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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2016
Visiting China - will I have a problem with a guidebook/tablet  (11 Answers)

From Hong Kong next year I plan to go to Guilin/Yangshuo. I'd hear that Chinese emigration removes guidebooks due their maps ie Taiwan

Also will my tablet be OK?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2016
Yangshuo, Huangyao, and Li River cruise  (3 Answers)


I will be in Guilin in late December. I have heard that the water in Li River may be low at that time of year and that the cruise will only go from Daxu to Yangdi and will not go all the way to Xingping, therefore, skipping the most beautiful part of the Li River. Is there an alternative to go down the Li River other than being on the big river boats when the water is low? Is Yangshuo worth staying for a night or two or should I just go there on a day trip from Guilin? I want to go to Huangyao. How do I go there from Guilin? How long is the bus ride? Could I do it as a day trip or should I stay there overnight? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2016
South China attractions to see for about 2 weeks  (7 Answers)

We're going to be in Hong Kong and we have about 15 - 17 days free before heading to Bangkok. We were thinking of going to Guilin / Yangshuo for a number of days and then some nearby attractions before going to HK. We are looking for some nearby sites in South China that are doable and worthwhile. And from where we can get to Bangkok without too much hassle.
This will be in January.
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2015
5 Passenger taxi from airport at 22:00 ?  (2 Answers)

What are the chances we can get a 5 passenger van/taxi at the Guilin airport when we land at 22:00 on a Friday night? Any idea what the fare into town would be? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2015
Guilin hotel  (3 Answers)

I'd like to find an under 150 Yuan/nite hotel that is clean, quiet, with English tv. Agoda reviews show not many hotels meet this. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2014
Women's shops in Guilin

Hello I am looking for popular women's clothes shops in Guilin, can you help list the top shops. I am looking for hats, shoes, trainers, clothing etc, Fashion Trends The Beautiful Woman, for the young clientele 16 to 30 age range thank you?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2014
Buy Sim card in Guilin airport  (2 Answers)

Hi, where can I buy a local sim card in Guiin airport? What is the best package for local calls, that is within Guilin-Yangshuo-Longsheng area? TQ.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2014
Is there a direct shuttle from Guilin airport to Yangshuo now?  (15 Answers)

I have been looking at info on the internet and I saw someone who said there is now a shuttle from Guilin airport to Yangshuo. It was posted in 2011. But I also saw people who said there isn't. Anyone who can confirm this, please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2014
Advice for itinerary  (9 Answers)

Please advise on my planned itinerary.

3 June Arrive Guilin late morning. Check-in hostel. Afternoon sightseeing n Guiin. Suggestion?

Evening - check out night market.

4 June Yangshuo - rafting, cycling, Impression show
5 June Back to Guilin in late afternoon. Suggestion of what I can do for a few hours till dark?
6-7 June Sanjiang - Covered bridge and drum tower
8 June Back to Guilin. Last minute shopping.
9 June Home

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2014
Impression Sanjie Liu  (1 Answer)

Will the show run if the weather is rainy? If it doesn't, do we get a refund on the same night? TQ!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2014
Heard of Tatang or a place called something like that in Guangxi?  (2 Answers)

Someone recommended I visit a place he called Tar Tang. But online search turned up nothing. The nearest I got is Tatang. Anyone who knows this place?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2014
Difference between Longsheng rice fields and Yuanyang rice fields  (5 Answers)

Hi, I visited Yuanyang rice fields in Dec when there was only water in the fields. This June, I will be visiting Guilin and initially thought of visiting Longsheng rice fields but I have read that during this time, the rice fields will only have water. So I am thinking of skipping the trip since it may just look like Yuanyang. Any opinion from people who have visited both before, please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2014
Guilin, Longsheng to Yangshou  (5 Answers)

hey guys,

I will be traveling to Guilin alone next week and I only have 6 days.

