Guilin – Sun and Moon Twin Pagodas

This pair of pagodas sit next to the Shan (Fir) Lake and are a famous landmark of Guilin, standing tall against the surrounding buildings. They are pretty impressive even from the outside and make a beautiful scene next to the lake. The Sun Pagoda stands nine stories tall, presumably providing incredible views over the city, … Continue reading Guilin – Sun and Moon Twin Pagodas

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Li River Bamboo Boat Trip

No trip to Guilin is complete without a tour along the Li River on a "bamboo boat" (although we were rather disappointed to find plastic piping now used as the main material!). Most tourists take a raft to either Yangshuo or Xingping for a day or two exploring the smaller towns around Guilin. Our original … Continue reading Li River Bamboo Boat Trip

Guilin – Climbing Old Elephant Hill

To get the best view of the city and surrounding area, one needs to climb one of Guilin's many hills - revealing an incredible cityscape hidden between the famous peaks of this region. Unfortunately, locals have realised they can capitalise on this idea and so most hills within the city are now "parks" where you … Continue reading Guilin – Climbing Old Elephant Hill

Guilin – wandering around the city

Guilin has to be one of the prettiest Chinese cities I've ever visited - there are trees everywhere, beautiful buildings in a traditional Chinese style, and plenty of rivers. There is even a common Chinese saying 桂林山水甲天下 (Guilin scenery is the best under heaven),  which really epitomises the beauty of not just the city itself but … Continue reading Guilin – wandering around the city