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Situated in the north-eastern corner of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is considered one of China's most beautiful and scenic destinations.

Guilin claims to have the "finest mountains and rivers under heaven." Two crystal-clear rivers meander through the city, which is encircled by Karst mountains with unusual and curious rock formations and caves.

Visas

All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months from the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Currency

The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.19 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.96 Indian Rupee (INR)
17.38 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.2 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge, exclusive of government tax, is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants generally include their own service charge which varies between establishments.

Tipping is officially considered inappropriate and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
8.30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday
8.30am - 4pm, Saturday
There is a 24-hour ATM in the hotel lobby.

Office Hours
9am - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday

Shopping Hours
8 / 9am - 9pm or later throughout the week.
Department stores are open from 9am to 9pm every day. Opening hours may vary for local shops and markets.


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor about your vaccination requirements.

Shangri-La recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Guilin except on social, diplomatic or government occasions, when a suit and tie is appropriate. In winter you may need a sweater or a coat, and light clothing for summer months.


Weather

The best time to visit Guilin is between April and October. The city has a subtropical monsoon climate, ranging from relatively hot and humid during the summer: 24°C to 32°C (75°F to 90°F) and 2°C (35°F) during January and February.

Today

Sunny, Thunder Showers

An a.m. t-storm or two; clouds and sun

High: 23°C / 73°F
Low: 15°C / 59°F

Tomorrow

Sunny

Pleasant with a full day of sunshine

High: 26°C / 78°F
Low: 15°C / 59°F
Friday:
Intermittent Clouds High: 27°C / 80°F Low: 16°C / 60°F
Saturday:
Mostly Cloudy with Showers High: 27°C / 80°F Low: 18°C / 64°F
Sunday:
Rain High: 26°C / 78°F Low: 18°C / 64°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 12ºC 5ºC
Feb 13ºC 7ºC
Mar 16ºC 10ºC
Apr 23ºC 16ºC
May 27ºC 20ºC
Jun 30ºC 23ºC
Jul 33ºC 25ºC
Aug 33ºC 25ºC
Sep 30ºC 22ºC
Oct 26ºC 17ºC
Nov 20ºC 12ºC
Dec 15ºC 7ºC
Facts

Population
4.98 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900