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    Best time for Li Jiang (River Li) Cruise

    by SLLiew Written Oct 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Different seasons and different weathers will display the Guilin mountains in different light.

    But the recommended best time for a river cruise is April, May, September and October. Of course, best time is the most tourist crowded time especially duing the Golden week during the first week of October.

    River water level will vary accordingly during the wet and dry season.

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    Stalagmites and stalactites

    by herzog63 Written Oct 5, 2003

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    Guilin Caves

    Favorite thing: Stalagmites are the ones that appear to be rising from the cave floor and stalactites are the ones the are growing from the ceiling as the mineral deposits are dripping down. They sure look cool. The lighting in the caves is a little tacky at times but at least it's possible to see the cool formations.

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    The Li river

    by Luchonda Written Jun 28, 2003

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    J.Bond in China

    Favorite thing: Once in Guilin - you have to visit and cross the river by boat.
    It will take you out in a landscape of mystery and every mountain will tell it's story.
    use a little bit yr imagination and you will recognize elephants - dragons etc.

    Fondest memory: It reminds me at Phuket in Thailand !
    Fabulous landscapes !

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    Billboards..........

    by herzog63 Written Oct 6, 2003

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    Billboards

    Favorite thing: At the time I got a big kick out of the Pearl Cream billboard as was being advertised heavily in the US and just hearing that lady metioning being younger from using "Pearl Cream"! There billboards of all kinds usually over a business.

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    Guilin - Yangshuo basics

    by SirRichard Written Jan 14, 2012

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    Bamboo boats in Xinping

    Favorite thing: Hi, I'll try to answer it all.
    GUILIN. There is a minibus that goes to the centre after each flight arrival. It costs 20 yuans and takes about 20 minutes to the centre. It makes several stops in the centre. I stayed at the Guilin Flowers Youth Hostel which is near the railways and bus station and clean, but it was a hostel, not hotel.
    RIVER BOATS. Touristic boats from Guilin to Yangshuo are, IMHO, a tourist trap. They take all the morning to get there and the only interesting part is at the end, near Yangshuo. What I did was to take a bus to Yangshuo (1 hour), sleep there and from there make a trip on a bamboo boat for the interesting parts of the river, which are basically between Yangshuo and Xinping.
    HOTEL IN YANGSHUO. I stayed at the Morning Sun Hotel, which is a medium (about 3 stars) local hotel with a nice patio, A/C and hot water for 180 yuans (single room). Itis well located, 1 minute from the main pedestrian street. There are many hotels there but avoid those in the Jie Xie pedestrian street, they are too noisy. The RiverView Hotel (http://www.riverview.com.cn/orderen.asp) is a good option too, by the riverside, with views to the Li river and reasonable prices.
    TO DO IN YANGSHUO. Take a public bus to Xinping. Nice village and you can take there a bamboo boat to cruise the river for 2 hours.
    Daytrip to the rice terraces (you can do this from Guilin too) the best way is to joina group at a local agency.
    Hire a bike and go to Jiuxian village. I just asked a girl at the hotel reception and she arranged everything, hired 2 bikes and helped me as a guide to the rice fields around Yangshuo and to the rural village of Jiuxian. Half Day
    Take a bamboo boat to the Yalong River. This river is smaller than Li, less crowded and similar landscape (not so dramatic but OK). Half day.
    YANGSHUO TO AIRPORT. You can take the local bus Yangshuo-Guilin and from Guilin bus station take the minibus to the airport. Or take the train Guilin-Yangshuo.

    Enjoy Yangshuo
    Joaquin

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    Bloopers when taking photographs

    by albaaust Written Jan 18, 2007

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    This could have won a prize save for the guy!!#!!
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    Favorite thing: I only realised this when I got home. Travelling through such breathtaking scenery you get so "blown away" as you click that you don't see the finer details!!

    As you take the photos be aware of minute things which afterwards you'll be saying "I wish I had noticed that!!" eg some of my mistakes...other people taking same photo and somehow they end up in your photo which could have won a prize!!(and you cannot edit them out?##).....power lines....poles in the corner...not allowing for light/sun at the camera..

    See my "beautiful photos"

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    Guilin shopping and restaurant zone

    by magor65 Written Feb 23, 2005

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    Guilin shopping and restaurant zone

    Favorite thing: The new shopping and restaurant zone in the city centre resembles other places of this kind all over the world. It is elegant, clean, with lots of decorative verdure and lights. It is free of motor traffic.

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    The Reed Flute Cave

    by Radiomom Written Jul 21, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I think it is called this as they did a concert here and they play the music from it -- the echos and the lighted stalagtites and stalacmites
    are gorgeous. This is something that will be on a "China Tour" if you are on one -- and it is lovely. Certainly a worthwhile stop.

