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'''Guilin''' [http://www.guilintourist.com/] (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''' [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 is a beautiful city. The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes and studded with sheer sided karst mountains. Outside the city center, the buildings are less well kept. The main industry in the city is tourism so the city is much cleaner than other Chinese cities.
 
Guilin is a beautiful city. The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes and studded with sheer sided karst mountains. Outside the city center, the buildings are less well kept. The main industry in the city is tourism so the city is much cleaner than other Chinese cities.
  
 
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.
 
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==
 
==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.
 
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.
  
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[[Discount_airlines_in_Asia#Air_Asia|Air Asia]] provides flights to Guilin from [[Kuala Lumpur]] 4 times per week.
 
[[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 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 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.  
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Airport bus to town is ¥20, but drops just south of the city centre 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 (taxi drivers refuse to go by meter, which would be significantly cheaper). 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 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.
 
Back to the airport, a hotel may arrange the trip for ¥80.
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*'''From [[Hong Kong]] via [[Guangzhou]]''' — It is relatively easy to book a train ticket to either Shenzhen or Guangzhou on MTR, however note that if going to Guangzhou there are two stations in this city, the MTR trains terminate in Guangzhou Station and the domestic trains depart from the other East Station, which is on the other side of the city and a fairly long metro ride (English is on the Metro ticket machine). There is a metro entrance in the train station when you arrive in Guangzhou, and it is a bit of a pain to find, just look for the stairs going down in a corner of the station. And then follow the text above.
 
*'''From [[Hong Kong]] via [[Guangzhou]]''' — It is relatively easy to book a train ticket to either Shenzhen or Guangzhou on MTR, however note that if going to Guangzhou there are two stations in this city, the MTR trains terminate in Guangzhou Station and the domestic trains depart from the other East Station, which is on the other side of the city and a fairly long metro ride (English is on the Metro ticket machine). There is a metro entrance in the train station when you arrive in Guangzhou, and it is a bit of a pain to find, just look for the stairs going down in a corner of the station. And then follow the text above.
  
*'''From [[Kunming]]''' — There are 3 D trains between Kunming and Guilin: D3942 (07:38/15:35), D3944 (11:02/18:42), D3946 (15:25/22:49). The fare of second class ticket is ¥373.5. The conventional train T382 departs Kunming at 21:15, and arrive in Guilin at 15:19 in the following day. The fare of hard sleeper class is ¥261.5.
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*'''From [[Kunming]]''' — There are 3 D trains between Kunming and Guilin. D3942 (07:38/15:35), D3944 (11:02/18:42), D3946 (15:25/22:49). The fare of second class ticket is ¥373.5. The conventional train T382 departs Kunming at 21:15, and arrive in Guilin at 15:19 in the following day. The fare of hard sleeper class is ¥261.5.
  
*'''From [[Xi'an]]''' — D trains began to run between Xian and Guilin in early 2018, which takes nearly 11 hours. The fare of second class ticket is ¥544.5. The conventional train K318 is still in operation, which departs Xi'an at 19:07, and arrives at 21:18+1, 26 hours later. The fare for hard sleeper class is ¥343 per ticket (hard seat ¥201). The train's final stop is Nanning.
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*'''From [[Xi'an]]''' — D train began to run between Xian and Guilin in early 2018, which takes nearly 11 hours. The fare of second class ticket is ¥544.5. The conventional train K318 is still in operation, which departs Xi'an at 19:07, and arrives at 21:18+1, 26 hours later. The fare for hard sleeper class is ¥343 per ticket (hard seat ¥201). The train's final stop is Nanning.
  
