The new high-speed train between Beijing and Guilin has been operated since on December 28, 2013. Trains G529 and G530 leave Beijing at 08:20 and arrive in Guilin almost 10 hours later at 18:18. The return journey departs Guilin at 12:00 and arrive at Beijing West Railway Station at 22:00.
Guilin locals will be excited by this move as they can now visit the capital, and experience all it has to offer, with greater convenience.
For more information, or to book tickets, call 95105105 or visit the ticket office website at www.12306.cn.
The text below is translated by google translator.
It is reported that Hunan-Guangxi railway line extension project Heng Liu after the opening of the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail in Hengyang and connectivity, the formation of high-speed rail network. Then, by moving vehicles from Guilin to Beijing will achieve "Zhaofaxizhi", is expected to reach the 10 hours or so.
The official said, according to the higher requirements, Hunan, Guangxi, Guilin railway extension project segment FBI test work will be fully completed this month. By then, they will endeavor to expedite the construction of stations and other facilities, in order to lay the foundation for smooth opening in October.
Scale from the construction point of view, after the transformation of the originating station is much larger than the original. Live a responsible person surnamed Liu told reporters, after the transformation Tracks at the originating station is shared with the broad line station, the scale from the original 2 sets 6 tracks, expansion of 18 shares for the nine road. Guilin station plus 2 sets a new stock Road, the city's overall rail capacity will increase exponentially. Not only that, after the transformation of the originating station footbridge will be in the underground passage way and escalators installed on one side, passenger travel will be more convenient stop.
Yesterday morning, the reporter went to the ongoing transformation of the originating station closed, the station has begun to existing footbridge removed, the original station platform canopy being installed. The west side of the station, a new site has been taking shape. One worker said, renovation project schedule is very tight, "will open to traffic in October, and we want to split the eight fixed bridge, in order to pave the last paragraph of the rail. Beneath the pedestrian bridge and also the new channel, we are now a 24-hour shift construction . "Reporter yesterday from the Municipal Railway Construction Office was informed, according to the regional requirements, Hunan, Guangxi, Liuzhou railway expansion renovation project to Hunan Dongan segment will be open to traffic in October. While the East Anzhi Heng Yang Duan extension project progress is in front, which means the city in October to formally implemented by the Hengyang and Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail connectivity. At present, the Guilin train originating station (ie, Guilin North Train Station) upgrading are being stepped up.
The 2nd Longji Rice Terraces Fire Culture Festival will take place in Longji on June 10. It lasts 3 days. You will see dragon boat competition, Chinese rugby match, ethnic culture exhibition, traditional songs competition and etc.
Guilin offers not only spectacular views but also an interesting ethnic history for visitors
BANGKOK (The Bangkok Post) - About three hours' drive from Guilin in China's Guangxi province is Ping An, a Zhuang village famous for its beautiful terraced rice fields and millennia-old culture.
"At Ping An village, all the residents are Zhuang and have the family name Liao. There are more than 800 people and 200 families here. They live in stilt houses, none of which are made of bricks," Liao Su Jong, a young Zhuang woman who is a village guide, said.
Recently, Orathai Pholdi, director of Kasetsart University's Office of Agricultural Museum and Culture, led a trip to Ping An village to find out cultural similarities between the lifestyle, culture and language of the Zhuang and those of the Tai, an ethnic group in Southeast Asia.
The ethnic Tai are a group of indigenous people of Southeast Asia whose town units are said to date back 5,000 years.
At present, some 90 million ethnic Tai people live across the region and can be divided into 80 groups. They speak various forms of the Tai language.
Orathai believes the Zhuang are descendants of people from the times of the "Liujiang Man" about 50,000 years ago. The skeleton of the Liujiang man was unearthed in a cave in Liujiang district, Guangxi province, in 1966. Also in Guangxi, there are 17 sites with the evidence of Stone Age settlers.
"The Zhuang have a long history. They have been living in Guangxi since ancient times. We should study how they have conserved ancient traditions and culture. They never adopted the Pali, Sanskrit or Khmer languages but their language is partly influenced by the Chinese Han language," Orathai noted.
There are about 17 million Zhuang people in China. Most live in Guangxi and the rest in Yunnan, Guangdong and Hunan.
At Ping An, Orathai and royal scholar Prof Prasert Na Nagara talked to a few Zhuang people, including guide Liao Su Jong and some elders, for about two hours and noticed certain similarities between the Zhuang and Thai languages.
For example, the Zhuang count the numbers two, three, five, seven, eight, 10, 11 and 20 like Thais do as song, sam, ha, jed, paed, sib, sib-ed, and yi-sib. Certain Zhuang words contain the same meanings as Thai words, such as pai (go), ma (come), ja (will), normai (bamboo), gai (chicken), mueng (you), goo (I), khao (rice), glai (far), mai (no/not) and geb (pick).
