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Between the rugged Karst mountains and the winding Li River, Guilin is one of Southern China’s most picturesque cities. This tourist hotspot’s selection of restaurants won’t disappoint. Read on for our pick of the best.
For a taste of the royal lifestyle, head over to Fo Long Xuan Restaurant. Built in the style of a Chinese palace and situated in the Guilin Mulong Park, this place lets diners take in beautiful scenic views as they eat. The restaurant is three stories high, with tables scattered throughout the first two floors. There is also a private dining area on the third. Guests can sample the restaurant’s traditional Chinese dishes, as well as Guilin Sanhua, a popular rice wine dating back to the Song Dynasty. In addition to the food, visitors can also enjoy entertainment during dinner, including singing, dancing, and Chinese instrumental performances.
Also located on Zhengyang Pedestrian Street is Rice Noodles Pub, a modern restaurant with a reputation among expats as a great hangout. The lounge-style pub serves a variety of Asian food, with options such as Chinese-style fried potatoes, lotus root, and dumplings. Modern furnishings give the pub a stylish feel, and a covered patio offers comfy outdoor seating. Diners can also enjoy craft beer and live music performances throughout the week. Overall, this pub is a great choice for anyone seeking casual food, great beer and a chilled atmosphere.
Rice Noodles Pub, No.142 Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, Guilin, China +86 773 280 7508
To experience authentic Chinese dishes and traditional tea culture, check out Longze Tea House & Restaurant in Guilin’s Qixing District. Situated near Seven Star Park, a rolling green space dotted with caves, rivers and large rocks, the tea house is set against a beautiful natural landscape. Tasty dishes include fish caught from the Li River, as well as smoked tofu and an interesting vegetarian soup served in the shape of a yin yang. For a more unusual option, diners can try the dishes specially cooked with tea. Though many of the dishes are served spicy, non-spicy versions can be ordered for those with a more delicate palate.