*'''From [[Nanning]]''' — There are many high speed trains (under 3 hours) and a few conventional trains (4-6 hours). It is very convenient to travel between the two cities. One way second-class ticket of high speed train costs ¥108.
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*'''From [[Nanning]]''' — There are around ten trains to choose from if coming from Nanning (5 to 6 hours; high speed train takes 2h39min). From Guilin (not Guilin Bei) to Nanning, trains depart at 12:13AM (train from Xian), 6:22AM (from Nanchang), 7:48AM, 8:09AM (train from Zhengzhou), 8:26AM, 8:52AM (train to Kunming), 2:36PM (train from Beijing), 4:13PM (from Wuxi), 4:05PM, 7PM (from Shanghai to Kunming). The fastest train is the 8:20AM, taking less than 3 hours. One way hard seat ticket cost ¥65. Train tickets from Guilin to Nanning sell out fast so should be booked at least two or three days in advance.
  
*'''From [[Chengdu]]''' — Since January of 2018, D trains have been launched between Chengdu and Guilin. Currently there are 8 departures a day. More will be added in the near future. The travel time via high speed rail varies from train to train, around 7 hours. The original train K652 is not in operation anymore. The fare of second class ticket is ¥315.5.
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*'''From [[Chengdu]]''' — There is one train per day from Chengdu, the K652.  It departs Chengdu at 3:15PM and arrives 25 hours later. Cost is about ¥230.
  
 
Once you get out of the train station, you will be approached by cab drivers/other drivers alike. While their cab meters are trustworthy, they might use a few tricks to cheat you out of some RMB, for example, aggressively pushing tours or adding false charges to the tab.
 
Once you get out of the train station, you will be approached by cab drivers/other drivers alike. While their cab meters are trustworthy, they might use a few tricks to cheat you out of some RMB, for example, aggressively pushing tours or adding false charges to the tab.
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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.
 
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===
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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.
 
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.
  
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* <see name="Yaoshan Hill Park" alt="尧山; Yáoshān" address="Jingjiang Rd" directions="several km east of the city center, bus 10 and 98 run nearby but still leave a lengthy walk" phone="+86 773 5864592" email="" fax="" url="http://www.glyaoshan.com/" hours="" price="&yen;95">This is a large country park which encompasses the highest peak in the area. Foot paths run to the summit, however the chair lift provides an effortless way to attain the top and enjoy the scenery. There are extensive views of the surrounding area from the summit. There is a wheeled toboggan run down part of the mountain for additional ¥45. To access this, dismount the chairlift at the station half way down the mountain. A taxi to and from the park will cost about ¥25 each way. If you plan to do this, alert the staff at the ground station so personnel at the midway station can help you get off. There is a Ming Dynasty Mausoleum nearby as well. The park is not listed on any of the tourist maps so you may get some looks on asking where it is.</see>
 
* <see name="Yaoshan Hill Park" alt="尧山; Yáoshān" address="Jingjiang Rd" directions="several km east of the city center, bus 10 and 98 run nearby but still leave a lengthy walk" phone="+86 773 5864592" email="" fax="" url="http://www.glyaoshan.com/" hours="" price="&yen;95">This is a large country park which encompasses the highest peak in the area. Foot paths run to the summit, however the chair lift provides an effortless way to attain the top and enjoy the scenery. There are extensive views of the surrounding area from the summit. There is a wheeled toboggan run down part of the mountain for additional ¥45. To access this, dismount the chairlift at the station half way down the mountain. A taxi to and from the park will cost about ¥25 each way. If you plan to do this, alert the staff at the ground station so personnel at the midway station can help you get off. There is a Ming Dynasty Mausoleum nearby as well. The park is not listed on any of the tourist maps so you may get some looks on asking where it is.</see>
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* <see name="Feng Yu Yan" alt="丰鱼岩" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Feng Yuyan due to river where oil abundance of fish named, known as " one through nine, Miao Jing must the world " reputation, known as "Asia's first hole".</see>
 
* <see name="Feng Yu Yan" alt="丰鱼岩" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Feng Yuyan due to river where oil abundance of fish named, known as " one through nine, Miao Jing must the world " reputation, known as "Asia's first hole".</see>
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===Nearby towns and villages===
 
===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>
 
* <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.
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Karst topography
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."
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      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.
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    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.
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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.
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      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."
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===Itineraries===
 
