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Introducing Guìlín

Whether you’re going north to the highlands, or south to Yángshuò and beyond, Guìlín is a place you’re likely to spend a night or two. Set off alongside the tranquil Lí River (漓江; Lí Jiāng) it is a good introduction to Guǎngxī’s dreamlike scenery, with its otherworldly karst topography as a backdrop.

The city’s complete reliance on tourism means that it’s well managed and clean, but you’ll have to share it with the crowds, and there are touts and high admission fees to sights. With modern facilities and a high percentage of English-speaking locals, Guìlín is a convenient base to plan trips to the rest of the province.