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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.


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Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangtze 2017

Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangtze 2017

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Travel on our Luxury Small Group Journey China and the Yangtze on select departures in May, June and September as a solo traveller for £6,350 (normal price: £7330). Must be booked by the 31st May. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

A Hosted Journey - The Ancient Silk Road

Nights: 9 | from £6,395pp

The ancient Silk Road was a network of overland trade routes that linked China with the Mediterranean. For a thousand years or so, merchants made the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Classic Tibet

Nights: 10 | from £4,945pp

Tibet feels like a real-life Shangri-La, a time-warp realm hid-den in the Himalaya and swirled by incense and an air of mystery. In ten days you can explore... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Wings Over China

Nights: 11 | from £23,330pp

From the timeless Great Wall near Beijing to the modern Hong Kong skyline, immerse yourself in the essence of China, exploring vibrant Shanghai, picturesque... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Special Interest

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Landscapes of Yunnan

Nights: 11 | from £4,735pp

Get under the skin of the beautiful mountainous province of Yunnan on this 11 night itinerary which uncovers the province’s key sights and cultural highlights. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Family China

Nights: 13 | from £4,995pp

Six dynamic cities, a dramatic river cruise and heaps of fun – this supremely child-friendly journey showcases the culture and variety of China, with... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Family Holidays

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Banyan Tree Yangshuo

As one of Yangshuo's newest resorts, the Banyan Tree offers understated luxury in a spectacular setting. Set amid beautiful karst scenery on the banks... Find out more

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Shangri-La Guilin

Overlooking the picturesque Li River, the 449-room Shangri-La Hotel is ideally located close to Guilin's leading tourist attractions, including Diecai... Find out more

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Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Yangshou Mountain Retreat lies on the bank of the Yulong River, edged by picturesque villages, lush paddy fields and towering limestone Karst peaks. Just... Find out more

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Beijing to Bangkok

Nights: 18 | from £6,250pp

Uncover Asia’s rich tapestry of varying cultures and dynasties. From the ancient and modern wonders of China’s frenetic cities to the scenic beauty of... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangtze 2017

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Travel on our Luxury Small Group Journey China and the Yangtze on select departures in May, June and September as a solo traveller for £6,350 (normal price: £7330). Must be booked by the 31st May. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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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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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.

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Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

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Visa required for UK passport holders

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Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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