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Guilin (桂林) is a city on the banks of the Lijiang River in the northeast of Guangxi in southern China. It owes its name to the fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees in the city and literally means "forest of the Sweet Osmanthus".
For more information, also check the Guilin Tourism website by CTS.
Guilin's weather mostly is relatively warm and humid, though winter temperatures can get quite low sometimes. Summers last from late May to early October when temperatures are averaging between 28 and 34 °C during most days. Nights are a balmy 20-25 °C. Winters are from December to early March, but with temperatures between 12 and 16 °C it is actually quite comfortable. Nights are 5 to 7 °C, so bring a sweater. Winters is also the dry time, with around 50-75mm of rain a month. From April to August it's very wet, with May and June having an average precipitation of around 350mm! Autumn (September-November) is a good time to visit.
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) (桂林两江国际机场) is the nearest airport to Guilin and is about 28 kilometres (17 miles) from the city. This medium size airport serves almost every major city in China, including Beijing, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Guangzhou. It also has limited international service to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul, Taipei Hong Kong and Macau. The budget airline Air Asia has service to this airport (to/from Kuala Lumpur). The only way to reach the airport at this time is by taxi.
The train station is located in the center of town. This is a major train station with direct trains to almost every city in China. Remember that most trains might be filled by the time they reach Guilin, because most of the trains start in Kunming or in Shanghai, making standing tickets the only ones available during busy times. Also right outside of the train station there are direct buses to Yangshuo that start at 7:00am and end around 9:00pm.
Buses serve main cities througout China, and many regional destinations as well, including regular services to Yangshuo and Longsheng (gateway to rice terraces, Dragon's Backbone).
There are passenger services to/from Yangshuo, but mostly for tourists, as (mini)buses are much faster. Cargo services exist as well, but capacity is limited.
Like everywhere in China, food is all around. The best choice for any traveller is to taste the food in the local shops. Be sure to try out Guilin mifen (rice noodles), found in about every street in the city. Also, what is more fun than going into a local place, with nothing but Chinese on the menu, and to the point and be surprised trick. For western food, check out the youth hostels and some places near the walking street.
Despite it's status as a tourist hotspot, Guilin does not have much of a bar culture. Western style bars and good live music are hard to find. If you are not fussy, and not too worried about your finances, try your luck around the walking street in the city centre. There are some bars and clubs. If you do want some quality, ask your guesthouse to direct you to a cool spot, or check out one of the following places:
Local drinks are Liquan beer and some local brands of Baijiu: ErHuoTou, SanHua for example. Guilin gets it's name from the fragrant Osmanthus tree, which is also used to make tea.
|Anne's Appartment||Lijiang Gardern||Apartment||79|
|Grand 0773 Hotel||No. 31, Wenming Road||Hotel||80|
|Backstreet Youth Hostel||3 Ren Min Road||HOSTEL||87|
|Guilin Dozycat Hostel||North Liumashan Lanw||Hostel||82|
|How Flowers Hostel||6 Shangzhi Lane Block 2, South Zhongshan Road||Hostel||80|
|Guilin Fubo Hotel||No.27, Binjiang Road||Hotel||77|
|Guilin Oasis Inn||4th Floor of Continental Mansion Central Zhongshan Rd||Hostel||83|
|Guilin Riverside Hostel||NO.6 Zhu Mu Xiang,Nan Men Bridge||Hostel||85|
|Xiao Yang Lou International Youth Hostel||110-25 South Zhongshan Rd Nanmen Bridge||Hostel||77|
|Lakeside Inn||No.1-1-2 Sha Lake Buiding Shahu Beilu||Hostel||86|
|New Plaza Hotel||72 Zhongshan South Road.||Hotel||69|
|Wada Hostel in Guilin||No.212,Huanchengxi 1 Road||HOSTEL||91|
|Top Level Tour Holiday Apartments||NO 233, Zhongshan Road||Apartment||-|
|3 Stars- Soluxe Qixia Hotel Guilin||Soluxe Qixia Hotel New Bridge||Hostel||-|
|Zelin Hotel GL||No.76 South ZhongShan Road||HOTEL||76|
|Fawlty Towers Hotel||32 Pan Tao Road Yangshuo town||Hotel||-|
|Buddy's Hostel||No.27 Fengbei Road Diecai District, Guilin||HOSTEL||82|
|Ming Palace International Hostel||10-3 Dong Hua Rd XiuFeng District, Guilin||HOSTEL||87|
|Green Forest Hostel||110-25 South Zhongshan Rd||HOSTEL||89|
|Yulan Tree Inn||No.34 Yinding Road Guilin||HOSTEL||-|
|This Old Place International Youth Hostel||No.2 Yiwu Road||HOSTEL||86|
|LongJi International Youth Hostel||Ping'An Village Long ji Terraces,Heping Town Longsheng County,Gui'lin City,||Hostel||-|
|Jinjiang Inn( Guilin Seven Star Road)||No.79, Seven Star Road||HOTEL||-|
|Dazhai Dragon's Den Hostel in the Rice Terraces||Tiantouzhai, Dazhai Village Heping, Longsheng||Hostel||88|
|Dazhai JinKeng International Youth Hostel||(Longji Terrace)Tiantou Zhai, DaZhai village Heping Town||HOSTEL||-|
|Yongxing Hotel||Room 313 Yangguang Business Building, No. 4 Mid. Zhongshan Road||HOTEL||-|
|Peace Family Hotel||#12 diecui road,guilin guangxi CHINA||HOTEL||-|
|Guilin sweetome vacation rentals||East Rood No.11-113 Qixing District Chuanshan||Hostel||-|
See also: International Telephone Calls
China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.
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