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2 Days Guilin Ideal Li River Cruise with Yangshuo Essence Tour

Guilin - Yangshuo

Thinking about comforting your mind with the refreshing Karst Wonders in Guilin and Yangshuo but only got a short holiday?

Forget all your worries! This 2-day Guilin Ideal Li River Cruise with Yangshuo Essence Tour is tailored to show you all the bests of the bests in Yangshuo during your precious time and let you have an unforgettable in-depth exploration of Yangshuo. You will never miss any fantastic or classic natural splendors of this peaceful and amazing land, including both the classic Li River and charming Yulong River with the fun of water and hills. Just leave all those stress behind and have a great fun with our selected activities, such as bamboo rafting, cycling, sightseeing bus, etc. to meet your expectation of the perfect landscape of Guilin and Yangshuo!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-GT-02
  • Price : from request
  • Trip Length : 2D/1N
  • Theme : Nature / Cruise / Cycling

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Experience the classic Li River Cruise to see the special Karst landform hills layer by layer, the famous background image of the 20 RMB note and idyllic scene of buffalos drinking and eating by the riverbank.
  • Get fully immersed into the picturesque sightseeing of Yulong River with green rolling mountains, shimmering water, and relax with the idyllic scene with passing rafts, plants, farmland, faunas and floras.
  • Have great fun with the top two activities at Yulong River: taking the bamboo raft to admire the most scenic sightseeing part; biking along riverbank to enjoy the lovely landscape with breeze via Jiuxian Village.
  • Sit on the sightseeing bus at ease to appreciate the lush countryside view and seasonal crops and flowers at Ten-mile Gallery passing by and see in person the rare Moon Hill.
Itinerary Day by Day
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Day 1 Guilin - Li River Cruise - Yangshuo ( L )

Pick up at Guilin Hotel - Li River Cruise - Ten-mile Gallery Sightseeing Bus

This morning, your local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Guilin downtown.

As the declaration in Chinese textbook "Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven", today you will explore this best landscape starting with a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Li River from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo Town. Along the 84-kilometer cruise, dazzling scenery overwhelms your eyes like a vast endless Chinese painting of winding river, green limestone Karst mountains, fascinating countryside views, and the background image on the back of the 20 RMB note. (Please note: Lunch is served by the cruise with simple local Chinese cuisine. And you can take some snacks when getting on board.)

After about 4 hours’ cruise, disembark in Yangshuo Town, and check in your hotel. After a short break, you will start your exploration of the ideal countryside view by taking the Ten-mile Gallery sightseeing bus from Fengming Tourists Service Center via Gongnong Bridge, Big Banyan Tree, to the Moon Hill for 1.5-2 hours. Throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. Be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green Karst hills, with farmers cultivating the soil. Record the peculiar hole of Moon Hill at Li Village with your simple shutter with a simple wander. Also, if time and your physical condition permit, climb up that hill (needs about 30-50 minutes up with thousands of steps) to appreciate the larger moon hole closer and have a broader panorama of the Karst wonders of Yangshuo Town. Then, take the sightseeing bus back to Fengming, and our driver will send you back to your hotel.

Optional activity: experience the splendid evening performance Impression Liu Sanjie (19:45~20:45 or 21:20~22:20) with Li River itself as the stage, directed by famous director - Zhang Yimou.

  • Li river cruise Scenery Enjoy the Glamorous Beauty by Cruising
  • A Painting of Nine Horses at Li River A Painting of Nine Horses at Li River
  • Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery

Day 2 Yangshuo (B, L)

Yangshuo Yulong River (Cycling + Local Family Visiting + Bamboo Rafting)

Today, after your breakfast, our guide will take you to enjoy your best highlight cycling experience along the picturesque Yulong River (Yangshuo - Jiuxian Village - Xiangui Bridge - Shuiedi Dock). Immerse yourself into the fascinating countryside view with the rolling hills around and crystal clear river with the reflection of mountains, bamboos, trees, floras and blue sky, and enjoy this simple moment to see the refreshing color combination of farmland pieces, flowers, plantations and footpath. Visit a local family house to see the living environment of local peasants and their daily farming tools. After the cycling and family visiting experience for about 2.5 hours, continue your exploration of Yulong River highlights by enjoying the joyous bamboo rafting from Shuiedi Dock to Gongnong Bridge, the most classic part (about 1 hour). Sit leisurely back on the bamboo chair and admire the emerald sightseeing passing by, enjoy every minutes like traveling in a traditional Chinese landscape painting. After that, have a break and enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to bike back to West Street (0.5 hours).

