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.
A taxi into the city will cost around RMB80-RMB100.
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 of Guilin.
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
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
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