Some other Zhuang words have similar meanings to certain Tai languages, such as kluen (meaning eat in Tai but swallow in Thai), ngai (breakfast or lunch) and yai (elderly). Some others can be associated with certain Thai words, such as nung (sit in Thai) meaning a chair, chong (hole in Thai) meaning a window, song (maintain balance in Thai) meaning to stand, tuen (shallow in Thai) meaning near, sarui (similar to suay in Thai) meaning beautiful and kward larn (cleaning the ground in Thailand) meaning cleaning a house.
Like the Tai people, the Zhuang have no word for the fourth finger or the ring finger probably because these are not important in their culture, Prof Prasert noted.
Orathai believes the Zhuang language is the oldest Tai language since the Zhuang have long been living there while other groups of the Tai in China, including those believed to be the Thai people's predecessors, had migrated south.
She cited Prof Terrien de la Couperie of the University of London who wrote The Cradle Of The Shan Race (1885) in which he proposed that the Tai founded the Ta Mung Empire in Sichuan, China, about 5,000 years ago. They later migrated south and a number of them later established the Kingdom of Lanna.
To Orathai, the Zhuang conserve their ancient traditions better than other Tai ethnic groups in China. They still worship ghosts and have the Devil Festival on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. They organise the Ox Soul Festival every April after ploughing begins to show their love and respect to the oxen and wish for a good harvest. However, the Zhuang do not celebrate Buddhist festivals because they are animists.
The Zhuang still don their traditional costumes both in daily life and on special occasions. Many men wear their long hair tied in a bun and wear traditional jackets with wide sleeves. Women in northwest Guangxi have collarless, embroidered and trimmed left-buttoned jackets, pleated skirts or loose trousers, embroidered belts, shoes and silver ornaments. Women in southwest Guangxi prefer collarless and left-buttoned jackets, square kerchiefs and baggy trousers, all in black.
In addition, the Zhuang in Guangxi have preserved the body tattoo tradition while another tribe of the Zhuang called Jeng Jia, who also live in this province, is known for their facial tattoos.
Orathai believes that the Zhuang might have been one of the Tai ethnic groups because the Tai beat bronze drums as part of rain-making ceremonies and more than 600 ancient bronze drums and many stone moulds were unearthed in Guangxi.
A visit to Ping An village is a good opportunity for travellers to experience the Zhuang's lifestyle and culture and cherish the stunning views of the rice terraces.
Two highlights are the "Nine Dragons and Five Tigers" and the "Seven Stars with the Moon". The nine dragon-like terraces stretch from the mountain top down to the Jinjiang River (the Golden River) while five hillsides opposite the Nine Dragons represent five tigers guarding the land. The Seven Stars with the Moon means the seven-tiered hillsides which glitter like stars amid the water field. Ping An Terraces are part of the Long Sheng Rice Terrace which looks like a dragon and dates to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Most of the terraces were built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
After exploring Zhuang culture, visitors should not miss the opportunity to visit the Reed Flute Cave and the scenic spots of the 437km Li River, or the Li Jiang River, which is a lifeline for people in Guilin and boasts China's largest and most beautiful scenic area.
The river snakes from its watershed in Mao'er Mountain in Guilin's Xin'an county through Guilin, Yangshuo, Pingle and Zhaoping and joins the Xi River in Wulin.
Situated in Guangming Mountain in northwest Guilin, the 240m-long Reed Flute Cave is full of stalactites, lit up with colour. Legend has it that the reed trees by the mouth of the cave could be turned into flutes.
A cruise along parts of the Li River, which has been described as "a green silk ribbon with jade hairpin-like hills" is a must.
Along the way, you will enjoy the stunning panoramic views of limestone mountains, bamboo and willow forests, riverside villages and men fishing on boats and bamboo rafts.
In all, Guilin, with a population of more than 1.2 million people, has both natural wonders and cultural knowledge for tourists to cherish.
French resort Club Med, known for its family-friendly beach and ski holidays, will open its first resort set in a sculpture park in Guilin in southern China in May.
The 46ha Club Med Guilin will be situated within the 600ha Yuzi Paradise Sculpture Park, home to over 100 sculptures by local and international artists.
Club Med, which has more than 80 resorts worldwide, is touting Club Med Guilin as its first "culture-centric" resort in Asia. While staple Club Med activities such as trapeze flying and rock climbing will be available, guests can also go on excursions to the city's scenic karst mountains and meet the minority tribes. Rates at Club Med Guilin start from $295 per adult per night, and include all meals and most activities.
Club Med Guilin is part of the resort group's plan to increase its presence in China. It opened its first ski resort there, Club Med Yabuli in Heilongjiang, in 2010, and plans to have five resorts in China by 2015.
INTERNATIONAL LIVING - I’ve photographed in over 40 countries but on a recent trip to China, I found what I believe may be the most picturesque place on earth.
