Transportation of Guilin
Guilin enjoys convenient transportation.
Liangjiang International Airport has opened international and domestic air routes. It has 48 domestic air routes from Guilin to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Guangzhou and other cities in China, 3 air routes from Guilin to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, 1 international air route from Guilin to Fukuoka in Japan.
Xianggui railway passes Guilin. Guilin Railway Station has now finished and put into operation, which is the largest in South China. No.37/38 train from Guilin to Guangzhou is express train especially for tourists.
Guilin boasts a net work of highways, which lead to the whole province and neighboring provinces. Guilin-Liuzhou-Beihai Expressway has entrances and exits to urban area, Hunan Province and Liuzhou.
Guilin can reach Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau via Wuzhou by waterway. It has 8 wharfs, and there are one foreign tourists' wharf and one domestic tourists' wharf in Zhujiang River and Mopanshan Mountain respectively.
International, Domestic Air Routes (or Charter) Airport
Lying in Southwestern part of Guilin, Liangjiang International Airport is close to Liangjiang Town, Lingui County, 28km to Guilin City. It is put into operation on October 1, 1996. It covers a total area of 4.06 square kilometers with a parking apron coverage of 150,000 square meters, which is enough for 20 airplanes. With the passengers handling capacity of 5 million person times in a year, it is a modern airport with 9 waiting halls next only to Beijing Capital Airport and Zhuhai Airport. It has a category-1 road 25.6km long leading from Guilin City to the airport.
By now, Guilin has 48 air routes to Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing, Guangzhou and other cities, 3 air routes to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and 1 international air route to Fukuoka in Japan.
Ticket Office: Airport Terminal of Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Ticket Booking Telephone (Enquiry): 0773-2152222
Cities with direct flights to Guilin:
Beijing, Shenzhen, Huangshan, Xi'an, Zhuhai, Macau, Nanning, Chongqing, Ningbo, Chengdu, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beihai, Urumqi, Shantou, Xiamen, Haikou, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Kunming, Guiyang, Changsha, Dalian, Hefei, Wuhan, Jinan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Fukuoka.
Railway Station and Excursion Trains
Guilin is the destination of Xianggui Railway. Xianggui Railway is connected with Jingguang, Qiangui, Hugan and other railways. There are 28 trains from or pass Guilin to Beijing, Shanghai, Hengyang, Nanning, Liuzhou, Guangzhou, Kunming and Xi'an every day. No.37/38 trains air trains for tourists from Guangzhou to Guilin.
Guilin by now has 2 railway stations. Namely they are South Railway Station and Guilin Railway Station, both of which has spacious waiting hall, and lounges for foreigners, VIP guests, and excursion passengers. There are also information office, ticket office, baggage checking office, left-luggage office, food and beverage shops, and guesthouses in the railway stations.
Tips: It's not easy to buy sleeper tickets at the Guilin sales office, as the city is a mid-route stop rather than a terminus. Therefore, it's best to make reservations five days in advance or even ten days in advance during China's golden weeks. The booking service fee is CNY20 to CNY50 per ticket.
By Long-distance Bus
There are three bus stations: the Chief Bus Station, the Chengnan Bus Station and the Beimen Bus Station. The Chief Bus Station is at No.427 Zhongshan Road (South), just a 10 minutes' walk from the Guilin Railway Station (South Station). You can take city bus No.1, 3, 11, 22 or 51 to reach the Chief Bus Station. Most buses set off from this station for surrounding cities in Guangxi, Guangdong and Hunan provinces. The Chengnan Bus Station is located at Cuizhu Road and can be reached by city bus No.26 and 27. The Beimen Bus Station is at Zhongshan Road (North) and can be reached by city bus No.18.
Because most coach buses which bound for the surrounding cities in Guangxi and other provinces like Guangdong depart from the Chief Bus Station, here the bus schedule of the Chief Bus Station is offered for reference:
Note: the first schedule refers to the coach bus without stops along the journey; the second refers to the coach bus with stops along the journey:
||departing every 30 minutes between 06:50-19:00|
||departing every 30 minutes between 07:10-20:00|
||departing every 20 minutes between 06:30-22:00, 23:50|
||08:30 09:20 22:00 23:00|
||departing every 20 minutes between 07:00-21:30|
||08:20 09:20 14:10 16:00 18:00 23:00|
||09:00 20:30 21:30 22:30|
||06:00 06:30 07:10 07:40 13:30|
||09:00 19:50 21:30|
||06:50 07:10 08:40 09:00 10:00 12:00|
||departing every 15 minutes between 17:30-19:50|
||departing every 20 minutes between 16:50-18:30|
||15:30 17:40 18:40 19:10 19:20|
||11:30 16:30 17:20|
It is worthy mentioning that the long-distance bus transportation is available from Guilin to Yangshuo which is a popular tourist destination located about 65 kilometers (about 40 miles) south of Guilin city center. Tourists who reach Guilin either by air, by train or by long-distance bus can also get to Yangshuo easily.
