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The Chinese primary school textbook says: "Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven". You will find that's exactly true after taking this trip to Li River, Yangshuo and Longsheng, the three most classic and popular places in Guilin. Only 4 days are needed to get them all in a single trip. As long as you arrive at Guilin a little earlier, you will even stay an interesting night and day at Longji Rice Terrace which is an ideal place for experiencing ethnic culture, hiking and photography. You will also enjoy a relaxing cruise along Li River to Yangshuo, and have a pleasant time of countryside exploration.
Day 1 Guilin Arrival - Longji Rice TerracePick up in Guilin and transfer 2.5 hours to Longji Rice Terrace
Welcome to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon your arrival at airport (railway station), our local guide and driver will pick up you and then transfer you to Ping'an Village at Longji Rice Terrace. Check in your hotel. The rest of today is free for you to explore beautiful surroundings.
Important to Know: 1) The driving from Guilin to Ping'an is about 2.5 hours. If your flight or train arrives at Guilin after 5pm, we suggest you spend a night at Guilin, then transfer to Ping'an on the next day; 2) Walking: When arriving at Ping’an Village, you can only be dropped at Ping’an Village Tourist Center parking lot that you need to walk about 900 steps to your hotel. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended; 3) Luggage carrying: For the aged or travelers who are lack of physical strength, you’d better hire a local porter to help carry your heavy luggage to the hotel (pay extra expense on your own).
- Enjoy Longji Rice Terrace from Hotel Window
Day 2 Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)Today's highlights: Sunrise, Longji Rice Terrace
When you wake up in the fresh air of peaceful morning, you may forget where you are. Try to watch the magnificent sunrise from a great location on the terraces if you don't mind getting up very early. After breakfast, your guide will take you to explore the breathtaking views of Longji Rice Terrace leisurely. The rice terrace is layer upon layer, like the changing ladder created by nature leading to the blue sky, forming a majestic painting between heaven and earth. From Ping’an, you can hike on the cobbled paths built among terraces to catch the best landscape. Climb up to the great lookouts at Seven Stars with Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers from which you can get superlative views of terraces and villages.
Hike half day around, then back to Ping’an. Then transfer back to Guilin City. Check in your hotel. The rest time is free on your own to have fun in Guilin - strolling, hunting food...
Good to Know:1) Best time to visit: Longji Rice Terrace can be visited all year round. Go mid-April to late June for mirror-like irrigated terrace and rice transplanting scene; go July to mid-September for green terraces; go late September to early-November for golden and harvest scene; or go late December to early February for silvery terraces; 2) The Viewing Platform of Seven Stars with Moon is under a reconstruction which means it is closed for travelers at present. The hiking route between Seven Stars with Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers would do some adjustment during the construction. You won’t miss the amazing rice terraces scenery when visiting.
- Green Longji Rice Terrace (June ~ August)
- Sunrise in Longji Rice Terrace
- Women of Zhuang Ethnic Group at Longji Rice Terrace
Day 3 Guilin - Li River Cruise - Yangshuo (B, L)Today's highlight: Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Yulong River, West Street
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, amazing scene of A Painting of Nine Horses, and notable view printed 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, start your impressive exploration of the best charming sightseeing and ideal countryside ease at Yulong River. Let all the refreshing scenes please your eyes and souls to the utmost. Just enjoy every moment with the Karst hills dotted around, chatting stream, rippling mountain reflection, swaying floras, patches of vivid crops, comfortable breeze….There are diverse kinds of ways for your enjoyment of the fun and beauty, including biking, hiking, sightseeing bus, bamboo rafting and scooter. You can easily choose and combine your ideal way(s) and part of Yulong River. (Please tell your likes to your travel consultants before booking the tour, as the final prices will differ by activities you choose.).
Biking (some physically demanding & sightseeing by the river) - Ride to enjoy the river view and the real fields (route: Yangshuo - Jima - Shuiedi Dock - Gongnong Bridge - West Street; for 1.5-2 hours).
Bamboo Rafting (relaxing and interesting & sightseeing on the river) - have fun with the classic bamboo rafting (Route A: Shuiedi Dock - Gongnong Bridge for 40-50 minutes; Route B: Jima Dock - Gongnong Bridge for 1.5 hours) to see the more serene view like pieces of traditional Chinese landscape ink paintings.
Sightseeing Bus (most leisurable and comfortable & sightseeing on the road) - sit leisurely on the bus from Jima to Gongnong Bridge to appreciate the lovely countryside view (about 0.5 hour). You can get off and on anywhere on the middle way to explore more about your interested place.
After that, walk 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.
