A Relaxed Tour in Guilin---Three Useful Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Trip

13,2009 Editor:| Resource:AT0086.com

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Have been attracted by the beautiful scenery in Guilin? Plan to a trip to Guilin sometimes can be difficult if you are not familiar with the transportation and weather and other aspects in Guilin. The tips below may help you to enjoy your trip in Guilin.
Transportation in Guilin
As a developed tourism city, Guilin boasts convenient transportation. And what's more, you will be delighted to know that there are 8 tourism buses serving 110 routes free of charge for both locals and tourists alike. Just be prepared for these buses to be very crowded between 09:00 and 17:00 daily.
Taxi in Guilin
Taxis are mostly Jetta, Santana or Citron. The taxi fare during the day (06:30 to 23:00) starts from CNY6-7 for the first 2 kilometers (1.24miles), CNY1.4-1.6 per kilometer over 2 kilometers to less than 4 kilometers (2.48miles) and CNY2 for each additional kilometer (0.62 mile); at night (23:00 to 06:30 the next morning), the flag fair is CNY7.8, CNY1.8 per kilometer for 2 kilometers to less than 4 kilometers and CNY2.4 for each additional kilometer (0.62 mile).
Bicycle in Guilin
Guilin is a compact city so using a bicycle is a good option. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” as the saying goes.  Riding a bicycle will let you experience the leisurely pace of life in rural China. Bicycles can be rented at most hotels. The charge is either by the hour or the day depending how long you wish to have the bicycle. The daily rate is approximately CNY15.
Weather in Guilin
When planning a trip to Guilin, it is important for you to make some preparations, including the clothes and other things to bring. What are the weather like in Guilin?
Guilin is in the subtropical and monsoon zone with four distinctive seasons. Spring is warm with some rain. On rainy days, the rivers, pinnacles and the city itself can be shrouded in mist, which is especially enchanting.
Summer in Guilin can be hot but the beauty is everlasting. Autumn is beautiful as the weather cools. Hills surrounding the city are blanketed by colors, forming a timeless beauty which seems to belong to times past. Winter is cold and moist. It snows occasionally. It's the low season so less crowded and cheaper to travel.
Guilin Shopping
The lovely tourist city Guilin is able to offer you a unique and interesting shopping experience with its numerous small streets and flea markets.  
Souvenir & Art & Crafts
The night market on Zhongshan Zhong Lu is the best place to pick up souvenirs and trinkets. The market is available from 8pm to midnight when half of the main street is blocked to cars for the market. The colorful market offers some products unique to southern China such as the ethnic dresses, ethnic minority music instruments, paper fan, bamboo carvings and jade pieces. Many locals mingle with visitors, maybe not to buy but to enjoy the atmosphere. The real fun of the market may come in finding some souvenirs or in the experience of haggling and hustling with the locals.
Landscape Painting
For foreign travelers who want to buy Chinese landscape painting in Guilin, Guangxi Normal University Art Shop can be a good choice. This art shop is an extravaganza of masterpieces collected over a long period of time; some of the paintings are centuries old. It contains three exhibition halls with paintings from masters from different periods and from different painting schools.
Painted Fan
The small town of Fuli close to Yangshuo is specializes in painted fan making. A vast majority of locals in the town are involved in this ancient craft. These fans are excellent quality and look beautiful, decorated with painted flowers, birds, insects and traditional Chinese girls.

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