Guilin, China Travel Guide

Last Updated: Dec 2021

While its name might not be famous to most Westerners, Guilin (pronounced GWEE-lin) is arguably China’s most scenic area, and a major highlight of any tour of the country. The city of Guilin actually has about 5 million people, which you wouldn’t expect by looking at the scenic photos of the Li River like the one above. The main reason for coming is the excellent 4-hour boat cruise through the most scenic part of the Li River, and then a bus ride home. The boats are far more luxurious than you might expect.

Guilin Facts

Population 4,748,000
Area 4,748,000
Timezone UTC+8
Currency Chinese yuan
Airports Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL)

Where to eat and drink in Guilin

Budget breakfastIf your hotel doesn't provide breakfast, you can find coffee shops and noodle houses$2.08 - $3.47
Budget lunchFinding English-language menus in Guilin isn't as hard as in most of China.$2.78 - $5.56
Budget dinnerThe restaurant area in the center of the four lakes has many budget-friendly options.$4.17 - $8.33
Beer (.5L)Local beer is cheaper in restaurants than in bars.$2.08 - $3.47
Beer (.33L can, retail)Weak local lager (3% to 4%) is available in all convenience stores.$0.83 - $1.25
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When to visit Guilin

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Guilin Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:42am6:50pm
21 Jun5:49am7:31pm
21 Sep6:26am6:36pm
21 Dec7:19am5:53pm

Where to stay in Guilin

Guilin Hotel Seasons

Guilin Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar8.00 - 19.00
starstarstarstarstar13.00 - 34.00
starstarstarstarstar32.00 - 51.00
starstarstarstarstar45.00 - 79.00
starstarstarstarstar59.00 - 105.00
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Guilin Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed4.00 - 21.00

Where to go before and after