Guilin & Yangshuo Travel Guide
Guilin & Yangshuo Overview
Home to the stunning Li River, Guilin has been a spot for tourists for decades due to its year round good climate and more often than not the trip down the Li River to the idyllic former fishing village of Yangshuo. Set to a karst mountain background and with a relaxed atmosphere it has an ambiance that is hard to find elsewhere in China. This is a place you can get active and adventurous or simply relax and do nothing and watch the world go slowly by. In short, a must for those wanting to experience the Chinese countryside.
Best Months to Visit Guilin & Yangshuo
Best Reason to Visit Guilin & Yangshuo
Guilin, and more specifically Yangshuo, is both a genuine scenic highlight of China and one of the few places where it is easy to relax for a few days during China tours.
Top Sights in Guilin & Yangshuo
★ Li River cruises down to the relaxed hangout of Yangshuo. It is also possible to watch Cormorant Fishing on the river.
★ Elephant Trunk Hill is named after the rock formation that looks like an elephant taking a drink from the river. Puxian Pagoda and Water Moon Cave are also popular in this area.
★ Reed Flute Cave is a mass of stalactites and ‘mites all lit up in spectacular fashion.
★ The seven story Moon Pagoda is the worlds tallest copper pagoda (using 350 tones of the metal in its construction) and linked to the 9 story Sun Pagoda by an underwater tunnel.
★ Once in Yangshuo you will find yourself torn between exploring the local area by boat, bicycle or on foot and spending time in relaxing bars and restaurants swapping stories about the rest of your China travels. Yangshuo is one of these rare places in China that has more of a laid back South East Asian flavour – a perfect rest stop before continuing your China journey.
★ Popular side trips are the rice terraces at Longji, bamboo rafting down the Yulong River or hiking up to Moon Hill.
★ The Yangshuo Liu San Jie Impressions light show utilising 600 dancers and using the mountains as a backdrop is not to be missed. Directed by Zhang Yimou, one of China’s most famous directors and the man who created the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics.
Weather Averages for Guilin & Yangshuo
Top Guilin & Yangshuo Travel Tip from TSTC
Not seeing the Liu SanJie Impressions light show is easy to do with all the cafe’s and bars in Yangshuo but this would be a mistake as you would be missing this extraordinary visual spectacle from the director of the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony, Zhang Yimou.
TSTC's Hand Picked Hotels in Guilin & Yangshuo
In Guilin we prefer to Bravo Hotel which maintains good standards and has a great location next to Ronghu lake. In Yangshuo the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is our favourite if you want to be out of the town and in amongst the scenery. In the town the C. Source West Residence is good.
Other Destinations in China
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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.