Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

Guilin, Guangxi & Around, China

At a Glance

  • Stunning views of the Li River

  • Three restaurants and bars

  • A good base from which you can explore the beautiful countryside of Guilin

  • Spacious and well-appointed rooms

  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools

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The Guangxi region experiences a subtropical climate, with short, cold winters and long, humid summers with monsoon rains. The majority of the rains fall in May and June, bringing with them intense humidity but turning the stunning landscape the most luscious shades of green. The winter months are damp and windy, with average temperatures hovering around 8°C. Spring and Autumn are the prime times to visit Guanxi, with pleasant temperatures, sunny skies and minimal rainfall.

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Insider's View

Enjoy afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge - the perfect place to watch the world go by!

Make sure that you chose a Riverview Room so that you can wake up to the limestone karats of Guilin

For families travelling with small children make sure you catch one of the nightly cabaret chows that take place in the hotel gardens. Fun for all the family!

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin or take a look at our itineraries to China


Overlooking the Li River with its breathtaking rock formations and surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, the Shangri-La Guilin provides the perfect base from which to explore the stunning scenery of the surrounding area.

The Shangri-La Guilin is situated on the banks of the Li River, on the outskirts of Guilin town itself. The Shangri-La offers spacious and well-appointed rooms, a choice of three restaurants and an expansive pool area.

The rooms at the Shangri-La are the largest in the city, and provide a modern and luxurious ambiance. Some rooms have views across to the Li River, whilst others provide views of the hotel's beautifully landscaped gardens.

The hotel has a variety of dining options, from the Shang Palace, offering the finest Cantonese, Hunanese, Huaiyang and Guilin delicacies, to the more relaxed Li Cafe, which offers international cuisine and 'live cooking stations' offering teppanyaki and tandoori, which can be cooked to your taste. There is also the U Bar, which offers a wide choice of beers and a western-style grill.

The spa provides an extensive list of treatments, whilst the health club includes a gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and two tennis courts.

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The Shangri-La offers 449 rooms with either garden or river views which are spectacular. The hotel boasts some of the largest guest rooms in the city and each have beautiful oriental design features and marble floored bathrooms. The Horizon Club rooms are located on the higher floors and have extra amenities included in your stay whilst the Suites provide expansive guest rooms with additional living and dining areas.


Children are welcome at the hotel and there is a kids play area and a number of activities available throughout the day. There is a separate children's swimming pool within the health centre complex and also a Game Lounge offering X-Box Game Room, Kid's Room, Sea Ball Pool, Archery, Foosball.


The hotel's three restaurants provide a wide range of dining options to suit all palates. The Lobby Lounge overlooks landscaped gardens and is the perfect place to relax with afternoon tea or a post-dinner drink. The Pool Bar, next to the swimming pool complex, offers drinks and light snacks all day.

There is both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool with separate children's pool. There is a beautiful spa offering an extensive treatment menu including European facials and Asian massages alongside a comprehensive health club.


From the Shangri-La Guilin, you can explore the beautiful countryside of Guilin and take trips along the Li River and wonder at the magnificent karst mountains that rise from the water. You can also visit local fishing villages to see the traditional way of life, and watch the locals use trained cormorants to catch fish.



Dominic Atterton (Staff)

For those wishing to stay in Guilin itself rather than continuing onwards to nearby Yangshou the Shangri La is the best of the hotel options in town. The highlight of the hotel is the views of the Limestone Khasts over the river which runs past the hotel. The sunset from my room was spectacular. The hotel is very family friendly with a huge outdoor pool and play area, an indoor children's club and nightly entertainment. There is a huge buffet restaurant which is convenient if a little uninspired. Breakfast was very good although a bit chaotic and it was here that I saw more international tourists that at any other point during my time in China.


Sophie Jones (Staff)

Located about 15 minutes outside of Guilin with incredible views over the limestone karsts of the area, the Shangri-La Guilin feels like an oasis. The hotel feels more like a resort than a city hotel with two fantastic pools, two restaurants, an atmospheric bar and lots of activities throughout the day. For me the setting of the hotel is really the highlight as waking up to that view over Guilin is memorising!


Victoria Hogg (Staff)

My flight into Guilin was delayed and so when I landed in the middle of the night, I was extremely tired and in need of a bed! When I pulled up outside of the Shangri La, I knew I was going to be well looked after. From the impressive lobby, to the stylish rooms with lovely views onto the Li River, and not to mention the tip top service (even in the middle of the night!), the Shangri La is an amazing hotel in this beautiful city.


