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Guilin Holidays

Set amid mist-covered limestone mountains and a river winding through an idyllic rural landscape, this city has inspired painters, poets and dreamers for centuries.

“East or West,” the Chinese saying goes, “Guilin’s scenery is the best.” And truly, the landscape in and around Guilin is breathtaking. Rivers, lakes and rice fields meet at the base of sheer karst cliffs and mist-shrouded peaks. These scenes have inspired and charmed visitors for centuries.

The area’s stunning landscape is the consequence of its unique situation and geology. Guilin’s otherworldly hills formed underwater, millions of years ago, and were eventually revealed through erosion. Now they stand dramatically above the rivers and lakes that nourish the city.

Head to the Seven Star Park and discover the many hills, caves, bridges and relics that continue to inspire artists, photographers and poets. Explore Reed Flute Cave to see incredible limestone stalactites and stalagmites lit up in vibrant colours. Pay your respects to Elephant Trunk Hill, which is named for its resemblance to a large elephant bathing. Fubo (Wave-Subduing) Hill is also worth a visit due to its remarkable combination of natural features and cultural history. It’s also where you can see the giant pot that is said to be able to cook rice for a thousand people.

Marvel at the dramatic terraced rice paddy fields around nearby Longsheng. Take a cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is lined with bamboo groves and ancient villages. Feel the soft breeze on the river that once led President Nixon to call Guilin the world’s most beautiful city. Four memorable hours on the water will bring you to the town Yangshuo, home to popular West Street. This 1,400-year-old street is lined with an incredible array of restaurants, craft shops, calligraphy emporiums and kung fu academies.

Guilin is famous for the its distinctive sweet-and-spicy cuisine, which combines elements of Hunanese and Cantonese cooking. Local specialties include Guilin rice noodles and, of course, fish.

Guilin is best navigated with a tourist map. Buses and taxis are available in town, as is bicycle rental. The city is well connected by air, bus and train to the rest of China.


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NZ$119
Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin
4.5
of 5, from 163 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Guilin Two Rivers and Four Lakes Resort and Mulong Lake. Seven-Star Park and Lingjian Stream are also within 3 mi (5 km).

NZ$77
Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

No.1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin
4.0
of 5, from 69 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Guilin City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shan Hu and Elephant Trunk Hill. Seven-Star Park and Lingjian Stream are also within 2 mi (3 km).

NZ$20
Ease Hostel

Ease Hostel

7 XinYi Road, Xiangshan , Guilin
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Guilin City Centre, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shan Hu and Elephant Trunk Hill. Seven-Star Park and Mulong Lake are also within 3 mi (5 km).

NZ$69
Guilin Golden Dragonball Hotel

Guilin Golden Dragonball Hotel

No. 1 Longzhu Road, Diecai District, Guilin
4.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Guilin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mulong Lake, Seven-Star Park, and Lingjian Stream. Guilin Two Rivers and Four Lakes Resort and Shan Hu are also within 2 mi (3 km).

NZ$77
Guilin Tailian Hotel

Guilin Tailian Hotel

No. 12 Zhongshan Road, Guilin
4.7
of 5, from 26 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Guilin City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shan Hu and Seven-Star Park. Elephant Trunk Hill and Lingjian Stream are also within 1 mi (2 km).

NZ$96
Sheraton Guilin Hotel

Sheraton Guilin Hotel

15 Bin Jiang Road, Guilin
4.1
of 5, from 255 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Guilin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shan Hu and Elephant Trunk Hill. Seven-Star Park and Lingjian Stream are also within 1 mi (2 km).

NZ$97
Li River Resort

Li River Resort

1 Shuangtan Village, Guilin
4.8
of 5, from 12 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Yangshuo, this resort is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Yangshuo County Museum and within 9 mi (15 km) of Butterfly Spring Park and Jinshui Cave. Moon Hill and Dragon Bridge are also within 9 mi (15 km).

NZ$55
Secret Courtyard Resort Hotel

Secret Courtyard Resort Hotel

No. 32 Lujia Cun, Taohua Jiang Road, Guilin
4.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Guilin City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Reed Flute Cave and within 3 mi (5 km) of Guilin Taohua River and Guilin Two Rivers and Four Lakes Resort. Shan Hu is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

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