For the rest of the day, you can catch your flight / train off Guilin to your next destination or home, or continue your exploration of Yangshuo by walking leisurely on the ancient West Street to witness how the western culture and Chinese culture perfectly and peacefully coexist here. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of drink in bar, taste some local food, or just experience the relaxing atmosphere, you get it here. Tour ends!

Note: according to the regulations of Yulong River Tourism, children less than 1 meter high and elders over 70 years old are not allowed to take the bamboo rafting.

Optional activities: If you are interested in cooking, you can join our popular Cooking Class at 15:30 to learn more about Chinese ingredients and how to cook Chinese dishes with the guide of English chef. Also, you can learn more about Chinese culture by joining the Calligraphy Class or Taichi Class. Just tell your interests to your guide.

  • Yangshuo Yulong River Biking Yangshuo Yulong River Biking
  • Yulong River Bamboo Rafting Yulong River Bamboo Rafting
  • Yangshuo Jiuxian Village Yangshuo Jiuxian Village

The quotation for this trip is from request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo;
  • Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery sightseeing bus;
  • Yangshuo biking;
  • Yulong River bamboo rafting;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Domestic/International flights or high-speed trains to/off Guilin;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.;
  • Personal expenses.

Check What our Customers Say...

Dear Tracy,

Thanks for your email. Yes, we enjoyed our tour immensely and would like to highly compliment both our driver and guide. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful, and followed the set itinerary well. Our driver was professional and courteous, and did a great job.

We left our feedback form at the front desk of the Gang-Gyan Hotel in Lhasa on the date of our departure (11 April), with our names on it and our tour guide’s phone number written down as well. I hope you’ve managed to receive it.

We are very satisfied with our experience with Tibet Discovery (China Discovery) and would certainly recommend this tour to our friends and colleagues.

Many thanks again

Jon‚ Singapore, April 16, 2019

Hi Jack,

Now we are back in Hamburg and back to work.

We will write a comment about our tour on tripadviser soon.

The tour with CD was very exciting. And it was a pleasure to meet your travel guides.

Best regards

Jürgen & Petra‚ USA, April 15, 2019

Hi Leo,Thank you for all the arrangements. We all had a great time visiting and learning about China. Eric, David and Waldner were excellent tour guides. We will certainly recommend you to our friends who are planning on trips to China in the coming years. Thanks again for everything.

Jay‚ USA, April 15, 2019

Hi Wing,

You are very welcome to the gift. We loved the one from you also.

I do understand why we couldn't meet. Family and ancestors are VERY important.

We will definitely do a review on trip adviser and of course we will mention your name.

Give us a couple of days.

We had an amazing time in China and wish we hadn't gone to Japan but had the extra time in your wonderful country. The only day we were disappointed in was the visit to pandas. Unfortunately it was your public holiday and the crowd was unbelievable!! Not your fault at all.We could still see that pandas which were amazing once we fought our way to the front of the crowd!!!!

However when Kevin took us to the Great Wall in the afternoon there were VERY few people there.We were expecting huge crowds so we were really pleased about that.

We would like to email our guides to thank them and send a photo. We have Alice and Kevin's addresses. Do you have Kimi and Ruth's email and are you allowed to give them to us?

In reply to your questions

1. We definitely enjoyed tour arrangement and would recommend you to friends and family without hesitation.

2. Not really.

Maybe suggest clients avoid public holidays when possible. Everything went like clockwork.

Wing did an amazing job.

3. Absolutely!! I ill do TripAdvisor review on my desktop soon.

Warm wishes from

Liz and Ann‚ New Zealand, April 15, 2019

Dear Jack,

My family and I had a wonderful time in China! You selected great hotels and food for us throughout our trip - thank you!  My brother and sister in law were particularly impressed by the guides in both Xian and Xiamen. Sofy in Xiamen went out of her way to do some research into our family's last name "Lim" to help us locate our village in Hosan. While she couldn't find the actual village, she got us close enough. 

Overall, the hotel quality was very good, and the food the best I'd eaten in China (its my 4th. trip.) and although Danny was sick once, we are not sure its the food as no one else got sick. The taste was just fantastic, especially in your home city of Chengdu! 

Personally, I loved the Yangtze - what an amazing experience to be on that river!  The local guide who took us on the "Green Goddess" tributary cruise, is a native from those mountains, so she was able to tell us about her family's life on the mountains.  She even sang songs in her native language for us, which was wonderful!

