Located in Northeast Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, Guilin is renowned for its beautiful location amongst limestone karsts, caves and the tranquil waters of 2 rivers and four lakes. It has a verdant, diverse forestation, ranging from Bamboo to Conifers.
Guilin is a small city compared with some of China’s other tourist destinations; it has been the political, economic and cultural centre of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and has a rich cultural history dating back over more than 2,000 years. There are many Chinese tourists as well as international visitors, a large number of Western-style hotels, and the city is relatively free of air pollution.
Guilin cuisine is spicy and famed for its snacks. The city's Three Treasures are: Guilin chili sauce (桂林辣椒酱), used widely in cooking, made of fresh chili, garlic, and fermented soybeans, (桂林三宝Guilin Sanhua Jiu (桂林三花酒), a variety of rice baijiu, distilled alcohol from rice; and Guilin pickled tofu (桂林豆腐乳). Delicately flavoured Guilin rice noodles (桂林米粉) are the traditional breakfast staple Two local specialties are noodles with horse meat, (can also be ordered without the horse meat.) and Zongzi (粽子; pinyin: zòngzi), a dumpling made from glutinous rice and mung bean paste wrapped in a bamboo or banana leaf.
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