===Itineraries===
  
* Ten days Magnificent Guilin/Longsheng/Yangshuo/Xingping &mdash; A ten-day visit to 3 beautiful sisters of Guangxi, namely the eldest sister – Guilin, second sister – Yangshuo and the youngest sister – Xingping.
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* 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==
 
==Do==
 
===Guilin City===
 
===Guilin City===
 
[[image:LiRiver.jpg|thumb|250px|Li River]]
 
[[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="bookings@lirivercruises.com" 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 round trip (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>
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* <do name="Li River Cruise" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.lirivercruise.net/" hours="4h" price="¥400+ (luxury), ¥360(ordinary), ¥200 (bamboo)" lat="" long="" email="info@lirivercruise.net" fax="">The boats are frequent and easily organized by any hotel in Guilin, and also available online from lirivercruise.net 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 and a slow boat trip there and back (with a stop in Yangshuo) will take a whole day. 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>
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* <do name="Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise" alt="" address="Binjiang Road" directions="" phone="+86 773 2831040, 2888805" url="http://www.tworiversfourlakes.com" 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>
  
 
* <do name="Dreaming on Li River Show" alt="夢幻漓江秀; Mèng​huàn Lí​jiāng Xiù" address="95 Qixing Rd (七星路95号; Qī​xīnglù)" directions="" phone="+86 773 2851279" url="" hours="8PM" price="&yen;150" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A theatrical dance and music performance daily. The show tries to recreate the culture of the various ethnic groups around Guilin.</do>
 
* <do name="Dreaming on Li River Show" alt="夢幻漓江秀; Mèng​huàn Lí​jiāng Xiù" address="95 Qixing Rd (七星路95号; Qī​xīnglù)" directions="" phone="+86 773 2851279" url="" hours="8PM" price="&yen;150" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A theatrical dance and music performance daily. The show tries to recreate the culture of the various ethnic groups around Guilin.</do>
  
* <do name="Guilin Cycling Tours" alt="" address="40 Sanduo Road" phone="+86 773 3810665" url="https://www.guilincyclingtours.com/" hours="" price= "from &yen;300" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+86 773 3810333"> ​​Guilin Cycling Tours is the 2017-2018 Certificate of Excellence winner of Tripadvisor, specializing in the active tours like cycling/hiking in Guilin and surrounding areas. If you want to enjoy the real beauty of the landscape with an in-depth travel experience in Guiln, this is the choice.</do>
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* <do name="Guilin Cycling Tours" alt="" address="40 Sanduo Road" phone="+86 773 3810665" url="https://www.guilincyclingtours.com/" hours="" price= "from &yen;300" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+86 773 3810333"> ​​Guilin Cycling Tours is the 2017 Certificate of Excellence winner of Tripadvisor, specializing in the active tours like cycling/hiking in Guilin and surrounding areas. If you want to enjoy the real beauty of the landscape with an in-depth travel experience in Guiln, this is the choice.</do>
  
 
* <do name="Guilin Food tour" alt="尋味之旅; Xuen Wei Zhi Lu" address="" "phone="+86 1557 836 0184" url="http://www.tastechinatours.com" hours="" price= "from &yen;299" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""> ​​Taste China Tours offers small group, personalized food tours stopping at delicious vendors, restaurants and shops throughout Guilin. Eat your way off-the-beaten track and experience some of Guilin’s famous and unique local cuisine. Good for people that want to escape the tourist crowds and go local to experience true guangxi cuisine. Tour takes 3+ hours with english speaking guide. </do>
 