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 evening activity:
Watch the splendid evening performance of Impression Liu Sanjie with the Li River itself as the stage, which was directed by famous director - Zhang Yimou (usually performs for an hour between around 19:45 and 22:20). (Please note: Impression Liu Sanjie is not available from January 2, 2020 to January 26, 2020.)
- Lush Guilin Li River Scenery
- Panorama of Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Countryside
- Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery
- Visit Yangshuo West Street at Night
Day 4 Yangshuo - Guilin Departure (B,L)Today's highlight: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave
After breakfast, transfer back to Guilin in a comfortable vehicle (1.5~2hrs). Then make a visit to the symbol of Guilin landscape - Elephant Trunk Hill. A giant rock hill vividly shapes like an elephant which is drinking water. Besides, there are many historical sites here for you to explore, such as stone carving, Buddhist temple, relic exhibition, etc. Then, drive about 7 kilometers to next attraction - Reed Flute Cave, a majestic underground palace with sparkling different colors. The magical Mother Nature condenses millions years of natural efforts to form the incredible stalactite, stalagmite, stone shield and stone waterfall of different sizes and shapes.
Lastly, your tour guide will take you to catch your flight / train to your next destination. Tour ends!
- Reed Flute Cave
- Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill
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, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. 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.
Thanks Wing, we came back safely and had a great trip overall. We had great tour guide and driver whom we will recommend without doubt and we took the liberty to change the schedule as we toured, depending on the weather and situation, which suited us. I’m actually glad lightning struck, allowing us to spend the last night in XM, as I think 2 days and 1 night in the Tulou is more than sufficient. I’ll leave Chew to comment on your email but you can also take my comments here if you want. Thanks again !
Yesterday just before check out at Xiamen , i had already completed a detailed questionnaire form and handed over to Adam.
(1) How do you like our tour arrangements and are you willing to recommend our service to your friends?
Yes, it was good service from tour coordinator, tour guide and driver. They are all very professional and good people. I will recommend to friends for sure.
(2) Do you have some suggestions for us to improve our service?
The initially proposed 3D2N itinerary is an overkill of Tulou visits. The original plan was such that we visit Chu Xi on Day 3, but Chu Xi is the furthest (3 hours) from Xiamen, so it doesnt make too much sense cos it would be a mad rush if guests are rushing to fly off on Day 3. Our tour guide Adam adapted the itinerary, we cut down the more commercialized tulous and he even included He Keng Tulou which is the place that Hollywood Mulan was filmed in, that was a real treat.
From our experiences, if we fly into Xiamen by 9am, we would have 2 full days of Tulou visits, which is more than sufficient. First nite at HeRongZhuang was a good experience, the staff are very hospitable and room was very nice. Second nite at Prince Hotel there was power failure, and after being in the dark for 4 hours, we decided to check out and drove to Xiamen. We were on the road from 9.30pm to 12 midnight. I think it would be better if the itinerary just have first nite in Tulou and second nite in Xiamen, with Day 3 in Xiamen.
(3) If you want to do travel again in China, would you like to use our service again?
Yes. I would certainly consider
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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.
In this tour, you will stay a night at Guilin and a night at Yangshuo. Both Guilin and 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 Guilin and Yangshuo. While at Longji Rice Terrace, you will stay a night at a local guest house. Though it is not as good as in the downtown area, but necessary items are provided, such ase hot water, air condition, TV, private washroom, free Wi-Fi, etc. Some types of rooms there even have private viewing balcony that facing the marvelous rice terraces. Since the houses are mainly made with wood, so please be careful with the use of fire.
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.
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. Also, you are highly suggested to prepare your hat, sunglasses and sun cream for UV protection.
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.
For sightseeing bus: Yulong River sightseeing buses run from Jima to Gongnong Bridge along the River, and you can get on or get off at any places along the route with your bus ticket.
In Yangshuo - 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 busat 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.
In-depth Longji Rice Terrace Tour - if time and energy allow, you can hike from Ping'an Rice Terrace to Jinkeng Rice Terrace, which is a popular wild hiking route among hikers, and takes about 4-4.5 hours to finish. Jinkeng Rice Terrac, as a part of Longji Rice Terraces like Ping'an, has the largest amount of Rice Terraces. It is a Yao minority inhabited area. Many of the gorgeous photos about Longji Rice Terraces published on the website were shot here.
Please feel free to tell us about your ideal activities, route, time, period, etc., to tailor make your special activity experience.
We China Discovery have rich experience for providing Guilin tour packages 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 tour for more in-depth experiences, such as hiking, photography, family holiday, food tour, etc. Just feel free to let us know your idea.
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