  • Bamboo Raft Cruise on the Li River

    Drift leisurely down the Li River on a bamboo raft as you pass a picturesque landscape of lush fields framed by limestone karsts. Step ashore to visit villages complete with Ming and Qing era architecture and discover a world away from the bustling city.

  • Classic Guilin

    For those who have extra time and would like to explore the more touristed circuit of Guilin, we make a visit to Xiangshan Hill, Jingjiang Wangfu, Duxiu Peak, as well as Sun & Moon Twin Pagodas.

  • Crown Cave Experience

    Explore the Crown Cave - the largest comprehensive scenic area near the Li River and be fascinated by the formation of the Karst rocks. Choose from five different ways of sightseeing.

  • Cruise Along the Li River

    Cruise for 4 hours along the rippling Li River from Guilin and enjoy the most spectacular scenery from your boat.

  • Cycling Tour near Guilin

    A great option for those who are more active, enjoy a cycling tour through Xinping Old Town that's home to beautiful bridges, ancient shop houses and intricate temples.

  • Daxu Ancient Town

    Visit Daxu Ancient Town, one of the four renowned ancient towns of Guangxi, with over 1000 years of history.

  • Day Trip to Shidong

    Discover Shidong village and learn more about their crafts, including embroidery, cloth dyes and more! Lunch at a farm house before visiting the silver workshop and a local school. Attend an embroidery class and end the day with an authentic Miao dinner.

  • Hike Longsheng & Rural Minority Villages

    Today, visit Longsheng, famous for its excessive large number of terraced rice paddy fields in the mountainous region. Visit the local Zhuang and Yao Minority villages while embarking on a hike to enjoy the beautiful views of the rice fields.

  • Kaili and Beyond - Villages and Local Culture

    Visit the different villages around Kaili, including Xijiang and Datang villages, and immerse yourself in the intricating Miao culture.

  • Li River Cruise & Yangshuo Town

    Cruise for hours along the rippling Li River from Guilin and enjoy the most spectacular scenery from your boat. Afterwards, visit Yangshuo Town

  • Old City of Xian and The Big Goose Pagoda

    Enjoy historic Xian with your guide, learning about its city walls and visit the world famous Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Panoramic Views from the Limestone Peaks by Sidecar in Yangshuo

    Travel in style through the rural landscape of Yangshuo as you speed past limestone sugarloaf mountains and lush fields in a vintage sidecar. Enjoy Champagne in the scenic surrounds of some of China’s most idyllic countryside.

  • Private Cooking Class in Yangshuo

    Discover the countryside and culture around Yangshuo as you delve into its markets and discover the cooking techniques and traditional recipes of the region. After cooking up a storm you’ll sit down to enjoy the meal you’ve helped prepare.

  • Scenic Tour of Guilin

    Take a tour to Fubo Hill and enjoy the stunning natural scenery of rocks and stalactites, together with the beautiful pavilions which provides a unique sight.

  • Tour of Xingpin

    Embark on an adventure on a motorised bamboo raft from Yangti to Xingpin. Explore the beautiful fishing village before heading to Fuli, a small town on the east bank of Li River. End the day in Yangshuo, popular for its karst mountains and winding rivers.

  • Trekking Through the Limestone Karts of Yangshuo

    Boasting some of China’s most spectacular landscapes, the Yangshuo countryside offers exceptional trekking opportunities amongst ‘sugarloaf’ mountains and fertile fields. Explore historic villages to discover local life in this rural region.

  • Yao Mountain by Cable Car

    This half-day trip brings you into Mt. Yao, the highest and largest mountain in Guilin, to admire the karst foothills surrounding the region. Depending on your time, we may be able to visit some of the temples at the mountain.

Holiday Ideas

  • Active China

    Shanghai, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Guilin, Longii and Hong Kong

    from £7300 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Enjoy the unique scenery of the Rice Terraces in Longsheng and have a chance to hike surrounded by spectacular views
    • Wander through the cobbled streets of Lijiang Old Town and enjoy a hike about the magnificent Jade Dragon Mountain
    • A visit to Shangri La isn't complete without a stop at Songzanlin Monastry - the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastry in Yunnan
  • China with Kids

    Beijing, Xian, Guilin & Shanghai

    from £4400 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • An exciting and educational adventure through China
    • Incredible mix of culture, culinary highlights, hands on activities and stunning scenery
    • Something for the whole family to enjoy with lots of variation

Location & directions

Guilin, Guangxi & Around, China

The hotel is located on the outskirts of Guilin town, overlooking the Li River. Guilin is situated in the north-eastern corner of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

How to get there

15-hour International flight with one change. The Shangri-La Guilin is approximately 35-minutes from the airport.

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