* <do name="Guilin Food tour" alt="尋味之旅; Xuen Wei Zhi Lu" address="" "phone="+86 1557 836 0184" url="http://www.tastechinatours.com" hours="" price= "from &yen;299" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""> ​​Taste China Tours offers small group, personalized food tours stopping at delicious vendors, restaurants and shops throughout Guilin. Eat your way off-the-beaten track and experience some of Guilin’s famous and unique local cuisine. Good for people that want to escape the tourist crowds and go local to experience true guangxi cuisine. Tour takes 3+ hours with english speaking guide. </do>
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
* <eat name="Central [email protected] Central Wada Hostel" alt="瓦当旅舍" , address="3 Renmin Rd., Guilin, Guangxi, China 541001(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>
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* <eat name="Wada Bar @ Wada Hostel" alt="瓦当旅舍" , address="212 Huancheng Xiyi Rd, Guilin, Guangxi, China 541002 (Chinese Address: 环城西一路212号)" 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)
 
* '''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)
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===Bars===
 
===Bars===
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*<drink name="100 C (Baidu Jiu Bah)" alt="" address="Binjiang Road" directions="near sheraton hotel" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Very good bar with great music.</drink>
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*<drink name="Muse Nightclub" alt="" address="Walking Street close to the Waterfall Hotel " directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Guilin's newest and biggest nightclub. Usually very busy most nights attracting people of all ages. Often there are Russian dancers performing in various different types of attire. </drink>
 
*<drink name="Muse Nightclub" alt="" address="Walking Street close to the Waterfall Hotel " directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Guilin's newest and biggest nightclub. Usually very busy most nights attracting people of all ages. Often there are Russian dancers performing in various different types of attire. </drink>
  
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Guilin is a tourism city. There are many hotels, more than 30 five-star hotels, 100 four-star hotels, and 200 three-star hotels.
 
Guilin is a tourism city. There are many hotels, more than 30 five-star hotels, 100 four-star hotels, and 200 three-star hotels.
  
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*<sleep name="Gui Lin Yi Royal Palace" alt="" address="No.117 West Ring Road" directions="" phone=" +86 7732586888" url="http://www.guilinyi.com/" checkin="12:00 PM - 6:00 PM" checkout="Until 12:00 PM" price="CNY 500 - 1400" lat="" long="">Located in Guilin central park--- the botanical garden, Guilin Yi Royal Palace(Guilinyi) is a garden landscape view hotel covering an area of 120,000 square meters. This hotel is well provided with pleasant environment no matter inside or outside it. Moreover, it is close to 101 pleasure ground and TOO Commercial Plaza, the biggest recreational and commercial district in Guilin, about 5-minute drive from the railway station and the bus station as well as 30 minutes from Liangjiang International Airport. It is pretty convenient for dining, shopping, sightseeing and traffic.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="his 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>
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*<sleep name="Aroma Tea House" alt="桂林榕湖静观茗楼度假酒店" address="9 Ronghu South Road Guilin, Guangxi 541001 China" directions="" phone="+867732283265" url="http://www.aroma-tea-house.com/" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="" lat="" long="">Aroma Tea House is located in the historical district once owned by a famous governor who escaped to Taiwan yet exiled again back to mainland. This hotel was once his residence, then it was renovated into a respectable tea house that offered a superb selection of teas and herbs to local administrators. We renovated the hotel accordingly to its location and history to encapsulate its glorious past days and offer a diverse selections of Chinese traditional artworks, calligraphy, tea sets, pottery, and furniture. These facilities are all carefully treated and restored by the owner of the hotel, who has turned the hotel into a museum as well as a comfortable and versatile hotel.</sleep>
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
* <sleep name="Guilin Central 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.wadahostel.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>
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* <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>
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* <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-hostel.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="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>
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*<sleep name="Mingcheng Hotel" alt="" address="No. 4 Zhengyang Road, Xiufeng District" directions="" phone="86-773-2882008" url="http://www.mingchenghotel-guilin.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="CNY 180++" lat="" long="">It offers air-conditioned rooms, all of which have cable TV, refrigerator, telephone, and hair dryer. Some of its amenities include business facilities, free transportation, and a 24-hour front desk and security. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Yulong River, Reed Flute Cave, and Seven Star Park.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Mingcheng Hotel" alt="" address="No. 4 Zhengyang Road, Xiufeng District" directions="" phone="86-773-2882008" url="http://www.mingchenghotel-guilin.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="CNY 180++" lat="" long="">It offers air-conditioned rooms, all of which have cable TV, refrigerator, telephone, and hair dryer. Some of its amenities include business facilities, free transportation, and a 24-hour front desk and security. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Yulong River, Reed Flute Cave, and Seven Star Park.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Ming Palace Hostel" alt="" address="10 DongHua Street (东华路10号), Xiufeng District" directions="" phone="+86 773 283 6888" url="http://www.mingchenghotel-guilin.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="35 CNY + (dorms)" lat="" long="">There are a couple of buses passing nearby (No. 10), just 3 or 4 stops from the bus station. A relative newcomer, this hostel has learned from Guilin's best to give special attention to its guests. For example a padlock is provided for your dorm room locker. Also, webcams present on the 2 lobby computers. Close promixity to walking street of bars and the Li River.Friendly and knowledgeable staff, including Betty, who deals with internet reservations. Drinks and food served in cafe bar. Usual tours offered. Dorms from 35 yuan (February 2013)..</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]
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Ming Palace Hostel, Dong Hua street (near Ming Gate from pedestrian street)
  
