A Visit To Central Square in Guilin

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | Published in


There are a lot of huge parks and squares in Guilin, China. One of the largest squares is Central Square (中心广场) which is located not very far from the Backstreet Youth Hostel where I and my friends stayed.

After our visit to the Elephant Trunk Hill, we rested a while in the hostel before going out for dinner. Since this was our first day in Guilin, we decided to take a walk around before dinner.

And so we came upon this Central Square.

It was huge!

And not over crowded with people like certain places in the city!

There were entertainment for kids!

And cars of various designs for kids to drive too!

If not mistaken, the pyramid glass structure served as an entrance to the underground plaza. We did not go there.

Huge advertisement billboards and screens could be seen at one side of the square.

To get to Central Square, you can take bus No. 1 or No.22 to the Central Square bus stop and just walk for a few minutes to reach it.

After having enough of photo taking, we left Central Square in search of a good place to have our first dinner in Guilin.

I ended up eating horse meat which I will blog about next, so stay tuned!


(65) Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Back to Guilin again?

    July 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM
  2. Anonymous

    I thought you've already covered this post sometime back.

    July 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM
  3. Caroline said...

    eh guilin? hahaha horse meat?? wait for ur next post then!

    July 14, 2010 at 12:45 PM
  4. Anonymous

    Don't think I can stomach horse meat..although I wish to take a sneak bite just to see what it tastes like. I cannot eat ostrich meat coz the thought of the bird makes me nauseous. Same goes for eel.

    July 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM
  5. foongpc said...

    mei teng, you're back at NO.1 FC! No, I'm resuming my China trip post which I blogged halfway since last year. Haha! This is a new post - have not covered it before : )

    July 14, 2010 at 12:55 PM
  6. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, yes you'll get to see it in my next post : )

    July 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM
  7. foongpc said...

    mei teng, you mean you never tasted unagi before?

    July 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM
  8. lina said...

    wah, the park is sure a huge one. And one can do so much activity there. Very nice...

    July 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM
  9. lina said...

    I was served horse meat when I went to Tazawako last year.

    July 14, 2010 at 1:03 PM
  10. foongpc said...

    lina, yeah nice park. Can you see Doraemon there? But no Ultraman there lah hehe : )

    So did you like the horse meat in Tazawako?

    July 14, 2010 at 1:08 PM
  11. M-Knight said...

    visit this place during my last year trip...down below there is a basement where there has many things to sell

    July 14, 2010 at 1:09 PM
  12. Che-Cheh said...

    The glass pyramid remind me of the Louvre.

    July 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM
  13. foongpc said...

    m-knight, oh you went to Guilin last year too? I didn't go down to the basement cos hungry need to search for food for my dinner. Haha!

    July 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM
  14. foongpc said...

    che-cheh, haha me too but of course it's nothing like the one in Louvre : )

    July 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM
  15. Anonymous

    Yes I did one time....or rather I tried to swallow the unagi. Just a small piece and it gave me the chills...as images of the slithery creatures crossed my mind. No second piece for me after that.

    July 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM
  16. foongpc said...

    mei teng, haha! My goodness, luckily I don't imagine such things when I am eating unagi. It's my favourite food in Jap restaurants btw : )

    July 14, 2010 at 1:37 PM
  17. Kelvin said...

    Ewwwww...horse meat. I heard tat the meat is very hard to chew one.

    July 14, 2010 at 1:48 PM
  18. Reanaclaire said...

    really eat horse meat or eat like a horse? ok i will look forward to the horse dishes..
    guilin... i think i wanna go one day.. must wait for 0 fare in AA..

    July 14, 2010 at 2:04 PM
  19. khengsiong said...

    I thought your Guilin series is over...

    Guilin may be small by China standard, but relatively big by Malaysian standard.

    P/S I click the Like button already.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:04 PM
  20. Afriqiyah said...

    The Central Square in Guilin is a wonderful place for all. It is packed with all the amenities of entertainment especially for the kids. The place was nicely utilized from the commercial point of view with display boards, underground shopping plaza etc. Thanks for the post. Bye.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM
  21. [SK] said...

    oh, i saw you writing chinese!! haha, did you type that or just copy and paste?? :D

    July 14, 2010 at 3:48 PM
  22. [SK] said...

    i love those cars for the kids!! so colorful and so cute..

    July 14, 2010 at 3:48 PM
  23. [SK] said...

    that glass pyramid leading to the shopping mall?? hmmm, exactly like the Louvre Museum in Paris..

    July 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM
  24. Oman said...

    looks like a perfect place for the family. awesome shots.

    July 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM
  25. lina said...
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    July 14, 2010 at 5:49 PM
  26. lina said...

    I didn't eat.... just put aside, so no comment on how the taste like. :D

    July 14, 2010 at 5:54 PM
  27. wenn said...

    very nice place!

    July 14, 2010 at 9:20 PM
  28. Monica said...

    u ate horse meat?!?

    July 14, 2010 at 9:26 PM
  29. Monica said...

    nice place..i like it coz it's not over crowded :D

    July 14, 2010 at 9:27 PM
  30. A said...

