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Getting There and Around

Getting There

By Air

Located in the west, 28 km (17.4 miles) away
from city center, Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) is the largest
and busiest international airport in Guangxi. 52 international and domestic
airlines connect Guilin with other 45 domestic cities, including Hong Kong,
Macau and Taipei, as well as foreign countries, such as Japan, Thailand,
Malaysia and South Korea, etc.

How to go to the airport from Guilin City:

1. The airport shuttle bus runs from the
Aviation Building (18 Shanghai Road, Guilin) every 30 minutes (6:30am-9:00pm)
at a cost of CNY25. It takes about 45 minutes.

2. Take a taxi to the airport at a cost of
CNY120.

How to go between the airport and Yangshuo
Town:

1. There are two shuttle buses traveling
between the airport and Yangshuo Town:

2. To take a taxi between the airport and
Yangshuo Town costs about CNY250.

By Train

There are two railway stations in
Guilin–Guilin Railway Station (South Station), which is in the central south
part of the city, and Guilin North Railway Station (North Station), located in
the north part of Guilin. As one of the railroad hubs in south China, every day
there are many trains arrive and depart. It is convenient to go to other places
in China from Guilin, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Fujian, Canton,
Anhui, Guizhou, Hubei, Henan, Hebei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Sichuan
and Zhejiang.

Recently, Guilin had just opened its
high-speed train to Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, Liuzhou and Beihai.
Moreover, the high speed train G529/530 has connected Guilin with Changsha,
Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Beijing, which dramatically shortened the travel time
between Guilin and these important Central China and Northern China cities.

Tips: In order to get the ticket
successfully, we advise that it is better for you to make reservations five
days in advance or even ten days in advance during China’s golden weeks and
Spring Festival. The booking service fee will cost CNY30 to CNY60 per ticket.

How to get to the station:

1. By Public Bus

South Station: No.2, No.3, No.4, No.5, No.9, No.12, No.16, No.19, No.22,
No.25(B Route), No.27, No.33, No.51, No.91 and No.99.

North Station: No.1

Cost: No.51-free of charge, No.91 & No.99-CNY2/pp, Other routes cost
CNY1/pp.

2. By Taxi

By Long
Distance Bus

Guilin has three bus stations, including the
Central Bus Station in central Guilin, Qintan Bus Station to the west and
Beimen Bus Station to the north. The Central Bus Station, located in No.65,
Zhongshannan Road, 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station in the north, is
the main bus station in Guilin. Buses set off from this station to the cities
in the south direction of Guilin, including those in Guangdong provinces, such
as Yangshuo, Xingping, Club Med, Gongcheng, Guagnzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and
Zhongshan, etc. The buses from Guilin to Lingui, Yongfu, Longsheng and Liuzhou,
etc start from Qintan Bus Station. Most buses from Beimen Bus Station, situated
in the Zhongshanbei Road, go to Guanyang County, Ziyuan County, Xing’an County
and Lingchuan County.

Tips: All the buses from these three stations
follow either of the bus schedules below. Please make clear both of them before
buy the ticket.

1. The first schedule: The coach bus has no
stops along the journey until reach the destination.

2. The second schedule: The coach bus has
stops along the journey.

Getting Around

Public City
Bus

Guilin, as a well-developed tourist city,
boasts convenient and comfortable public transportation system. More than 50
public bus lines reach most parts of the city, to the north of Bali Street,
Overseas Farm to the east, Xicheng New Zone (Lingui) to the west and Yanshan
District to the south.

Most buses without air conditioning charge
CNY1 per person. The air-conditioned ones charge CNY2 per person. Upon getting
on the bus, you yourself put one yuan (coin or paper note money) to the slot of
a box beside the driver. Most of the buses run from 6am to 10pm every 4 to 7
minutes, while some begins from 7am to 6:30pm. For most of the bus stops, there
are English directories or maps.

Taxi

There are lots of taxies in Guilin and most
of the taxies are Jetta and Santana. Some taxies are painted into red, while
others are yellow plus green. The price depends on the time and the type of the
taxi. The charge of Santana and Jetta is higher than other types of taxies.
Most taxies provide service 24 hours a day with air conditioning. The following
is the charge depending on the time.

Flag-down Fare (CNY) 2km-4km (CNY)/km Over 4km (CNY)/km
Daytime
(6:30am-11:00pm)
Night (11:00pm-6:30am)

Bicycle

Ride a bicycle to enjoy picturesque Guilin
and experience local people’s life and taste authentic Guilin snacks is the
best way when you travel in Guilin. Bicycles can be rented at most of hotels
(Sheraton Guilin, Royal Garden Hotel, Shangri-la Guilin Hotel, Park Hotel…),
some travel agents and some bicycle shops. The charge depends on the type of
the bicycle and how long you want to rent. The daily rate is approximately from
CNY20 to CNY50.

Boat

There are three docks around downtown of
Guilin and two main docks in the suburb for passenger transport service.

The three docks around downtown are Zhiyintai
Dock, Wenchang Bridge Dock and Six Horse Dock. These three docks are mainly
designed for tourists who want to have an amazing cruise on Guilin Water System
(Two Rivers & Four Lakes) from 9:30am to 9:30pm. This tour will cost you
90min to enjoy unique sceneries along the cruise, such as Verdant trees,
colorful flowers, elegant pavilions, celebrity former dwellings, crystal and
clear water and traditional Chinese bridges. You will not only experience a
picturesque Guilin, but also a fantastic Guilin with profound cultures.

Tips:

1. How to get the docks

Zhiyintai Dock: No.2 and No.23 Buses, get off at Elephant Hill Stop.

Wenchang Bridge Dock: No.2, No.16 and No.23 Buses, get off at Wenchang
Bridge Stop.

Six
Horse Dock: No.10, No.11, No.14, No.18 and No.31 Buses

2. Duration of Visit

Daytime: 9:30am-6pm

Night: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Another two main docks in the suburb are
Zhujiang Dock and Mopanshan Dock for Li River Cruise to Yangshuo. Zhujiang Dock
is mainly for foreign tourists and high officials from home and abroad, while
Mopanshan Dock is designed for domestic travelers.

Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
attracts over 300,000 tourists every year. The cruise ships normally set off at
9am or 9:30am and take near 4 hours to complete the journey (82km/50.95miles).

Note: If the water level is rather low in
winter, the cruise is limited to just 10km (6.2miles). If the water level is
rather high after rainstorm in spring and summer, the cruise is cancelled.

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