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Guilin worth the trip?

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Back in November, my husband and I booked a flight for a long weekend in Guilin in early March after one of his colleagues highly recommended it to us. We're NYCers temporarily living in Hong Kong and are trying to take advantage of the opportunity to travel around SE Asia and mainland China. However, in December we spent a week in Xi'an and Beijing and my husband got very fed up with taxi drivers constantly trying to scam us. In Beijing, we ultimately used the subway a ton, but we had several frustrating incidents in both cities: a taxi driver refusing to take us all the way to our hotel and stopping in the middle of a 3-lane road telling us to get out, the same driver also pulled over while on the highway from the airport to pee on the side of the road, another driver who tried to refuse to turn the meter on, another guy who switched the meter off as soon as we arrived at our hotel and tried to say that the fare was much higher than what the meter said, etc. As a result, my husband now wants to skip our trip to Guilin, even tho we had none of these issues in Shanghai, and despite the fact that our plane tickets (almost US$400 total) are nonrefundable.

Can someone tell me if we'll have this sort of issue in Guilin? Is it the type of place we'd want to rent a car anyway? Do Americans need to do anything special to drive in China?

If you all suggest that we still go to Guilin, what do you suggest we do/see? I know we want to see the scenery in the area (karst formations, rice terraces), we always love being on boats so probably some sort of river cruise, and we love biking if it's warm enough. We arrive around 3:30pm on Friday March 6 and depart 4:30pm on Monday March 9.

Thanks in advance!

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