    Fondest memory: Get out of your hotel and go to the night market. This is a lovely town and it is a joy just to wander the main streets to see people enjoying themselves.

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    Night Market

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Guilin - Banu

    Favorite thing: Half of the main street, in central Guilin, is closed each night for the night market (at least while we were there!).

    For several hundred meters, three row of stalls sell all kind of crafts, for locals and tourists.

    Next morning the traffic flows normally, without signs of the crowds and huge deals of... a few hours before.

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    Visit the caves if it's raining

    by herzog63 Written Oct 5, 2003

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    Cave formations

    Favorite thing: I picked a day where it was pouring rain to visit the caves. It worked out great as I was underground and enjoying myself instead of sloshing around in the rain. Also it was quite warm inside the caves unlike outside.

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    Guilin Train Station

    by myspices Updated Mar 29, 2008

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    Guilin Train Station at Zongshan Nanlu
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    Favorite thing: Guilin Train Station is strategically located along Zhongshan Nanlu. It is near to lots of hotels and shopping stalls - well, it is along the busiest road of Guilin. The station is swarmed with lots of people - locals and visitors. During weekends, it's really horrendous - lots of local tour groups arriving via the trains. At this station, you can purchase your tickets to the various provinces of China. Tickets are best purchased in advance. The tickets are electronically generated as such the seat number and timing are clearly stated in your ticket.

    Location of Guilin Train Station : Zhongshan Nanlu, Guilin

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    Guilin Bus Station

    by myspices Written Mar 30, 2008

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    Guilin Bus station is along Zhongshan Nanlu
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    Favorite thing: Guilin Bus Station is also located along Zhongshan Nanlu . It is a big station and you can buy your tickets in advance (for some) for most of the places you wish to visit in China. We bought the tickets for our travels to Longsheng and Yangshuo here. Lots of tour operators and people trying to sell you tour packages and bus tickets. It's best to purchase your tickets at the appropriate counters in the bus station.

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  • Guilin Taxi to Airport

    by VivianChang Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Just back from Guilin three weeks ago.

    We took a taxi from the hotel in Zhongshan Lu which is located in downtown to airport at 10.00am we paid RMB100 which we asked him before we boarded the taxi. The taxi driver was asking whether we want to go by highway we have to pay for the toll. We said we have plenty of time so he took another road. He did not use the meter.

    When we took the taxi from the Guilin airport to the bus station near Zhongshan Lu, we paid RM88 inclusive of 3 tolls of RMB10 each. The taxi uses the meter.

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    Tourist Information Centre?

    by myspices Updated Mar 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Well, this booth which looks like a booth for Tourist Information is pretty misleading. This little booth is located right in front of Guilin Bus Station, along Zhongshan Nanlu. We thought it was the Tourist Information Centre and in hope of getting some information on how to move about Guilin - but well, it's not an Information Centre. It is actually a booth set up selling tour packages to various places of interests in Guilin. Initially we wanted to move off from the booth but then after looking at some of the packages, we were kinda interested in some as we were having a time constraint and to move on our own will take up quite a bit of our time. The tour packages that we took are :

    Day trip to Crown Cave ("Quan Yuan") and Gudong Falls : RMB150/- per pax
    (Inclusive of entrance tickets to both the locations, excluding the fee for hardhat and grass sandals for hiking up Gudong Falls, lunch on own account)

    Day trip - City tour Guilin covering Princess City Solitary Beauty Park, Third Sister Liu Garden, Chuanshan Cave/Tunnel Cave and river cruise along LiJiang to see Elephant Trunk Hill : RMB35/- per pax
    (Inclusive of entrance fee to Beauty Park and 3rd sister Liu garden, inclusive of river cruise but excluding entrance fee to Chuanshan and tunnel caves, lunch on own account)

    The tour company is Guilin Wan Tong Tourism Sdn Bhd. Tel: 2800318
    Pickup will be at hotel entrance. Time :8am and to return by 5pm for each trip. Tour guide speaks Mandarin. Arrange for English speaking guide - think that would cost a little bit more.
    Tour buses are clean and with AC.

    See more pictures attached on tour buses and tour guide..

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    Eating out tip

    by Katieswk Written Oct 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Due to most of the restaurants or cafes in West Street are small and family run, don't try to go with over 8 peoples at the same time, otherwise, food will be served late. Some of you may finish their meal, but other still waiting. Also, in the winter evening, sit outside is not recommand unless you want to enjoy a "cold" meal or just relex for a beer. Dishes get cold very quick in the winter time.

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