    You are quite the traveler, aren't you Foong? always traveling it seems.. :)

    July 14, 2010 at 11:35 PM
  31. A said...

    You ate horse meat?! Nooo!!

    July 14, 2010 at 11:37 PM
  32. A said...

    The place looks huuge and wonderful! I want to drive those kiddie cars! LOL and that pyramid reminds me of the one in the Louvre in Paris.. :D

    July 14, 2010 at 11:38 PM
  33. Pete said...

    This is one big square!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:04 AM
  34. foongpc said...

    kelvin, really? But in my case, it was not hard to chew!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:41 AM
  35. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, well, I ate horse meat like a horse! LOL!!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:42 AM
  36. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, thanks for clicking my FB Like button! : )

    No, still got a lot more Guilin posts ahead! : )

    July 15, 2010 at 12:43 AM
  37. foongpc said...

    afriqiyah, you are welcome! : )

    July 15, 2010 at 12:43 AM
  38. foongpc said...

    SK, of course I copy and paste lah! My Mandarin sucks!! Haha!

    Yeah, I love those cute cars too!

    Of course I dare to eat horse meat! If you can eat a cow, why not a horse?

    July 15, 2010 at 12:50 AM
  39. foongpc said...

    lawstude, yeah good place for family outings : )

    July 15, 2010 at 12:51 AM
  40. foongpc said...

    lina, oh I thought you ate! Haha!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:52 AM
  41. foongpc said...

    wenn, yes nice place indeed : )

    July 15, 2010 at 12:52 AM
  42. foongpc said...

    monica, yes I did! Have you tried horse meat before? Yes, not overcrowded - I love that too!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:53 AM
  43. foongpc said...

    ane, not really a traveler, just that I blogged too many posts about my travels. Haha!

    What's wrong with eating horse meat if you can eat cows?

    Yeah, you should bring your kids there to drive those kiddie cars! : )

    July 15, 2010 at 12:55 AM
  44. foongpc said...

    pete, indeed! : )

    July 15, 2010 at 12:55 AM
  45. RoseBelle said...

    The place looks very modern. I love the mini cars for the kids. Did you see any adults driving them? Just checking because I know I'd have an itch to give it a try. I'm surprised to see that there's not a lot of people. I thought it's crowded anywhere in China.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:45 AM
  46. manglish said...

    ehhhh so funny hor even after so long i can still remember your elephant trunk and hostel post leh....not a bad place to go eh Guilin

    July 15, 2010 at 5:39 AM
  47. Mariuca said...

    vakasi oh vakasi, when will mine become reality?? :)

    July 15, 2010 at 6:36 AM
  48. foongpc said...

    rosebelle, haha I didn't see any adults driving those mini cars. Doubt adults can fit into them. LOL! Yes, the place was not crowded at all! : )

    July 15, 2010 at 12:16 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    manglish, really still can remember? Wow! Nice to know I made a lasting impression on you, haha!!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:16 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    mariuca, go for your vacation now!! : )

    July 15, 2010 at 12:17 PM
  51. LifeRamblings said...

    i can't imagine eating a horse meat. nice meh?

    July 15, 2010 at 3:09 PM
  52. JRmy said...

    Leave it to the chinese..... that looks like a replica of the Louvre

    July 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM
  53. HappySurfer said...

    Second picture is nice, Foong. Is this just a wide open space for people to hang out doing nothing? Any other activity besides the kiddie cars? If nothing else, sounds like a boring place. No?

    July 16, 2010 at 2:09 PM
  54. Ayie said...

    so much space to roam around!

    July 22, 2010 at 10:33 AM
  55. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    She needs to get more exercise during the day and I am looking to find someone who is a certified dog-walker in the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge..

    July 22, 2010 at 5:12 PM
  56. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    central park is a huge park. As a first time visitor to nyc, which area of central park should i go and visit that would be interesting ?

    July 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM
  57. handmade holiday gift ideas said...

    central park is a huge park. As a first time visitor to nyc, which area of central park should i go and visit that would be interesting ?

    July 22, 2010 at 5:22 PM
  58. Hanging lamps said...

    I like walking here. Big streets. Many people. Easy to find places to eat. Nice experience. Very pleasant to walk in Feb. It was our very first trip to China.

    July 24, 2010 at 5:01 PM
  59. Hanging lamps said...

    Our hostel faces to the south gate of Sheraton Guilin Hotel, near Li river and commercial walking street.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:46 PM
  60. Carol said...

    So nice to view all those pictures, the central park is really very huge and the good thing is that it is not overcrowded with people,fun for kids that is also entertaining,good pics!
    Thanks for sharing...

    July 27, 2010 at 1:05 PM
  61. Suzanne said...

    Wow the Central Park is so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing these images. Usually parks are overcrowded and dirty but this one is really different. I just loved the Pyramid glass structure. Its just one of its kind.The place provides for children's entertainment too. You are very lucky to have visited such a beautiful place.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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