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The sheer limestone peaks rearing from the flat plain around the city of Guilin form a strikingly beautiful landscape that has, since classical times, formed a key motif of Chinese art and literature.

The Li River winds its way through this dramatic landscape, past bamboo groves and villages where locals still fish with tethered cormorants.

Guilin to Yangshuo

Shared boat journey along the Li River, GuilinWe recommend a cruise downriver from Guilin to the market town of Yangshuo, a less commercial and more relaxed location, and a fabulous base from which to explore the stunning local countryside. Nearby, set in the heart of the karst peaks are some exceptionally picturesque villages - including Fuli with its cobbled streets and traditional fanmaking - that can be reached by scenic boat trips or on rented bikes.

Evenings can be spent watching cormorant fishermen at work, or dining at local restaurants on the banks of the Yulong River. For the more active the area surrounding Guilin is ideal territory for extended cycling or trekking itineraries, allowing you to experience the beautiful minority areas beyond the standard tourist trail.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Guilin

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Guilin, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Guilin

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    Places near Guilin

    Photos of Guilin

    Accommodation choices for Guilin

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Guilin. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Deluxe room, Shangri-La, Guilin

      Shangri La

      First Class

      Guilin's newest hotel, The Shangri-La has an enviable location overlooking the River Li. The hotel is around a ten minute drive from the center of Guilin.

    Ideas for experiencing Guilin

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Guilin, and which use the best local guides.

    • Yangshuo, China.

      Li River Cruise

      Guilin

      Spend the morning on a leisurely cruise along the Li River, starting at Guilin and ending at the small town of Yangshuo. En route, the cruise passes through extraordinary scenery, with karst limestone pinnacles thrusting up from the bamboo-covered plains.