Food and entertainment
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.
The lovely tourist city Guilin is able to offer you a unique and interesting shopping experience with its numerous small streets, flea markets. Shoppers in Guilin can purchase anything from tea and clothing. There three major shopping districts in Guilin City: Zhong Shan Road and Zheng Yang Pedestrian Street (Walking Street) located in the city's center, and Wa Yao Wholesale Shopping District in southern Guilin. West Street in Yangshuo County offers some unique items that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
South Sea Pearls
The South Sea Pearls in China have been well known all around the world for their fine quality and long-lasting luster. Hepu in Guangxi province produces the finest South Sea Pearls in China. Located in the North Guangxi province close to Hepu, Guilin is an ideal place to buy South Sea Pearls if you are not visiting Hepu.
Chinese Landscape Ink Paintings
Famed as the "most scenic place under Heaven", Guilin's landscape has been the subject of Chinese artists for thousands of years. In order to capture inspirations and get close to the natural beauty, many ink painting artists and institutions have settled down in Guilin. This makes Guilin an excellent place to buy fine ink painting works at inexpensive prices.
Guilin is rich in minority cultures with 28 ethnic groups living in the area. These ethnic people are still producing their traditional costumes' and handicrafts in the old fashion way. Among them, costumes and headdress of Zhang and Yao ethnic groups are most attractive. Real handmade minority handicrafts are expensive however they are truly valuable souvenirs to bring home.
Guilin Local Specialties
The most famous local specialties in Guilin include Dry Sweet Osmanthus Flowers, Sugar Sweet Osmanthus, Dried Longan, Luo-Han-Guo Fruit. They are nutritious and healthy. Locals often use them as sweetener in cooking, or to make healthy drink or desserts. The most famous local fruit is Sha-Tian Grapefruit. It is kind of big fruit with soft, thick, and rough yellow skin matured during autumn. Its meat taste sweet with special fragrance.