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Why we like it
- All rooms have beautiful views of the Li River or the hotel's lush landscaped gardens
- Overlooking the picturesque banks of the legendary Li River, this classic Chinese-style hotel sits on an impressive 48,000m2 site
- The hotel boasts the finest restaurants and bars in Guilin, serving everything from elegant cocktails and fine dining to casual poolside snacks
- The spa offers a comprehensive treatment menu including a selection of luxury European facials and restorative Asian massages
- The hotel has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools
- Other facilities include bars and lounges, a fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and tennis courts
- We recommend the Executive River View Rooms for their private outdoor terraces
Be sure to sample a cup of Osmanthus tea. This soft and delicate tea is made from the sweet osmathus flowers after which the city of Guilin is named.
We loved Cambodia and learned a lot from the warm and engaged guides, Sothi and Huang. We were also surprised at how much we liked Beijing. Eric too was a fantastic guide and made us think of China and its place in the world differently.
- BM, London
Overlooking the picturesque Li River, the 449-room Shangri-La Hotel is ideally located close to Guilin's leading tourist attractions, including Diecai Mountain and the city's charming pedestrian area.
Starting at a spacious 42m2, the hotel's rooms are the largest in Guilin, while its suites offer some of the most luxurious accommodation in the city. All are beautifully appointed, mixing muted, earth tones with dark, polished wooden detailing. Deep, sumptuous carpets and oversized, super-comfortable beds heighten the sense of luxurious retreat, while local artworks on the walls lend a sense of place and add notes of individuality.
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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