Guilin is a world-famous scenic tourist city and a famous historical and cultural city. It enjoys the reputation of being the best in the world, and is famous for its mountains and rivers, human sentiments, customs, and leisurely and comfortable life. Guilin has beautiful scenery, represented by the Lijiang River scenery and karst landforms: the mountains here are uplifted from the flat ground with various poses; the water of the Lijiang River is winding and clear as a mirror. In addition, there are more than a dozen ethnic minorities in Guilin, such as Zhuang, Yao, Miao, and Dong, with unique folk customs and cultures, which add to this land.
Yangshuo, famous for its beautiful scenery; the Li River, as clear as the bottom of the picture; Elephant Trunk Hill, named because the shape of the mountain resembles a giant elephant with its elongated nose drinking water by the river, and the reed flute rock with peculiar topography.
September-November is the best time to visit Guilin. At this time, there is little rainfall, pleasant weather, moderate river water, suitable for boating on the Lijiang River.
Guilin rice noodle is a way of life in Guilin and the rice noodle eateries can be seen everywhere in Guilin city. There is rice noodle banquet of different tastes at some big restaurants.
Gongcheng Oil Tea is a special dish of Dong and Yao people. A bowl of hot bitter tea is drunk with different snack dishes like fried rice popcorn, fried bean or fried sweet potato noodle. Most Guilin people like it so much that they even have it for breakfast or night snack.
Duck Soup with Gingko, Lipu Taro with Braised Pork, Water Chestnut Fried with Chicken Ball, Nun Vegetarian Noodles, Lingchuan Dog Meat, Yangshuo Beer Fish, Guilin Pickled Vegetable, etc. are among the local favors.
Guilin recommends traveling during the period from April to October in order to have enough sunny days, greener hills and clearer river water.
The summer temperature in Guilin can be as high as 37ºC. It is best to bring something convenient for summer, such as sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, mosquito repellent, etc., to protect you from the melting heat of the Guilin from May to October.
Guilin has many characteristic fruits (pomelo, orange, ginkgo, bitter gourd, Lipu taro and persimmon), handicrafts, ethnic ornaments, jewelry and Chinese painting and calligraphy. The local characteristics of Guilin are very rich. Guilin’s most famous gifts are treasures (Sanhua wine, chili sauce and pickled tofu).
Guilin Zhengyang Pedestrian Street near the central square provides a good place for tourists to buy various local handicrafts and ethnic ornaments, such as Guilin embroidery, paper umbrellas, jade carvings, wood and bamboo carvings, and calligraphy and painting. Remember to bargain, thinking that the quotations for these products are already cheap enough.
The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is 83 kilometers long. Moreover, you will have a journey of approximately 4 hours. During the rainy season, the water level is high and the cruise time may be less than 3.5 hours. During the low season, the cruise time may be longer. Your lunch will be served on the boat around 12 noon.