephant trunk mountain and osmanthus flower as its city emblem.

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2 - Reed Flute Cave

The Reed Flute Cave, also known as "the Palace of Natural Arts," is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty. These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times. It was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing the Japanese troops. Nowadays, multicolored lighting artificially illuminates the cave.

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3 - Sightseeing Cruises in Guilin

   12 km away

Spend a relaxing day cruising down the picturesque Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. Upon arrival in Yangshuo in the afternoon, you'll have time to explore the bustling local market and West Street on your own. Hotel pickup and drop-off and a Chinese lunch on board are included in this full-day guided excursion.

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4 - Gunanmen

   12 km away
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5 - Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park

   18 km away

The Sun and Moon Pagodas are twin pagodas located in Guilin, Guangxi, China. Originally built in the city moat of Guilin during the Tang dynasty, the pagodas were reconstructed in 2001 using historical records as the centerpiece of Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park—–a park themed around the unity of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.

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Riyue Shuangta Cultural Park things to do in Guilin

6 - Multi-day Cruises in Guilin

   12 km away

The 3 days Guilin private tour excluding hotel will lead you to: Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Yangshuo, and Longji Terrace Field. They are among the most highlight tourist attractions in Guilin. Tourists who are interested in natural scenery and love photo taking should never miss Guilin city during their China tour.

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7 - Mountain Bike Tours in Guilin

   12 km away

Yangshuo's countryside is known for its idyllic scenery, oddly-shaped hills thrusting to the sky and leisurely local farming life. Visiting Yangshuo's countryside provides a great opportunity to get close to nature and real life in South China's countryside by being introduced into their house. Highlights: 1. Can cover all the Yangshuo area within one day. 2. A new and exciting experience to explore Yangshuo.

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8 - Shore Excursions in Guilin

   12 km away

In the morning about 7:40am,your guide will escort you to Millstone Hill Pier for a picturesque Li River cruise. Along the cruise, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of towering limestone peaks of various shapes, limpid waters, thriving groves, rice paddies and locals working in fields. After reaching Yangshuo at about 1:30 pm, you will roam around the West Street, The tour ended in Yangshuo. also we can free driven back to Guilin. Please Note ★The time listed on the itinerary is for reference only. They may be little changes. ★Luggage can be took on the boat or leave it to driver guide who can take it to Yangshuo directly if customer prefer stay in Yangshuo at night. ★lf you are on the same day to return to Guilin. Please tell the tour guide in advance. ★above 1.2 m - below1.49 m children is Half price. below 1.2 m is for free.

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9 - Helicopter Tours in Guilin

   12 km away

Want a panoramic bird eye view or an air overlook for stunning scenery of Guilin Karst landscape, Li River and Yanngshuo countryside? Just come with us for luxury but affordable air tour by helicopter and flying over Li River,Yangshuo,Yulong River and Xingping and Fuli Ancient Town..... Note: Daily flying tour duration: 09:00--12:00 and 14:00--18:00 The child less than 3yrs old and the pregnancy period woman during 3-7 month can NOT take the helicopter. After the helicopter Tour, we can continue Yangshuo sightseeing tour, like to go to the Yulong bamboo boat, Yangshuo Xianggong hill,Yangshuo Countryside cycling, West street, Silver cave, Liusanjie show or Xingping short Li River cruise with motorized boat and Countryside hiking etc.... OR Guilin sightseeing tour, like to go to the Reed Flute Cave, Elephant hill, Fubo hill, Seven Star park,Daxu old town and Yao mountain with the chairlift up and Toboggan down etc....

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Why should you visit Guilin ?

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Guilin is located in the northeast of the Guangxi region. Founded more than 2000 years ago during the Qin Dynasty, Guilin allowed food to be transported to the provinces of the region through the Ling Canal. In this way, the city became increasingly important to the Guangxi region. Invaded by the Japanese from 1944, the historic landscape was partly destroyed during the occupation. Since 1980, the protection of the city's heritage has been a top priority for the state.

Today, Guilin is one of the most beautiful cities in China and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Surrounded by mountains, rivers and rice fields, the city offers a unique natural landscape to its visitors. According to an old Chinese proverb, it is a true paradise on earth.

Between Guilin and Yangshuo lies the Li River. It is a must-see when you visit Guilin. This stretch of river has inspired many writers and painters from all over the world. It is also featured on the 20 yuan banknotes as it is the pride of the Chinese government.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of the landscape, take a cruise on the Li River.

Don't miss the elephant trunk hill!
Located in the south of Guilin, the hill owes its name to its shape; when you look at it, it looks like an elephant is dipping its trunk into the river to drink some water. Between the elephant's trunk and its body is a rounded cave. Again, its name is inspired by its appearance. It is the cave of the moon in the water. The best time to see this natural wonder is on a full moon evening. The shimmering waves are a magnificent sight.

As you walk up the hill, another cave appears; it is the Elephant's Eye Cave. This is an ideal place to observe the landscape from a height. And at the top is the Puxian Pagoda which looks like a sword handle.

Ten kilometres from the centre of Guilin is Yao Mountain. At more than 900 metres above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the city and its surroundings. In order to climb this mountain, a cable car has been installed. This gives you a view of the natural beauty of the scenery.

There are many other landscapes to discover.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Guilin

How to get Guilin?

To get to Guilin, simply land at Guilin Liangjiang Airport which serves the city.
Alternatively, it is entirely possible to get to Guilin from Hong Kong or Shanghai by high-speed train, or by car.

For accommodation in Guilin, there is something for everyone. 
For example, Central Square is a vibrant part of the city with many restaurants, bars, activities and accommodation such as luxury hotels and rentals

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