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 on to get some ideas for visa-free travel in Guilin.
Following Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Dalian, Shenyang, and Xi'an, Guilin is the next 3-day (72-hour) visa-free city. Travelers from 51 countries with an onward flight from Guilin to the third country/region are able to benefit from this policy. At the end of this article are the requirements for and FAQs about the Guilin 72-hour visa-free policy.
51 countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
See Visa-Free Travel in China for more on the requirements and other cities you can visit visa-free.
Hotels You May Stay In:
|Sheraton Guilin Hotel||Gold Dragon Ball Hotel|
|Royal Garden Hotel||Green Lotus Hotel|
|Lijiang Waterfall Hotel||Longsheng Hot Spring Resort|
|Guilin Grand Link Hotel||Yangshuo Tangrenjie Hotel|
|Guilin Bravo Hotel||Guifu Hotel Yangshuo|
|Guilin Park Hotel||New Century Hotel|
|Guilin Plaza Hotel||Shengyuan Hotel|
|Ronghu Hotel||Gongcheng Qianjun International Hotel|
|Guilin Jin-Tone Hotel||Xing’an Dihao Hotel|
Guilin now offers 6-day (144-hour) visa-free transit to ten ASEAN countries. Passports holders from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines can enjoy the new visa-free transit policy.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Malaysia)
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand)
Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore)
Seoul-Incheon International Airport (Korea)
Osaka Kansai International Airport (Japan)
Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong)
Taipei-Taoyuan International Airport (Taiwan)
Kaohsiung International Airport (Taiwan)
Guilin's top attractions are all accessible with this policy: the Li River, Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Crown Cave, Gudong Waterfall, Yangshuo, the Longji Terrace Fields, Merryland, etc. Just don't go outside Guilin Prefecture to e.g. the Sanjiang Dong Minority area (in Liuzhou Prefecture).
Guilin city has so many things to see in the daytime, but also at night. Many parks in the city area offer great natural scenery throughout the year, such as Elephant Hill Park.
Climbing to Solitary Beauty Peak, you can have a bird's eye view of Guilin city. It is physically challenging, and takes about 40 minutes.
It is much quieter at night. The night views of Guilin city are breathtaking. Decorated by colorful lights, the lakes look more fantastic. Strolling by the lakes and taking a Two Rivers Four Lakes cruise are good ideas. The cruise is about 1 hour.
At night, shopping on Zhengyang Pedestrian Street for some souvenirs and enjoying a cup of coffee in a cafe by the Li River are also poetic.
There are many ancient towns in the suburbs of Guilin, among which Daxu Ancient Town and Huangyao Ancient Town are the most popular ones.
Daxu Ancient Town is about 1 hour’s drive from the city center. It remains old in appearance and quiet. The buildings in the town are old-fashioned with gray roofs and white walls. Situated on the bank of the river, the natural scenery there is also excellent. You can visit the local residents’ houses to see their antique decorations.
Huangyao Ancient Town is a little different from Daxu Ancient Town. It has a history of more than 1,000 years. The yellow-bricks and gray-tiled houses, located between the river and trees in the town, look classic. It is the set of the famous film The Painted Veil.
It is a good idea to have a one-day trip to Yangshuo. Get up early in the morning and have a 1½ hour’s drive from the city center. alternatively cruising the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo is a top thing to do.
At about 2pm, you can have a ride in the countryside of Yangshuo or go bamboo rafting on the Yulong River. Along the biking route, you can see the Yulong River and miriads of mountains. It is popular with most tourists. The countryside turns into different colors depending on the season. Capture the beautiful countryside scenery in your camera! Bamboo rafting is a great outdoor activity in summer, and it takes about 3 hours.
Different from Guilin city, the downtown of Yangshuo becomes busy at night, especially West Street. You can stroll around the street and buy some special souvenirs, or find a quiet cafe to have a cup of coffee.
The night performance on the Li River is stunning! Decorated by the colorful lights, the performers wearing ethnic costumes deliver you a magnificent night performance on the Li River in front of the mountains. The Impression of Liu Sanjie tells a traditional Zhuang ethnic story. This performance has received high praise from tourists.
Located about 1½ hours’ drive from Guilin city, is one of the must-visit places in Guilin. Hiking at Longji Terraced Fields in different seasons, you can see different colors. You can not only appreciate the stunning natural scenery, but also visit the ancient houses with a history of more than a hundred years.
China Highlights can take you to experience local food in a local farmer’s house. And you can have a unique experience of plowing in the fields. It is a good way to experience traditional local life.
Most tourists chose to stay in Guilin City for one day and spend the rest of the time in Yangshuo. It is more relaxing than having a hike in Longji Terraced Fields.
For tourists who want to relax but also adventure, it is suitable to plan a one day tour in Guilin City with a one day hiking tour at Longji Terraced Fields.
1. One Day in Guilin City, One Day in Yangshuo, and One Day in Longji
If you have enough time in Guillin, you can explore the three most attractive places in three days.
2. One Day in Huangyao or Daxu Ancient Town, One Day in Yangshuo, and One Day in Longji
3. One Day in Yangshuo or Longji, and Two Days in Sanjiang Dong Minority Village
If you are interested in staying in Guilin for a visa-free tour, please see our most popular Guilin tours below for inspiration:
Or contact us to design a tour according to your requirements. We will pick you up at Guilin Liangjiang Airport and drive you to your hotel.
1. How does it work? Do I need to submit an application to the Embassy?
2. Does a travel agent apply for the visa-free access, or do I have to do so personally?
3. What travel agent can I travel with? Does it have to be a Chinese one, or can we book with e.g. Thomson?
4. Is the 72-hour limit in the "72-Hour Transit Visa Exemption" calculated starting from the flight arrival time in Guilin?
5. Can I leave Guilin for another city in China which is also 72-hour visa-free during the 72-hour-transit visa exemption period?
6. What should I do if I cannot leave China within the 72 hours due to some unforeseeable circumstance?
7. If I buy something taxable in Guilin, do I still need to pay goods taxes at the customs check?