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In recent years, cities like Shanghai and Beijing have surpassed Guì​lín as China's brightest tourist hotspots. But this city in the south has long been heralded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Asia. Stretching along the Li River, and framed by sparkling mountains and jagged cliffs, Guì​lín's dramatic landscape is a delight to explore, and its people are welcoming to all who pass through.
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In recent years, cities like Shanghai and Beijing have surpassed Guì​lín as China's brightest tourist hotspots. But this city in the south has long been heralded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Asia. Stretching along the Li River, and framed by sparkling mountains and jagged cliffs, Guì​lín's dramatic landscape is a delight to explore, and its people are welcoming to all who pass through.
Guì​lín, China
N 25.24° / E 110.17°
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#FunFact
A picture of this region makes an appearance on the 20 yuan bill.
When to go
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September-November
The best time to hit up Guìlín is in the Fall, from September to November. The temperatures begin to drop, and it’s less rainy than the rest of the year. However, you will want to avoid planning your trip around the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (Oct. 1-3). This public holiday means lots of tourists flooding into Guìlín for a vacation.
Discoveries
#reedflutecave | @nature_lifestyle_tt
Nature's Disco
Nature is pretty neat. But what can’t be improved by glowing disco lights? That’s what awaits at Reed Flute Cave. Over centuries, water erosion created spiraling columns of stalactites and stalagmites. Today, the cave is lit by dozens of multi-colored lights, turning the dark space into a neon wonderland.
Li River | @the.endless.traveller
Just Around the River Bend
Snaking its way through Guì​lín is the Li River. You won’t want to miss exploring the natural beauty of the region through an iconic river cruise. Catch a ride on a traditional bamboo raft, and spend the day discovering breathtaking scenery.
@propeller_tv
Cameras out!
Make sure you book a cruise that passes Elephant Trunk Hill so you can capture this iconic shot of Water-Moon Cave.
#longjiriceterrace | @underthesycamore
Steamed Rice Anyone?
About 2 hours from Guì​lín are the Longsheng (Longji) Rice Terraces. The layered fields are visually stunning, and were named Dragon’s Backbone for their resemblance to a dragon’s scales. It’s a bit of a drive from Guì​lín but, I mean, come on….look at that view!
Yangshuo Rock Climbing | @traveling.compass
Rock Out
Just down the river from Guì​lín is the town of Yangshuo, an area that is known around the world for its incredible rock climbing. There’s something for everyone, from easy beginner routes to more difficult routes made famous by climbers like Chris Sharma. Grab your climbing gear and head over for a fun time!
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Sarah & Eric's Discovery
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"We clambered up Laozhai Mountain and were left simply stunned by the surrounding landscape. We were so captivated that we completely lost track of time and missed our last bus out of the remote village."
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Eat This
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Beer Fish
No, this is not what happens when you dunk fish in Bud Light. Beer fish is a local specialty in Guì​lín. Fish from the Li River are fried and then braised with local beer to make a crispy delicacy that is spicy and delicious.
Stay Here
Guilinyi Royal
Gui​linyi Royal Palace
Live Like an Emperor
Set in a botanic garden away from the bustling city, the Guilinyi Royal Palace (aka Guì​lín Hotel) is a serene and luxurious retreat. With traditional Chinese design and modern amenities, this hotel brings together the best parts of the region.
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#guilin | @kseet
In-N-Out
Sure, you can fly straight in and out of Guì​lín’s international airport, but where’s the adventure in that? Instead, to get to and from the city, hop on one of China’s high-speed trains that runs from Nanning and Beijing into Guì​lín. Hold on tight and enjoy the ride!
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I Discover For...
Grace Chen
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"I Discover for…Inspiration. I love to discover new places, learn about the culture, and eat the local food. Food has been a huge inspiration for where I choose my next destination. Food encompasses the country's tradition and way of life, and it also leads to discoveries of lesser known destinations."
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