Guilin is a prefecture-level city in the northeast of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on the west bank of the Li River, bordering Hunan to the north. Its name means “Forest of Sweet Osmanthus,” referring to the city’s abundance of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees. The city has long been known for its karst landscape, and it is one of China’s most popular tourist sites.
Guilin – Info Card
|TIME ZONE :||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|LANGUAGE :||Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages (see Ethnic groups entry)|
|RELIGION :||Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2%; note: officially atheist|
|AREA :||27,809 km2 (10,737 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||153 m (502 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||25°16′N 110°17′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 51.83|
• Female: 48.17
|ETHNIC :||Han Chinese 91.5%, Zhuang, Manchu, Hui, Miao, Uyghur, Tujia, Yi, Mongol, Tibetan, Buyi, Dong, Yao, Korean, and other nationalities 8.5%|
|AREA CODE :||0773|
|POSTAL CODE :||541XXX|
|DIALING CODE :||+86 773|
|WEBSITE :||Official Website|
Tourism in Guilin
Guilin and the surrounding region are among China’s most picturesque places, as well as one of the most popular tourist sites for both Chinese and foreign backpackers. The major draw is the karst environment, which consists of limestone mountains that have worn into amazing patterns. Aside from its stunning aesthetic grandeur, karst topography offers several cliffs suited for rock climbing as well as many caves.
There are several gorgeous spots within a short driving distance of Guilin. Longsheng, with its famed Longji rice terraces; the Lijiang River, a view of which is depicted on the reverse of 20 bank notes; Yangshuo, a tiny county downstream from Guilin; and many more are among them. As a result, Guilin is a good starting point for visiting the northern end of Guangxi Province.
Guilin is a lovely city. The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes, as well as sheer-sided karst mountains. Buildings outside of the city center are less properly maintained. Because tourism is the city’s major industry, it is significantly cleaner than other Chinese cities.
Apart from having a high number of western-style hotels, visitors, and being relatively free of air pollution, Guilin is similar to most other medium-sized Chinese cities. Many Chinese domestic visitors visit this location as well. Its uniqueness stems from its closeness to several attractive limestone mountains and formations.
Climate of Guilin
Guilin has a humid subtropical climate influenced by the monsoon, with short, mild winters and long, hot, humid summers. Winter starts dry but gradually grows wetter and cloudier. Spring is often gloomy and frequently wet, although summer is still rainy despite being the sunniest season. Autumn is bright and dry. The monthly 24-hour average temperature varies from 7.9 °C (46.2 °F) in January to 28.0 °C (82.4 °F) in July, with an annual average temperature of 18.84 °C (65.9 °F). The annual rainfall is little over 1,900 mm (75 in) and is distributed in bulk (50 percent) from April to June, when plum rains occur and often cause floods. The city gets 1,487 hours of bright sunlight each year, with monthly percent potential sunshine ranging from 14 percent in March to 53 percent in September.
Geography of Guilin
Guilin lies in northern Guangxi, bordered by Liuzhou to the west, Laibin to the southwest, Wuzhou to the south, Hezhou to the southeast, and inside Hunan, Huaihua to the northwest, Shaoyang to the north, and Yongzhou to the east. It covers an area of 27,809 square kilometers (10,737 sq mi). Karst formations dominate the area’s landscape. The city is traversed by the Li River.
Economy of Guilin
Until 1949, the only traces of industrialisation in Guilin were a thermal power plant, a cement factory, and a few modest textile mills. Guilin, on the other hand, has had enterprises producing electronics, engineering and agricultural equipment, medicine, rubber, and buses since the 1950s, as well as textile and cotton yarn. The most significant sector is food processing, which includes the processing of local agricultural goods. The most recent and contemporary industries are defined by high technology, while the tertiary sector is characterized by tourist commerce and service.