Guilin Travel Guide
Situated in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin has always been famous for its scenery and culture. It has an area of 4,194 square kilometers and a population of 1.25 million. Guilin is a karst basin surrounded by mountains.
Guilin is named after the fragrance of osmanthus tree and saw its first inhabitants in Qin Dynasty over 2,000 years ago. Guilin prospered and flourished in Tang, Song, Ming and Qing under patronage from succeeding Emperors.
Guilin’s reputation as one of the worlds most a beautiful places has become established over hundreds of years and ranks second on China list of the 10 best tourist destinations.
Guilin is located 109°E longitude and 24° N latitude in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The Guilin Government area covers an area of 4,195 square kilometers. It is in a basin surrounded by the Yuecheng Range , Ocean Hill, Jiaqiao Range and Tianping Hill. Guilin is located almost due west of Hong Kong and about 1 hour by air.
The Li River meanders through Guilin from north to south. Most of Guilin city lies on the western bank of the Li River.
The main artery is Zhongshan Lu, which runs roughly parallel to the river on its western side. At the southern end of this street is Guilin Railway Station. Zhoangshan Lu is a rapidly developing stretch of tourist class hotels and retail shops.
The city center is dominated by the central square which is surrounded by a number of good hotels, shopping precincts and commercial buildings.
Guilin is built around its two rivers and 4 lakes that are inter-connected. Many distinctive bridges crisscross the waterways.
Those who enjoy walking can spend many hours wandering the beautiful river and lakes make Guilin what it is.