My itinerary is as below:
Day 1 - Arrive at Guilin. Take bus to Longsheng. Overnight at Longsheng.
Day 2 - Travel back to Guilin by bus. Overnight at Guilin.
Day 3 - Travel to Yongshou by boat. Overnight at Yongshou.
Day 4 - Travel back to Guilin by bus. Overnight at Guilin.
Day 5 - Free and easy at Guilin.
Day 6 - Depart.

Would like to know how can I get to Yangshuo from Guilin by boat and back to Guilin by bus. How much are the fares?

I know there are quite a number of buses travel from Guilin to Longsheng every 30 mins. What about from Longsheng back to Guilin? What's the schedule for the buses back to Guilin.

I'm running short of time.

Hope to hear from you guys soon.

Thanks in advance!! Cheers!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2013
Titanic 3D Video  (1 Answer)

in GUILIN, or nearby city only please! Which store can I buy this video: Titanic 3D Video ? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2013
Private Taxi for rice fields / overnight train from Guilin to Shenzhen  (6 Answers)

Please could someone help. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 young children arriving in Guilin at the beginning of September 2013. We would like to spend the 1st night in Guilin (as our flight arrives at night) and make our way to the rice fields the following morning. We would like to avoid other tourist as much as possible however get to see the various villages and spend some time with the locals. As we have 2 young children, it will be difficult to do any long hiking trips.

We have had so many various quotes for private taxi driver for the day, however it seems so expensive! Please could someone give me an idea of a realistic price we can expect to pay for a driver for the day. After our visit to the rice fields, we need our driver to take us to our hotel in Yangshuo.

Is it worth considering only having a taxi take us from Guilin and drop us off at Dazhai and we make our own way around the villages. How much would this taxi cost us and will it be easy enough for us to get a taxi back to Yangshuo?

How much can we expect to pay for a taxi from Dazhai to Yangshuo?

Are there any other villages around the rice fields that are less visited by tourists that you would recommend for us to see?

I also have another question:
We would like to book an overnight soft sleeper train from Guilin to Shenzen. Please could someone let me know what the train number is, what time it leaves Guilin and also how much the 4 soft sleeper carriage costs. How can I book this from overseas?

Thank you so much,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2013
Moving to Guilin - spiders?  (9 Answers)

Hi All! I'm thinking about moving to Guilin, so did my research on the city. Accidentally, I read some stories online where travellers said they encountered huge spiders in their accomodation (hotels and apartments). I don't panic much about nonvenomous, small spiders, though I still dislike them, but one of my biggest fear is that I will encounter a spider in my room that is way too big to be killed with my slippers.... Did any of you had any unpleasant experience with such creatures in the city? Was it because the place wasn't cleaned properly or is this an everyday thing? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2012
Bus from Guilin airport to Liuzhou  (6 Answers)

Dear fellow Vts....Do you know if there is any bus service at Guilin airport directly to Liuzhou? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2012
How Long to Stay  (4 Answers)

I visited Yangshuo in 2007 for 3 days and will return to Guilin in October and stay in a hostel. I want to travel in this area but am a lone traveller.

I want some advise. I have 2 weeks in China and this will be my 2nd week. I fly out from HK at the end of my travels, so would 6 nights be too long in Guilin or should I stay maybe 3 and move on. With not much time to spare I do not want to spend my time travelling too much. If there are many places to visit around Guilin then I might find it better relaxing there.

If there are places of interest on the route back to HK anyone might recommend that might be an option too

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2012
Looking for general ideas or help knowing the best way to enjoy Guilin and Yangshuo  (10 Answers)

Hoping there's someone out there that can help us with some ideas for best enjoying our time in Guilin and Yangshuo.
We are going to be flying in around the 1st of March. We have no time line so can plan any amount of time wherever.
Some basic questions would be. 1. Best way to get from airport to hotel.2. Any recommendations for a nice hotel 3 or 4 star type. 3. Taking the river down to Yangshuo (best place to buy tx). 4. Hotel stay in Yangshuo. 5 Things to do in Yangshuo. We would like to bicycle around the country side. 6. How to get from Yangshuo to the Guilin airport. Or, training from Guilin/Yangshuo to Guangzhou.

