TRANSPORTATION IN GUILIN: GETTING THERE AND AROUND, AND HOW TO GET TO YANGSHUO AND TO LONGJI RICE TERRACES

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HOW TO GET THERE

GUILIN LIANGJIANG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Nearly 30 km west of the city center, there are direct flights to major Chinese cities and multiple international destinations, most of them nearby, especially Malaysia, Hong Kong (considered international flight), Japan and South Korea. Some examples are:

  • Shanghai, more than 5 a day, from 650 ¥.
  • Hangzhou, 6 a day, from 450 ¥.
  • Beijing: 5 a day, from 830 ¥.
  • Xi’an: 5 a day, from 475 ¥.
  • Chengdu: 2 a day, from 800 ¥.
  • Chongqing: 1-2 a day, from 1,500 ¥.
  • There are no direct flights to Zhangjiajie (Dayong), you have to stop in Kunming or Xi’an, it takes about 7 hours and the price is around ¥1500-2000.

It is one of the airports that allows a 72-hour visa to visit the city and its surroundings without the need for a tourist visa.

To go from the airport to the city:

  • Airport Shuttle Bus. There are several:
    • Line 1: the most reliable, finishes at CAAC (Civic Aviation Hotel) building in the southern part of the city, from where we will probably have to take a taxi. From 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. It costs 20 ¥, every half hour in theory, although if they are very empty, their departure is delayed until more passengers arrive. It takes 40 minutes to get there.
    • Line 2: goes to the North Train Station, 5 a day. Same price.
    • Line 3: finishes at Wanfu City Terminal, quite south of downtown, 5 a day. Same price.
    • There are 8 buses a day from the airport to Yangshuo. 50 ¥, it takes 90 minutes. There are also buses to less tourist towns.
  • Many hotels offer free or reduced-price pick-up service, although in return they will expect excursions to be booked through them. We hired the Li River cruise and the day trip to Longji rice paddies and they charged us 90 ¥ for taking us to the airport.
  • A taxi should cost around 120 ¥ and take as long as the bus. Almost no driver will speak English. As always, you must ask the meter to be on.
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Guilin airport

TRAIN

There are 3 stations:

  • Guilin Station, the most central, at the junction between Shanghai Road and Zhongshan South Road. Most are high-speed trains. There are few trains that start or end here, so it is very difficult to get a “sleeper” ticket. It is reached by 12 urban bus lines; towards the center go lines 10 and 100 (2 ¥). Be aware that when you leave, to get to the bus stop you have to go through an underground passage where it is easy to get disoriented; we made a mistake and took bus 10 in the opposite direction; luckily only 5 minutes later we reached the last stop, which is next to a shopping center, where we could hop off, ask for an ice cream, and take the bus again this time in north direction.

DESTINATION

TYPE OF TRAIN

FREQUENCY AND SCHEDULE

DURATION

APPROXIMATE PRICE (¥)

1st/2nd class

Soft/Hard Sleeper/Hard seat

Yangshuo (Xingping) Normal 9:07 and 16:15 40m 32/26
Beijing Both 10:33, 12:08 14:22 10h40m

19h30m

1250/805 650/430
Kunming South Normal 7:30 and 14:47 7h40m 555/375
Guangzhou South High-speed 8 daily 3h30m 170/145
Changsha South High-speed 14 daily 1h35m 250/180
Hangzhou East High-speed 4 daily in the morning 8h15m 930/590
Shanghai Hongqiao High-speed 11:45 9h30m 1050/660
Chongqing West High-speed 4 daily 5h20m 365/265
Chengdu East High-speed 9:50 and 11:53 7h30m 600/370
  • North Station: 9 km north of downtown, most are slow trains. The buses to get there are 32, 100 and 302.

DESTINATION

TYPE OF TRAIN

FREQUENCY AND SCHEDULE

DURATION

APPROXIMATE PRICE (¥)

1st/2nd class

Soft/Hard Sleeper/Hard seat

Yangshuo (Xingping) High-speed 4 daily 25m 25/20
Beijing West Normal 4:30, 18:42 and 21:30 From 20 to 28h 650/430
Kunming Normal

Slow

9:47

12:29

8h

20h

555/375 430/280/150
Guangzhou High-speed 12 daily (+1 slow) 3h (slow 11h) 230/135
Changsha Normal 10 daily 5-7h 215/140/75
Hangzhou East Normal 4 daily 15-19h 490/325/180
Shanghai South Normal 5 daily (the one at 3:51 am goes to Shanghai Central) 18-26h 540/350/200
Chongqing West High-speed 10:33 5h 360/260
Xi’an Normal 18:10 21h30m 565/365/200
  • New West Station, opened in 2016, far to the northwest of the city. Few destinations, all high speed. Buses 22 and 303.