I only have a couple of suggestions for improvement. For the tour in Xiamen, 1 day on Tulous is enough and a whole day should be allocated to Gulangyu.  There were places in Gulangyu we would have loved to look at - for example the book store cafes, but we had no time at all. Secondly, it would be even better during long car rides (3 hours to Tulou), for the guide to give us more information about the areas we are passing.  She always answered our questions well, but it would be better if there is a plan.

Thank you for your good planning overall.  We are impressed with China's progress and we will certainly be recommending both China and your company to our friends for their travels!

Best Wishes,

Irene‚ USA, April 13, 2019
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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Li river cruise Scenery Li river cruise Scenery
  • A Painting of Nine Horses at Li River A Painting of Nine Horses at Li River
  • Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery
  • Yangshuo Yulong River Biking Yangshuo Yulong River Biking
  • Yulong River Bamboo Rafting Yulong River Bamboo Rafting
  • Yangshuo Jiuxian Village Yangshuo Jiuxian Village

Most Important Guilin Travel Notes

1. How to get to Guilin

Guilin as one of the top tourist destinations in China is well linked with other gateway cities and tourist places with flights, bullet trains, distance buses, etc. So far, you can get to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport by flight from Hong Kong (1.5 hours), Beijing (3 hours), Shanghai (3 hours), Xian (2 hours), Chengdu (1 hour & 40 minutes), Chongqing (1.5 hours), etc. Besides, there are fast high speed trains from Hong Kong (3 hours & 20 minutes), Guangzhou (2.5 hours), Chongqing (5 hours), Chengdu (7-7.5 hours), Guiyang (2-3 hours), Kunming (4.5 hours), Shenzhen (3.5 hours), Changsha (3.5 hours), Wuhan (5 hours), etc.

2. Accommodation in Yangshuo

Yangshuo offers various hotels and hostels of different standards and levels. As an international tourist hot spot, almost accommodations provide great facilities and equipment for your comfortable stay in Yangshuo. You can find the international brand including Banyan Tree Yangshuo, and a series of top classed hotels like New West Street International Hotel, Grand Lotus Hotel, Elite Garden Hotel, etc. Also, there are some 4-star hotels like Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel, nice 3-star like New Century Hotel for your free choose. If you want to get closer to the peaceful natural countryside of Yangshuo, there are also some recommended boutique hotels and guesthouses such as Yangshuo Secret Garden Hotel, Yangshuo Tea Cozy, and so forth.

3. Best Time to Visit Guilin

Guilin situated in southern China is a hot destination to explore its special Karst landscape view. It is suitable to visit all year round due its ever green plants and its warm temperature. April to October is the best time to appreciate the sightseeing of Guilin and Yangshuo. Spring (April-June) is best to enjoy the cozy weather and the vigorous scene of multiple flowers and the crops cultivated by local farmers. Autumn is also very good to enjoy the clear river view and clear sky. However, as it often rains, particularly during April to July, when you can see the misty beauty of the hills and water, you are advised to prepare your rain gears.

4. Warm Tips for Visiting Yulong River

For biking: we suggest you wear comfortable and quick-drying clothes and trainers to enjoy a better biking experience and protect yourself from catching a cold after sweating. During summer time, it may be a little hot for biking for a long time, so you can tell how much time you want to bike along the Yulong River to your guide.

For bamboo rafting: bamboo rafting is a classic activity to enjoy the fun and beauty of Yulong River. However, one raft can only hold 2 people, and children more than 1 meter high are required to take the raft together with adults. Besides, as the raft is slippery, it is better to sit on your chair for the sightseeing and avoid standing or walking in case of falling into the river. Furthermore, it would arouse some waves when passing weirs, so remember to lift your feet and protect your belongings especially mobiles and cameras.

5. Tailor Make Your Yangshuo Activities

To explore the natural scenery and fun of Yangshuo, you will have many kinds of activities and ways to choose. We can take you to enjoy bamboo rafting at Yulong River, sightseeing bus at Yulong River and Ten-mile Gallery, biking at any region in Yangshuo, hiking along Yulong River or other places, cultural experience of Chinese cooking, Taichi, and calligraphy classes, photographing, and so forth. Please feel free to tell us about your ideal activities, route, time, period, etc., to tailor make your special activity experience in Yangshuo.

6. To Customize Your Guilin Tour

We China Discovery have rich experience for providing Guilin tour arrangement and customization service for global visitors, and our professional travel expert will help sincerely to design your Guilin tour if you are interested to extend your Yangshuo tour with an exploration of Guilin City, or Longji Rice Terraces, Daxu Old Town, Huashan Rock Art, etc. We will show you the terrific sightseeing, culture, history and more highlights of Guilin and Guangxi.

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