"Guilin's scenic landscape surpasses everywhere under the Heaven," so does the Chinese saying go. Personally I think it is a bit overrated, but the scenery of Guilin does have its own plausible uniqueness and finds little match around China.
For those who love easy hiking will never be disappointed because almost every scenic hill in the city is built with well-paved staircases leading to the peak and offers great panoramic views of the city from different angles. The only thing I don't like about Guilin is that it is getting too commercial and everything seems to be designed to squeeze the last penny from tourists' pockets. Admissions to scenic parks and cruise voyages to Yangshuo are outrageous. Some scenic spots offer joint discounts but the staff never make the offer. Make sure you do your homework, read the fine prints on the ticket booths to find the best possible option.
Beautiful place with remarkable and breathtaking views! Local Chinese (中国人) should learn to avoid spitting and smoking in aircond restaurants and rooms, lift, lobby and hotel rooms as they are leaving very bad impression to tourists.
We went during the National Holiday so we presume it was much busier than usual, a distraction. There were nice restaurants in tge area, mostly serving fresh seafood, housed in buckets (which we didn't like).
We visited seven star park which was lovely. Organising trips to Yangshuo was very easy as well.
This is a great place. Very accessible for non-Chinese speakers as many people speak Chinese. It is easy to get into the country side here unlike other Chinese cities and is relatively un polluted .
there are organised tours. However it is good to catch the local bus to the edge of town just walk in the countryside. Great place.
I have been to Guilin many times over the last twenty years. It has vastly improved in terms of cleanliness, visitor friendliness, development of amenities and tasteful modernisation of facilities.
What hasn't changed is the magnificent scenery.
You can visit some of the city's nearer attractions by walking or using the bus service. You can obtain a map with bus routes marked; however, they might be a bit dated and the details inaccurate.
Going for a river cruise might not be as ideal as the marketing photos show. On occasion there is a procession of tourist boats with several blaring the commentary of the tourist guide on board. It might be more tranquil by going for a drive into the countryside; however, this would provide views different from those by boat.
Don't miss the Li River, and take the time to do walks around their lakes in the city centre. They have beautiful gardens around the lakes and along the riverfront is particually pretty at night.
Guilin lives on Tourism, thus the locals are very friendly. There is so much to see, from the natural attractions such as the hills and mountains to the numerous caves underground springs.
If you're interested in Chinese culture, then you won't be disappointed. Guilin has quite a few ethnic minorities (as they are called in China). They all have cultural activities for tourists. If you're in to dancing and night clubbing, then you'll be disappointed. The night clubbing scene is non-existent in this area, nor in China in general. They're more into Karaoke or KTV as they call it.
Flying Tiger Museum at YangTang not open until Sept 3, 2015, was unable to visit. A good ways from Guilin, not well advertised yet, locals don't know where it is, but it is on website
I've been to Guilin twice, and my impression each time has been the same. Guilin is a "pirate-city": every person seems to want to rip you off or scam you for everything you got.
It's worse here than in other cities in China as well. The residents are aggressive and do not interact with you as a fellow human being.
For a relaxing holiday, recommended to spend a 3D2N on Guilin to visit Elephant Trunk Hill, Jinjiang Mansion, Seven Star Park, Zhengyang Pedestrain Street etcs.
Then 2D1N at Longji Rice Terraces during spring, summer or autumn as winter time the fog and/or mist is too thick and the rice already been harvested thus you can't see anything. Last but not least another 3D2N at Yangshuo for the 2hrs Li Cruise, Silver Park Cave, 50mins Bamboo Rafting, West Street, Countryside Cycling passing through beautiful landscapes and stopover to visit Butterfly Spring Park, Moon Hill and the 1500yrs old Banyan Tree
Brilliant friendly city so much to see and do so breath taking sites very relaxing a must for everyone to visit very senic and green too good to be missed
Guilin is a typical Chinesse big town. In itself I would not recommend the visit but around the city there are many nature attractions which are a must.
If it is a stop on the way to yangshuo or longsheng, it is o.k but not worth the time, Entry's to parks are rediculasly expensive and not very good.
The people are nice but don't stay more than a day.
Longji Rice Terraces, Seven Star Moon Peak, Moon Hill, Cruise to see the beautiful sceneries along the Lijiang River, Reek Flute Cave is a must!
We can eat many local foods in 2 walking street and other place. The most famouse attraction is the river cruse of Lijinag River.
Scenic. There are places around Guilin that's very interesting too. Would be great to make these places more easily accessible.
Its a place with beautiful and memorable scenery. Its a place that you will talk about for a long time after your return.
Unless you have overwhelming need to be in Guilin, opt for Yangshuo where there are many for things to see and do.
Guilin is a dirty, noisy city that has few attractions other than getting on a Li River cruise to Yangshuo. The 2 river 4 lake night cruise was pretty good and elephant hill was ok. Not much else to do there.
Honestly, there is nothing to see in Guilin. Everything is in Yangshuo. I consider I could've skipt Guilin City.
Food is terrible nothing and to see. Just stay in Yangshuo.
Guilin is a nice stopover before going Yangshuo. I would recommend sight-seeing at Yangshuo rather than Guilin.
The nature is fantastic. But sadly quite polluted and the government has not put in effort to develop the city.
Avoid a Chinese tour as they depart late even though you have to be at the pick-up point. Go in warm weather.
It is an outdoor city.
Guilin city is overrated as a tourist attraction.The nearby mountains we saw was nothing compared with Mt.
Huangshan and Zhangjiajie.The elephant trunk hill is just a small hill which happens to have a hole at one of its end.We went to the night market near our hotel and almost all the people there were locals.My advice is to use Guilin as your base to visit Longsheng county and then move on to Yangshuo.
You can do a lovely boat tour in Guilin and also visit the lake and caves nearby. Other than this though.
.i don't think there's much else to see/do in the city itslef. If you have only few days, i would highly recommend skipping Guilin and heading directly to Yangshuo and surrrounding areas, where you can get better river cruise or rafting experiences, bike tours, more caves, village-side visits, tour trips to longshen e.t.c. There is a bigger investment in tourism there and many organised trips/activitites that you can do solo or in groups.
Must visit places are Li River tour, Red Flute Cave, Longji Terrace, elephant trunk hill and many more.
Guilin is very natural and beautiful place with very friendly people.
a bit over commercialized as even places with not much attraction also charges rmb 75 entrance fee.
do a lot of homework. Where you want to go, to stay and to eat. Hard to understand Chinese language.