Guilin was chosen as CLI’s home for a variety of reasons – it’s warm; it’s a safe distance from the poor air quality of China’s biggest cities; it’s simple to navigate; local residents are exceptionally friendly and engaging; the cuisine is excellent; and the city has been famous for its stunning natural beauty throughout Chinese history.

An Ideal Learning Environment

Guilin’s balance of vibrant, modern city and surrounding countryside creates the ideal setting to pursue Chinese fluency, and folks at CLI and in Guilin are very willing to chat! Guilin features gyms, yoga studios, department stores, universities, countless restaurants, upbeat nightlife, excellent public transportation networks, an international airport, three bullet train stations, and much more.

Guilin maintains China’s rich traditional culture while enjoying all the comforts brought on by China's rapid modernization.

Guilin vs. China’s Largest Cities

“Most Beautiful Under Heaven”

The proverb 桂林山水甲天下 (Guìlín shānshuǐ jiǎtiānxià) proclaims that “Guilin’s scenery is the most beautiful under heaven,” and rightly so. Surrounded by picturesque limestone mountains, the bustling city is comfortably located along China’s famous Li River in the gorgeous province of Guangxi. Guilin’s natural landscape has proven so charming throughout history that it is even celebrated on the back of China’s twenty-yuan bill.

Guìlín 桂林 literally means “Forest of Osmanthus” due its large number of osmanthus trees. Their sweet fragrance graces Guilin each autumn, only adding to this wonderful city's mystique and allure.

Your Gateway to China

Location of Guilin within China

Guilin is located in Guangxi Province and is a one-hour flight northwest of Hong Kong, a two hour flight southwest of Shanghai, and a three-hour flight south of Beijing.

Floating Down the Li River