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  • Guilin Li River
    Guilin Li River
  • Dancing of Zhuang Minority
    Dancing of Zhuang Minority
  • Elephant Trunk Hill
    Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Reed Flute Cave
    Reed Flute Cave
  • Dayu Old Town
    Dayu Old Town
  • Guilin City Street
    Guilin City Street
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 Guilin Facts
Phone Code: 0773
Postal Code: 541000
Area: 10,730 square miles
Population: 4,748,000 (statistics in 2010)
Nationalities: Zhuang, Yao, Hui, Miao, Han and Dong
Neighboring Areas: Yunnan, Guizhou, Hunan and Guangdong Provinces
Location: Guilin is located in the northeast of Guangxi province on the southern edge of Hunan-Guangxi corridor (a narrow plain between Hunan province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), its longitude lying between 109°36′-111°29′E and latitude between 24°15′-26°23′N.

 Physical Features: With an average altitude of 150 meters (about 492 ft), Guilin is situated in the south-western part of the Nanling Mountains (the biggest mountain in south China, as well as an important geographic boundary of the country). The geography of Guilin is distinct for its karst landform.

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 History: Historians have proved that caves here were inhabited by humans around 10 thousand years ago. The name 'Guilin' originated in 214 BC during the Qin Dynasty (221BC - 207BC) when Guilin County was established in the southwest of today's Guiping city (a city south to Guilin). It was called Shi'an County during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). From the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), it was administrated as the provincial capital of Guangxi. The city acquired its present name in 1940.

 Recommended Guilin Tour Itineraries:
Guilin-Yangshuo Tour: 4 Days to Guilin Fubo Hill, Seven Star Park and take cruise down to Yangshuo 
Guilin Side Trip: 2-Day of Guilin - Longsheng - Sanjiang - Guilin
China Highlights Tour: 11-Day Small Group of Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai

 Guilin Attractions: Guilin is known to all as 'the No. 1 scenic spot under heaven', and many famous poets and scholars of different dynasties have left their words within. With typical karst landform, Li River Scenic Spot in Guilin is the best place to see water-eroded caves and pinnacles. The landmark scenic spots around Guilin are Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo HillReed Flute Cave, Seven Star ParkDiecai HillLing Canal and Tomb of Prince Jingjiang. The most impressive scenery is found close to the Li River, above all in Yangshuo. More attractive features can be found in the suburban areas of Guilin, such as Longji Rice Terrace, Ba Jiao Zhai and Baoding Waterfall.

 Guilin Transportation
 Air: Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) has 50 airlines connecting Guilin with 45 domestic cities, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and some major cities in foreign countries like Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
 Train: There are two railway stations in this city - Guilin Railway Station (South Station) and Guilin North Railway Station (North Station). The South Station, as the main railroad passenger transport station in the central city, operates trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Changsha, Shenzhen and other major cities in China. In comparison with the South Station, the North Station is in the suburb of Guilin and it has fewer trains. Through buses No.1, 99, and 100 run between these two stations.
 Cruise: Visitors can take a cruise ship to travel along the Li River from Yangshuo to Guilin or from Guilin to Yangshuo.
 Bus: There are highways from Guilin to other cities in Guangxi and neighbouring provinces. National highways 322 and 323 pass through the city. Guilin has a network of highways which stretch to every corner of the whole city, including a round city highway, Guilin-Liuzhou highway, Guilin-Wuzhou highway, Guilin-Huangshahe arterial highway, and the Guilin-Yangshuo secondary road.
 Taxi: The taxi fare in Guilin is CNY7 for the first 2 km (1.2 miles), and an additional CNY1.6 per km from 2-4 km (1.2-2.5 miles), CNY2 per km from 4 km to the destination.

 Guilin Weather: Although Guilin has four distinct seasons, there is a long, sunny, frost-free period (over 300 days in a year), and the annual average temperature of 18.9℃. The best time to travel is between April and October.

 Dining and Shopping
Guilin food enjoys great popularity among travellers at home and abroad. Local cuisine greatly influenced by that of Hunan, with its characteristic hot and sour tastes. The most popular local dish is Guilin Mi Fen (Guilin Rice Noodles). It has many kinds which differ in flavour and ingredients, among which Ma Rou Mi Fen (Rice Noodles with Horse Meat) is most popular. Other famous local specialities are Ni Gu Su Mian (Nun Noodles), Song Gao (Sponge Cake), Ban Li Zong (Chestnut Glutinous Rice Dumplings), Shui Ci Ba (Water Glutinous Rice Cake) and Guilin Tang Yuan (Guilin Sweet dumplings).

Guilin lays claim to four culinary treasures: chili sauce, Fermented Bean Curd, Sanhua Wine, and Citrulli Degelatinatum. Special local products include artistic pottery and porcelain, jade, wood and bamboo carvings, gem art painting and handicrafts. Visitors to Guilin can take bus No. 55 or 56 to Yangshuo West Street and Wayao International Wholesale City to find these local specialties. There are also many modern shopping centers in this city, such as the pedestrian mall on zhengyang road and the underground commercial center in Center Square.

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