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Guilin Travel Guide - Guilin Tourist Attractions
Guilin: Captivating Plethora of Incredible Natural Landmarks
Picturesque Guilin nestles in the north-eastern part of Guangxi in China, on Li River’s west bank. Guilin’s name is derived from its’ innumerable sweet-scented osmanthus trees. Guilin has unusually great scenic beauty, lovely pagoda temples and landmarks.
When you avail of our Guilin Tour Package, you will fall in love with this ancient city with its many attractive landmarks. Its’ ancient Daxu town has some well-preserved houses belonging to bygone times and hospitable locals. The Jiangjing Princes city in the centre of Guilin is a royal complex belonging to the Ming dynasty. For starters take the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, passing by paddy fields with farmers and buffaloes, and schoolchildren floating by on bamboo rafts, a fascinating combination of the old and the modern times.
There are several places of tourist interest, each with unsurpassed natural beauty. The ancient Reed Flute Cave got its name from its surrounding reeds out of which flutes can be made; it has stalactites, stalagmites and unique rock formations. The equally attractive Seven Star Cave has a stone path and artificial lighting. At the confluence of the Li and Taohua rivers, is the Elephant Trunk Hill, resembling an elephant drinking water. As the moon seems to float in the opening under its ‘trunk’, the arch is called the Water-Moon Cave. Pagoda Hill has a beautiful temple dedicated to the Buddha; during autumn, the red-orange-golden maple leaves add to its beauty. Moon Hill with vast panoramic views has many rock-climbing routes. The Longshen Rice Terraces, on the outskirts of Guilin, slope down from the nearby mountain to the riverside and are a sight to behold, as are the rice terraces of the Longji Terraced Rice-fields. The Folded Brocade Hill with stone carvings, amazingly beautiful locale and rock formations piling up layer upon layer, is another gem.
The Guilin Tour Package will take you to the Guihu Lake scenic area, encompassing the Li and Taohua rivers, and four lakes – Guihu, Mulong, Shanhu and Ronghu. This area has a number of pretty bridges and is surrounded by a multitude of trees and flowers – gingko, redwood, magnolia, white pines, palm and banyan trees. Fubo Hills, besides hills, have waterfalls, caves and historical relics – great for a picnic. The Bear and Tiger Park is a place children love to visit. Yuzi Paradise, China’s largest sculpture park is astoundingly beautiful; it also has an art salon and a café.
Top-selling products are Guilin sanhua alcohol, fermented bean curd and chilli sauce, besides tea, sugar and wine made of osmanthus. Gingko is believed to improve blood circulation and snacks and drinks made of it are a healthy buy. The bright, solid Guilin stones have unique forms, and sell as curios. Embroidered balls from Guilin are a specialty – in ancient times, a Chinese maiden would throw her embroidered balls at her Prince Charming; whoever caught the ball, would marry her! Handcrafted items such as plates, pails and wall decorations, are popular, as are Guilin’s marble and jade curios, bamboo and wood-carvings, and paper umbrellas. Delicately-designed earrings, necklaces, rings, pendants, bracelets and broaches made of gold, silver, pearls and jade tempt tourists, besides an endless variety of curios, paintings and hand-painted screens. The traditional Chinese paintings depicting mountains and water are also popular with tourists. The Huang Changdian brush pen is available in over 70 sizes, made of wool, wolf and rabbit hair.
Guilin has Chinese, Indonesian, German, Italian, other Western food and Indian cuisine, with several traditional favourites, innumerable non-vegetarian preparations, rice and noodles apart. There are discotheques, karaoke, modern nightclubs and romantic cruises down the Li. Ling Nan in Guilin’s centre is influenced by several types of Chinese cuisine. Local snacks such as mifen – Guilin rice noodles, banli zong – chestnut rice dumplings, nun noodles, and stewed duck cooked with gingko or ginger are highly popular. Lipu taro pork, Lo Han boiled chicken, fried chicken with chestnut, steamed pork or stewed duck wrapped in a lotus leaf are delicious and favourite dishes. Sour fried, dried fish and fried pork are other hot favourites. Rice noodles are the most popular of all snacks in Guilin for which Youyi Xuan, Qin Ji, Rong Gui, Liu Bo Niang, Shi Ji, Shengli and Weixiang Guan are popular eateries. Nun noodles, said to have been introduced by a nun, are also widely popular. Many dishes are made with glutinous rice while zhutongfan [bamboo-cooked rice] and youcha [oil tree] are two ancient delicacies. Hao Da Ma Cate Square offers a buffet and numerous snacks. For those desiring to have Western food, Guilin Ren Western Restaurant and Weixiao serve good cuisine, besides Sharon Coffee which serves German and Western cuisine including soups, salads, baguette, burgers, steaks, pizzas and schnitzels. Binjiang Road, Jiefang West Street, Meishi Cheng, Zhishan Road and Putuo Road are the places where most of the restaurants are located. Some of the other popular foods are Guilin chufas, Luohan Kuo, Shaddock [fruit], Cumquat [citrus-like fruit], Lipu taro, chestnut, persimmon and green tea, all worth trying.
Guilin experiences a humid sub-tropical climate. The average January temperature is 8.5oC, for July it is 28.7oC, while the average year-round temperature is 19oC. March-mid-April is spring-time and can bring light rain, but Guilin’s flowers are blooming. Late April-mid-August is the summer, with very heavy rain from May-June. Late August-end October is autumn, which is the best season for touring Guilin. November-February is winter-time when it is cold, though snowfall is rare.