Guilin 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 from here. These include Longsheng with its famous Longji rice terraces. The Li River, a scene of which is printed on the back of ¥20 bank notes. Yangshuo, a small county downstream and much more.
It is a beautiful city. The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes and studded with sheer sided karst mountains. The main industry in the city is tourism so the city is much cleaner than other Chinese cities.
It itself is like most other medium size Chinese cities. It has a large number of western-style hotels, tourists and is relatively free of air pollution. Many Chinese domestic tourists also visit this area. What makes it special is its proximity to many picturesque limestone mountains and formations.
This place is separated from the center of China and the Yangtze River basin by the Nan Mountains. Guangxi has always been distinct from the rest of China. The Han Chinese empire first expanded into Guangxi in the 2nd century BC. The Ling Canal was cut around the time, allowing small boats to transit from the Yangtze to the south flowing Xi River via the Xiang River.
Trade grew along the canal and river routes. Guilin was founded as a trading post in the 1st century BC on the West bank of the Kuei River. During the Ming dynasty, a garrison was set up in here and the surrounding area gradually civilized with the development of farmland. The city had a population of over two million at the time of the Second World War, but was utterly destroyed during the war. The population slowly recovered with post-war construction of several factories for the production of paper, chemicals and agricultural equipment. However, market forces have caused several of these industries to relocate out of here.
Guangxi and Guilin are home to 12 different ethnic minorities besides the Han Chinese. Guangxi is an autonomous region for the Zhuang ethnic group, rather than a province.
Guilin is the third largest city in Guangxi, after Nanning and Liuzhou.
It has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with short, mild winters, and long, hot, humid summers. Winter begins dry but becomes progressively wetter and cloudier. Spring is generally overcast and often rainy, while summer continues to be rainy though is the sunniest time of year. Autumn is sunny and dry. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 7.9 °C (46.2 °F) in January to 28.0 °C (82.4 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 18.84 °C (65.9 °F). The annual rainfall is just above 1,900 mm (75 in), and is delivered in bulk (~50%) from April to June, when the plum rains occur and often create the risk of flooding. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 14% in March to 53% in September, the city receives 1,487 hours of bright sunshine annually.
The People’s Hospital
Clinic Hours: 08:00-12:00; 15:00-18:00 (summer); 14:30-17:30 (winter)
Phone Number: 0773-2828712/2857993
Address: No.12, Wenming Road, Guilin City
The Second People’s Hospital
Clinic Hours: 08:00-12:00; 14:30-17:30
Address: No.2, Diecai Road, Guilin City
The Fourth People’s Hospital (Bo’ai Humanity Hospital)
Addres: No.20, Fengbei Road, Guilin City
Hospital of Sino Western Medicine
Guida Road, Guilin 541004
Tel. No. +8677 -35820588
Until 1949 only a thermal power plant, a cement works, and some small textile mills existed as signs of industrialization. Since the 1950s it has electronics, engineering and agricultural equipment, medicine, rubber, buses, textile and cotton yarn factories. Food processing, includes the processing of local agricultural produce remains. More recent and modern industry feature high technology and the tertiary industry characterized by tourism trading and service
Guilin High-tech Industrial Development Zone (state-level)
Target industries: Information technology, mechanical and electronic integration, new materials, bio-pharmaceutical, environmental protection
Major investors: BASF, Geely Group, Nokia, NEC, Guilin Sanjin Pharmaceutical, and Guilin Stars Electric Power Electronic Technique Development
Places to Visit
- Central Square(桂林中心广场; Guìlín Zhōngxīn Guǎngchǎng). 51,400 square meter large gathering place in the centre of town. Here you can watch a giant atlas on the ground and an artificial waterfall every evening at 8:30PM
- Jingjiang Prince City(靖江王城), 1 Prince City. In the center of the city lies a small forbidden city. Once home to the princes of the area. The palace buildings are now a museum.
- Moon and Sun Pagoda (Near city center). Although there is nothing much to see inside the pagodas, the view from the outside as well as the surrounding lake offers a good respite from the traffic and noise of Guilin’s city center.
[Museums and galleries]
- Guilin Art Museum(桂林艺术博物馆), 173 Longchuanping Rd (龙船坪173号10-4) (bus 11, 33 or 99). 8:30AM-5PM.
- Guilin Museum(桂林博物馆), 4 Xishan Rd (西山路; Xīshānlù) (in West Hill Park, bus 3 or 14). 8:30AM-5:30PM. Exhibits more than 20,000 items comprising ancient, minority, local and revolutionary stuff.
- Li River Folk Custom Center(漓江民俗风情园; Líjiāng Mínsúfēngqíngyuán), 250 Linjiang Rd (临江路250号; Línjiānglù) (bus 13, 14 and 58). 8:30AM-9:30PM. Exhibits folk art, handicraft, architecture, food and culture of various local ethnic groups. The center also stages local music and dance shows.
