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Top Choice National Park in Zīyuán

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…
Top Choice Seafood in Dàxū Ancient Town

Ancient Town Fish Restaurant

The kitchen of this excellent rustic place has cured pork hanging on white-tiled walls, fish swimming in tubs, and baskets of vegetables plucked from their plot. Sometimes the staff will let you go into the kitchen …
Top Choice Indian in Guìlín

Kali Mirch

Tucked away behind the Sheraton, this fantastic restaurant is run by an affable and well-travelled man from Darjeeling, who speaks perfect English and ensures that every dish is true to form. The vegetable samosas, …
Village in Guìlín

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 Zīyuán

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 Guìlín

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 Guìlín

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 Guìlín

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…
Cafe in Guìlín

Róng Coffee

Looking like a greenhouse with colourful armchairs, this peaceful cafe by the picturesque Róng Lake offers a lovely getaway from the busy streets. It's even got a tiny garden with a couple of tables and a garden swi…
Lake in Guìlín

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.