Guilin Overview

Basic Information

  • Chinese Name: 桂林
  • Administrative Category: Prefecture-level City
  • Location: Northeast of Guangxi
  • Area: About 27,800 square kilometers
  • Population: 5,340,800(2017)

Administrative Division

As of the end of 2017, Guilin City has jurisdiction over 6 districts, 11 counties(county-level cities, autonomous counties). These districts and counties have jurisdiction over 13 sub-district offices, 86 towns, 48 ​​townships, 15 ethnic townships, 237 (communities) residents committees, and 1,654 village committees. The Municipal People's Government is located in Lingui District.


Guilin, is a prefecture-level city in the northeast of China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is situated on the west bank of the Li River and connected to Hunan and Guizhou in the north, Liuzhou in the southwest, and Hezhou in the east. Guilin is considered to be the pearl of China's thriving tourist industry on account of the natural beauty and historic treasures. The city has long been renowned for its scenery of karst topography and is one of China's most popular tourist destinations.


Guilin has a subtropical climate with mild climate and abundant rainfall. The annual average rainfall is 1,900 mm, the average temperature is 19°C. There is no cold in winter and no hot in summer. The annual frost-free period is about 300 days, and the annual average sunshine is more than 1,550 hours. Therefore, Guilin is definitely a good place for tourism, and the scenery is absolutely unique. The scenery on both sides of the Li River is beautiful, the air is very fresh, and the Cruise  on Li River is very pleasant. The scenery of the Karst Landform is also very good.

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Best Time to Go

The autumn of September-October is cool, not cold or hot, and is a good season to travel to Guilin. The river is clear and the mountains are beautiful. All the landscapes are clear and sketched into many Chinese ink paintings.

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Things to Do

When you come to Guilin, these places are must-see. Among all the landscapes in Guilin, the landscape of this section of the Li River to Yangshuo is the most beautiful, and therefore the landscape of Guilin has such a famous reputation"Guilin's scenery is best among all under heaven". After seeing the mountains and rivers, Yangshuo West Street, also known as Foreigner's Street, will be a good choice. As a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Longji Rice Terraces is a good choice. The neat terraces are a very large terraced group in Guilin. Finally, the Lingqu Scenic Area will serve as your last stop. It is a national four-A scenic spot, and Xing'an Lingqu is one of the best ancient canals in the world.

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When you plan to travel to Guilin, the transportation methods are diverse. Flights, trains, long-distance buses, ships are available. Attractions of Guilin are mainly concentrated in the urban area of ​​Guilin and surrounding counties, it is very convenient to take a bus, taxi, etc. to get around Guilin.

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Guilin, a place with many ethnic minorities, has many unique folk festivals and the strong customs, which have become the major scenery line of Guilin Tourism. Although there are many traditional festivals in China, the most exciting is undoubtedly unique festivals for all ethnic groups. 

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Guilin, as a world-famous scenic city, has the reputation"Guilin's scenery is best among all under heaven". Of course, Guilin's cuisine is not inferior. Do you dare say that you have not eaten Guilin rice noodles? However, Guilin's food is not only rice noodles, but also a lot!