- From Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, tourists can take the airport bus to reach the Chief Bus Station, and then go to Yangshuo by coach bus.
- From Guilin Railway Station (South Station), there are medium-sized buses that make local stops leaving for Yangshuo every 15-20 minutes between 06:00 and 22:00. The whole journey takes about 70 minutes and the bus fare is around CNY12 per person. Tourists can buy the tickets after getting on the medium bus.
- From Chief Bus Station, there are the coach buses that travel express leaving for Yangshuo every 15-20 minutes between 07:00-18:00. The whole journey takes more about 70 minutes and the bus fare is about CNY14 per person. Tourists should buy their tickets before getting on the coach bus.
Early in Qin Dynasty, Lijiang River was connected with Xiangjiang River by Ling Canal and it then became the best waterway from north to south in ancient times. After liberation, Guilin makes full use of its geographic location, establishes wharf management bureau, constructs the passengers wharf and its facilities, and develops it into a wharf mainly for tourists.
Guilin has 8 wharfs with 47 cruises, which aim to provide tourists with services of sightseeing along Lijiang River and night tours on the river.
28km away from Guilin City, there are wharfs for foreigner tourists and domestic tourists in Zhujiang River and Mopanshan Mountain respectively. Guilin has 67 luxurious cruises with 5,800 guest seats for overseas tourists and 112 cruises with 9,000 guest seats for domestic tourists.
From 1978, cruises can not go sailing from Guilin during the dry season (November to February next year). Tourists have to board on Yangdi Wharf. Tourists can tour on Lijiang River in the section from Yangdi to Yangshuo in winter.
Every year more than 300,000 tourists take the cruise ship from Zhujiang Dock to travel along the Li River. Traveling the Li River to Yangshuo is a journey of about 54 kilometers (about 34 miles). The cruise ships from the berths downtown to Yangshuo usually set off at 09:30, 10:00, and 14:00 and will take about 4 hours to complete the journey. A gentle breeze will caress your face and picture postcard riverside scenery will please your eyes as the beauty unfolds around you. However, remember that in winter the water level is rather low, so the cruise is limited to just 10 kilometers (about 6.2miles) instead of the normal 82 kilometers (about 51 miles)
Guilin has convenient public bus network throughout the city. It has 266 buses and 26 bus lines. Starting on May 1st, 1998, sightseeing buses runs from the General Station to Reed Flute Cave via Railway Station, Nanxi Park, Elephant Hill Park, Seven-star Park, Fubo Hill and Brocade Hill From 7:00 to 19:00, it runs once an hour with tour guides on bus.
There are also periodical sightseeing buses arranging one-day tour for individual tourists owned by Guilin International Travel Service.
Measuring 138.5km long, Liugui Expressway starts at Liaotian, Guilin, and ends at Jinglan, which is in the east of Liuzhou, via Yongfu and Luzhai. It is 23.5 meters in width (21.5 meters wide in mountainous regions) and is a 4-lane expressway. The expressway is a cement road with a speed limit of 100km/hour (80km/hour in mountainous regions). An emergent parking zone and a special emergent phone is available every 500 meters and 2km on the road. The No.1 and No.2 traffic police teams of Guilin Communications Department are stationed in Guilin and Liuzhou. Traffic police is on duty Traffic between Guilin and the Main Scenic Spots
Guilin is the hub of Guibei Highway. It has buses to other parts of Guangxi, Hunan, and Guangdong provinces, and also has special lines to 9 scenic areas of Xing'an, Xiyuan, Gongcheng, Lingchuan, Longsheng, Lipu, Sanjiang, Rongshui, and Jinxiu.
Guilin has 20 public bus lines and 6 special lines. It also has a line to Yangshuo. There are starting points in Guilin Railway Station, Miaopu Road, and Wayao.
Guilin Public Transportation Company has set 3 tourist lines:
No.3 bus: Guilin Railway Station, West Hill Park, and Reed Flute Cave
No.13 bus: Seven-star Park, Brocade Hill, Fubo Hill, and Reed Flute Cave;
No.15 bus: Nanxi Park, Elephant Hill park, Seven-star Park, Fubo Hill, Brocade Hill, and Reed Flute Cave.
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