This article for Guangxi Guilin Travel Tips is contributed by my site visitor @WaittingLee370 via Twitter.
In the first part of this article Guangxi Guilin Attractions & Travel Tips (1), @WaittingLee370 shared the photos of the famous Guangxi Guilin attractions, such as Li River, Dragon back Rice Field Terrace, Elephant Trunk Hill Park, plus the famous local food, Guilin rice noodle. This page mainly covers the Guangxi Guilin travel tips, which include:
For the rest part of this article, the Chinese writing and photos are provided by @WaittingLee370, the content editing and translation from Chinese to English are made by me.
The best time to visit Guilin is September to November. The month of April to May is the start of rain season for Guilin. During this period, the water level of Li River will increase and the water may appear muddy. The bamboo rafting or boat trip may be canceled if the rain is too heavy. Of course, the positive part of visiting Li River in the rain is that the weather can be cooler. The view of Li River in the rain has its unique beauty too.
The month of July to August is the middle of rain season. It is hot and humid but also the gold time for tourism. There will be lots tourists.
Month Sep to Nov has less rain and better weather, which is suitable to visit Li River (taking the boat trip or bamboo raft).
For the rice field, because the locals will start to water the field around Duanwu Festival, it is recommended to visit after the water is filled.
Time to avoid: the week around May 1st and Oct. 1st, more specifically, the week of May 1st - 3rd and Oct 1st - 7th. These two weeks are the public holidays in China and many Chinese people will take their time to travel. It may affect hotel and transport booking and the price can go up too.
Recommended Days: One Week
Day 1: Guilin town center and Elephant Trunk Hill;
Day 2: Li River Boat Trip, starts from Guilin to Yangshuo;
Day 3: visit Yangshuo ancient town, enjoy local snack and evening bar. There is also a water fountain show Liu San Jie. Liu San Jie (Liu the Third Sister), was the first musical film in China which tells the story of Liu San Jie, a legendary folk female singer of Zhuang minority in Guangxi Autonomous Region. It has many scenes taken from Guilin Li River.)
Day 4: Boat trip return from Yangshuo to Yangti, then take the coach/bus back to Guilin. Visit Guilin city and enjoy the night view of Guilin city by evening boat tour (夜游两江四湖).
Day 5: Dragon Backbone's Rice Terraces, experience the Chinese ethics minority culture of Miao and Zhuang. can stay overnight and return to Guilin on Day 6.
The admiration fee for the Guangxi Guilin attractions (price per adult):
Very flexible depending what you eat. The Guilin rice noodle soup, the cheapest is 5RMB. But if you want to have beer fish (啤酒鱼), a popular Guilin local dish), it cost about 100RMB per person.
其他 warning：不要在火车站广场打车, 可能会有不良司机引导客人去他们合作的酒店，最好出了广场到路边去拦车，也不要听从司机的引导去陌生的地方消费，包括吃饭和景点等；大部分消费场所不能用信用卡消费，如果住宿最好提前和酒店确认一下是否可以刷信用卡；漓江漂流时一个竹筏能坐四个人，如果不够四个人是需要支付空位费的，或者和别人拼一个竹筏一起坐，有的筏工可能会收取小费以减慢划船速度增加游览时间，是否要支付这笔小费需要事先和筏工讲好，一般小费给40rmb左右。
About the Taxi:
Do not take the taxi at the Railway station. There are some taxi drivers will lead the guest to their (affiliate) hotel. It is recommended to go pass the railway station square and get a taxi on the road. Also do not follow the taxi driver’s suggestions to somewhere (you don’t know), such as a place to eat or an attraction, (as they might charge unreasonable price.)
About the credit card:
Most local shops do not accept credit card. Make sure to check with the hotel before booking.
Bamboo Rafting on Li River:
The price is charged for one raft, which can accommodate four guests, even if you use it alone, you have to pay the whole price for one raft. To save money, you may share one raft with other people.
If you want to raft operator drive /move/ride slowly so you can have more time on the river, you may negotiate with the worker. The charge for additional time is about 40RMB. (Guess this is a tip for the operator).
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