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8 Things Not to Do in Guilin

With stunning karst landscapes, Guilin is well-known in China and around the world. For a trip in China, Guilin will always be one of the best options, because most tourists won’t miss the charming Li River and surreal karst mountains and caves in Guilin. By knowing the following 8 things not to do in Guilin, we hope that you can be less stressful. What not to do in Guilin? Read on to find out the answer.


1.Don’t Disregard Your Safety on the Cruise.

During a trip in Guilin, you should always remember that your safety is the priority. As the symbol of Guilin, Li River is what you cannot miss when traveling in Guilin. It’s no doubt that you will take the Li River Cruise, for the picturesque sceneries of green hills and clear water along your way to Yangshuo from Guilin.

Li River Cruise

However, don’t disregard your safety on the cruise. It’s necessary to follow the directions from the guide on the cruise, in order to get rid of some unexpected accidents. For the sake of your safety, do not forcefully lean on the rails, neither cross or transcend the protected rails for a better spot to take pictures.

If you’re traveling with your kids, you’d better keep an eye on them all the time. Before taking the cruise, please patiently talk with your kids about what they have to pay attention to once they get on the cruise.


2.Don’t Miss Wonderful Places around Guilin.

Even though there are plenty of famous attractions in Guilin for you to explore, it’s a pity if you miss those wonderful places around Guilin. Continue reading to know more information.

Autumn of Longji Rice Terraces

  • Longji Rice Terraces, located in Longsheng county, is where you can enjoy the beautiful sceneries of rice terraces and discover the minority culture. Spring and autumn will be the best seasons to visit Longji Rice Terraces.
  • Yangshuo has so much for you to explore. There is a Chinese saying goes like this: “Landscape in Guilin tops those elsewhere, while landscape in Yangshuo tops that of Guilin.” Here you can experience bamboo rafting on the Yulong River, overlook the majestic Li River on Xianggongshan Hill, go cycling around Yangshuo countryside or take a stroll along the West Street.
  • Sanjiang Drum Tower, situated at Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County in Liuzhou, is the top 1 drum tower for Dong ethnic group in China. The elaborate wooden structure with gray color represents the profound culture of Dong minority.


3.Don’t be Confused on Which Cave to Choose.

It’s true that Guilin has lots of karst caves, so that it’s hard to visit all the caves during your Guilin trip. Meanwhile, you don’t have to be confused on which one to choose. The most famous cave is Reed Flute Cave, it’s another landmark of Guilin, with marvelous views of stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, curtains and flowers in fantastic shapes and colors.

Reed Flute Cave

Though Reed Flute Cave is the most popular one among tourists, other caves in Guilin also show their glamor in different ways. You can also choose from caves like Crown Cave, Silver Cave, Seven Star Cave and Chuanshan Cave. It all depends on your schedule in Guilin.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you find it too difficult to make a travel plan on your own, professional travel consultants from Top China Travel would be so happy to help you with the most suitable plan.


4.Don’t Assume That Guilin Only Has Rice Noodles.

Every time you search for best food to eat in Guilin, Guilin Rice Noodles will definitely be on the top of the list. Guilin Rice Noodles, Guilin Mifen in Chinese, has its distinctive flavor, fragrant and mellow.

Many local people in Guilin eat Mifen every day, and it’s also a must-try thing among domestic and international tourists. However, don’t assume that Guilin only has Rice Noodles, other local dishes in Guilin are also delicious.

What you shouldn’t miss in Guilin are dishes like Beer Fish, Beer Duck, Lipu Taro Looped Meat, Yangshuo Tianluo Niang (Stuffed Li River Snails) and so on. Except for Rice Noodles, you’ve got various options. Just let us know if you would like to know more recommended food in Guilin.


5.Don’t be Afraid of Go out at Night.

Guilin is quite safe whenever you go out, even in the midnight. Don’t be afraid to walk outside at night, or else you’ll miss the best night views in Guilin. The green mountains and rivers in Guilin make a perfect match with those artificial lights, which provide all the tourists so fabulous a picture at night.

Guilin Night View

It will be a wonderful experience to take the Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise at night, sceneries along Li River, Taohua River, Shanhu Lake, Ronghu Lake, Guihu Lake and Mulonghu Lake are the core of Guilin night view.

If you want to just take a stroll along the streets, you can go to Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, Xichenglu Pedestrian Street or East-West Alley. For Yangshuo, the West Street will be the best place for you to experience night life. All those places are great for eating, shopping and relaxing.


6.Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard When Hiking.

For those travelers who are fond of outdoor activities, Guilin will be a perfect place for you. Here in Guilin, you can step outside to explore countryside, go cycling around Yangshuo, or experience rock climbing. Luckily, Guilin is also a wonderful place for hiking.

Generally speaking, there are 4 classic hiking routes in Guilin, including area around Longji Terraces, Li River, Yulong River, and scenic area of Two Rivers and Four Lakes. You can choose a trekking route according to your schedule, the most popular route is along Li River.

Don’t push yourself too hard when hiking, even though you are in good physical condition. Remember to take some rest every now and then, and do drink plenty of water when hiking. Additionally, it’s better to bring some refreshments to keep your energy up.

Yulong River


7.Don’t Expect to Visit All the Parks in Guilin.

It’s no exaggeration to say that one can hardly visit all the parks during one single trip in Guilin. There are a lot of public parks in Guilin, where you can not only enjoy the beautiful sceneries of mountain and water, but also get closed to the local life in Guilin.

Popular parks are mainly Elephant Trunk Hill Park, Seven Star Park, Fubo Hill Park, Chuanshan Park and plenty more. Don’t expect to go to every park when you’re in Guilin, because it will take a lot of your time.

Elephant Trunk Hill

If you want to choose the most representative one among all the public parks, we suggest you visit Seven Star Park, for it is the biggest park in Guilin, with beautiful karst cave and mountain for you to explore.


8.Don’t Worry about the Language Barrier.

Never worry too much about the language barrier in Guilin. Ranked as one of the top 5 popular cities in China, the blooming tourism makes Guilin a world-famous international tourist city. No matter what kind of tour you’re looking for, cultural, scenic or historical, Guilin will always meet your expectation.

As Guilin is so loved by foreign tourists, some drivers in downtown Guilin could speak some English. Also, the language barrier will never be a problem when you go shopping along the shopping streets. If you need some help during your trip, kind locals in Guilin will be happy to help you out.

Therefore, you don’t need to worry too much about the language barrier when traveling in Guilin, especially in Yangshuo. Most young generations have learned English for many years. And it’s normal that even some elders can speak a few English sentences when you travel around Yangshuo.


Don’t be Stressful. Let Top China Travel Help You.

For more things not to do in Guilin, please feel free to contact us. Our Local experts know what kind of suggestions are best for you. To be honest, most of our customers won’t want to miss Guilin during their trip in China.

Don’t hesitate, go ahead and start your planning, as Guilin will never let you down. Check our Guilin tours below if you have interests.

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