Guilin has long been a travel destination famous for its exceptional natural scenery since Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), which can be evidenced by the rock carvings on the hills and historic records like poems and proses. Guilin is also one of the pioneering cities in China opened to the international tourists in early 1970’s, which hosted Richard Nixon, Gorge Bush (Senior), Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and many other celebrities from all over the world, etc.
Li River cruise
is the No. 1 travel option while you are in Guilin. The boat trip starts from Zhujiang Pier to Yangshuo, taking about 4 hours along the river, where you will see the sharply –erected limestone peaks, relaxed water buffaloes, green rice paddies, happy cormorants and duck, Bamboo groves, all of these constitute a beautiful pictures of authentic rural life of South China. Now there are more ways to see the Li River, if weather permits, you can also choose to take a bamboo raft to go down the river from Yangdi to Xingpimg (1.5 hours), or hike along the river from Yangdi to Xingping (20km, 4-5 hours).
Elephant Trunk Hill
is the symbol of Guilin, which is located at the confluence of Li River and Peach Blossom River. Most of the tourists usually don’t go up the hill, and stand at the other side of river to take photos of it in a distance. Every evening a hi-tech light show is played in this park, which might be interesting to some travelers. Since 2013, there is a daytime cruise starting from this hill, travelers can take the boat and go upstream to Reed Flute Cave, another premier attraction in Guilin.
yangshuo Located 40 miles (65 kilometers) away from Guilin, the passing-by Li River releases all her glamour in this town.
Besides drifting on a bamboo raft, you can also rent a bike and ride along the Ten-Mile Gallery to view the scenes. As one of the most beautiful counties of China, Yangshuo presents peaceful rural scenery with distinctive log cabins dotted among wide fields and terraces.
Reed Flute Cave It is one of the most beautiful karst caves in the northwest suburb. Stalactites there are of various shapes, like lions, pagodas, forests and waterfalls.
With clever use of the lights, the cave looks even more gorgeous. Walking through the stalactites makes you feel like you are inside of a magnificent crystal palace.
Seven-Star Park is located on the east bank of Li River, opposite Elephant Trunk Hill.
The park got its name because its seven peaks form the shape of the Big Dipper. This park is well known for its oddly-shaped peaks, stunning caves, clear water, and exquisite natural landscapes.
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces The large-scale terraces of this scenic area reveal the original rural scenery of Longsheng, 56 miles (90 kilometers) away from Guilin. It is inside a village, which gathers ethnic groups of Zhuang and Yao. Local people still plant crops in the field for a living. Not only can you view the splendid natural scenes, but also have a glimpse of genuine folk life and culture of the two minorities.
Bajiaozhai Scenic spot is on the border of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Hunan Province and famous for its Danxia landscapes.
Mao'er Mountain (Cat Mountain), 50 miles (81 kilometers) from Guilin, got its name because its peak looks like a crouching cat.
Chuanshan Park features splendid Cockfighting Hills (made up of Chuanshan Hill and Pheasant Hill), Pagoda Hill and Chuanshan Hill Cave.
Crown Cave is an underground karst cave along the Li River with a subterranean river flowing through it. You can either take a raft or a sightseeing train to view the scene.
Daxu Ancient Town, on the route of Li River cruise, features well-preserved quaint workshops and flagstone road.
Flying Tigers Heritage Park is built in memory of those American volunteers of the famed Flying Tigers. It's also a place for descendants and friends of those volunteers to mourn for the history and their predecessors.
Folded Brocade Hill, also called Diecai Hill, is on the west bank of the Li River in downtown Guilin and is famous for its peculiar stones and stone carvings. You can have a bird's-eye-view of the city on top of the hill.
Ginkgo Forest of Haiyang Town, 25 miles to the north of Guilin, provides over one million ginkgoes, attracting thousands of shutterbugs every autumn.
Gudong Waterfall, 16 miles (25 kilometers) away from the city, include several cascades, looking like a stairway among the lush forest.
Lingqu Canal in Xing'an County, with its ancient origin in the Qin Dynasty (221 - 207BC), is one of the oldest and most well-preserved canals in the world.
Merryland Resort is a large-scale amusement park, featuring seven themed districts and many entertainment facilities.
Silver Cave is one of the most typical karst landforms. It earns its name for the silver-like stalactites shining under the light.
Solitary Beauty Peak and Jingjiang Prince City: the towering peak is known as the Sky-Supporting Pillar in Southern China. The old prince city of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) is at its foot.
Two Rivers and Four Lakes Scenic Spot is a round-the-city water system, including Li River (the part within the city), Taohua River, Mulong Lake, Guihu Lake, Ronghu Lake and Shanhu Lake.
Wave-Subduing Hill, also called Fubo Hill, is well-known for its hills, water, caves, stones, and cultural relics.
Yao Mountain is the highest mountain in the city. Cable car and slideway will offer you a different visiting experience. The Mausoleums of Jingjiang Princes of the Ming Dynasty is located at its foot, commemorating over 300 royal family members.