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

Guilin - Longji - Guilin - Yangshuo

Encounter with your own Guilin landscape in this 5-day vacation!

This is the in-depth way to travel Guilin. Guilin City, Yangshuo Town and Longji Terraces, the three most popular tourist destinations boasting the best highlights of Guilin are covered and arranged to the point. During this tour, you will start your vacation from Guilin to the charming Longji Rice Terraces in Longsheng County to enjoy the nature created lines and colors. After the close-up with mountains and fresh wheat, continue your natural discovery by the relaxing cruise experience along Li River directly to Yangshuo, then feast your eyes and heart with the verdant countryside landscape of Yulong River, Ten-mile Gallery, and jubilant West Street.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-GYLT-05
  • Price : from $561
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Nature / Culture / Hiking / Photography

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Hike among the thousands of layers of terraced fields at Longji Ping’an and Jinkeng Dazhai villages to marvel at the fabulous and bright picturesque sceneries from nature.
  • See in person the fever Yangshuo countryside view, enjoying every minute with diverse wonderful activities, including photographing, biking, bamboo rafting, family visiting, etc.
  • Lay back lightheartedly to appreciate the amazing subtle mountains-and-waters painting with hundred-mile long Karst hills by a relaxing cruise along Li River to Yangshuo.
  • Admire the elegant shapes of the well-known Elephant Trunk Hill and those variform gorgeous stalactite and stalagmite at Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, amazed by the uncanny workmanship of nature.
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Day 1 Guilin Arrival

Pick up at Guilin - Elephant Trunk Hill - Reed Flute Cave

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 will 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 the 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.

Evening Ideas: In the evening, if you want, you can to take a leisure walk around the famous city water system - Two Rivers and Four Lakes for the amazing night views.

Arrival Ideals: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Guilin. Besides, you can take a high speed train to Guilin from Guiyang (about 2.5 hours), Guangzhou (about 3 hours), Changsha (about 3.5 hours), etc.

  • Marina's Family - Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin Marina's Family Visited Elephant Trunk Hill in September, 2019
  • Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Guilin Guilin Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Photo by China Discovery in October, 2018
  • Delma from Ireland - Reed Flute Cave, Guilin Delma from Ireland visited Reed Flute Cave in July, 2021

Day 2 Guilin to Longsheng (B, L)

Huangluo Yao Village - Ping'an Village (Seven Stars with Moon, Nine Dragons & Five Tigers)

In this morning, you will be driven about 80km (about 1.5 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 will 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 - Pingan 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 Pingan, 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 Pingan for dinner and accommodation.

Different seasons will show you the different views. From mid-April to Mid-June, local people will release water into the terraced fields. Patches of patches watery terraced fields will reflect its beauty in the sun shine. While during mid-June to mid-September, the glossy and green rice terraces wave with summer breeze, and you can also see the curves of the terraced fields. The months from late September to early October are the mature time of the rice when the whole terraced fields will become golden and local farmers will start to harvest.

Good to Know:

1. Weather: The temperatures of Longsheng are normally lower 2℃ to 3℃ than Guilin City (28.3℃ in July and 7.9℃ in January), while the mountain tops temperature is lower than the mountain foot, so please take some warm clothes with you.

2. Walking: When arriving at Pingan Village, you can only be dropped at Pingan 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).

  • Claire from UK - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Seven Stars with Moon), Guilin Claire from UK visited Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Seven Stars with Moon) in October 2021
  • Santos from Canada - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers), Guilin Santos from Canada visited Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers) in 2018
  • Wim's Group- Huangluo Yao Village, Longsheng, Guilin Huangluo Yao Village Long Hair Performance, Photo by Our Customer Wim
  • Wim's Group - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers), Longsheng, Guilin Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers) in Autumn, Photo by Our Customer Wim
  • Steven - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nice Dragons and Five Tigers, Spring), Guilin Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nice Dragons and Five Tigers), Photo by Our Customer Steven in Spring

Day 3 Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)

Hiking from Ping'an via Zhongliu to Dazhai - Jinkeng Village

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 will enjoy an in-depth hiking tour led by your guide from Pingan to Zhongliu and Dazhai (located in Jinkeng Yao Rice Terraces). The walk from Pingan to Zhongliu takes about 2 hours, as well as another 2 hours from Zhongliu to Dazhai. You will 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!

