Boats drift lazily along serene rivers, towering peaks reach their lush fingers into the clouds and manicured rice terraces cascade down rolling hillsides. Welcome to Guilin. There’s no denying that this is one of China’s most visually appealing cities. In fact, the landscapes are so picture-perfect that they feature on the 20 yuan bill. Yes, it’s nature that steals the show here, but the laid-back atmosphere, cultural attractions and delicious food are not to be forgotten. Though admittedly the city is mostly used as a jumping off point for the surrounding scenery, you shouldn’t miss the chance to explore some of its sights while passing through. Think age-old caves, peaceful lakes framed by elegant pagodas and hills shaped like elephant trunks. Despite Guilin’s city status, word on the street is that Mother Nature rules. Even the buildings have got a height-restriction so they don’t disturb the views.
Guilin has long been one of China’s most popular tourist attractions - and for good reason. The area is famous for its beautiful karst terrain, mirror-like water bodies and lush vegetation ranging from sweet osmanthus trees to exotic bamboos. Winding through these pristine rural landscapes is the famous Li River, while the rural villages of the Zhuang and Yao ethnic communities provide a fascinating glimpse into the area’s rich culture and heritage.
Breathtaking views, unforgettable adventures and laid-back vibes are simply part of the package in Guilin. So what are you waiting for? Add this charming city to your itinerary and prepare to be wowed.
Guilin will be included in your Panoramas and Pandas holiday or it can be added to your Iconic Highlights holiday.
Surrounded by rivers, lakes and rolling hills, Guilin is a natural playground of outdoor adventures. Cruise along the river, pedal through the winding country roads, hike the lush mountains and visit traditional villages.
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It’s one of the most beautiful waterways in the world – and that’s no exaggeration. When looking for classic oriental beauty, Li River should be top of your list. Connecting the scenic city of Guilin with the popular tourist town of Yangshuo, you can expect towering Karst landscapes punctuated by sleepy fishing villages that come to life on their respective market days.Discover more
Steer away from its tacky, tourist-focussed town centre and you’ll discover just why “Guilin has the best scenery under the heaven, but Yangshuo is even more beautiful”. Lying at the confluence of the Li and Yulong Rivers, it’s in Yangshuo’s countryside that you’ll find the epitome of China’s pastoral beauty in the form of dramatic karst peaks and lush rice fields.Discover more
If you want to see some of China’s most impressive natural scenery, make sure you add Guilin to your itinerary. To find out more about this scenic city, have a read of our blogs.
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