Guilin is named after the Osmanthus trees that line the city streets and are famous for their sweet smell. It is well known for its beautiful scenery which has appeared in several movies. It is very traditionally Chinese, though this is changing as funds flow in for its development and in places Guilin can feel very modern. It is officially listed as priority for the protection of its historical and cultural heritage. For China, Guilin is a relatively small city of just under 1 million people and for visitors more used to the country's mega-cities, it has a much more relaxed laid back atmosphere.
But as it is said, best things come in small packages! Guilin has a history older than the Forbidden City and a natural beauty that memorises the visitors. Visit Guilin and explore this bewitching treat in China!
Essential travel information and Guilin tips for your visit
- Guilin's not famous for its shopping experiences, if it’s your only stop in China–try and grab something from the plethora of tourist style shops at attractions. If not, save your money for one of the bigger cities.
- You cannot drive in China without a Chinese driving licence; International licences carry no legal status in the country.
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Guilin
Save 8%Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo
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