The distinct Chinese-style architecture is a fascinating sight to behold. The indulgent Asian hospitality is heart-warming. You have arrived at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin.
There is no hurry. Your spacious room is just the haven you need to slip into a blissful mood. After all, it is easy when a magnificent view of the crystal-clear Li River and gorgeous landscaped gardens is right outside your window.
Guilin literally means “forest of Sweet Osmanthus”. The streets are lined with these fragrant trees. As you traverse the city, you are constantly aware of the breathtaking hills with their surreal rock formations.
Between saccharine scents, sounds of the river and majestic hills, you are absolutely spellbound. Guilin's claim to having the “finest mountains and rivers under heaven” is indisputable.
The next morning, the chefs at the Li Café entertain with their distinctive styles. Your eyes wander from the tandoori to the teppanyaki cooking stations.
Your senses are heightened with the famous Diecai Mountain, just a short distance away from the hotel. Its beauty has been an inspiration to artists the world over since ancient times. Today, you are in your own Chinese brush painting.
For a modern appreciation of Guilin, you head to the city’s pedestrianized tourist area, easily accessible from the hotel. Here, you find local shopping to be just as enticing, with silk scrolls, crystals and jade on your list.
All too soon, night descends on Guilin’s wonders.
Back at the hotel, you delight in one last venture. The sights and tastes of the colorful and spicy Guilin cuisine are best enjoyed at the Shang Palace, Shangri-La’s signature restaurant.
Before you head to the celestial comfort of your room, you sip another comforting cup of Osmanthus tea.
Welcome to Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin, where enchantment awaits.