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About Guilin

Guilin is one of China’s most picturesque cities, located in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the west bank of the Li River. Its name means “forest of sweet Osmanthus,” owing to the large number of fragrant, sweet Osmanthus trees in the city. As an important juncture between the border areas of Guizhou, Guangdong, Hunan and Guangxi, Guilin covers an area of 27,797 square kilometers with more than 70% forest coverage. According to the latest census, it has a population of nearly 5.34 million. 

Guilin is a regional centre for research and education, with 10 colleges and universities including Guangxi Normal University, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin University of Technology and Guilin Medical University. In addition, three of the top five key universities in Guangxi are situated in Guilin.

Guilin is a shining example of a world-class tourist destination in China and the only city in the world with 30,000-year-old pottery sites. It has a long history as one of the most beautiful places in China with its crystal clear rivers and uniquely-shaped karst mountains. Guilin is ranked as one of China’s most comfortable cities for human habitation. No wonder the following two sayings are so popular: “Guilin scenery is the best under heaven” and “One would rather be a native of Guilin than a God in heaven.”