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Where to stay in Guilin

Friday, July 26th, 2019
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Plan your Guilin tour? A right choice of a hotel in Guilin is very essential for your short Guilin trip.

Where to stay in Guilin is mainly decided by your personal taste and budget. Having some basic knowledge of the neighbourhoods and districts in Guilin will be very much helpful for you to find a hotel to your satisfaction.

The city layout of Guilin is roughly divided into two parts – East Part and West Part by Li River running from north to south. The West Part (west of Li River) is the traditional city core dotted with hotels and restaurants of various sizes and budgets. The Guilin city administration is also located in the west part.

The East Part (east of Li River) is a newly developed commercial and economic area where both Guilin International Exhibition Center and Guilin International Conference Center are located.

The long and narrow area along the banks Li River passing through the city from north to south produces a picturesque belt where many of the nice hotels in Guilin are located.

The most used Guilin Railway Station and Guilin Long-distance Bus Station are situated in the south of Gulin City. The hotels in this area are comparatively cheap.

So in general, you may have four areas to choose for your stay in Guilin – East Commercial Area, Li River Belt Area, West Downtown Area and Railway Station Area.

A. East Commercial Area
The east commercial area is connected to the city core in the east by three bridges – Jiefang Bridge in the middle, Yushan Bridge in the north and Li River Bridge in the south.

Administratively the west commercial area is governed by Qixing District, one of the five urban districts in Guilin. This is Guilin’s new urban area with its gravity on the economic and commercial development zone in Guilin. Both Guilin International Exhibition Center and Guilin International Conference Center are located in this area.

Attractions in East Commercial Area:
Seven Star Park, Camel Hill and Tunnel Hill Park

Hotels in East Commercial Area:

Guilin Fortune Hotel
Shijiayuan Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Guilin International Hotel
1 Lijiang Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Golden Dragon Hotel
21, Lijiang Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Garden Holiday Hotel
46 Liuhe Road, Qixing District, Guilin

GuiLin JingXiang Hotel
13 Puxing Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Hanting Express (Qixing)
73 Qixing Road, Qinxing District, Guilin

Dongjiang Golf Resort Hotel
43 Putuo Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Guilin Plaza Hotel
Lijiang Road 20, Qixing Road, guilin

Jinjiang Inn (Guilin Qixing)
No.50 Qixing Road, Qixing District, Guilin

B. West Downtown Area (City Core)

This area is on the west of Li River winding through Guilin city from north to south. This is the traditional city core teemed with hotels, restaurants, shops and commercial streets.

The Gulin City Hall is also located in this area. Administratively the west downtown area is governed by three urban districts – Diecai District in the north, Xiufeng District in the middle and Xiangshan District in the south.

Attractions in the west downtown area: Taohua River, Fir Lake, Banyan Lake, Guihu Lake, Mulong Lake, Solitary Beauty Peak and Mingwang City.

Hotels in West Downtown Area:

Jing Guan Ming Lou Holiday Hotel
No.9 Ronghu South Road,Xiangshan District, Guilin

Lakeside Inn
No.1-1-2 Shan Lake Building, Shan Lake North Road, Guilin

Guilinyi Royal Palace
No.117 Huancheng West First Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

City Convenience Inn
No.51 Zhongshan South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Bravo Hotel (Grand Wing)
No.14 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Bravo Hotel
No.14 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Park Hotel
No.1 Luosishan Road,Diecai District, Guilin

Jintone Guilin Grand Hotel
No.1 Zhongshan North Road, Diecai District, Guilin

Hanting Express Guilin Xiangshan Park
No.2 Kechengli, Zhongshan South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Ronghu Lake Hotel
No.16 North Ronghu Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Starway Hotel Xishan Guilin
8 Xishan Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Guilin Sapphire Hotel
9 Xicheng Road, Xiangshan District, guilin

Tianhu Hotel
610, Anxin Block, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Jingguanming Lou Holiday Hotel
9 Ronghunan, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Home Hotel
6, Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Jintone Hotel
1 Zhongshan Beilu, Diecai District, Guilin

Tailian Hotel
12 Zhongshan Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

C. Li River Belt Area
Li River cuts the city of Guilin into two parts. The belt along the banks of Li River is a scenic area where many hotels and restaurants are located. Some famous scenic spots are scattered along the banks.

Attractions along the Liver Belt Area: Yu Hill Park, Diecai Park, Fubo Hill, Li River Ethnic Customs Park, Elephant Hill Park.

