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 7%Longji Rice Terraces and Pingan Zhuang Village Day Tour1 Reviews
Duration: 8 Hrs
This small group tour provides you a trouble-free tour to visit the magnificent scenery of terrace fields at Longji and explo...
Save 8%Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo61 Reviews
Duration: 10 Hrs
Take a day trip from Guilin along the impressionable Li River, twisting and turning through lush Chinese landscape that will ...
Save 4%Private Yangshuo One Day TourNew on TripHobo
Duration: 1 Days
This is a unique and gem-packed tour of Yangshuo. Your English-speaking guide will escort you for the whole trip. The itinera...
Save 8%Private Guilin Half Day Tour including Li River, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Hill6 Reviews
Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
Short on time? Then this private half-day sightseeing tour of Guilin is perfect. Visit the hot spots of Guilin and its magica...
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