Guilin (桂林) is a city in Guangxi Region, China. Guilin is a scenic town and one of the best-known tourist destinations in China. There are many scenic places within short traveling distance of Guilin.
These include Longsheng with its famous Longji rice terraces; The Li jiang river, a scene of which is printed on the back of ¥20 bank notes; Yangshuo, a small county downstream from Guilin; and much more.
This makes Guilin an excellent base for exploring the northern end of Guangxi region. Guilin is a beautiful city.
The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes and studded with sheer sided karst mountains. Outside the city center, the buildings are less well kept. The main industry in the city is tourism so the city is much cleaner than other Chinese cities.
Guilin itself is like most other medium size Chinese cities, other than that it has a large number of western-style hotels, tourists and is relatively free of air pollution. Many Chinese domestic tourists also flock to this area. What makes it special is its proximity to many picturesque limestone mountains and formations.
There is no question about it, Guilin is a top tourist destination, but one with an increasing appeal to investors, thanks to its first-class high-tech zones.
To the east of the city center lies the Guilin High-Tech Industrial Zone, founded in May 1988. Back in March 1991, it was already recognized by the State Council as one of the earliest State-level high-tech zones.
It now has more than 1,000 companies, including 200 high-tech businesses, seven of them backed by Fortune-500 companies, and four backed by China’s top 100 companies.
The zone has five pillar industries in electronic information, bio-pharmaceuticals, optical, mechanical and electronic integration, new materials, and environmental protection.
More panoramas of the Guilin area can be seen in Arounder Guilin.