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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...

Hello Vivien,

I am back home in Sydney. I gave some feedback directly to Celina before I left Harbin. The trip was great. Celina and the driver (Maquan) were fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Several of my Chinese friends are jealous that I have been there. Many of my Australian friends have never heard of the place. They are hearing from me now.

Of course it was freezing, but no ice or snow carvings without that of course. I was not expecting a lot about Harbin, but it turned out to be a city well above my expectations. People were pleasant and I have lots of great memories. I especially liked the scatter of ice and snow sculptures scattered around the inner city, and I liked learning about the development of the city, and Celina's knowledge on this satisfied all my questions and curiosity. 

I will be returning to China for 3-4 months in April. Sometime in that period I will want to organize a trip to somewhere in China. Not sure where yet but I will be in touch.

Best wishes, and many thanks

John‚ Australia, February 16, 2019

Dear Vivien,

On return from China, my student, Justin Ullman, told me about the excellent tour of Beijing that you had organized for him and his parents. He was full of praise for all the guides as well the way in which you and your company took care of their needs.

I just wanted to let you know how deeply I appreciate you and your company's handling of all the arrangements for their visit. I had recommended them to use your services based on my own family's experience last summer (2018), and I was so pleased to hear that you organized their trip with the same efficiency and courtesy, and to their entire satisfaction.

Many thanks and warm regards

Sincerely

Harsh Bhasin‚ India, February 14, 2019

Dear Ariel

I have been wanting to write to you since I came back to Cape Town in order to let you know that thanks to your company and ESPECIALLY thanks to my trip organiser, Vivien Li, I had the very best time in China. It was my first time to China, I am a woman of 58 traveling solo, and it was the beginning of winter, I had to pay so much more because I was traveling on my own, I was a little anxious and I was getting quotes from many different travel companies … I had a feeling that I should go with Vivien and I am so happy I did. She delivered on everything she promised me and more!

Every advice that Vivien Li offered me was the very best advice. For example to include transportation to and from airport and train stations and making sure drivers came into the stations to get my ticket, using 3 or 4 star hotels which were good enough and mostly more than comfortable and luxurious with usually great breakfast, booking for tours alone mostly and some with other people.

The guides were amazing and super reliable and punctual. The drivers who met me at the airports or stations were also punctual and communicated with me with the translator. If there were at any time any confusion I would contact Vivien and she would communicate with the guides and drivers to confirm that all was in order.

Vivien even had to act as a friend and calm me down when I thought I had lost my passport or when I received an email from the airline that my  flight was delayed and not mentioning that the date of that flight .

My guide in Xian came back to the hotel with her husband at 8pm to take me to a chemist as I had a problem with a colon and they anticipated that the chemist would not understand me.  My guide in Tibet ensured I rested the day of my arrival to prepare me for 2 days of high altitude. All my other guides were knowledgeable and we shared some fun times together. My guide in Shangai called Vivien to tell her I was dying to visit the Shanghai Jewish museum and the next day it was done so that I could join an organised Jewish Museum tour at 9.30am. The stories are endless!

I was blow away by all these act of kindness and great organisation.

You are welcome to give my contact details to anyone from South Africa or anywhere else in the world. Vivien truly organised a first class trip for me.

Vivien is an absolute asset to your company. I will forever remain grateful to her and to all the staff involved in making this trip so unforgettable.

Kind regards

Mathilda Joffe‚ South Africa, February 12, 2019

Hi Lyn,

The hotel was good location. The room comfortable and the coordination of the pickup were excellent. Only two observations, the breakfast for 4 starts hotel was only average, No western selections. And the Quingdao Airlines flight not comfortable but our return flight with Shandong Airlines was good. In conclusion we were happy with the services provided by your Company.

Mrs. Dorely Rodriguez De Mochan‚ Columbia, February 12, 2019

Hello Wendy

I hope you enjoyed a very happy Chinese New Year.

Please find enclosed a summary of our thoughts on the Yunnan trip last month. I will send some photos in a separate email.

I promise to leave a review on Trip Advisor this week!

Best wishes

 

China Travel Photos

Beautiful Yunnan & Kind People

Yunnan Travel Photos

Travelling Yunnan with My Family

David‚ UK, February 11, 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.

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