Jinkeng Rice Terraces, is composed of five small villages of Red Yao People, with Dazhai Village on the mountain foot, Zhuangjie Village on the mountain side and Tiantou Village on the mountain top. The shape of Jinkeng Terraces is like a natural formed pit. With less commercial element but majestic scenery is the reason why Jinkeng Terraces is the most popular sites for hikers and photographers. Most of the gorgeous photos of Longsheng Rice Terraces published are shot here. The spot has three viewpoints which form a triangle.

After the tour, transfer back to Guilin for accommodation.

Useful Tips:

1. Most of the roads in the scenic spot are stone trails, so high-heeled shoes are not advisable. Following the stone trails to prevent getting lost the way.

2. 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.

  • Dazhai Village (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin Dazhai Village, Photo by China Discovery in Early October, 2019
  • Thousand-layer Terraces Golden View (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin Thousand-layer Terraces Golden View (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Photo by China Discovery in Late October, 2018
  • West Hill Music View (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin West Hill Music View (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Photo by China Discovery in Late October, 2018
  • Chona's Group  from Philippines - Longji Rice Terraces (Jinkeng), Guilin Chona's Group from Philippines visited Longji Rice Terraces (Jinkeng) in September, 2018
  • Delma from Ireland - Longji Rice Terraces, Guilin Delma from Ireland visited Longji Rice Terraces in July, 2021
  • Jenn's Family from USA - Longji Rice Terraces (Jinkeng, Golden Buddha Peak), Guilin Jenn's family from USA visited Longji Rice Terraces (Jinkeng, Golden Buddha Peak) in October 2022

Day 4 Guilin, Li River Cruise to Yangshuo (B, L)

Li River Cruise - Yangshuo Countryside View - 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. Take a short break, and then 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 cultivating the soil with their water buffalos.

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.

Optional afternoon activities:

1. Join the interesting Chinese Cooking Class (15:00-18:00) to learn about Chinese dishes and cook your special dinner with the help of English-speaking chef. 2. Discover more about Chinese culture by joining our calligraphy class / Taichi class.

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).

  • Claire from UK - 20 RMB Note View, Li River, Guilin Guilin Li River Scenery on 20 RMB Chinese Note, Taken by Claire from UK in October 2021
  • Wilfred's Group from Netherlandse - Impression Sanjie Liu, Yangshuo, Guilin Impression Sanjie Liu Show, Photo by Wilfred's Group from Netherlandse in 2018
  • Claire from UK - Yangshuo, Guilin Claire from UK visited Yangshuo Countryside in October 2021
  • Our Customer from USA - Cooking Class, West Street, Yangshuo, Guilin Our Customer from USA Enjoyed Cooking Class at Yangshuo West Street in May, 2018
  • Santos from Canada - Li River Cruise, Guilin Li River Scenery, Taken by Our Customer Santos from Canada in September, 2018
  • Gerhard's Group from Germany - West Street, Yangshuo, Guilin Gerhard's Group from Germany Visted Yangshuo West Street in August, 2019

Day 5 Yangshuo & Guilin Departure (B, L)

Yulong River Sightseeing & Outdoor Activities - Flight / Train off Guilin

This morning, after breakfast, 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 to close up to the Karst hills dotted around, chatting stream, rippling mountain reflection, swaying floras, patches of vivid crops, old dwellings on the riverside, comfortable breeze, clear azure sky... There are diverse kinds of ways for your enjoyment of the fun and beauty, including biking, hiking, 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, the real fields, the antique houses and hundreds-year-old stone bridge (route: Yangshuo - Jima - Jiuxian Village - Shuiedi Dock - Gongnong Bridge - West Street; for 3 hours). During the tour, pay a visit of a local family near Chaoyang to have a short break and see their living environment and farming tools of local peasants.

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.

Driving (most leisurable and comfortable & sightseeing on the road) - sit leisurely in the car 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 the visiting, be transferred to Guilin to catch your flight / train to next destination. (Note: arrange your flight or train in late afternoon or early evening.)

