The popular tourist city of Guilin in Southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has long taken credit for having the most dramatic Karst scenery in the world, and has confirmed to be the ninth city in China (following Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian and Shenyang) to offer a visa-free transit policy since June, 2014, Therefore, transit passengers with passport of the 51 countries are allowed to stay for up to 72 hours without visa on direct transit via Guilin Liangjiang International Airport.
Guilin is expected to see more international tourists! Check the following list for the most famous scenic spots in Guilin.
Li River traverses through Guilin from north to south, and connects Guilin and Yangshuo by waterway. A cruise down the river all the way to Yangshuo is one of the highlights of a holiday in China. During this 83-km (52 miles) cruise, visitors are going to pass by beautiful countryside, bamboo groves lining along the riverbank, leisurely water buffalo and numerous extraordinary Karst peaks, which have just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list on June 23.2014 (as part of South China Karst).
65 km southeast of downtown Guilin, Yangshuo is world-famous for the picturesque countryside, enchanted villages and spectacular scenery of hills and rivers. It is an idea destination and great laidback base for those looking for fun and leisure, by enjoying cycling, rock climbing, hiking, bamboo rafting in the Yulong River and free time in the bars on the West Street.
Many visitors prefer an extension Guilin tour to Longji or Dazhai for the rice terraces. Dragon Backbone’s Rice Terraces is 87 km (55 miles) northwest of Guilin, and offers amazing view of terraced fields. In Dazhai and Longji, travelers can also have an visit to the ethnic minority villages of Yao and Zhuang people to experience the unique culture and custom.
Reed Flute Cave
The Reed Flute Cave is one of spectacular Karst caves in Guilin and a must for all travelers to the city. Inside the cave is a wonder world of stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations of various shapes created by carbonate deposition, and Illuminated by colored lighting.
At an elevation of 909m, Mount Yao is the highest mountain in Guilin. It’s highly recommended to take a chairlift journey to the top and a speedy toboggan slide-down. Another major attraction around Yao Mountain is a fantastic tea farm about 2 km away, with hundreds of hectares of tea trees. Make sure to watch a traditional tea ceremony for free!