Telephone Code: 0773 Population:
1,342,000 Area: 27,800 sq km Guilin is a must when you
travel to China. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind
of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills, or karsts, with the
verdant vegetation ranging from bamboo to conifers together with wonderful caves
make Guilin such an attraction for tourists.
Guilin is considered to be the pearl of China's thriving tourist industry on
account of the natural beauty and historic treasures. Situated within this area
one may find green mountains, crystal clear waters, unique caves and beautiful
stones. Major attractions include Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River, Reed Flute Cave
and Seven-Star Park that boasts a Stone Museum where amazing geological finds
are displayed. Each of these places and many more besides will leave you with
lasting memories of your visit.
Guilin is also an important cultural city with a history encompassing more
than 2000 years. The city has been the political, economic and cultural center
of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Solitary Beauty Peak is
considered to be the oldest place of interest and has been so since the far off
days of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The prosperity enjoyed by the
city during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) is epitomized by the Tomb of Prince
The many ethnic minorities represented here that include the Zhuang, Yao,
Hui, Miao, Mulao, Maonan and Dong enrich the cultural life of the city. Each
minority has its own unique customs and festivals and this means that they are
much more abundant here than in many other places elsewhere in China. Travelers
can enjoy these pageants at the Li River Folk Customs Center.
Guilin is a well-developed tourist center with convenient transportation,
communication and accommodation facilities. You can enter Guilin by air, by
train or by bus and get around on free buses. From luxury hotels to hostels,
from splendid restaurants to local snacks, you are sure to find that your needs
will be met beyond your expectations.
Yunnan has a diverse climate, embracing temperate, tropical and rigid zones
in one province. Kunming, the capital city, is marked by a pleasant spring
weather which prevails year round while it is also notable for the abrupt change
into winter weather caused by rain.
Dali's climate is somewhat similar to that of Kunming. Lijiang has a rather
cold climate whereas Xishuangbanna is rather hot for most of the year.
Spring - February to April
Summer - May to July
Autumn - August to October
Winter - November to January
Guilin has a long history, dating back to over 2,000 thousand years ago. It
was first established by the Emperor Qinshihuang (the First Emperor in Chinaâ€™s
imperial history whose Terra Cotta Army Museum is among the best-known sights in
China). Guilinâ€™s good location near the junction of two waterways connecting
the South and Central China made it a significant historical city. Guilin began
to develop as a political and cultural center in the Three-Kingdom Period when
it served as the capital of the Shiâ€™an Shire(a kind of administrative unit
used in Chinaâ€™s ancient Qin an d Han Dynasties more than 2,000 years ago).
Guilin flourished during the Tang Dynasty when it became a big city with great
halls and huge city walls. Guilin was the capital of todayâ€™s Guangxi and
Hainan Inland provinces during the Song Dynasty. Guilin had its political heyday
during the Ming Dynasty when generations of Jing JIang Princes ruled here. Their
palace is well preserved and is now the site of one of the campuses of the
Guangxi Normal University. It served as the capital city of Guangxi Province
until the founding of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China in 1949 when it was
replaced by Nanning. Guilin has become a a city renowned for its beauty and
tourist attractions and enjoys great fame throughout China and
Guilin sanhua alcohol, Guilin fermented bean curd and
Guilin chili sauce are considered to be Guilin's three
treasures, and are top choices with visitors to the city.
Products made from sweet-scented osmanthus are also
recommended since the name of Guilin literally means forests of osmanthus.
Osamnthus tea, sugar and wine will bring you sweet memories of this city.
The gingko tree is described as a living fossil. Gingko is
said to promote healthy blood circulation, moistens facial skin and so chases
away wrinkles. It is so versatile that it can also be made into drinks and
Guilin chufas can be eaten as fruit or as a vegetable.
Chufas, sometimes referred to as tiger nuts in the West, are grown in Guilin and
are very sweet and crispy. Chufa paste, chufa panocha and canned chufa each have
their own unique flavors and will add extra zest to your cooking.
Luo Han Kuo got its name as it looks like the belly of
Buddha. Luohan means arhat in Chinese. This fruit has long been a traditional
Chinese herb. It is sweet and mellow and is considered conducive to the system
and helps lower blood pressure. Instant Luo Han Kuo tea is a very convenient way
to prepare it and preserves the original flavor of the fruit.
Shaddock is the best-known fruit in Guangxi. Shaddock is sweet with a light scent.
It is rich in Vitamin C.
Cumquat is a citrus like fruit
with a sweet rind and acidic center. It can be eaten fresh or be made into a
sweetmeat, canned or squeezed as a fruit juice drink. It is rich in Vitamin C1,
B2, B1, P, Ca, etc.
Sugar cane is one of the main
winter crops in Guilin. It is a must during the Spring Festival as it can help
to dispel a hang over and the unwelcome effects of fatty foods.
Lipu taro, chestnut, persimmon and green tea are worth
Guilin International Tourism Commodity Wholesale
City is one of the largest wholesale markets for tourist souvenirs in
China. You can find Guilin paintings, stones, root carving as well as Burmese
jade ware, Fujian woodcarving, Qingtian stone carving, Yixing clay pot, Suzhou
embroidery, and Hunan embroidery.
Every evening, thousands of locals and travelers will rush into the Guilin Zhengyang Buxing (pedestrian) Street for shopping,
entertainment and dining. The dazzling lights from various shops, the bubbling
people, the multifarious goods justify this stree's reputation as "the first
street in western China".