Top 12 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. 

Cruise the Li River

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. Read more on Li River Cruises.

Cycle in Rural Yangshuo

Yangshuo countryside cycling

Biking leisurely by the rice paddies, fruit orchards, karst hills, and tranquil villages gives you a fascinating insight into China's rural lif. You may also visit the local farmers' houses.

Enjoy Ethnic Rice Terraces

Enjoy Ethnic Rice Terraces

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.

Hike Along the Li River

Li River hiking

The stretch from Xingping to Nine Horse Hill offers a great opportunity to see the gorgeous Li River scenery and the life of riverside farmers. The hiking route takes about 1 hour.

Discover 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.

Walk/Cruise the City Lakes

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. 

Go Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo

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.

Sample Nightlife on West Street

Yangshuo West Street

Yangshuo's famous West Street is said to be a street having the most foreigners visited in China. 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.

Watch the River Night Show

Impression Liu Sanjie

The Impression of Third Sister Liu (Impression Liu Sanjie) is a spectacular nighttime show with colorful lights, music, and folk songs, all staged on the Li River.

Eat Guilin Rice Noodles

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.

Learn Traditional Chinese Culture

Learn Traditional Chinese Culture

Yangshuo has a variety of traditional Chinese classes, such as a Chinese calligraphy and painting Class, a Chinese Taichi Class, and a Chinese cookery Class. These classes offer a good opportunity for you to learn about a different culture.

Try Some Local Activities

Try Some Local Activities

In Longji, you can try some local activities, like making oil tea, cooking rice in bamboo tubes, and learning embroidery from Yao women. In Gaotian, a village near Yangshuo, you can try some farming activities like planting vegetables and plowing a field.

Top Guilin Tours

the Li RiverCruise the Li and see Guilin's essence.

3-Day Essence of Guilin & Li River Tour

Relaxing on the Li River, and cycling among the paddy fields of Yangshuo's countryside can be leisurely enjoyed in 3 days.

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fhisher man Li River fisherman on his bamboo raft.

5-Day Ancient and Scenic Guilin Tour

Discover the old town of Daxu and watch local people do traditional handcrafts such as lantern-making or painting lion head-used for ceremonial dancing.

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