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Top Things to Do in Guilin

The old Chinese saying goes, "Guilin's mountain and water scenery is the best under heaven." Guilin has the most famous karst topography in the world, with limpid rivers and lakes, verdant hills, grotesque rocks, and mysterious caves. Touring Guilin and the surrounding towns of Yangshuo and Longsheng is all about scenery and leisure, such as cruising along the Li River, pedaling in the countryside, and visiting minority villages.

China Highlights has listed for you the following top things to do in Guilin. 

Li River Cruise

cruising on the Li River

The 83-kilometer-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is like an artist's masterpiece. A cruise along this ink-painting-like river is an unforgettable experience. It is the must-see attraction in Guilin, which is included on almost every travel itinerary. During the cruise travelers will see karst mountains, traditional villages, bamboo groves, and local farmers working in the fields. Read more on Li River Cruise

Li River Hiking

Li River hiking

The stretch from Yangdi to Xingping offers a great opportunity to see the gorgeous Li River scenery and the life of the farmers who live by the river. The hiking route takes about 4-5 hours to walk. Read details on Li River Hiking

Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave is a fascinating gallery of natural sculpture. It is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. It is the best among all the caves in and around Guilin. Visit to the cave takes about 4 hours.

City Central Lake Area

The Two Rivers and Four Lakes Water System

The Two Rivers and Four Lakes Water System forms a continuous picturesque waterway through the center of Guilin City. The sight is especially pretty at night with the colorful lighting. There are two ways to visit the two rivers and four lakes - one is to take walk around the lakes, and the other is to take a cruise boat. 

Yangshuo Bamboo Rafting

Yangshuo bamboo rafting

The Yulong River, a small tributary of the Li River only has bamboo rafts to ferry passengers down the river. It is a most relaxing experience to recline on a bamboo chair of the raft and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

Yangshuo Countryside Cycling

Yangshuo countryside cycling

Biking leisurely through the rice paddies, fruit orchards, karst hills, and tranquil villages gives you a fascinating insight into the rural life in China. You may also visit one or two of the local farmers' houses.

Nightlife on West Street

Yangshuo West Street

At Yangshuo's famous West Street, you can simply relax yourself in one of the bars or cafes, or do some souvenir shopping at the numerous stands. At the West Street, you will never get bored.

Longji Rice Terraces and Minority Villages

Longji Terraced Fields

Longji's rice terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind round the contours in tiered bands. The ethnic minority villages are also worth exploring.

Watch Impression Liu Sanjie

Impression Liu Sanjie

The Impression of Third Sister Liu' is a spectacular nighttime show with colorful lights, music and folk songs, all staged on the Li River. It is one of the creations of famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

Eat Guilin Rice Noodle

rice noodles

Rice noodles is the most popular local snack in Guilin, and local people also consume it as breakfast, lunch or dinner. Guilin rice noodles can probably be found within 100m of any town or city corner.