Hotels in Li River Belt Area:

Shangri-La Hotel Guilin
No.111 Huancheng North Second Road, Guilin

Sheraton Guilin Hotel
No.15 Binjiang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
No.1 North Shanhu Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Starway Hotel Grand 0773 Guilin
31 Wenmin Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Eva Inn
66 Bingjiang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Jindi Hotel
40 Wanshou Lane, Minzhu Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guishan Huaxing Hotel
Chuanshan Road 42, Qixing District, Guilin

Guilin Homeland Riverview Hotel
17 Bingjiang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Guilin China Travel Service Hotel
137 East Jiefang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Guilin Osmanthus Hotel
77 Zhongshan South Road, Xiangshan Dsitrict, Guilin

Hotel Universal Guilin
1 East Jiefang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Fubo Hotel
27 Bingjiang Raod, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Parliz Commercial Hotel
2 East Jiefang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Mingcheng Hotel
4 Zhengyang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin

Guilin Royal Garden Hotel
186-1, Linjiang Road, Qixing District, Guilin

Vienna Hotel Guilin
3 Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Sunshine Hotel
2 Zhengyang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

D. Guilin Railway Station Area

Guilin has two railway stations – North Station and South Station (also known as Guilin Railway Station).

Guilin South Railway Station is the main station which is accompanied by Guilin Long-distance Bus Station. This area is the major transport hub Coming in and going out. The hotels and inns in this area are comparatively cheaper, a haven for budget travelers.

Hotels in Guilin Railway Station Area:

Starway Hotel Jinwan Guilin
53 South Zhongshan, Xiangshan Dsitrict, Guilin

Guangxi Power Grid Co.,Guilin Training Center
2 Jiangjun Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Elan Inn (Guilin Zhongshan)
40 South Zhongshan, Xiangshan Dsitrict, Guilin

Dazheng Hot Spring Holiday Hotel
47 Chongxin Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

City Convenience Inn (Guilin Railway Station)
51 Chongxin Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Minhang Hotel
18 Shanghai Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

China Xinkaiyue Hotel
72 Chongxin Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Oriental Pearl Hotel
30 Shanghai Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Guilin Hongkong Hotel
141, 1 West Huancheng, Xiangshan District, Guilin

Home Inn (Guilin Railway Station)
No.64 Shangzhi Lane, South Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Escorted Guilin Tour
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free guided tours,  here are some options for Guilin guided tours:

How to Visit Xingping

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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Xingping (兴坪) is one of the ancient towns along Li River, about 27km north of Yangshuo (阳朔) and 91km southeast of Guilin (桂林). Most tourists would choose to visit Xingping from Yangshuo by bus. The buses leave from Yangshuo South Bus Station.

The current Yangshuo South Bus Station is about 5-minute’s walk from the roundabout at the southern end of Kangzhan Road (抗战路) in Yangshuo. Many local buses stop at the south bus station.

The buses going between Yangshuo and Xingping are plentiful (every 15 minutes) and you don’t need to buy your ticket at the ticketing office. You just pay your bus ticket on board due to the short distance.

The 40-minute’ bus ride allow you go through villages and one town flanked by the farmlands with the background of the karst hills, an interesting chance to look at the authentic rural life. Bus fare: 8 yuan.

On the way

On the way

On the way

Arriving at Xingping Bus Station,  you exit from the gate and turn right,  and you will be on the old street of the ancient town of Xingping.

It is a two-street ancient town in the shape of “T”, flanked by the well-preserved two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style with flagged stone streets.

Two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style

two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style

two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style

Xingping Ancient Town
The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood.

The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood

The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood

Most of the houses in the old towns are protected and preserved with the money generated from their house rental.

These old houses are usually renovated and decorated into fancy and trendy bars, restaurants, boutiques, shops and even bike repairs to serve the even increasing number of cyclists.

Bike Repairs

Bike Repairs

Bike Repairs

A restaurant offers the local flavors

A restaurant offers the local flavors

A restaurant offers the local flavors

At the end of the street, you will see a bar restaurant known as ” The Old Place”.  This pretty bar offers sandwiches, pizza and local flavors. You may come back for lunch here.

