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[[Image:Diecaishan.jpg|thumb|350px|Looking down from Diecai Shan]]
'''Guilin''' [http://www.visitguilin.org/] (桂林; Guì​lín) is a city in [[North Guangxi]], [[China]]. Guilin is a scenic town and one of the best-known tourist destinations in China. There are many scenic places within short traveling distance of Guilin. These include [[Longsheng]] with its famous Longji rice terraces; the [[Li River]], a scene of which is printed on the back of [[Xingping|¥20 bank notes]]; [[Yangshuo]], a small county downstream from Guilin; and much more. This makes Guilin an excellent base for exploring the northern end of Guangxi Province.
Guilin itself is like most other medium size Chinese cities, other than that it has a large number of western-style hotels, tourists and is relatively free of air pollution. Many Chinese domestic tourists also flock to this area. What makes it special is its proximity to many picturesque limestone mountains and formations.
 
Avoid traveling during December-February if you can as the weather tends to be depressingly cold and rainy almost every day with a fog that obscures most views. January especially is the low season. Only a couple of boats operate the Li river cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo (no boats to Xingping) during this time.
==Understand==
[[Image:Diecaishan.jpg|thumb|350px|Looking down from Diecai Shan]]
Separated from the center of China and the Yangtze River basin by the Nan Mountains, Guangxi has always been distinct from the rest of China. The Han Chinese empire first expanded into Guangxi in the 2nd century BC. The Ling Canal was cut around the time, allowing small boats to transit from the Yangtze to the south flowing Xi River via the Xiang River.
[[Discount_airlines_in_Asia#Air_Asia|Air Asia]] provides flights to Guilin from [[Kuala Lumpur]] 4 times per week.
Airport bus to town is ¥20, but drops just south of the city centre center at the Aviation Hotel where you can find taxis waiting. From the airport, a Taxi should then be around ¥100 to most hotels in the city center. Request meter 'da biao' at the airport taxi rank and overall pricing to downtown hotels should be slightly less than 100 CNY. Many hotels arrange for a "shuttle" (in practice, a taxi). Also, be wary of hotels arranging 'free pick-ups' as some persistently try to sell tours during the journey. Travel time to the city centre center by taxi is roughly 40 minutes. The airport bus only leaves when full-ish so there may be a wait as the bus fills up.
Back to the airport, a hotel may arrange the trip for ¥80.
Another inexpensive way for a day-trip to scenic spots in the city area of Guilin is to get a driver for a whole or half day. Off-season a whole day is about ¥100, half is ¥50. Most hotels or hostels arrange this service, also telling the driver where you want to go if one is not capable of speaking Chinese.
===By Car:===
Hiring a private car is a good way to explore Guilin. A full day trip with driver is about CNY500-600 for Private Guilin Transport, including fuel fees. Make sure you specify exactly where you'd like to visit beforehand and ensure that all drivers/transportation don't simply take you to the various factories and tourist shops that pay drivers commissions.
===Nearby towns and villages===
* <see name="Daxu Town" alt="大圩镇" address="23 km southeast of Guilin, 1.5 hours by bus" directions="close to Crown Cave" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Ancient town at the east bank of the Li River dating back more than 1,000 years. The town is beautifully located close to the Millstone Hill and the Snail Hill. The heart of town is the 2 km long Bluestone St with many well preserved buildings. The town has lots of attractions dating back hundreds of years including the Gauzu Temple, The Hanhuang Temple, the assembly halls, the Longevity Bridge and the Seven Stars Tombs.</see>
*'''Karst topography ''' - Karst topography is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. It is characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves. It has also been documented for more weathering-resistant rocks, such as quartzite, given the right conditions. The Karst topography in Guilin is one of the largest in the world and thanks to the receding water from hundreds of millions of years ago, the gulf in Guilin bared hills made from limestone and dolomite rocks. As the hills protruded in the newly revealed landscape, rain, wind, and countless rivers develop the unique contours of the hills and the magnificent structures in the caves. All of these took 70 million years for nature to pull off. As acidic water slowly eats the bedrock by flowing to the fractures on the ground, these cracks became wider and allow more water to pass through them accelerating the formation of underground drainage creating caves and underground rivers. The Guilin Karst landscape is a classic example of large scale bedrock dissolution process, dissolving more bedrock than it eventually left out. This made the towering Karst hills possible.In fact the sharp, slender slopes made the Guilin site very unique from other Karst landscapes of the world. This explains the extensive underground structures – a lot of water was channeled from the hills to the ground creating enormous cave complexes. The scale of the hills and the huge number of interconnected caves and rivers made this area a wonderful place to just be amazed of the natural sites on your every turn. Two types of karst landscapes predominate in Guilin: fenglin or peak forest (isolated towers) and fengcong or peak cluster (linked-base towers). The two types may have evolved sequentially from peak forest to peak cluster, or they may have evolved simultaneously. Beiersdorfer described this landscape, which he saw during a recent visit to China: "China in general and the Guilin area specifically boasts some of the most spectacular karst topography in the world."  
