Guilin is a safe city, with low levels of crime and a fine blend of cultures from many areas of China. You need to be wary of pickpockets and menace children selling flowers, as with elsewhere in China, although most people have a hassle-free time. Getting around Guilin is chiefly by bus or taxi.
Customs and etiquette
Etiquette in Guilin is as with elsewhere in the country. Chopsticks are ubiquitous and should not be placed poking out of the bowl, or used to point at people or things; rice is shoveled in and not eaten with the hands and tipping is not the done thing at a noodle stand.
You'll be better received if you dress smartly, have clean shoes in particular, and also don't raise your voice. Tipping will be expected by porters and restaurants in the smarter hotels.
RMB (yuan), the currency of China, can be bought and sold out of China, usually in a travel agent of Chinatown in your home town. You can change money at all major airports in China and at banks, although should avoid changing at hotels.
ATMs are now ubiquitous and most will accept foreign cards with a small charge. To minimize being charged twice, consider banking with a bank in your home country that does not charge for withdrawals in a foreign country. Travelers checks are not that popular in China and will need to be exchanged in banks, such as the Bank of China. Credit cards are accepted in the bigger hotels and shopping malls only.
Guilin is in the south and has a subtropical, monsoonal climate, with hot and humid summers (June through September), cold winters (December through February), and pleasant enough spring and fall. May and June can be pretty wet with lots of rain, as can September and October, although these times are usually better than the summer. The months of November and April are generally the nicest.