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Besides being one of the most picturesque cities in China, Guilin's local cuisine is quite special. Being located on the beautiful Li River, fish is a large part of people's diets. A visit to Guilin just isn't complete without sampling some of the local food.
Guilin cuisine is a combination of Cantonese and Hunanese styles. It is characterized by its sweetness and the delicate use of spices, particularly chili. Many foods are have a sour or spicy taste. Stir-frying and steaming are the most common cooking methods of Guilin Cuisine. Wild plants and animals, which are rarely eaten in the West, are sometimes found in Guilin Cuisine.