Situated in China's Guangxi Region, Guilin is a scenic town and one of the best-known tourist destinations for China vacation deals in China. There are many scenic places within short traveling distance of Guilin. These include Longsheng with its famous Longji rice terraces; The Li jiang river, a scene of which is printed on the back of ?20 bank notes; Yangshuo, a small city downstream form Guilin; and much more. This makes Guilin an excellent base for exploring the northern end of Guangxi region. Guilin is a beautiful city. The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes and studded with shear sided karst mountains. Outside the city center, the buildings are less well kept. The main industry in the city is tourism.
Guilin itself is like most other medium size Chinese cities, other than that it has a large number of western-style hotels, tourists and is relatively free of air pollution. Many Chinese domestic tourists also flock to this area. What makes it special is its proximity to many picturesque limestone mountains and formations.
Guangxi and Guilin are home to 12 different ethnic minorities besides the Han Chinese. Guangxi is an autonomous region for the Zhuang ethnic group, rather than a province.
Li River Cruise
The river takes a big turn at Xingping and endowed with beautiful and poetic scenery. It has been reproduced in many Chinese landscape paintings. Even the newly-issued 20 RMB note has the scenery on its back. A photographer once said: 'Shots from any perspective for this place turn to be impressive and stunning'.
A 'village' on the river bank is worthy a visit. Chinese call it a 'village' because of the fact that nowadays it is inhabited by villagers. Actually, it is an age-old castle complex survived from over 500 years ago. Although some courtyard buildings have weathered through ages, the simple but elegant flying-eaves, roofs with colorful paintings, lattice windows and unique timber structures present the folk residence from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The villagers have the same surname of Zhao, so it is rumored that they are descendents of the imperial family in the Song Dynasty. Both Dr. Sun Yet-sun, the pioneer of China's democratic revolution and US president Colinton paid a visit to the village on their visits to Li River (a must-see in Guilin for your popular China travel package).
About 30 km (18.6 miles) far from Guilin City, Ox Gorge lies south of Millstone Hill. It's a long and narrow gorge with most of its surrounding mountains shaped like oxen, hence the name Ox Gorge. What's more, there are many other mountains looking like lions, tigers, horses and embroidery balls. The waters of the Li River are cut into two at Ox Gorge and the sand beach in the river is divided into three parts. In ancient times, the grand view formed by the water that slapped against the sheer cliff was highly regarded by the famous traveler Xu Xiake of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Having been dredged and reconstructed several times, the left branch was set as the present-day mainstream of the river.
There are nine stones in the river formed from nine oxen according to the legend. The scene is named Nine Oxen Playing with Water. The open river area, the elegant peaks and the absurd stones really differ from the scenery you see in other spots along the river.
At the end of the sand beach, there is a deep pool called Chenxiang Pool, situated under the cliff of the Stone Hill. It is one of the three deep pools in Li River. Many dragon-like stalactites are suspended from the cliff over the pool. This scene is the noted Dragons Playing with Water.
Nightlife in Guilin is as attractive as its natural beauty. From modern nightclubs, romantic night cruise to folk customs center on the Li River, travelers can enjoy or relax themselves thoroughly to color their China best tours.
The Li River Yinzuo Ferry is located at No.2 Dock, Binjiang Road on the west bank of Li River. This luxury ferry integrates ballroom, bar and Karaoke together. Travelers can admire the fantastic scenery on both banks and enjoy the modern entertainment.
Li River Ethnic Night is made up of Li River Night Cruise and Dancing in the Water Pavilion. The water pavilion is located at No.2 Dock, Binjiang Road on the west bank of Li River, next to the Li River Yinzuo Ferry. Travelers can watch the ethnic performance and then enjoy a cruise along the Li River.
Li River Folk Customs Center is located where Li River meets the Xiaodong River. Travelers will appreciate the ethnic customs, arts, cuisines and architecture. Enjoying the singing, dancing performance and ethnic costume show as well, travelers are sure to find tasting the ethnic delicacies a memorable experience.
Entrance Fee: for the Li River Folk Customs Center is approximately CNY45 during the day and CNY60 at night.'
Visiting Hours from 08:30 to 21:30
Transport: Use Public Bus No. 58 to go to the Center free of charge. China travel Guides at the Center speak Chinese, Cantonese, English and Japanese.
Guishan Zhi Xiu (the Beauty of Guishan)
Location: Minghua Palace, Guishan Hotel, No.1 Chuanshan Road
The performance features Guangxi customs and ethnic color, such as Zhuang, Miao, Dong and Yao ethnics. The themes cover Yao wedding dance, ethnic costume show and harvest dance. This elegant and passionate performance will refresh travelers from different cultural backgrounds.
Huayuan Zhi Ye (Garden Night)
Location: Guilin Royal Garden Hotel, No.186-1 Linjiang Road
This is the largest dome architecture of organic glass in Asia. Performance of as many as 12 ethnics is put on here nightly.
Haohua Zhi Ye (Luxury Night)
Location: Art Museum at junction of Jiefang Xi Road and Rong Yin Road
Travelers can taste unique delicacies of Lingnan Mountain styles and enjoy the folk acrobatics and performance.
Guilin Plaza Hotel Karaoke Bar
Location: No.20 Lijiang Road
Guilin Bravo Hotel Reed Flute Cowboy Bar
Location: No.14 Ronghu Nan Road
The decoration here is original-walls, floors, chairs and tables are all made of wood, adorned with ox skull, horns, etc. Travelers can relax drinking wine and playing darts.
Guilin Bravo Hotel VIP Nightclub
Location: No. 14 Ronghu Nan Road
Karaok, small dance floor, wines and snacks are provided here.
Mengbi Karaoke Nightclub
Location: Zhengyang Road
This club is very popular due to its good location, elegant surroundings, quality performance and management. To dance or to watch show, travelers can surely find something interesting!
Location: Underground No.1 Building, Nanmenqiao
Professional discotheque, performance room, billiards, sauna, massage, etc, can cater to different demands.
Shi Guang Dao Liu (Somewhere in Time)
Location: Fl.8th and 9th, Bagui Building, Zhongshan Zhong Road
Location: Sanduo Road
The vehement atmosphere with the strong tempo will excite everyone deeply. For peace and relaxation, bars above provide Karaok and coffee.
Yixing Bar (Grotesque Bar)
Location: Renmin Road
Decorations and hangings here are all grotesque. Don't be frightened. A big surprise is waiting for you!
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