Despite its position as a premiere destination amongst tourists, both Chinese and international, the picturesque locale of Guilin is an off-the-beaten-path wonder because it is a good 8 hours on the road from any other major tourist hub. That being said, Guilin is a superlative adventure waiting to happen, combining timeless Chinese culture and history to supply at least a few days of adventure both in and out of the city.Within the city limits, you'll find a smaller version of Beijing's Forbidden City, the Jingjiang Prince City, as well as amazing landscapes like Fubo Hill (known for its ancient stone carvings), and Solitary Beauty Peak, the mountain that provides a stunning backdrop to the metropolis below (hikers: take the carved stairway from Weng Chen palace in town).
Within a few hours of the city, there are enough natural wonders to sate any traveler's thirst for adventure. The Li River to Yangshuo has world-renowned karst cliffs, the Gudong Waterfall, and over 50 miles of beauty and serenity. There are numerous worthwhile cave systems along the way, including both Reed Flute Cave (just west of Guilin) and Crown Cave, which is known for its subterranean waterfall. The many nearby mountains provide excellent photo opportunities, but our favorite spot can be found in the Longsheng Rice Terraces, a group of terraced hills that can be reached by going north on 321. For further information and an external itinerary, consult the included links.
Note:The nearby town of Yangshuo is also an excellent destination. Also surrounded by the unique karst landscape, rock climbers flock here for the world-class climbing opportunities and cavers come here for the numerous limestone passages. Check out this adventure tour company for more information.