Holidays in Guilin allow you to explore an unspoiled region of China. This place is known for its astonishing limestone karst hills, lakes and rivers.
Life in Guilin has changed little over the millennia. Fishermen still fish with cormorants on bamboo rafts and farmers still plough the fields with water buffalo. The modern town itself is an oasis of colour, with lush gardens, bright flower beds and osmanthus trees lining the streets - but the real attraction is the landscape that surrounds it.
Guilin holidays: China’s rural heartland
Cruising on the Li River to Yangshuo is an essential activity during your holiday in Guilin. Drift lazily along as the otherworldly landscapes unfurl before you. You can travel this route by boat or bamboo raft; the latter offers total silence in which to absorb this delightful rural atmosphere. The green hills rise up like something from a fairytale and the towns you pass are quintessentially Chinese.
The countryside around Yangshuo is particularly beautiful, with stunning vistas of rice paddies and ancient villages. Bikes are a popular way for you to explore the area, giving you access to places impossible for cars to pass. You can visit gorgeous Moon Hill, a vast natural arch visible for miles around.
The small towns and lantern festooned villages around Guilin serve quality street food; from rice noodles to the delectable beer-cooked fish. For a truly unique experience, visit the Impression Sanjie Liu in Guilin. This spectacular show is based on a folk tale and is performed by a cast of hundreds in the world’s largest natural theatre, with the hills behind providing a splendid backdrop.