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Guilin Travel FAQ

Weather

1. When is the best time to travel to Guilin?

Guilin has four distinct seasons. In winter, it very rarely gets below freezing, but it is usually rainy, which makes it feel colder than it is. Summer is hot and humid and sometimes the temperature can reach as high as over 37 ºC. So the best time to travel to Guilin is during the spring and fall. In spring, you can enjoy the misty scenery on the fairy misty Li River. In fall, the sunny days are quite sufficient; you can enjoy the clear water sparkling in the sun with the shadows of the hills. However, when you have to travel in summer, you’d better bring handy summer stuffs like sun cream, sun glasses, hat, mosquito repellent, etc. to protect you from the melting heat in Guilin.

2. When is the best time to visit Longji Rice Terraces?

The Longji Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces look different depending on the time of the year. Every season is the best season to visit them. In spring, the terraces are filling up with water, and each field looks like a mirror reflecting the verdant green and the mountains are in the spring mist. This is why they call it the mirror-season. In the summer, the terraces look like small forests as the bright green rice plants begin to grow to maturity. In the autumn, the mountains are in golden as the ripe rice plants wait to be harvested. In the cold winter, the whole terrace will turn to silver making the mountain look like a giant sleeping white dragon (the snow season is short in Longji from Jan. to Feb.).

Li River Cruise

Usually tourists will buy the Li River cruise ticket through a travel agency in Guilin. Tourists can also buy the cruise ticket at the Guilin Water Transportation Center on Binjiang Road.

The Li River cruise boats depart from Zhujiang Wharf at around 9:30am, and arrive at Yangshuo Wharf at around 2:00pm. The Zhujiang Wharf is about 40 minutes driving from Guilin. Travel agencies always arrange transportation for the tourists who buy the tickets from them. Tourists who buy ticket by themselves need to go to the Wharf on their on by taxi.

There is no boat from Yangshuo back to Guilin.

Transportation

1. How can I go to Yangshuo from Guilin airport?

Guilin airport is the nearest airport to Yangshuo. You have several ways to go to Yangshuo from there. Option1: Take a taxi directly to Yangshuo, which takes about 1.5-2 hours and cost about RMB300. Option2: Take the airport shuttle bus about RMB20 to the downtown of Guilin city, and then go to Guilin bus station Option3: Get to the downtown of Guilin by shuttle bus or taxi and stay overnight. Go to Yangshuo by Li River Cruise boat the next day.

2. How to get to Longji to visit the Rice Terraces?

You need to take a bus to Longsheng County at the Guilin Bus Station, and then change to another minibus at Longsheng to Longji parking lot. There is not a direct bus from Guilin to Longji Rice Terraces. Or you can take one day Longji bus tour to visit the Terraces.

Cuisine

1. What cuisine options are there in Guilin?

The cuisine available in Guilin is quite diverse. The local food in Guilin has an almost endless variety, and is far more delicious than anything you can find in a "Chinese" restaurant in the west. We are certain you will love it.

2. Is there any don't-miss food in Guilin?

Guilin rice noodle is a way of life in Guilin and the rice noodle eateries can be seen everywhere in Guilin city. There is rice noodle banquet of different tastes at some big restaurants.

Oil Tea is a special dish of Dong and Yao people. A bowl of hot bitter tea is drunk with different snack dishes like fried rice popcorn, fried bean or fried sweet potato noodle. Most Guilin people like it so much that they even have it for breakfast or late night snack.

Yangshuo Beer fish It is made from freshly caught river fish and fried with beer, hot and green peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes and some secret ingredients. The fish's skin is crispy and its meat is moist and tender. Eating Yangshuo’s beer fish will be an unforgettable culinary experience.

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