* <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].com
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There are a couple of buses passing nearby (No. 10), just 3 or 4 stops from the bus station. A relative newcomer, this hostel has learned from Guilin's best to give special attention to its guests. For example a padlock is provided for your dorm room locker. Also, webcams present on the 2 lobby computers. Close promixity to walking street of bars and the Li River.Friendly and knowledgeable staff, including Betty, who deals with internet reservations. Drinks and food served in cafe bar. Usual tours offered. Dorms from 35 yuan (February 2013).
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
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* <sleep name="Guilin Golden Elephant Hotel" alt="" address="No. 36 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin, Guangxi, China" directions="Located opposite the famous Elephant Trunk Hill, by the Li River" phone="+86 773 2808888" fax="+86-773-2805903" url="http://www.guilingoldenelephanthotel.com"> 73 rooms with basic amenities and a  location in the heart of the Xiangshan District. </sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Guilin Golden Elephant Hotel" alt="" address="No. 36 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin, Guangxi, China" directions="Located opposite the famous Elephant Trunk Hill, by the Li River" phone="+86 773 2808888" fax="+86-773-2805903" url="http://www.guilingoldenelephanthotel.com"> 73 rooms with basic amenities and a  location in the heart of the Xiangshan District. </sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Aroma Tea House" alt="桂林榕湖静观茗楼度假酒店" address="9 Ronghu South Road Guilin, Guangxi 541001 China" directions="" phone="+867732283265" url="http://www.aroma-tea-house.com/" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="" lat="" long="">Aroma Tea House is located in the historical district once owned by a famous governor who escaped to Taiwan yet exiled again back to mainland. This hotel was once his residence, then it was renovated into a respectable tea house that offered a superb selection of teas and herbs to local administrators. We renovated the hotel accordingly to its location and history to encapsulate its glorious past days and offer a diverse selections of Chinese traditional artworks, calligraphy, tea sets, pottery, and furniture. These facilities are all carefully treated and restored by the owner of the hotel, who has turned the hotel into a museum as well as a comfortable and versatile hotel.</sleep>
 
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
 
*<sleep name="Gui Lin Yi Royal Palace" alt="" address="No.117 West Ring Road" directions="" phone=" +86 7732586888" url="http://www.guilinyi.com/" checkin="12:00 PM - 6:00 PM" checkout="Until 12:00 PM" price="CNY 500 - 1400" lat="" long="">Located in Guilin central park--- the botanical garden, Guilin Yi Royal Palace(Guilinyi) is a garden landscape view hotel covering an area of 120,000 square meters. This hotel is well provided with pleasant environment no matter inside or outside it. Moreover, it is close to 101 pleasure ground and TOO Commercial Plaza, the biggest recreational and commercial district in Guilin, about 5-minute drive from the railway station and the bus station as well as 30 minutes from Liangjiang International Airport. It is pretty convenient for dining, shopping, sightseeing and traffic.</sleep>
 
