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GUILIN

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Guilin, also named Forest of Sweet Osmanthus, is a place for tourists. For centuries the landscape has inspired poets and artists: limestone peaks rise magically from the mist shrouded emerald of the rice fields; lazy rivers wind through the idyllic countryside, all these give the ethereal images of Guilin.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Qi Feng Ling Airport
Distance to city: 28 km
Airport Transport:
  • Shuttle Bus (airport -> CAAC ticketing office)
    • fare: CNY 20
  • Taxi
    • fare: CNY 120
Airport tax: CNY 105 (international flights)

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

Flight Schedule from/to Hong Kong
1 hours 20 min

Visa

Home entry permit required for HK Chinese.
Visa is required for foreigners.
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Embassies and Consulates

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Customs

Customs allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
  • Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen during your stay.
Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the Authorities on arrival.
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Currency

Renminbi (RMB)
Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.1197 (updated 25 Mar 1996)
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0

Accommodation

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Transportation

Bus
  • fare: 5 jian - CNY1
Taxi
  • fare: min charge CNY 11
Train
Bicycle

Tourist Attraction

Elephant Trunk Hill
where you can see brightly coloured costumes of the minorities and their spectacular folk dances. All these can also be seen in the outlying villages.
Free Market in Yangshuo - located on the Western Hills
Fubo Hill
Climb up the legendary hill, along a path that passes an enormous cooking pot and a cast-iron bell weighing 2.5 tons, for a panoramic view of Guilin city.
Jingjiang Princely Tombs
the tomb covers 100 sq. metre and contain the remains of 14 Ming Dynasty princes
Li-Jiang River
clear as blue silk ribbon, winds round majestically perched limestone peak towers, concealing fantastic subterranean caves and water-ways. Reflected on the crystal clear water of the lakes and river, the lush plains and curious shapes of the hairpin hills create a doubly haunting vision.
Longsheng Hot Springs
3 hours from Guilin, the spring has been used for many years by the minority Yao people as a cure for many ailments.
Seven Star Crag Park
recreation area containing seven hills arranged in the shape of the Big Dipper, caves illuminated by coloured lights, the covered Flower Bridge, a delightful bonsai garden and a small zoo.
The Reed Flute Cave
where unusual stalactite and stalagmite formed, highlighted with couloured lights
Folded Brocade Hill
The Solitary Beauty Hill
West Hill
a small group of peaks and a park surrounding a tiny lake. The Temple of the Great Buddhas and the three-storey Guilin Museum are popular spots
Yangshuo - the ancient city
Yongji Bridge
3 hours from Guilin at Chengyang, the 80 metre covered bridge support 5 multi-eaved pavilions, constructed entirely without metal nails or screws
Zengpiyan Cave - 10-thousand-year-old tools and bone fragments found

Supervisory Office of Tourism Quality of Guilin City

Tel: (86773) 2800315

Tours and Activities

Tours from Hong Kong

Shopping guide

Guilin Department Store
Guilin Antique Store
Guilin Arts & Crafts Centre
Guilin Tourist Services Shopping Centre
Ronghu Road
Bing Jiang Nan Road
Zhongshan Zhong Road
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Weather

Min. 9 C (in Jan)
Max. 28 C (in Jul)
Annual Rainfall: 1290mm
Rainy Season: May - Jul
Best Season to visit: Autumn
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast
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Language

Official Languages: Mandarin
Language of Business and Administration: Mandarin and English
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Electricity

220 volts, 50 cycles

Emergency Number

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Tourist Hotline: 5261179
Ambulance: 120 , 7213460
Emergencies: 110 (foreigner's section 552729)
Fire: 119
Tel No. Enquiry: 114
Police: 110
Foreign Affairs Office of Police: 7216795

Public Holidays

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