Best Things To Do in Guilin, China

Are you looking for what to do in Guilin?


There's a lot to see in Guilin, and if you're willing to go a little further afield you could spend a long-time exploring the locality too.

  • Museums and Galleries: Guilin Art Museum, Guilin Museum and Li River Folk Custom Centre.
  • Hills and Caves: Reed Flute Cave/ Ludi Yan, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo hill, Folded Brocade Hill.
  • Jingjiang Wangcheng City: Ancient city belonging to the Ming dynasty.
  • Tombs of Prince Jingjiang: Spread over 100 square kilometres, royal Mausoleum.
  • Seven Star Park (Qixing Gongyuan): A enormous park located on the bank of Li River spread over 120 Hectares and flaunting seven peaks that appear like Bid Dipper Constellation.


  • Chill, Relax and rejuvenate in Liu Sanjie Landscape Garden of Guilin.
  • Admire the Li River and its abundant natural treasure.
  • visit the near-by Longsheng neighbourhood: Proving that it isn't just the river that is worth seeing, this area just outside of Guilin, offers an opportunity to see the ethnic minority villages of the Zhuang people and the managed rice fields which are famous for their beauty. Best time to visit is June or September when the fields are flooded.
  • Catch a live cultural performance at Lijiang folk customs garden.
  • Hop on a cruise ride of two rivers and four lakes scenic area.

Below we have a list of things to do in Guilin and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Guilin getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Guilin with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Guilin

Here is the list of things to do in Guilin and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Reed Flute Cave Or Ludi Yan

    Cave, Ancient Ruin, Nature

    Flaunting its proud position on every Guilin itinerary is this brilliant natural attraction. The Reed flute cave also known as Ludi Yan in local language gets its name from the lush green reeds growing outside it. These Reed are used to generate the musical instruments- the flutes. This cave is formed by water erosion and exhibits grand collection of stalactites, stone pillars and rock-formatio...Read more
  2. Elephant Trunk Hill And Xiangbishan Park

    Water Body, Waterfront, Park, Hill

    Located on the western bank of Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill derives its name because of its resemblance of its shape to that of an Elephant’s Trunk. It appears as if a gigantic elephant is drinking water from the river. The Shui Yue Cave also known as water moon cave is located between the trunk and the legs of this imaginary elephant. This cave is semi-round in shape penetrated by water...Read more
  3. Guilin Two Rivers And Four Lakes Resort

    Water Body, Waterfront, River, Leisure

    A peaceful water body located in the downtown area of Guilin is a scenic treat to visitor’s eyes. It comprises of two rivers Li and Taohua (Peach blossom) and four lakes Rhong, Shan, Gui and Mulong. The lakes are named after the tress that are grown along their banks Banyan, Chinese Fir and Osmanthus respectively. The Mulong Lake gets its name from the Mulong cave located in Diecai hill p...Read more
  4. Seven Star Park Or Qixing Gongyuan

    Garden, Park, Picnic Spot, Nature

    Located at the Eastern Bank of Li River, Seven star park covers and enormous area of 120 Hectares and gets its name from the seven peaks dwelling in it. The seven peaks are the four peaks of Putuo Mountain and the three of Crescent Mountain which resemble the form of the Bid Dipper Constellation. Towering mountains, clear water, stone forest and serene valleys are a treasure of the seven Star P...Read more
  5. Lijiang Folk Customs Garden

    Art And Culture, Garden, Park, Entertainment

    Located on the Lijang road, this attraction is a cultural centre, a amusement and entertainment park and a pretty garden in Guilin. This art centre is dedicated to the local folk culture and displays the rich culture of the Guangxi. Exhibiting the folk customs, arts, culinary culture and architectural variation of the eleven nationalities inhabiting the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, a visit...Read more
  6. Impressions Sanjie Liu Show


    This is one of the grandest shows performed in natural landscape in the entire world. It is directed by Zhang Yimou- the director of opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympics. Choreographed on the backdrop of Li River and its bank, the show narrates the love story of Liu Sanjie- a very popular figure in local folklore. There are around 600 actors (all local villagers) contributing to the perfor...Read more
  7. Fubo Hill

    Cave, Water Body, Waterfront, Cavern

    Also known as Wave-Subduing Hill, Fubo Hill is another natural Jewel in Guilin’s crown. Located on the western banks of Li River, Half of the Fubo Hill stands in river and other half on the land. The galloping water is always blocked and hence the hill is believed to have powers of Subduing waves. There is also a temple on the hill dedicated to General Fubo of the Tang dynasty which gives...Read more
  8. Jingjiang Wangcheng City

    Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Estate

    Built on the site of mansion of the Prince Jingjiang of the Ming Dynasty, this is one of the most sought-after tourist spots in Guilin. This scenic area is also home to the authentic work of the inscription "Guilin's Scenery” ranks first in the World and represents culture and history of Guilin. The mansion has served as a residence for 14 regional princes and 12 generations of Ming dynas...Read more
  9. Folded Brocade Hill Or Diecai Hill Image

    Cave, View Point, Cavern, River

    Another fantabulous site of Li River, Folded Brocade hill gets its name from its rock formations piled layer wise making it look like a Brocade. Offering spectacular scenery and stone carvings, it is a very popular attraction. The hill also has many popular names like Laurel Hill (Gui Hill): derived from the laurels that have spread across the slopes since ancient times, Wind Cave Hill which co...Read more
  10. Longsheng Rice Terraces

    Outdoors, Hiking Trail, Entertainment, Cable Car

    Located in the Longsheng County which is 77 kilometres away from the city centre, this natural beauty is one of the best places for picnics and excursions. The highest point is 1180 metres above the sea level and the terraces rice fields add to the alluring panorama. Cable car riding, hiking are some popular activities here. Attractions include: Ping’An Jinkeng village Ancient stilted ho...Read more
  11. Tombs Of Prince Jingjiang

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum, Statue

    This is a mausoleum site where the eleven princess of the Jingjiang Family belonging to the Ming Dynasty rest in peace. Enclosed by a rectangular wall, there are over 300 tombs spread over an area of 100 square kilometres. A grand scared way leads to the inner palace with stone statues adorning the path. There are three routes on the scared way and each is designated for different hierarchies. ...Read more
  12. Mud Bath In A Water Cave

    Cave, Entertainment

    Though modest in appearance, the water cave at Longmen village near the Moon hill offers a unique experience to its visitors- the mud bathing!A mud bath and a hot spring attract people of all ages to splash and relax. The mud is cool in the summer and sooths the heat which makes it very popular among kids!
  13. Backstreet International Youth Hostel
    They are the most popular hostel in Guilin, being recommended by Lonely Planet for many years. Since 2011, they have revamped their entire facility to a much higher standard with new feature additions like a full-scale licensed bar and restaurant, specialty coffees, massage chairs, gaming room, and themed rooms. They offer many of the common tours available in Guilin at very competitive prices ...Read more
  14. Shangri La Hotel
    Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin has an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a health club. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Business amenities at this 5-star property include small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and limo/town car service. The hotel offers 3 restaurants along with a coffee shop/caf&eacut...Read more
  15. Lijiang River


    The Lijiang or Li River is a huge river in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The river flows 83 kilometers from Guilin to Yangshuo and is one of China’s best tourist attractions. The Li River is best enjoyed by taking a cruise, which usually lasts up to 3 hours and is spectacular. On the cruise, you can see the mighty Karst Mountains and views that will take your breath away. N...Read more