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Attractions in Guilin City

Guilin has long been a travel destination famous for its exceptional natural scenery since Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), which can be evidenced by the rock carvings on the hills and historic records like poems and proses. Guilin is also one of the pioneering cities in China opened to the international tourists in early 1970’s, which hosted Richard Nixon, Gorge Bush (Senior), Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and many other celebrities from all over the world, etc.

Li River cruise is the No. 1 travel option while you are in Guilin. The boat trip starts from Zhujiang Pier to Yangshuo, taking about 4 hours along the river, where you will see the sharply –erected limestone peaks, relaxed water buffaloes, green rice paddies, happy cormorants and duck, Bamboo groves, all of these constitute a beautiful pictures of authentic rural life of South China. Now there are more ways to see the Li River, if weather permits, you can also choose to take a bamboo raft to go down the river from Yangdi to Xingpimg (1.5 hours), or hike along the river from Yangdi to Xingping (20km, 4-5 hours).

Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin, which is located at the confluence of Li River and Peach Blossom River. Most of the tourists usually don’t go up the hill, and stand at the other side of river to take photos of it in a distance. Every evening a hi-tech light show is played in this park, which might be interesting to some travelers. Since 2013, there is a daytime cruise starting from this hill, travelers can take the boat and go upstream to Reed Flute Cave, another premier attraction in Guilin.

Located in northwest of Guilin city (5 km from downtown), Reed Flute Cave is regarded as a "Natural Art Gallery" known for enchanting stalactites and stalagmites formation in the cave. In the furthermost of the cave, there is a big hall, which can accommodate a conference or party of about 150 persons.

Other well-known scenic spots in Guilin include Guilin Downtown Lakes (2 rivers and 4 lakes waterway system), Fubo Hill, Diecai Hill, Seven Star Park. If you are interested in some cultural elements, then we recommend you to visit a tea farm at the foot of Yao Mount, or drive to visit Daxu old town.

In the neighboring areas / towns, there are more to see, like the country life at Yangshuo, Longji Rice Terraces at Longsheng, Ling Canal in Xing’an, Danxia landform of Bajiao Village at Ziyuan.

List of Attractions in Guilin City

Luoshanhu Water Park

Guilin Luoshanhu Water Park, the first one of its kind in Guilin, has been open to the public since July, 2013. Within, people can enjoy the excitement in a ralaxing natural surrouding. Guilin Luoshanhu Water Park, with an area of 66 acres, has more than 13 water attractions, i ...


Gudong Waterfall Scenic Area

Just 26 kilometers away from Guilin city, Gudong Waterfall Scenic Area features its 13 layered cascades through the largest forest park in Guilin. Visitors can enjoy up close with waterfalls climbing, or from a distance hike along the river.  Climb the WaterfallThis waterf ...


Wupai River rafting

Wupai River Rafting is located at the foot of Maor Mountain which is the highest mountain in the Southern China in Ziyuan County, Guilin, Guangxi. Thanks to the convenient transportation, it is easy to reach Chetian Pier of Wupai-138km from Guilin city. The rafting stretches ab ...


Chongshan Mosque

If you want to explore some history sites of Guilin after its nature wonders discovery, Chongshan Mosque is one of ideal places in the downtown. As a large-scale and well-preserved temple, the mosque has a long history for around 300 years. Chongshan Mosque was first built in l ...


Confucious Temple

Confucious Temple, also called Wen Temple was built to honor famous politician, thinker and educator Confucius in 1477. Confucious Temples can be found in many cities, such as, Qufu, Nanjing, Shanghai, etc, in China. One of the four famous temples is located in Gongcheng County ...


Liu San Jie Grand View Garden

In Guilin city, it's not easy to tell the minority people from Han people, as everybody wears present style cloth. Minority villages are hours driving away from city area. But now there’s a place in the suburbs of Guilin named Liu San Jie Grand View Garden where tourists can e ...


Chuanshan Park

Chuanshan Park, with mountains as the axis, covers an area of about two square kilometers. This park showcases the  fabulous karst landscapes in the southern suburbs of Guilin. Both Tunnel Hill and Pagoda Hill stand inside the park, one in the east and another in the west. ...


Guilin Ancient Mosque

Firstly built in the early years of Yuan Dynasty, Guilin Ancient Mosque covers an area of 5669 square meters. It is located along the Taohuajiang River in Guilin. The mosque underwent collapse in wars and was rebuilt in the middle years of Ming Dynasty. During the Anti-Japanese ...


Zizhou Park

Zizhou Park is the first island park, facing Elephant Trunk Hill by the Li River, in the downtown of Guilin city. For the locals, it's a great place to get close to Li River. In Summer time, people gather in this park at dusk to enjoy a happy swimming time in the river. As an t ...


Nanxishan Hill Park

Nanxishan Hill Park is located in the southern suburb of Guilin city, with South Greek Hill standing in the center and Nanxi River passing through. South Greek Hill has two towering peaks, one east and the other west, facing each other. Between them,  Longji Pavilion betwe ...