DESTINATION

TYPE OF TRAIN

FREQUENCY AND SCHEDULE

DURATION

APPROXIMATE PRICE (¥) 1st and 2nd class

Yangshuo  (Xingping)

High-speed

8 daily

25m

25/20

Guangzhou

High-speed

More than 30 daily

3h

165/135

Chongqing West High-speed 20 daily 4h45m 360/255
Chengdu East High-speed 8 daily 7h20m 570/350

BUS

The main station is Guilin Passenger Transport Terminal (65 Zongzshan Nalu, buses 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 25, 51, 88, 91 and 99), near the Central Railway Station. There is also a North Station and another station called Qintan 2 km southwest of the main (Qintan Qiche Zhan 31 Cuizhu Lu, Xiangshan, buses 2, 12, 26, 32, 85 and 91).

Destinations of interest:

  • Yangshuo:
    • Express buses from Central Station: every 15-30 minutes, from 7 am to 9 pm, 70 minutes, 50 ¥.
    • Not-express buses, cost the same as the train (25 ¥), take up to an hour and a half, but leave you in the center, not like the train that will leave you in Xingping, another bus hour from Yangshuo. They leave every 15 minutes from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm in front of the Central Train Station. If they are taken at the North Train Station, they cost twice as much and take 2 hours.
    • Not recommended: minibuses (20 ¥) that leave in front of the Central Train Station, because they do not leave until they are full and also stop by continuously picking up and dropping passengers, so they take longer and are more uncomfortable.
  • Longshen (for Longji rice fields, you have to get off the bus in Heping):
    • Central Station: 40 ¥, 2 hours, 5 a day (8 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm).
    • Qintan Station: 30 ¥, 2 hours, every 40m from 6:10 am to 7 pm.
  • For the rice fields, there are also 3 buses that go directly to towns closer than Longshen; from the Main Station they go to Dazhai through Ping’An, 50 ¥, 3 hours; at 8:30 am, 9:30 am, and 2 pm.
  • It is not clear if the bus to Fenghuang is still active; at least until 2016 it was like this: from Qintan Station, 160 ¥, one a day at 11:00 a.m., 6 h.

GETTING AROUND

Guilin is an excellent base to take the scenic Li River cruise to Yangshuo and to visit Longji’s rice terraces, but itself, the city has fewer attractions. The majority are related to the karstic formations that surround it.

  • The city has a considerable size, so it is not recommended to cover all on foot, except the central area, where most attractions are (see the post ONE DAY ITINERARY IN GUILIN).
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View of the city from Diecai Hill, from where its extension can be notice
  • Bicycle can be a good means of transport. Most accommodations rent them for 20 ¥ per day.
  • Buses work efficiently. They cost between 1.2 and 2 ¥ (without and with air conditioning), but buses 51 to 58 are free (tour buses), although infrequent and usually full:
    • 58 is the most convenient, it passes close to several main attractions: the Elephant Trunk, 7 Star Park, Reed Flute Cave, Folded Brocade Hill and Wave Subduing Hill.
    • If 58 takes a long time to come, number 2 goes through the Trunk and Brocade Hill.
  • Most taxis will use a meter in the city, but they will prefer a fixed rate for outlying points. The minimum fare is 9 ¥ and it increases 2 ¥ per km (more expensive in night fare). Official are yellow and black, or yellow and green.
  • A gentle way to see several of the main points of interest is to take the Two Rivers – Four Lakes cruise. Any hotel or travel agency organizes it, costs between 150 and 350 ¥ (depending on where we book it and the time, it is more expensive at night) and lasts about 90 minutes; It makes a circular tour of the small lakes in the center of the city and the Li River near the center and although they are expensive, they allow us to appreciate decently some of these places, such as the Elephant Trunk, so we can save the admission to several places
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Boats in Li river bank quite close to Elephant Trunk Hill
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And if you dare, you can always go by bike
MORE ESSENTIAL INFORMATION IN GUILIN:
<WHEN TO GO, DANGERS AND ANNOYANCES                    WHERE TO EAT, SLEEP AN GO SHOPPING>

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