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Guilin Population & People PDF Print E-mail

Population: 1.34 million.

Urban population: 620,000.

Ethnic groups: Zhuang, Dong, Miao and Yao.


Zhuang People

The Zhuang are the most prevalent among the ethnic minorities in China . Guilin is one of the homes of the Zhuang nationality. Zhuang ethnic nationality is centuries old and scattered across the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yunnan Province, Guangdong Province and Guizhou Province. Their culture is particularly rich and colorful.


Guilin Locals' Life PDF Print E-mail

"I would rather live in Guilin than in heaven". This is how Guilin locals say about their homeland. Guilin is a blessed land filled with picturesque mountains, fantastic caves, and graceful rivers, where people live in a happy and peaceful lifestyle. Guilin people are easy going, hospitable, and really enjoy their life. Visitors often find they are so quickly fell in love with Guilin, and so envy about the locals. Some of them chose to settle down, and never want to leave.


Guilin Language PDF Print E-mail

Chinese Mandarin is the official language but the Guilin local dialect is widely used. As Guangxi Region(province) is the homeland of Zhuang Ethnic Group which is the largest minority group in China the Zhuang dialect is spoken by Zhuang People. Zhuang dialect had only written form.

Name PDF Print E-mail

The name 'Guilin' means "forest of sweet osmanthus" in chinese. The region is home to large number of sweet fragrant osmanthus trees located in the city.

History PDF Print E-mail

The first thing that comes to mind when one mentions Guilin is the spectacular scenery and natural beauty of the area, the astonishing Karst landscape is something to marvel at and a must on everyone's to do list. Rarely do people think about its history, Guilin City can boasts a history that stretches all the way back to at least 10,000 years. It was the home of the Zengpiyan People. A matriarchal clan society.

Guilin was not brought into the official prefecture until 214 B.C. when the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C.-206 B.C.) set up the Guilin Shire in this region. Due to the construction of the Ling Canal around the same time, Guilin became one of the gateways between the Central Plains and the Lingnan Region (current Guangdong, Guangxi and part Hunan, Jiangxi). Later, in 111 of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), the Shian County was founded in Guilin.

Education PDF Print E-mail

There are roughly more than

  • 400 kindergartens.

  • 1500 primary schools.

  • 250 middle schools.

  • 80 high schools.

  • 60 various technical schools.

  • 4 universities.

Thousands of foreigners from more than 30 countries study or work in Guilin.

Here is the list of the 4 universities where you can take a short or long Chinese language program or do your degree.

  • Guangxi Normal University(GXNU)


  • Guilin University of Technology(GUT)


  • Guilin University of Electronic Technology(GUET)


  • Guilin Medical University(GMU)


Religion PDF Print E-mail

Over the ages, many religions have entered Guilin. There are four main religions, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and Christianity. According to recent surveys, Buddhism and Taoism have the largest number of followers, though accurate numbers are hard to come.

Buddhist temples, daoistischer temples, mosques and churches are not difficult to find in the city. Below are the main Christian church and Islamic mosque:

Christian Church

Mass Time: 19:30 on Saturday, 12:30 on Sunday
Address: No.456, Zhongshan Raod (Middle), Guilin City

Islamic Mosque
Address: No.28, Minzu Raod, Guilin City

Click here to read the detailed introduction of Chinese Taoism.


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