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5 Days Best Guilin In-depth Vacation (Li River, Yangshuo & Longji Terrace)

Guilin In-depth Vacation

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This is the in-depth way to travel Guilin. Guilin City, Yangshuo Town and Longji Terrace are three most popular tourist destinations which have the best highlights of Guilin. During this tour, you will start your vacation from Guilin to charming Longji Terrace in Longsheng County which is about two hours driving from Guilin. Then continue your trip from Longji Terrace to the picturesque Yangshuo, and lastly return back to Guilin for departure.

Highlights of this tour

  • Admire uncanny workmanship of nature by visiting Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave
  • Enjoy amazing mountains-and-waters painting by a relaxing cruise along Li River;
  • Get diverse experience, including photography, food, hiking or cycling in Longji Terrace and Yangshuo Town.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $542
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Guilin / Longsheng / Guilin / Yangshuo
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-GYLT-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CultureCyclingHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Guilin Arrival

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Welcome to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon your arrival, be met by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in Guilin downtown.

You’ll start your Guilin tour after a break. Firstly 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 (about 20 minutes' drive) 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.

After the tour, be transferred to your hotel.

Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill
Day 2 Guilin to Longsheng (B, L)

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In this morning, you’ll be driven about 90km (about 2.5 hours) to witness one of the most beautiful rice terraces in China - Longji Rice Terrace, an amazing feat of farm engineering rising up to 1000m high in Longsheng County. There are several featured Zhuang and Yao minority villages along the road and you’ll take a visit to the special Huangluo Yao Village, the First Village of Long Hair in the World, where you can see women in red ethnic clothes with very long hairs (the longest can reach up to 1.7 meters).

Later, continue your drive to a beautiful 600-year-old Zhuang Village - Ping’an and check in your hotel located near the rice terraces. After some rest, start to explore the breathtaking views. 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 for dinner and accommodation. 

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. 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).

4. Notice: 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.

Huangluo Yao Village - the First Village of Long Hair in the WorldGreen Longji Rice Terrace (June ~ August)Golden Rice Terrace Fields  (Late September ~ Early November)
Day 3 Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)

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When walking up in the fresh air of peaceful morning, you may forget where you are. You can go to watch the magnificent sunrise over the beautiful rice terraces at a great location. Then get back to hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, you’ll enjoy an in-depth hiking tour led by your guide from Ping’an to Zhongliu and Dazhai (located in Jinkeng Yao Rice Terraces). The walk from Ping’an to Zhongliu takes about 2 hours, as well as another 2 hours from Zhongliu to Dazhai. You’ll indulge in the most invigorating walk offering the most spine-tingling views - sparkling layers of waterlogged terraced fields tenaciously climbing the hillsides, bubbling stream, local farmers working in the fields and primitive minority villages…It is surely worth your time and effort! After the tour, transfer back to Guilin.

Please note:

1. Jinkeng Rice Terrace has three main sites - West Hill Music, Thousand-layer Terraces and Golden Buddha Peak and if you want to explore deeply, you can use cableway up to Golden Buddha Peak for the magnificent and panoramic view of the terrace. Please discuss with your guide based on the real situation.

Longji Rice Terrace Spring Ploughing SceneLongji Rice Terrace Hiking
Day 4 Guilin, Li River Cruise to Yangshuo (B, L)

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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. (Please note: Lunch served on the cruise is very simple. You’d better take some snacks when getting on board.)

After about 4 hours’ cruise, disembark in Yangshuo Town, and check in your hotel. Take a short break, throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. Be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green hills and near the mirror-like river, with farmers cultivate the soil with their water buffalos.

This evening is for you to 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.

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 in GuilinOld Alley in Yangshuo
Day 5 Yangshuo to Guilin Airport (B, L)

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In this morning, you will go to explore beautiful countryside views of Yangshuo - serene pastoral view, fantastic limestone mountains, peaceful farming villages, and roaming water buffaloes...You can choose your style to explore: by cycling or by sightseeing bus (Please tell your likes to your travel consultants before booking the tour.).

By cycling: Free your mind on two wheels with picturesque scenery passing by, and visit the famous Big Banyan Tree which was said to be the place where the legendary singer of Zhuang Ethnic Group sang beautiful melodies. Ride ahead to the surreal limestone pinnacle Moon Hill for a look at the moon-shaped hole. Stop and enjoy an interesting visit to a family of local famers. Experience their daily life and enjoy authentic lunch at their house. (Note: The whole ride usually takes about 2 hours and you can decide the cycling time based on your physical condition.)

By sightseeing bus: Take a sightseeing bus directly to Big Banyan Tree and Moon Hill for leisure sightseeing. If you are interested, you can visit a local family to gain a better understanding about their real life.

In the afternoon, be transferred to catch your flight / train to next destination. (Note: arrange your flight or train in late afternoon or early evening.)

Big Banyan TreeMoon Hill

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