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Travel & Resources: GUILIN

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Guilin (Guangxi Province) -- area code +86-773


General Information

    You'll be hard-pressed to find anything gay in this picturesque, provincial city popular with Chinese tourists. Yet, the amazing landscape of colossol limestone karsts and the lazy river ride through stunning landscapes on the way to Yangshuo should not be missed by ardent China travelers. Cheap flights in on Air Asia make this a useful entry port into southern China.

    Population is almost 1.5 million (that's about 60,000 Utopians, but where are they?).


Popular Spots

Attractions

    • Don't miss a "bamboo" boat ride to Yangshuo through one of China's most incredible landscapes. Take a bus or a taxi (about US$25) to the nearby village of Yangdi. Negotiate for a private boat (about US$40 for two people) for a 90 minute ride to the charming village of Xingping. After exploring the ancient streets and shops, catch a local bus to Yangshuo (about 40 minutes ride) and spend the afternoon wandering around this bustling town before catching a bus back to Guilin (about 90 minutes).
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Bars and Clubs

    • No. 8 Club

    • lesbian bar
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        Near the Guilin Bravo Hotel along one of the lovely lakes that snake through the center of the city. Absolutely wild. The bar has about thirty tables, including some in a loft, as well as a small stage. Guests are mostly women, but there are a few men. The place plays upbeat Chinese and western pop music and they have shows that involve audience participation. The crowd and staff are very friendly.
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    • Lv Club
        5 Ti Yi Guan Bei Che, Zhen Yang Bu Xing Jie
        288-5188, 288-3188

        Another mixed club popular with both tourists and locals. No dance floor. The club gets busy after 11pm.
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    • Ragazza Pub / Yi Ren


 Restaurants and Cafes

    • Foodie Alert! Try a typical local breakfast from sidewalk vendors: a thin, rice pancake wrap stuffed with an egg omelette, pickled vegetables and cripsy cubes of fried dough. Delicious!



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