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Guilin's scenery is unique - both to China and to the rest of the world. From a lush green plain laced with rivers and lakes suddenly spring steep, rounded towers of stone which loom singly like battlements or fade in ranks toward the horizon. This bizarre range of peaks has caused Guilin to be immortalized in Chinese painting and poetry. The celebrated Tang Dynasty poet Han Yu (768--824) described the region this way: "The river forms a green silk belt, the mountains are like blue Jade hairpins." The karst formations were thrust up from the limestone sea bed which covered the region some 300 million years ago. Eroded over centuries by the area's unique wind and water conditions, this "stone forest", with its many subterranean caves and rivers, creates a haunting atmosphere.

The ancient town of Guilin is located on the west bank of the Li River in the northeastern part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Many of its 300,000 inhabitants are Zhuang, who comprise China's largest national minority. Although renowned mainly for its beauty, Guilin is also a regional manufacturing center and an important link in the transportation network of southern China. Since 1984, the area has received a large influx of foreign tourists to complement the steady, perennial flow of Chinese visitors.

What is the best time to travel to Guilin?

The best time to travel Guilin is from April to October due to the charming scenery and comfortable weather during that time, but it all depends on your personal interests. Guilin weather is generally mild with four seasons - sunny and vigorous spring, hot summer, pleasant and cool autumn, breezy and dry winter. All kinds of flowers blossom all year round. The average temperature for the year is 19.3 centigrade with a July average temperature of 28.3 degrees. The average rainfall for the year is 192.6 cm per month.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ave. Temp. (Centigrade) 8 9 13 18 23 26 28 27 25 20 15 10
Rainfall (cm) 54 71 126 284 252 316 233 164 64 101 79 54


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