===Itineraries===
* Ten days Magnificent Guilin/Longsheng/Yangshuo/Xingping [http://lifeislikethat.com/?p=1641] &mdash; A ten-day visit to 3 beautiful sisters of Guangxi, namely the eldest sister – Guilin, second sister – Yangshuo and the youngest sister – Xingping.
==Do==
===Guilin City===
[[image:LiRiver.jpg|thumb|250px|Li River]]
* <do name="Li River Cruise" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.lirivercruises.com/" hours="4h" price="¥400+ (luxury), ¥360(ordinary), ¥200 (bamboo)" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">The boats are frequent and easily organized by any hotel in Guilin, and also available online from lirivercruises.com or ctrip.com. Those, who are not scared by joining a Chinese speaking-only group, may buy the same kind of trip in any of plenty local travel agencies by approx. twice less (roughly ¥200-250, minor haggling helps). Most tourists will go from Guilin to [[Yangshuo]] (a very picturesque smaller town downstream of Guilin). The river winds through some truly spectacular limestone formations . The boat trip from Guilin to Yangshuo will take 4.5 hours, and a slow boat round trip there and back (with a stop in Yangshuo) will take a whole day. There used to be an option to take a small boat from Yangdi to Xingping for a shorter ride through the most striking section of the river, but this was stopped since April 2018. Concerning www.lirivercruise.net, the deposit you pay on the website is '''non-refundable''' and is considered as a pre-payment or deposit for the cruise you booked and free of charge of day change. </do>
* <do name="Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise" alt="" address="Binjiang Road" directions="" phone="+86 773 2831040, 2888805" hours="9AM-9:30PM every half hour" price="¥150 (¥130 off-season)" lat="" long="" fax="">A boat tour around the four lakes and two rivers of Guilin city. At night, the scenery is spectacularly flood lit. At the mid point in the tour, there will be a demonstration of traditional cormorant fishing. It is the best activity at night. Tours last about 90 minutes.</do>
===Budget===
* <eat name="Wada Central Bar @ Central Wada Hostel" alt="瓦当旅舍" , address="212 Huancheng Xiyi 3 Renmin Rd., Guilin, Guangxi, China 541002 541001(Chinese Address: 环城西一路212号next to Sheraton Hotel)" phone="0773 215 4888" url="http://www.wadahostel.com">This place has a great vibe attracting many foreigner travellers from around the world. Spacious outdoor lounge provides a great atmosphere to hang out all day long. The night comes alive with music and happy hour drinks with premium cocktails at 20-30Y each. Great Western/Chinese food options to choose from.</eat>
* '''Green Forest Hostel''', sign out front says Formerly known as How! Hostel, 110-125 South Zhongshan Rd, Southestern side of Nanmen, Bridge Guilin, China 543002 (Chinese address: 桂林市中山南路110-25号)
===Budget===
* <sleep name="Guilin Central Youth Hostel" alt="木犀旅舍" address="3 Renmin Rd/人民路3号(Across from the Sheraton Hotel)" directions="Taxi from train station is only ¥10. Be sure to have the address in Chinese written down for the driver. Free pickup is also readily available." phone="+86 773 2819936" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.guilinhostel.com" checkin="2PM" checkout="12PM" price="Spacious, clean rooms at ¥35 (¥55 high season) for 6 bed dorms with air conditioning. Private twin and double rooms at ¥120." lat="25.273568" long="110.298423"> The newest hostel in the city as of 2015 and ideally situated in the heart of the city center. Bright and fun atmosphere in the