Photo: Xingping5
Xingping Old Street
The Old Place

The Old Place

The Old Place

Now you are at the T-conjunction and you are recommended to turn left on the way to the old opera stage. The well preserved ancient opera stage dates back to Qing Dynasty with ornate carvings

The entrance to the old stage

The entrance to the old stage

The entrance to the old stage

The ancient opera stage

The ancient opera stage

The ancient opera stage

Backtrack and exit from the ancient street,  you have two choices – 1)  Go straight and cross the bridge, then walk for 8 minutes and get to the viewing platform to see the landscape printed on the back of the 20 yuan renminbi note; 2) turn left and walk to the Xingping Pier either for bamboo rafting or take the “President Tour” for a 2-hour boat tour including the visit to Fish Village.

Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note

Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note

Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note

Xingping Dock for  President Tour

Xingping Dock for President Tour

Xingping Dock for President Tour

Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting

Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting

Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting

Xingping is the highlight of Li River cruising with the mesmerizing river running 20km within Xinping.

Highlight of Li River Cruising

Highlight of Li River Cruising

Highlight of Li River Cruising

You may take the bus back to Yangshuo or continue to go to Guilin. Guilin Qintan Bus Station operate the bus service between Guilin and Xingping.

Further Readings


Top 10 Things to do Guilin
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Li River Cruise
Daxu Ancient Town

Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Any questions, just drop a line.

Cruising on Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo

Friday, December 28th, 2018
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new tourists visiting Guilin and Li River.

If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

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Cruising on Li River is the top thing to do during your Guilin tour. The 83-km long Li River from  Guilin resembles a jade ribbon flanked by idyllic paddy fields and green forested hills, and dotted with pinnacled peaks, yellow shoals, bamboo groves, odd-shaped crags, deep pools and flying waterfalls. Li River is full of surprises which will ignite your imagination to fully appreciate the bestowed beauty.

Book a cruise ticket through the tourist desk at your hotel with a return transfer back to Guilin from Yangshuo. Or you may taxi from your hotel in Guilin to Zhujiang Dock (竹江码头) where most of the cruise boats leave for Yangshuo on a 4-hour cruise including lunch on board. Zhujiang Dock (竹江码头) is about 30km east of Guilin city center with taxi fare around 100 yuan. You can buy your boating ticket on the spot at the ticketing office at the dock.

Luxurious Air-conditioned Boats
High Season ( April – November): 270 yuan;
Low Season (December – March): 240 yuan

Super Luxurious Air-conditioned Boats:
High Season ( April – November): 450 yuan;
Low Season (December – March): 380 yuan

Note:
1. Most boats leave at 9:00 am, 9:30 am and 10:00 am, so try to get up early to catch the boats.
2. The lunch on board is very basic and you are advised to bring some snacks.
3. If you travel independently, you need to take bus from Yangshuo North Bus Station back to Guilin after your cruise and a short trip to Yangshuo.

Now, follow me to have a glimpse of the picturesque Li River.

Zhujiang Dock ( 30 km to the east of Gulin city center )

Zhujiang Dock

Zhujiang Dock

On a 4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo.

4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo

4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts right up along the boats and try to sell fruits.

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks of the forested undulating hills.

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages.

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery.

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery

We are passing by Yangdi Town ( Village). The watercourse from Yangdi to Xingping is the centerpiece of the Li River.

passing by Yangdi Town ( Village)

passing by Yangdi Town ( Village)

Many tourists take the motorized bamboo rafts from Yangdi floating on the most beautiful section of the Li River.

 motorized bamboo rafts

motorized bamboo rafts

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip.

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip

Our boat is passing by the attractions known as “Yellow Cloth Shoal” and “The Painted Hill of Nine Horses”.

"Yellow Cloth Shoal" and "The Painted Hill of Nine Horses"

“Yellow Cloth Shoal” and “The Painted Hill of Nine Horses”

We are approaching Yangshuo.

We are approaching Yangshuo.

We are approaching Yangshuo.

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock.

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock

A busy dock,  leads toward the West Street teemed with bars and restaurants.

A busy dock

A busy dock

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Guilin:

Guilin City Tour from US$69 p/p
Guilin Li River Cruising Tour from US$95 p/p
Guilin Longsheng Guilin Day Tour from US$109 p/p

Guilin Yangshuo 3 Day Tour from US$229 p/p
Guilin Yangshuo Daxu Town 4 Day Tour from US$305 p/p
Guilin Longji Rice Terraces Yangshuo 4 Day Tour from US$369 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Things to do Guilin
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Li River Cruise
Daxu Ancient Town

Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Any questions, just drop a line.