Believe it or not but we hadn’t actually planned a trip to Guilin on the first draft of our China itinerary, we ended up there by mistake, but some things are meant to be and we had such a good time in Guilin.
Things To Do:
A cruise along the Lijiang river is a must for anyone visiting Guilin. It costs ¥65 per person and lasts around 90 minutes. Boats leave all day from the jetty behind the elephant hill.
Elephant hill park is the main attraction in Guilin, and we actually didn’t go. The price put us off, ¥70 per person and we had already seen most of it from our boat ride. The park did look very nice from the boat and there is a walkway to the top of the hill.
We visited the seven star scenic area for ¥70 per person, (seriously the parks in China aren’t cheap!). It was a really beautiful park, the highlight is camel mountain which really does look like a camel, and the beautiful man made waterfall in the centre of the park.
Shanhu lake (finally, a free park!) was stunning especially at night, the area is fairly big and it will take you over an hour to walk all the way around all four lakes.
Zhengyang pedestrian street is the main shopping are in town, there is also an amazing indoor food market, I have no idea what it was called but I’ve put a photo of the entrance below.
From the airport there are shuttle buses every 30 minutes into the city, they cost ¥20 each way but won’t drop you off in the middle of town, you’ll still need to walk 20 minutes or so to your hotel. Operation hours are 06:30 to 21:30.
Where To Stay:
The Guilin 0773 Grand Hotel is a funny name but a really good hotel, the rooms were clean and modern, the wifi was good and the shower was powerful. It’s with a few minutes walking distance to the main tourist attractions and there are lots of food choices around. We booked through trusty hotels.com for £23 per night.