main lounge. Close proximity to all main tourist attractions(Li River, Solitary Beauty Peak, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill), large banks, popular bars, nightclub, gourmet cafes, bookstore, mall, and notable western restaurants such as McDonalds, KFC, and Pizza Hut. All essential services are included: Free internet/Wifi, international calling and Skype, Western style restaurant and fully licensed bar, tour packages(Bamboo raft to Yanshuo along the Li River and 1 day tours to the famous Longsheng Rice Terraces), bicycle rental, towel rental, heating, transportation services(ticket booking, airport pick-up & drop-off), common area, hot water, clean drinking water, laundry, storage room, and weekly events. Extremely well trained, competent and informative English speaking staff. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Wada Hostel" alt="瓦当旅舍" address="212 Huancheng Xiyi Rd (环城西一路 212号) directions="just a few minutes from Guilin train station and bus station - visit website for details. Free pickup service available" phone="+86 773 2154888" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.wada-hostelwadahostel.com" price="Dorms at ¥40/person. Private rooms at ¥130/room"> The most popular backpackers' youth hostel in Guilin(Hostelworld.com), they are a member of the YHA China, HI, IYHF. Very knowledgeable English speaking staff. Amenities include free internet/WIFI access, International calling/Skype, great tour packages to Yangshuo/Longsheng rice terraces, transportation booking for bus/train/air, western restaurant and licensed bar, heating, BBQ, lounge, laundry, pool table, TV/movie room, reading room, video game room with Nintendo Wii, board game room, drinking water station, karaoke, outdoor patio, storage room, bicycle and boat rental. Directly across from a botanical garden, mall, movie theatre, and amusement park.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Breeze Inn" alt="" address="South Zhongshan Rd" directions="30 metres off Zhongshan Rd, the main street in town" phone="+86 773 3558868" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.breezeinn.cn/gl00.html" price="Dormitory ¥30, twins ¥80, discounts for YHIF members, double prices during Chinese holidays">Quiet, free from disturbing traffic noise. They also have a branch in Yangshuo.</sleep>
*<sleep name="This Old Place Youth Hostel" alt="" address="No.2, Yiwu Road Guilin, Guangxi 541001 China" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.guilinhostel.net/" checkin="14:00PM" checkout="12:00AM" price="From 100 RMB" lat="" long="">As one of the most unique hostels in Guilin, This Old Place will surely provide a memorable experience for your stay in Guilin. Centrally located near the Main Train Station, Guilin Bus Station (Yangshuo), Guilin North Train Station and Guilin West Train Station, This Old Place is easy to reach from anywhere. Only 15 minutes from the city center. Here makes everything easy and possible.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Murphy Youth Hostel Guilin" alt=""address=""'''林莫非青年旅舍 Intersection of Taihe Road & Guangfa Road, Bali Street, Guilin, Diecai, Guilin, 541213, China - 桂林市八里街泰和路和广发路的交叉路口(桂林火车北站往北500米), 叠彩, (桂林, 541213)tel: +8617777306079 email:[email protected]
 
* <sleep name="Murphy Youth Hostel Guilin" alt=林莫非青年旅舍 Intersection of Taihe Road & Guangfa Road, Bali Street, Guilin, Diecai, Guilin, 541213, China - 桂林市八里街泰和路和广发路的交叉路口(桂林火车北站往北500米), 叠彩, (桂林, 541213)tel: +8617777306079 email:[email protected]
===Mid-range===
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