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Dining in Guilin City

Guilin local cuisine is a mix of Xiang (Hunan) and Cantonese cuisines, which means it serves the dishes with spice and chili, and also emphasize on freshness and use of selected sauce. Stir-frying and streaming are widely used when cooking.

In the past, Guilin enjoyed its fame for some exotic dishes and the sights of birds, turtles, snakes, rabbits, even dogs in the cages in front of the restaurants. With more and more laws and regulations issued for the protection of wildlife, it is hardly seen in the street nowadays. Anyhow, if you are brave enough, you can still try bamboo rats, snakes or other wired stuff here.

In recent years, more and more western-style or cuisines from other countries find their place in this beautiful city. You can see the Western Italian, Spanish, German, as well as Asian cuisines like Indian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese restaurants in the small town.

For the visitors who intend to try the local specialty, Guilin rice noodle is your best choice. It is also getting more popular around the country. You can easily find a rice noodle restaurant at even every street of Guilin. The famous ones include Shiji Rice Noodle, Ritouhuo, and Qingyun Soup Noodle.

What to Eat

Pickled Vegetable

The Chinese pickles are made of selected vegetable or white radish. They are soaked in vinegar and sugar and preserved for a couple of weeks. It tastes sour and sweet and is used to be served as an appetizer at some restaurants. Local people believe that it can arouse the appet ...


Water Chestnut Cake

The cakes are shaped like a horse’s hoof, which is called Mati in Chinese. And mati is also the Chinese for water chestnut. They are made of water chestnut, flour, sugar and milk, with cocoa as dressing. They are usually sold by the vendors in the back streets.


Sponge Cake

It is a traditional snack in Guilin. They are usually eaten at happy events to represent best wishes and blessings for a happy life. The two words of the Chinese fa gao (sponge cake) has the same sound as another words that mean growing taller or becoming higher, which again ha ...


Guilin Rice Noodles

Rice noodles, which can be either round or flat, are the most popular snack or local fast food in Guilin; Most of the people in Guilin eat it every morning as their breakfast. Those who don’t have that much time on eating at noon just have it as their lunch. Guilin rice noodle ...


Lotus Leaf Braised Duck

First, the duck is fried to golden brown color. Then cubes of lean pork, bamboo shoot, ham, taro root, and mushroom; green beans; and shrimp are stir-fried with seasonings and stuffed into the duck, which is then wrapped with a lotus leaf and steamed. The unique fragrance of th ...


Stewed Old Duck with Gingko

This is one of the most famous and popular dishes in Guilin, and it often appears on family dinner tables. The most important ingredients are old duck and gingko (baiguo), which is a famous local product in Guilin and also often served as a Chinese medicine. Gingko, cubes of du ...


Lipu Taro & Pork Loaf

Lipu (a county in the south of Guilin Prefecture) taro root got its fame early in Qing Dynasty. Then it was always one of the tributes to the royal family due to its nutrition and special flavor.  Lipu Taro and Pork Loaf is a famous traditional dish of Guilin. This dish, w ...