Guilin attractions

Top Choice National Park in Ziyuan

Bājiǎozhài National Geopark

This park is named after eight Dānxiá stone peaks that lie near the border with Húnán. Round, isolated, featuring ringlike troughs and leaning 45 degrees in the same direction, they resemble snails sunning themselve…
Village in Guilin

Jiāngtóuzhōu Ancient Town

The 1000-year-old village of Jiāngtóuzhōu is tucked away among farmland 32km north of Guìlín. There’s an unmistakable rustic charm, with cobblestone alleyways and weathered homes from the Ming and Qing dynasties, wh…
Mountain in Ziyuan

Tiānmén Mountain National Park

Tiānmén Mountain is home to proud cliffs, sharp ravines and dramatic waterfalls of Dānxiá topography, but also lush subtropical foliage, clusters of ash-brown dwellings and crumbling roadside shrines. There are mult…
Pagoda in Guilin

Sun & Moon Twin Pagodas

Elegantly embellishing the scenery of Shān Lake, the Sun and Moon Twin Pagodas, beautifully illuminated at night, are the highlight of a stroll around Guìlín’s two central lakes. The octagonal, seven-storey Moon Pag…
Gate in Guilin

South Gate

On the northern shore of Róng Lake, and strikingly illuminated at night, the South Gate (南门; Nán Mén) is the only surviving section of the original Song-dynasty city wall (城墙; chéng qiáng). The area is abuzz with ac…
Park in Guilin

Solitary Beauty Peak

This park is a peaceful, leafy retreat from the city centre. The entrance fee for the famous lone pinnacle includes admission to an underwhelming 14th-century Ming prince’s mansion (oversold as a ‘palace’). The 152m…
Lake in Guilin

Róng Lake

Róng Lake (literally, Banyan Lake), named for an ancient Chinese banyan on its shore, and Shān Lake are an oasis of calm in the urban hub of Guìlín.
Lake in Guilin

Shān Lake

Literally 'Fir Lake', Shān Lake, together with its neighbour Róng Lake, was once part of a city moat.
Hill in Guilin

Elephant Trunk Hill

At the southern end of Guìlín where the Lí River and the Táohuā River converge, one of Guìlín's best-promoted sights is Elephant Hill Park, where Elephant Trunk Hill – unlike other misshapen lumps of rock with tenuo…
Historic Site in Guilin

East Gate

About 1km north of Folded Brocade Hill is the partly reconstructed East Gate, flanked by crumbling sections of the original wall. To reach the East Gate, take bus 1 or 2 and get off at the Dōngzhèn Lù stop, then tur…