 
 
* <sleep name="Eva Inn" alt="" address="66 Binjiang Rd, Xiufeng District" directions="in front of Sheraton" phone="86-773-2830666" url="http://www.evainnguilin.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" rates="rates" start="start" at="at">Looks out over Li River and Elephant Trunk Hill. It has 113 rooms and a gourmet restaurant with terrace dining. Ask for discounts.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Eva Inn" alt="" address="66 Binjiang Rd, Xiufeng District" directions="in front of Sheraton" phone="86-773-2830666" url="http://www.evainnguilin.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" rates="rates" start="start" at="at">Looks out over Li River and Elephant Trunk Hill. It has 113 rooms and a gourmet restaurant with terrace dining. Ask for discounts.</sleep>
  
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* <sleep name="Sheraton Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sheraton.com/guilin" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good location on the river, 2 minutes walk to main pedestrian area, 3 minutes to the Sun and Moon pagodas and 5 minutes to Elephant Trunk Hill park.  Popular with westerners and probably the best western breakfast buffet you'll find in Guilin.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Sheraton Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sheraton.com/guilin" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good location on the river, 2 minutes walk to main pedestrian area, 3 minutes to the Sun and Moon pagodas and 5 minutes to Elephant Trunk Hill park.  Popular with westerners and probably the best western breakfast buffet you'll find in Guilin.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Club Med Guilin (formerly HOMA Chateau)" alt="" address="Yuzi Paradise, DaBu Town, Yanshan district" directions="Approx 45 minutes drive from the city center" phone="+86 773 2255000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.clubmed.com/cm/resort-guilin-china_p-14-l-AE-v-GUIC-ac-vh.html/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">This hotel is set inside '''Yuzi Paradise''' [http://www.yuzile.com/], a park full of stunning modern art in a remote rural location. Please note, Club Med is located between Guilin and Yangshuo in a place called Yanshan. Be aware of this before visiting as you will not be staying in Guilin or Yangshuo</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Club Med Guilin (formerly HOMA Chateau)" alt="" address="Yuzi Paradise, DaBu Town, Yanshan district" directions="Approx 30 minutes drive from the city center" phone="+86 773 2255000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.clubmed.com/cm/resort-guilin-china_p-14-l-AE-v-GUIC-ac-vh.html/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">This hotel is set inside '''Yuzi Paradise''' [http://www.yuzile.com/], a park full of stunning modern art in a remote rural location.</sleep>
  
 
* <sleep name="Guilin Merryland World Resort" alt="" address="" directions="About 1 hours drive north of Guilin" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.merry-land.com.cn/default_en.jsp" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The resort offers two types of accommodation: 5 Star Hotel, or Forrest Village.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Guilin Merryland World Resort" alt="" address="" directions="About 1 hours drive north of Guilin" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.merry-land.com.cn/default_en.jsp" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The resort offers two types of accommodation: 5 Star Hotel, or Forrest Village.</sleep>
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* Watch your valuables very closely in the central city, (money belt) as in many tourist locations [[pickpockets| pickpocketing]] is a common occurrence. The bus station is the most dangerous place in the city. Keep on guard when boarding and disembarking your bus! Never carry your wallet in your pocket! Organized gangs of pickpockets operate in this area and they will focus on you if you are of non-East Asian decent.
 
* Watch your valuables very closely in the central city, (money belt) as in many tourist locations [[pickpockets| pickpocketing]] is a common occurrence. The bus station is the most dangerous place in the city. Keep on guard when boarding and disembarking your bus! Never carry your wallet in your pocket! Organized gangs of pickpockets operate in this area and they will focus on you if you are of non-East Asian decent.
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* Also, be careful with the begging children in the city parks as there are rumours of them claiming assault if you do not buy flowers from them. The parents apparently act as "witnesses" to the assault.
  
 
==Cope==
 
==Cope==

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