I was on an extended trip to Asia with my camera, hoping to photograph some of the Mysterious East’s beauty spots. What I found stands firmly in my mind as one of the most exotic and incredible landscapes I have ever seen.
Guilin, which means “Osmanthus Forest”, is one of the best-known tourist destinations in China. It’s hailed across the country as one of the most photogenic landscapes in the world. Yet it remains relatively unknown in the West. I wanted to find out for myself.
But Guilin wouldn’t be easy to get to. I had to take a 24-hour train ride from Shanghai to get there.
Guilin has been populated since around 300 BC and its central city is built around interconnected rivers and lakes.
The waterways are traversed by numerous distinctive bridges that have a way of making you want to wander across and experience the other side. Weathered limestone pinnacles rise sharply into the clear blue sky from the dense green vegetation that surrounds them. These otherworldly formations are sometimes up to 650 feet tall and are found in only a handful of places in the world.
The incredibly beautiful Li River is the beating heart of Guilin and the focal point for much of the region’s tourism. The 50-mile-long waterway from Guilin to nearby Yangshuo is like a beautifully painted masterpiece that seems like it was lifted right out of a Chinese scroll painting. You just can’t take your eyes off it.
The landscape is peppered with towering limestone columns, mysterious cave systems and small rural villages all banked by vast forests of lush, green bamboo.
People here still travel the river on low bamboo rafts and locals use trained cormorants to catch fish from the waters of the Li. It’s like stepping back in time. I viewed the scene from the deck of a large river boat. Cruises take about six hours and if you ever choose to take one, I promise it will be something you will never forget.
My camera could barely keep up with the incredible photo opportunities. I filled my camera’s memory card with images of landscape after landscape.
For me, this was more than just a pleasure cruise. I uploaded my images to microstock photo websites that have accepted my work over the years. From there, people who need photos of this area can buy copies of my images. They use them for sales brochures for hotels…or tour company posters…or on travel websites. Each time someone buys an image, I get a commission. It’s a great way to earn money from my favorite pastime.
SPICENEWS - Club Med is ready to open its second resort in China next year nestled within a 114 acre park haven, due to open in early 2013.
Club Med Guilin is currently undergoing a stunning transformation and will emerge with a mix of contemporary and modern China. The resort is located on the banks of the Li River and lies between Guilin and Yangshuo in south China, around 800 km north west of Hong Kong.
Located within a UNESCO World Heritage Park, the latest Club Med China Resort will open in 2013.
Club Med New Zealand marketing manager Kaarin Gaukrodger says that the resort will appeal to families, couples and also conference groups.
"Club Med Guilin is spread over a spacious scenic park, with plenty of secluded meeting and function spaces - with some very special dining spots, including a cave setting as well as lakeside and outdoor banquet options. It will certainly make for a memorable group dinner or event."
The resort has 329 guest rooms, 3 restaurants, 3 bars and 3 swimming pools - a child-free 'zen' pool, main pool, as well as an indoor one. Dining choices include a Noodle Bar, which is a new concept of Club Med restaurant with the first to open at Club Med Cherating in Malaysia.
It offers guests a colourful and casual dining option serving a taste of Asia with chefs creating a range of noodle dishes in the open kitchen in front of diners. The Noodle Bar will complement the resort's two other restaurants, the main restaurant Atelier and the fine dining Lotus.
Located in a UNESCO World Heritage Park local sightseeing attractions include cruising along the Li River, exploring the Reed Flute Cave or Elephant Trunk Hill. Club Med Guilin will be available for sale from 01 November 2012 for travel from May 2013.
Club Med's all-inclusive package includes accommodation, all meals including snacks, open bar and a range of activities - including tennis, rock climbing, archery, yoga, golf and circus school, as well as Kids Clubs and live evening entertainment.
A river lantern in the shape of dragon is seen on the Zijiang River in Ziyuan County of Guilin, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The river lantern festival falls on July 14 in the Chinese lunar calendar, which is a traditional praying activity in Ziyuan County. Thousands of people participated in the blessing ceremony and river lantern floating activities on Thursday
Performers carrying river lanterns float on the Zijiang River in Ziyuan County of Guilin
A combine photo shows river lanterns on the Zijiang River in Guilin
A combine photo shows river lanterns on the Zijiang River
A girl sets out river lanterns on the Zijiang River in Ziyuan County of Guilin, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
NANNING (Xinhua) - One person was killed, and 37 others injured after a tourist bus fell into a ravine in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous Region on Sunday, local police said Monday.
The bus, carrying 38 people, broke through the road barrier and plunged into the ravine near the entrance of a tunnel in the county of Yangshuo, Guilin city at about 3:50 pm, police said. One of the critically injured died in hospital early Monday, they added.
The bus was heading for Shenzhen from the popular tourist destination Guilin, police said. The cause of the accident is under investigation.