Its name stands for “forest of Sweet Osmanthus” due to the sweet smelling trees in the city. Even more beautiful than paintings, Guilin’s beauty precedes its reputation with its breathtaking karst mountains and picturesque lakes, making the scenery a ‘picture perfect’ moment. Home to the most stunning rice terraces in the world, take a tranquil visit to the Longsheng Rice Terraces for your serene pleasure, or go for a romantic stroll at the Elephant Trunk Hill and a spectacular night cruise through Li River and Taohua River (Peach Blossom). Don’t leave the place without trying its food! Be sure to get your hands on the Guilin Rice Noodle (a local breakfast staple since the Qin dynasty) and Zongzi (a dumpling made from glutinous rice and mung bean paste, wrapped in a bamboo or banana leaf) to complete your China retreat!