Guilin's idyllic scenery draws millions of tourists from near and far every year. The primary industry of Guilin is tourism, so travelers feel well-catered-for and immediately relaxed in this small and quiet, but hugely popular city.
It is never far to the next colorfully named karst hills or charming vista. You will find a paradise to relax in and colorful minority culture to enjoy.
Guilin is a popular destination for second trip to China. Continue to read other popular second trip destinations in China.
Covering an area of 28,000 square km (11,000 square miles),Guilin Prefecture is in northeast Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, South China. See Guilin Maps. Guilin is a small city by Chinese standards, with about 700,000 people, about 500 km (300 mi) northwest of Hong Kong, one hour away by air.
Guilin is in a subtropical (bordering temperate) monsoon zone with a warm and moist climate. See Guilin Weather. Altitude ranges from about 100 meters in the lower reaches of the Li River to 2,141 meters at Kitten Mountain, the tallest peak in South China and source of the beautiful Li River. The Li River flows through Guilin from north to south. Guilin's downtown lies on the west bank of the Li.
See How to Plan a Day in Guilin for some typical ways to combine Guilin’s best sights.
The beauty of Guilin scenery has been consistently eulogized and painted for centuries, but not all photographers are aware of the difficulty of taking photographs of it. As a center for tourism, Guilin’s sights are well documented. However little information is available for photographers. Check out Guilin Photography Tips: Where and When to Photograph Guilin.
Guilin is a popular destination for natural landscapes. Now it's 72-hour (3-day) visa-free transit for 51 countries, and 144-hour (6-day) visa-free for 10 ASEAN countries. You can stay here for a short visit before heading to a third destination. Read more about Guilin visa-free travel to get some ideas for visa-free travel in Guilin.
Guilin was named after the fragrance of the osmanthus tree (Gui means osmanthus and lin means forest). Its earliest recorded inhabitants lived in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). Guilin prospered and flourished during the Tang (618–907), Song (960–1279), Ming (1368–1644), and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties under patronage from successive emperors. It is currently home to 12 ethnic minorities.