Tombs of Princes Jingjiang

Tombs of Prince Jingjiang are located at the foot of Yao Mountain in the eastern suburb of Guilin. Eleven generations of Jingjiang royalty are buried there in more than 300 tombs during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Prince Jingjiang was the nephew of Ming Taizhu - the firs ...


Jiangtouzhou Village

Lingchuan JiangTouCun Old Village is located about 32 kilometers north of Guilin city proper with the history of over 1000 years. 620 locals' well-preserved traditional Chinese old houses are standing on every corners of the whole village. All those well-preserved old houses we ...


Yuzi Paradise

Set against the beautiful mountains of Guilin, Yuzi Paradise is a sculpture park dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art and culture in China. The park provides people a good opportunity to get close to modern art and experience its creation.   Yuzi Paradise, s ...


Crown Cave

Crown Cave is located in Caoping Town, Guilin. And it's about 29 km (18 miles) south of Guilin. Due to the crown-shaped hill, the cave beneath was given the name Crown Cave. The overall length of Crown Cave is 12 km (7.5 miles). The 3 km (nearly 1.9 miles) near Li River has bee ...


Daxu Ancient Town

Daxu town was founded at the beginning of the Song dynasty (960 – 1126). It is one of the four famous ancient towns in Guangxi Province. It is located on the east bank of Li River, 23 km (14.3 miles) southeast of Guilin. Due to its good location, it used to be a very important ...


Guilin Water Systems

In the downtown of Guilin, water occupies big area. Guilin is regarded as a famous water city in China. The wonderful scene of the water city as described in the poem "A thousand hills stand around the city, a river flows through it" reappears. According to Chinese philosophy, ...


Yu Hill Park

Located at north bank of Li River in Guilin City, Yu Hill Park features wonderful hill, deep and quiet cave, beautiful garden and divine temple. Its name derives from Yu Hill and the Emperor Yu Temple within. The park is the resource of Guilin scenery and the cradle of Guilin's ...


Fubo Hill

On the western bank of the Li River, just 2km from Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill (Wave-Subduing Hill) stands in solitary loftiness with a thrusting peak. It got the name from the fact that the peak descends into the river, blocking the waves, and from a historical hero called ...


Banyan Lake & Fir Lake

Banyan Lake and Fir Lake are located in the downtown of Guilin. They were originally built in Tang Dynasty and served as a city moat. As Guilin expanded to the south, the moat became lakes within the city area. Built in Song-Dynasty, Blue Ribbon Bridge (now Sun Bridge) sep ...


Pagoda Hill

Pagoda Hill is located in the southern suburbs of Guilin on the western bank of The Li River. It is standing right opposite the Tunnel Hill. Both Pagoda Hill and Tunnel Hill belonged to one mountain range a million years ago. The movement of the earth's crust divided them into ...


Yao Mountain

Yao Mountain lies in the east of Guilin, 12 km from the downtown. The highest peak is 903.3 meters above sea level and is the highest hill in Guilin. It received its name from a Yao emperor temple, which was built on the top of the mountain in the Tang dynasty. Each season offe ...


West Hill Park

This is the second largest park in the city and West Hill is one of the most famous hills in Guilin. Though it is a big attraction, it is always non-touristy and not like the other crowded scenic spots in the town. So it is strongly recommended by us. You have a chance to enjoy ...


Solitary Beauty Peak & JingJiang Prince's Mansion

JingJiang Prince's Mansion is located in the center of Guilin and surrounded by walls, it was actually the inner city of Guilin that was occupied by the princes and their families. The first Ming Emperor gave each of his 24 sons a region to govern in a bid to centralize his pow ...


Folded Brocade Hill

The hill on the bank of the Li River, including the Yuyue Hill, the Siwang Hill, Crane Peak and Bright Moon Peak. In the past there were many osmanthus trees on the hill, so the hill was once called Osmanthus Hill. On the half way up is a cave called Wind Cave because wind blow ...


Reed Flute Cave

About 5 km northwest of the downtown of Guilin city, Reed Flute Cave is a must-visit tourist sites for any Guilin travel. It is a huge natural limestone cave system, formed 700,000 years ago. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside, which can be made into f ...


Seven Star Cave

Formerly known as "Qixia Cave" and "Bixu Rock". It is on the Seven star hill to the east of Guilin. The cave presents a twisted extension of more than one and a half kilometers. The cave's name derive from the fact the main karst limestone peaks roughly resemble the stars of th ...


Seven Star Park

Seven Star Park, covering an area of more than 120 hectares (297 acres), is the largest comprehensive park with mass scenery in Guilin City. Located at the east bank of Li River, the park is 1.5 kilometers (0.9 mile) from the downtown area of Guilin. The park was so named becau ...


Li River

Li River originates in the Mao'er Mountains of Xing'an County, northeast Guilin. It winds its way for 437 kilometers, passing through Guilin, Yangshuo and Pingle. The course of the river from Guilin to Yangshuo is known by the name of Li River, with a distance of 83 kilometers. ...


Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill, embraced by Xiangshan Park of the same name, stands on the western bank of Li River in the south central area of Guilin city. This hill is so named because it outlines a vivid image of an elephant sipping water from the river with its trunk. It is the symbo ...