Guilin & The Li River

Why you should visit Guilin

  • A chance to see some of Chinas most spectacular scenery
  • Cruise on the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo
  • Shop for traditional arts and crafts at the local markets
  • Visit the Longsheng rice terraces and some of the minority tribes

Our specialists 'Must Do'

Pack a picnic and hire a bike for the day in Yangshuo to explore some of the nearby villages. Cycling along the peaceful roads past local farmland with limestone peaks rising up all around and hawks circling in the skies overhead, it is a real chance to escape the crowds and explore some of rural China at a leisurely pace.

A little more about Guilin

Guilin is located in Southern China and makes a lovely inclusion to any China holiday, offering plenty for those who are seeking some of Chinas natural beauty with stunning panoramic landscapes and interesting cultural tribal groups.

As well as a vibrant night market and lakes that are prettily lit at night, Guilin's charm lies in its magical scenery which has inspired poets and artists for thousands of years. It is now an area known for its green hills, clear waters, unusual rock formations and caves. Sheer limestone peaks covered in lush vegetation dominate the area, rising up from flat plains and lining the banks of the Li River.

The Li River meanders between the town of Guilin and the smaller market town of Yangshuo and a lovely way to view the landscape is to board a cruise between the two. The journey takes just over 3 hours and as well as the spectacular scenery offers a chance to see some of the local life as you pass small riverside villages, Water wheels irrigating the fields and local men fishing with cormorants from bamboo rafts. Yangshuo itself is a lovely place to spend a few days, with a laid back feel and market stalls, bars and restaurants lining the cobbled streets plus the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside on foot or by bicyle.

Nearby are 800 year old rice terraces still farmed by the Zhuang tribe, who wear traditional costumes and live in their traditional houses. Another local tribe who inhabit the area are the Yao, or Long Hair, people, whose women grow their hair to the ground and can be seen combing it out by the mountain streams.

When to go to Guilin

Overall, the best time to visit Guilin is in the Spring (April / May / June) and the Autumn (September / October).

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