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桂林市 • Gveilinz Si
Scenery of Guilin
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Location of Guilin City jurisdiction in Guangxi
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Location in China
Coordinates(Guilin Central Square (桂林中心广场)): 25°16′30″N110°17′46″E / 25.275°N 110.296°E / 25.275; 110.296 Coordinates: 25°16′30″N110°17′46″E / 25.275°N 110.296°E / 25.275; 110.296
Country People's Republic of China
Autonomous region Guangxi
   Prefecture-level city 27,797 km2 (10,732 sq mi)
2,753 km2 (1,063 sq mi)
5,041 km2 (1,946 sq mi)
153 m (502 ft)
 (2020 census) [1]
   Prefecture-level city 4,931,137
  Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
  Urban density630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
  Metro density430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code 0773
ISO 3166 code CN-GX-03
License plate prefixes 桂C for Guilin's city proper, Yangshuo, and Lingui; all others 桂H

Scenic spots around Guilin include:


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Guilin pickled tofu

Guilin cuisine is a mixture of Cantonese cuisine and Zhuang cuisine. It is known for its snacks and the use of spices, especially chili. Guilin chili sauce (桂林辣椒酱), used widely in cooking by locals, is made of fresh chili, garlic, and fermented soybeans, and is considered one of the city's Three Treasures (桂林三宝). The other two of the Three Treasures are Guilin Sanhua Jiu (桂林三花酒), a variety of rice baijiu , or liquor distilled from rice; and Guilin pickled tofu.

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Guilin rice noodles

Guilin rice noodles have been the local breakfast staple since the Qin dynasty and are renowned for their delicate taste. Legend has it that when Qin troops suffering from diarrhea entered this region, a cook created the Guilin rice noodles for the army because they had trouble eating the local food. Specifically, the local specialty is noodles with horse meat, but this dish can also be ordered without the horse meat. Zongzi , a dumpling made from glutinous rice and mung bean paste wrapped in a bamboo or banana leaf is another popular delicacy in Guilin.


"I often sent pictures of the hills of Guilin which I painted to friends back home, but few believed what they saw."
- Fan Chengda (Chinese Song Dynasty scholar) [21]
"Guilin's scenery is best among all under heaven." (Chinese:桂林山水甲天下; pinyin:Guìlín shānshuǐ jiǎ tiānxià)
- popular Chinese saying [22]

International relations

Twin towns—Sister cities

Guilin is twinned with:

The Guilin relationship with the New Zealand city Hastings started in 1977, after a research scientist, Stuart Falconer, identified a number of common areas of interest between the two cities, including horticulture and their rural-urban mix. [28] In 1997 Guilin commenced an exchange relationship with Ōta, Gunma, Japan. [29]

Notable residents

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Further reading

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"Guìlín" in Chinese characters