is the most convenient way to arrive in and depart
from Guilin. The city is directly connected to
most major domestic cities and even Hong Kong,
Japan, and Korea.
Guilin's new international airport
is 30 kilometers west of the city (about a 40
minute taxi ride). Most large hotels have shuttles
available (with prior notice). Other airport shuttles
cost RMB20 and operate without a fixed schedule.
Leaving Guilin, CAAC runs buses from its Shanghai
Road office (at Minzhu Road) to the airport.
is directly linked to Beijing (30 hours), Guangzhou
(15 hours), Guiyang (18 hours), Kunming (28 hours),
Shanghai (35 hours), and Xi'an (35 hours). Trains
from Kunming and points west arrive and depart
from the new Railway Station in Northern Guilin,
while trains from all points north arrive and
depart from the older Railway Station in the west
Train tickets can be hard to
come by in Guilin as this is the most visited
tourist destination in China. It is best to buy
your tickets several days before you plan to leave
short range buses (to Yangshuo and Xing'an) leave
from the old railway station in the west. These
buses should be relatively inexpensive (RMB10-20
to Yangshuo). Long distance buses leave from the
Long Distance Bus Station on Zhongshan Road near
the Taihe Hotel. By long distance bus, you can
reach Guangzhou, Nanning, and other Southern cities
and regional cities in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.
Taking minibuses to Yangshuo
aside, the most popular way to get from Guilin
to Yangshuo is by taking a tour down the Lijiang
River. Boat tickets can be bought through your
hotel or at the ticket office on Binjiang Road
near the Lijiang River and south of Fir Lake.
The boats leave in the early morning at about
8 or 8:30 am, but hotel shuttles to the dock typically
leave at 7:30am. In winter, when the river water
level is low, shuttles are sometimes used to take
boat passengers down the river to deeper sections
closer to Yangshuo. Tickets for the Lijiang Boat
ride to Yangshuo cost around RMB350-RMB500 and
can include a bus ride back from Yangshuo to Guilin.
best way to get around in Guilin is either by
taxi or bicycle. Taxis are relatively inexpensive
compared to other cities. Bicycles can be rented
by the day at hotels throughout Guilin and at
many cafes and hostels in Yangshuo for a maximum
of RMB15-20 in Guilin (with a deposit of around
RMB200) and RMB10 in Yangshuo. Try to refrain
from giving your passport as deposit on the bicycle.
While good for getting you around for little money,
note that during hot summer days in Guilin, taking
a bus can be quite uncomfortable. In Yangshuo,
city buses aren't really needed and you can get
around by taxi, three wheeled motor vehicle, or
bicycle (the most popular option).
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.