Guilin area advise please

Travel Forums Asia Guilin area advise please

1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5774 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I am off to China in november, first Shanghai and ending in HK/Macau. In between I have about 5/6 days (from Wednesday to Tuesday) in Guilin and surroundings.
I have been reading a bit and it looks like Longsheng/Ping an (Dragon Rice terraces) and Yangshuo are better places to stay and have a look than Guilin itself. Although I could be wrong of course.

So any advice on how to spend this short week over there? Spend a bit of time everywhere or skip Guilin and concentrate on the other two?

Also I have read about a boat trip from Guilin to Yangshuo, but the high price says don't! Where will I be able to admire that karst landscape best, from Guilin, Yangshuo or somewhere in between?

Thanks for your advice!
Cheers! Michael

2. Posted by Shaguide1 (Budding Member 7 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


1-During Nov'07 ( winter), you can't see the rice terraces in Longsheng/Ping an due to season reason.

2-As for Yangshuo, I know there are lots of items to visit ( you can google yangshuo) and Guilin, i suggest you to have a look for the 4 lakes which is quiet and clean and comfortable.

3-You can have a look for the link which i took photos in Guilin and other province.

Enjoy your trip!

Yours sincerely,
Susan Zheng


3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5774 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Susan!

Can you explain number 1 for me please?
It is already dry season isn't it? Or aren't the rice terraces visible because of fog/haze or something?
Haven't read anything about it.

Cheers! Michael

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 824 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I didn't actually stay in Guilin so can't comment for sure on it, but Yangshuo was one of my favorite places to visit in the world. Don't miss it. Guilin is a city, but Yangshuo is a small town, and an excellent place to spend a few days. I'm not sure what the weather is like in Nov, but if it's nice, renting bikes and taking a nice relaxing day ride around the hills is fantastic. You'll see plenty of Karst scenery that way.

5. Posted by carosterns (Full Member 159 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Gullin is the closest major transport junction to Yang Shuo. If you are catching the train, you will get off in Gullin. Just another Chinese city really. Yang Shuo is great but getting very touristy. But certainly still worth a visit.