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Guilin is regarded in China as the country's most picturesque city and its reputation as one of the world's most beautiful places has been established over hundreds of years, now ranking 2nd on China's list of Top 10 best destinations.
The city's stunning landscape has a magic that is all its own, from its two crystal-clear rivers overlooked by mountains and karsts, to its verdant vegetation ranging from bamboo to conifers, to its wonderful caves.
Guilin has been the political, economic and cultural centre of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). It is also an important cultural city with a history encompassing more than 2,000 years. The many ethnic minorities represented here that include the Zhuang, Yao, Hui, Miao, Mulao, Maonan and Dong, enrich the cultural life of the city. Each minority has its own unique customs and festivals and this means that they are much more abundant here than elsewhere in China.
Travel outside of Guilin to the local minority villages around Longsheng and Yangshuo to explore some of the most beautiful countryside in China. The Longji terraces have a large number of terraced rice paddy fields on its mountains making for a spectacular view, especially in Spring when the feilds are full of water.
Experience Guilin travel and tours with Abercrombie & Kent to have an unforgettable and highly personalised holiday to China.
Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
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