Perfectly encased by dramatic limestone karst hills draped in rich vegetation that roll on for miles, the first thing that will strike you about Guilin is its outstanding beauty. With two serene lakes at its centre, embellished by towering Twin pagodas this compact city has managed to retain its ambient local charm despite its urban development.
With plenty of easy walking trails through the plunging gorges and bamboo forests, the best way to explore the area is by foot. As you stumble past secluded Buddhist monasteries and tip-toe across glass walkways, the region feels a million miles from the futuristic China you may have already experienced.
Decorated with ornate bridges and gentle paths, the manicured gardens surrounding Banyan Lake are a wonderful spot for people watching. In the early evening, the city’s residents flock to practice all manner of pastimes from Tai Chi to ancient Calligraphy showcasing the importance they place on downtime.
Together with our partners on the ground, whether you’re an all-out adventure seeker or prefer exploring at a gentler pace, let’s start tailoring your epic journey through China here.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Suzanne, who's travelled extensively in China. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the guides who can take you to The Great Wall’s quietest spots, the villagers who can show you how to create your own lucky clay cat and the cooks who can rustle you up breakfast pancakes, Shanghai-style.
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