Guilin is one of the most visited cities in China among Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, etc. mostly because of its naturally endowed karst sceneries, diverse ethnic customs and cultures and its world-top Li River cruise joinery down stream 83km from Guilin to Yangshuo.Guilin is located in the northeastern of Guangzhou Zhuang Autonomous. It has been famous for its unique limestone karst landscape that formed more than 200m years ago. Li River is regarded as the very beauty of the water and the karst peaks that tower into the sky. It is a favorite travel destination in itself. Parallel to Li River is the Zhongshan Road, Guilin’s main street, on both sides of which are Banyan Lake and Fir Lake respectively, each a beautiful park and a place for leisure. Along the Li River are other peaks (hills): the Solitary Beauty Peak, the Wave Subbing Hill or Fubo Hill, and the Elephant Trunk Hill, each proudly showing off Guilin’s unique scenery. Elephant Trunk Hill, looking like an elephant, dipping its snout into the Lijiang River, hence the name “Elephant Trunk Hill”, is regarded as the symbol of Guilin City. Seven Star Park, with seven peaks and six caves, is one of the best urban parks in China. It offers different peaks, caves as well as pavilions and gardens to enjoy. On the outskirt of the city is the Reed Flute Cave, one of the most extraordinary underground karst sights.
Downstream 83km along the Li River from Guilin by a boat, you will reach another fantastic destination, Yangshuo. Yangshuo is a true place for relaxing life, good food (cluding some western cuisine), friendly people, scenic beauty, different but attractive rice fields, rafting, cycling for those who wish to get rid of the hustle and bustle city life. Actually, cruising downstream from Guilin to Yangshuo, passing through the long picturesque Li River’s karst scenery, has become the most famous part of Guilin travel. People always prefer to stay one night in Guilin and then two nights in Yangshuo to enjoy this place to the fullest extent. Of course, the West Street is a must place to enjoy leisure time for wandering, drinking, shopping and nightlife.
Guilin and Yangshuo is also used as a base to visit the ethnic peoples here with Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong minority villages to the northwest in the towns of Longshen and Sanjiang.April, May, September and October are the best months to visit Guilin and cruising on the Li River, because of summer’s heat and humidity and winter’s low rainfall affecting water levels in the Li River.