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You know that place you could travel to over and over again and never get tired of it? Guilin is that place for us. It’s as close as we’ve come to an annual vacation spot in China, having visited 3 times in the past 4 years. We just can’t help but be in awe of Guilin’s incredible karst mountains, winding rivers, and cascading rice terraces.

Over the years, Guilin has become quite a popular tour...

If you’re a budget traveler looking for awesome, cheap places to stay in Guilin, you should be doing a happy dance right about now because there is simply no better place to find incredibly high-quality, affordable accommodation than Guilin. This is not only one of the most scenic cities in China, but it’s also got some of the best hostels and budget hotels in the country.

Guilin really caters ...

Guilin is so much more than just it’s namesake city. Over the years the name Guilin has become synonymous with not just the city of Guilin, but the entire surrounding area. Draw a 100-kilometer radius around the city and you’ve got the part of China now commonly referred to as Guilin.

Bare with me guys. I know it sounds a bit confusing at first, but when you think about it, it’s much easier to ...

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