I know this is a lot to ask but any help would be greatly apreciated.

Safe travels to all,

Greg & Jane

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2011
Urgent weather updates needed from VT members, please!!!!  (1 Answer)

Hi all,

I will travel for holiday from 23 August until 1 September 2011.
Heard from my friend, 桂林 漓江 阳朔 is arid now but from online weather forecast, it rain everyday. I'm not sure which info is real.

Anyone from Guilin can tell me the actual situation there?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2011
Boat Cruise and Train info  (1 Answer)

What is the cheapest boat tours available? Also does anyone know the train schedule from Xian to Guilin and how to book a ticket? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2011
need ideas  (2 Answers)

so after reading a bit of this forum I have decided my stay of 6 nights in Guilin is going to be too long???
better off in Yangshuo??
early oct.. nice temp??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2011
Guangzhou to Guilin - best way to travel  (13 Answers)

Hi, my husband may be going to Guangzhou for business trip in the next two months. Our plan is this - i will meet him there and we will go Guillin together. Would you please advise what is the best way to travel? Would you advise we stay 1 night in Guilin or we can head straight to Yangshou? Any cost saving tips would be very much appreciated =)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2010
is it a good season to visit GuangXi in march?  (4 Answers)

will it be cold? too crowded?
what are the must for me to visit if time is not a lot for us.
we will arrive on train from BJ to Guilin. prob stay for one night, then what do I need to go from there?
1) YangShuo first? stay 1 night or 2?
2) li river? do I do this before Yangshuo
3) longsheng

whatelse are the must? should I use bus for most of my traveling in GUangXi?
is it easy to buy bus ticket on the spot?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 01, 2010
airport taxi  (6 Answers)

Hi! I'm making hotel reservations to stay one night in downtown guilin. The online booking service offered to arrange an airport "see-off service" on the morning we leave. The price they offered is 450 RMB for one vehicle. Can't I find a taxi for less than that? Even at 6am?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2010
Visit Guilin in December  (8 Answers)

Planning to visit Guilin in Dec with my family. Is this good time to visit ?
Thanks in advance for any advices.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2010
Rice harvest in Longji / Ping'an  (1 Answer)

I will be in Guilin and Yanshuo from the 15 to 20th of October. I would love to see and photograph the rice terraces in Longji it they are not completely harvested by then. I have read that typically the rice harvest starts end of September but haven't found anything about how long it takes until everything is cut and what the expected dates are for this year, if it varies.

I would hate to have dedicated 2 days for the region and find just plain earth. Does anyone have good information in what condition the terraces will be this year mid October, or what they looked like in previous years if it tends to be pretty similar every year?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2010
solo in Guilin  (2 Answers)

staying at shangri la hotel ..what is the cost of a taxi to get to the western boat li cruise docking site?

what does a typical taxi cost to get back to Guilin fron the end of cruise point of the Li River cruise ?

can you see comerant evening fishing in Yangshou or should you look for it in Guilin

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2010
Trip to Guilin inJanuary  (2 Answers)

I have just booked a trip to Guilin with my 6o year old mother in January next year. I am just being told that January is a BAD BAD time to visit Guilin as the weather is going to be trementrously cold. I am beginning to regret my decision to book the trip and contemplating cancelling the tickets and loose all my money.

Can anybody give me some advice to go ahead or not? Being a first timer to China, i have no idea at all regarding winter and being Malaysian, we have no winter here! Will it be too cold to travel? can my mom withstand the weather? will we be able to enjoy the place since it is so cold? Please advise.Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2010
Japanese encephalitis vaccination  (26 Answers)


I'll be visiting Guilin and Yangshou for a total of 8 nights with a day trip to Longsheng to see the rice terraces in November. Is it advisable to get the japanese encephalitis vaccination? From what I've read it sounds like its advisable when there's coexisting rice and pig farming. Pretty sure that I'll be OK in Guilin as its more built up but Yangshou and Longsheng are more rural. Doing the typical tourist sites will I be OK without the vaccination?


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