Guilin In China Do you still know the game Nagaland with the little pointed trees? If you have always wanted to see it in real life, then I can only recommend Guilin in China.
Dreamlike landscapes in Guilin and Xingping
If you think about China, you’ll probably first think of
Beijing and Shanghai. But the Middle Kingdom has so much more to offer than
crowded cities. I recommend you to spend a few extra days on your trip so that
you can make it to Guilin In China.
Flight To Guilin
It takes about 3 hours and costs 379 CNY. But you can also
book flights from Beijing or Shanghai as well. From Shanghai, it takes
for example 2:40 hours to land in Guilin. You can compare and book flights at
Skyscanner or Momondo.
I spent a total of 4 days here and show you how to best
organize your trip. 3-4 days are ideal for stress-free exploration.
The hostel offers all tours in the area and at fair prices.
Booking through the hostel was more than comfortable and you can also meet
great people traveling with you. By the way, you can discover other
accommodations in Guilin here.
Longsheng rice terraces
For the first day, I recommend a tour of the village
Dazhai. From here you can explore the rice terraces alone (or with your group
of newly made friends) for 5 hours and learn a little about the locals. They
would like to turn their traditional clothes on – one picture is worthwhile in
any case. In the period from April to June, the rice fields are watered and the
sun is reflected in the stagnant water. If you want to see the terraces in the
lush green, July to September is the best time.
After the beautiful hike, you will pass some fruit stalls,
marvel at rare fruits and meet your driver who will take you back to Guilin. Do
not forget sturdy shoes and a loaded camera! In the meantime, it can get very
warm during the hike, so it’s best to use the bulb principle when it comes to
clothing. Now you have a second night in the hostel, then strengthened the next
day to tackle the next part of the trip.
Now for the real highlight in the area around. So
picturesque that it even prints on the 20 yuan note. And best of all, you can
visit exactly this place that inspired the painter.
First: Many tourists come to Guilin In China and
then book a tour to Yangshuo to look at the mountain landscape. However,
Yangshuo is touristy and therefore I recommend you to travel directly Xingping.
For this you book a boat tour – with a classic bamboo raft
you will go down the river and you will not be able to get out of it. When the
raft hits, tuk-tuks are ready to take you to Xingping. The easiest way to book
the tour is at Guilin Central Hostel, and the staff will explain exactly how to
get to Xingping. The majority of the group from the raft will continue to
Yangshuo but do not let that irritate you. On the way to the river tour, many
Chinese women will want to sell flower wreaths. I rarely let anything bother
me, but these wreaths look so beautiful and look great on photos in the
Once in Xingping, all you have to do is visit your hostel:
This Old Place International Youth Hostel is great for a night or two. The view
is also fabulous, there is a rooftop terrace and the restaurant offers fresh
wood-fired pizza (if you need a break from Chinese food). From here you
can explore the area and make your memory card full.
The village itself is picturesque and it is worthwhile to
make a small round here and taste local specialties. If you are looking for
souvenirs, you will find it here.
For the first day in Xingping, I decided with two friends
to visit the Old Fishing Village. It’s
described by the hostel as a two-hour hike – it took us a lot longer than half
the time we did not know where we were. It’s an exciting hike – the path is
lined with orange and grapefruit trees and you’re almost alone on your own.
However, I recommend the tour only if you speak some Chinese, otherwise, it
could be a bit difficult. Guilin In China
The fishing village is not a fishing village – only a few
small houses and the inhabitants try to collect admission. Here you just have
to ignore the calls and sneak in a few yards away. Then you have to find the
right way uphill and over the mountain again the way back to the village to
master. A successful adventure with terrific prospects, if you are ready to be
far away from tourism.
Less adventurous, but just as beautiful, can be a ride on
the bamboo raft, if the first trip to Xingping was not enough for you. A must
is a trek to Laozhai Hill. From here, you can survey the entire rolling
landscape and ask yourself if that is real or you are in a beautiful dream. The
ascent takes about 40 minutes – depending on fitness. The view is breathtaking
no matter what the hour!