General information – About Guilin, China
Guilin is a scenic tourist city in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst pinnacles, winding waterways and modern infrastructure. The city covers 27,800 acres and is a center of politics, economy, culture, science and technology. At its center are 2 lakes, Cedar and Banyan, remaining from a Tang Dynasty moat that once surrounded the city. Boat tours travel through these and other lakes via connected rivers. It is said that its breathtaking scenery has attracted many famous poets and artists for thousands of years.
Guilin has a sub-tropical monsoon climate with four mild and distinctive seasons. The weather in January is the coolest with an average temperature of 7.9C (46F), while July is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 28.3C (82.9F). There is abundant rainfall during the summer, especially during May and June, so make sure to bring an umbrella with you regardless of the time of year. October and November are great months to visit the area as temperatures are mild and rainfall is relatively low compared to the summer.
Attractions & Activities
Guilin is blessed with one of the most magnificent landscapes in the world. There are many scenic spots in Guilin City, the most famous and also symbol of Guilin is Elephant Trunk Hill, an amazing rock formation that sits at the junction of the Li River & the Peach Blossom River. Other nearby attractions include Reed Flute Cave, a cavern full of stalagmites and stalagmites that display striking shapes and colors, strikingly beautiful Longsheng Rice Terraces, and Jingjiang Prince City, a historical and cultural attraction. The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to Guilin, with hundreds of hills flanking the emerald water.
Since Guilin is located next to so many scenic rivers and lakes, fish is a large part of people’s diets. Local favorites include Daxu Clear Water Fish, a lite and simple soup made of fish, water, salt and ginger slices. Guilin cuisine is a combination of Cantonese and Hunanese styles. It is characterized by its sweetness and the delicate use of spices, particularly chili. Many foods have a sour or spicy taste. Guilin Rice Noodles are famous throughout China. They are made from oil and rice flour and are usually cooked in broth and served in a bowl of soup made from pork, beef, garlic, peanuts, peppers, and radishes.
Tourism is Guilin’s top economic activity. In 2012, Guilin was identified by the government as a pilot zone for National Comprehensive Tourism Reform and National Comprehensive Service Industry Reform, which has served as a catalyst for speeding up the development of the tourism and service industries. Since then, the city has received nearly 33 million tourists, generating 4.3 billion USD. Other industries include food processing, electronics, engineering, textile and agricultural equipment.
Taxis are abundant clean, safe, and inexpensive in Guilin. They can be found at taxi stands in most busy city areas or hailed on the streets. An increasing number of taxi drivers speak basic English.
The fare system is based on the distance. Fares begin at 7RMB + 1RMB oil tax for the first 3 km and increase incrementally 1.6RMB every 1KM. From 11PM to 6AM the fare goes up slightly. You can get to most places in town for less than 12RMB.
Although public buses are widely available, it is recommended that visitors to the congress use taxis to get around.