Parks in the city
- Pagoda Hill and Tunnel Hill(Chuanshan Park), 55号 Chuanshan Alley Qixing, Guilin, Guangxi, China (southeast to the southern city bridge). Together they form single mountain range as well as a single recreational zone. There’s a plenty of restaurants at the bottom of Pagoda hill. An easy stepped pathway brings you to the Ming dinasty (before 1644 A.D.) multi-eave Longevity Buddha Pagoda. Another free pathway (on the other bank of Li river channel) takes you up the Penetrated Hill. Both hills have very beautiful view of southern Guilin and rustic beds. Guards at the park entrance easily omit chinese looking people, but if you’re caucasian, they’ll try to take money from you. free.
- Black Hill Botanic Garden(黑山植物园; Hēishān Zhíwùyuán), 206号 West 1st Ring Rd (环城西一路206号; Huánchéngxīyīlù) (bus 1, 6, 10, 19, 201, 202). 24 hours. One of the oldest botanical gardens in China. Nothing pecular, many closed areas inside the park.¥35.
- Seven Star Park(七星公园; Qīxīnggōngyuán), Qixing Rd (on the east side of the city and 15-20 minutes walk from the main pedestrian area in the centre of town). A large park with a small zoo area on the east side farthest from the entrance with the main attraction being the giant pandas and the red pandas, the staff host a small show with monkeys, bear, tigers and lion at scheduled hours. Additional ¥60 fee to enter Seven Star Cave inside the park.
- West Hill Park(西山公园), 2 km west of city centre. Park with a lake, temples and hundreds of Buddhist statues. In the park is also the Hidden Hill with a number of caves. Guilin Museum is also here, see separate listing.
- Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village(雄森熊虎山庄; Xióngsēn Xiónghǔ Shānzhuāng), (bus 4, 8 or 16). 9AM-5PM. 300,000 square meter area with tigers, bears, lions and other wild animals. Here you can witness research, breeding and entertainment. The place is a bit shabby and you will not see the animals in their natural environment, but you get close to the animals and can see them being much more active than in a zoo. This attraction is subject to international media controversy regarding its treatment of animals (circus animals, mistreatment of tigers & a live show showing where a tiger is placed in a pen area with a cow and subsequently hunts/attacks the cow). Western visitors will often be accompanied around the Zoo with security to ensure video recordings aren’t made. ¥80.
Landscape close to the city
- Diecai Mountain(叠彩山; Diécǎishān), Longzhu Rd (龙珠路; Lóngzhūlù (bus 2, 13 or 58 will take you there). 8:30AM-5:30PM. A park built around several peaks, which are climbed using stone staircases. There is also a small aviary and butterfly museum with examples of pinned and mounted butterflies and moths in the park.
- Fubo Hill (伏波山; Fúbōshān), (in the northeast of the city on the banks of the Li River). Contains historical stone carvings from the Tang Dynasty and Buddhist inscriptions. The hill itself is an impressive sheer sided rock.
- Elephant Trunk Hill(象鼻山; Xiàngbíshān), Binjiang Rd (滨江路; Bīnjiānglù) (in Xiangshan Park (象山公园) on the banks of the Li River, within walking distance of the town center and near to bus routes 23 and 16). Hill with a large natural arch cut into it. This resembles the trunk of an Elephant dipping into the river. This scene is frequently used as a symbol of the city and so has developed some fame. There is a funny and cheaper alternative to get into the park, you can go all the way to the river on the street just at the right side of the west gate, you will find some people asking if you want a boat that they drop you in the park for half-price of the official ticket. It is pretty much impossible to get a good view of the natural arch without going on a boat tour as trees have been planted to prevent people from freeloading the view.
- Peach Blossom River(桃花江; Táohuājiāng). This is a river going through the western parts of town. Beautiful and relaxing area. As the name indicates, here you can see the peach blossom in spring our the red leaves in autumn.
- Reed Flute Cave(芦笛岩; Lúdíyán), Ludi Rd (芦笛路; Lúdílù) (about 5km west of Guilin, catch bus 3 or rent bikes and buy a map for a pleasant cycle). 8AM-5:30PM. This limestone cave with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations is worth a visit if you have not seen such caves before. An English-speaking guide will take you around the various artificially lit formations supposedly resembling lions, monkeys, old men, the skyline of Guilin, etc. There is also a brief laser/light/music show inside the cave. You may have to wait a while for a large enough group to accumulate. Avoid the hawkers by taking the elevated path on the side of the hill, rather than the tarmac road. ¥120.
- Solitary Beauty Peak(独秀峰), (take a taxi or bus 1 or 2 from the Guilin Railway Station, both buses drop passengers off at the western entrance of the peak area). Rises dramatically above the center of Guilin and offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside. As with so many peaks and rocky upthrusts in and around Guilin, centuries of visits have led to the creation of a carved stairway leading to the summit. The pathway starts at Wang Cheng, the Ming Dynasty palace in the center of town, now home to the campus of Guangxi Normal University and also the site of nightly performances by local ethnic minorities. Only the city walls and some of the foundation of the original buildings are left, the buildings themselves are all recent.
- Yaoshan Hill Park(尧山; Yáoshān), Jingjiang Rd (several km east of the city center, bus 10 and 98 run nearby but still leave a lengthy walk). This is a large country park which encompasses the highest peak in the area. Foot paths run to the summit, however the chair lift provides an effortless way to attain the top and enjoy the scenery. There are extensive views of the surrounding area from the summit. There is a wheeled toboggan run down part of the mountain for additional ¥45. To access this, dismount the chairlift at the station half way down the mountain. A taxi to and from the park will cost about ¥25 each way. If you plan to do this, alert the staff at the ground station so personnel at the midway station can help you get off. There is a Ming Dynasty Mausoleum nearby as well. The park is not listed on any of the tourist maps so you may get some looks on asking where it is.
- Feng Yu Yan(丰鱼岩). Feng Yuyan due to river where oil abundance of fish named, known as ” one through nine, Miao Jing must the world ” reputation, known as “Asia’s first hole”.
Parks and landscape outside the city center
- Crown Cave(冠岩; Guānyán), 45 minute by long distance bus, then take the monorail or visitor jeep to the entrance of the cave. A 3km section of the cave is currently open to tourists. At the entrance of the cave, take the elevator and venture 30m deep into the cave. After looking at the various stalactite and stalagmite formations, you can also visit the waterfall inside the cave. After that, take the monorail to admire the largest and most beautiful section of the cave. To exit the cave, you can either travel back to the entrance point, or take a boat that will travel from the cave to the banks of the Li River. ¥65 per person excluding transport to/from cave entrance.
- Gudong Waterfall (古东; Gǔdōng), (close to Crown Cave, 25 km from Guilin, reachable by bus),
Nearby towns and villages
- Daxu Town(大圩镇), 23 km southeast of Guilin, 1.5 hours by bus (close to Crown Cave). Ancient town at the east bank of the Li River dating back more than 1,000 years. The town is beautifully located close to the Millstone Hill and the Snail Hill. The heart of town is the 2 km long Bluestone St with many well preserved buildings. The town has lots of attractions dating back hundreds of years including the Gauzu Temple, The Hanhuang Temple, the assembly halls, the Longevity Bridge and the Seven Stars Tombs.
- Li River Cruise, The boats are frequent and easily organized by any hotel here. Most of the tourists will go from this city to Yangshuo (a very picturesque smaller town downstream of the city). The river winds through some truly spectacular limestone formations and a slow boat trip there and back (with a stop in Yangshuo) will take a whole day.
- Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise, A boat tour around the four lakes and two rivers of the city. At night, the scenery is spectacularly flood lit. At the mid point in the tour, there will be a demonstration of traditional cormorant fishing. It is the best activity at night. Tours last about 90 minutes.
- Dreaming on Li River Show (夢幻漓江秀; Mènghuàn Líjiāng Xiù), 95 Qixing Rd (七星路95号; Qīxīnglù) A theatrical dance and music performance daily. The show tries to recreate the culture of the various ethnic groups around.
- Food tour(尋味之旅; Xuen Wei Zhi Lu) Taste China Tours offers small group, personalized food tours stopping at delicious vendors, restaurants and shops throughout the City. Eat your way off-the-beaten track and experience some of it’s famous and unique local cuisine. Good for people that want to escape the tourist crowds and go local to experience true Guangxi cuisine. Tour takes 3+ hours with English speaking guide.
Neighbouring towns and villages
- Wupai River Drifting, (2 hours north of City (in Ziyuan County)) White water rafting down the scenic river.
- Guilin Shangri-la park, (halfway along the road between the city and Yangshuo). Set in beautiful scenery, this ethnic theme park tries to introduce visitors to the wide range of local nationalities and their cultures. A short boat trip will take you around the butterfly lake. On the way, various performances are staged on the shore of the lake, demonstrating different aspects of the culture. The boat will drop you off at the ‘village’ where you can see displays of local crafts including weaving, embroidery, buffalo horn carving and calligraphy. These crafts are produced on site and you may watch them working.
- Butterfly Cave, A pair of sheer sided mountains surrounded by a butterfly themed park. One of the mountains has a cave running through the core of it. Inside this cave are many strange rock formations including stalagmites and stalactites. One particularly unusual formation is shaped like a butterfly, lending the hill its name. A rope bridge connects from the cave’s exit over to the other mountain. At the side of the bridge, a waterfall cascades down the mountain side. The path takes you around the summit of the second peak and down to the gardens below. A dance performance greets each tour party here. The final stage is a walk inside a netted area in which a large variety of butterflies may be observed.
- The Merryland World Resort, located about 1 hour drive to the north, offers two attractions:
- Golf Course, Beautiful golf course with 27 holes. A bit on the expensive side but well worth the money.
- Theme Park.
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Built in the early years of Tang Dynasty (713B.C), Jianshan Temple is one of the most ancient temples here. It is located at the foot of Yunji Moutain in Moon Hill Scenic Spot in Yangshuo. Tourists in Yangshuo travel there for its long history and culture.
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