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.

  • Alexia and Bruno - Bamboo Rafting at Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guilin Alexia and Bruno Visited Yulong River in 2016
  • Josh's Group from USA -  Yulong River Cycling, Yangshuo, Guilin Josh's Group from USA Enjoyed Cycling along Yangshuo Yulong River in July, 2023
  • Delma from Ireland - Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guilin Delma from Ireland visited Yulong River in July, 2021
  • Gerhard from Germany - Yangshuo, Guilin Gerhard's Group from Germany Visted Yangshuo Countryside in August, 2019
  • Jenn's Family from USA - Yulong River Scooting, Yangshuo, Guilin Jenn's family from USA Enjoyed Scooted along Yulong River in October, 2022

The quotation for this trip is from $561 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons. It will drop greatly if your group has 4 or more members.
2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, month and date. There may be huge price increasing during public Chinese holidays, school summer vacations, tourism peak seasons or some special dates. (China Public Holiday 2024 Schedule Released)
3. Other factors that may change the final tour price include group size, hotel class, tour activities, fluctuation of currency exchange rate, etc.
4. This price is based on exchange rate USD 1=RMB 7.00. The final price will be based on the exchange rate in effect at the time of agreement with our quotation.
5. This price is only valid to March 31, 2025.
6. This price is not the final prices until the Confirmation Letter is sent.
7. The items included and excluded in this price are for reference only. The final services included, please refer to the confirmation letter sent to you by the travel consultant.

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;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • 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.);
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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Thank you Rita.

We are very sad that our trip is coming to an end. So far we have had a fantastic time and seen and done some amazing things.

I had a bit of spare time on the high-speed train so came up with this to help your customers. Up to you if you want to use it or make any adjustments (but I think it would be most helpful once people have booked) it reads as follows...

As part of your journey around fascinating and spectacular China, you will most likely take one or more of China Railways High Speed Trains.

These trains are both fast and efficient, enabling you to cover great distances quickly and in comfort.

You may be required to board the train without the assistance of a guide. This may occur depending on station regulations.

The following is suggested as information for travelers. Please note that this is not a definitive guide, as there may be differences depending on station and location, and may be subject to change.

First and most importantly, there are plenty of clean toilets at the stations, and the trains also have Western toilets in each carriage.

Whether you travel First or Second Class is up to you, but there is plenty of leg room in both classes. All trains are non smoking.

AT THE STATION.

Once at the station you will be required to go through security. You will need your passport for this. Your passport is linked to your ticket. We recommend wheeled suitcases or suchlike as luggage trolleys are not provided. Please note that your main bag will travel with you on the train. Unlike a plane where certain items can travel in the hold, prohibited items will be confiscated. Eg. Knives or souvenir swords.Check ahead for prohibited items to avoid disappointment.

You will need your passport, the train number, carriage number and seat allocation for your journey. This will be provided by your guide or on your itinerary. It will also pay to know your departure time.

There are departure boards in multiple places in the stations. These will link your train number with a boarding gate.

Your trains details will be in one of 3 colours.

Yellow: information stage

Green: boarding stage

Red: departure stage.

In order to run efficiently the trains do not wait. Please be in the correct place ready to board. Depending on the number of train carriages, there may be 2 boarding gates. Eg. 4A and 4B. These will correspond to the carriage number. Don't panic if you get it wrong, but it may result in having to walk a little further on the platform to get to your carriage.

You will need your passport to leave the station to go to the platform. There are lines for self check-in and another for passports/ assisted check-in. This may be detailed overhead, or look for the person manning the assisted check-in line. Use this line to proceed to the platform.

PLATFORM / TRAIN

If no train in platform: There are markings on the ground showing the approximate carriage location. You should wait there. If in doubt you can ask for help.

If train is at platform: Check the train number on the side of carriage.(in case two trains either side of platform)

Find your carriage number and board. Seat numbers are clearly labeled. Place your big luggage overhead. Some trains have additional storage at carriage end. Do not store drink bottles overhead as they may leak, due to cabin pressure.

Depending on the length of your journey some basic food may be available (cashless transactions.) You can take your own food if you wish. Hot water is also available on board.

Enjoy your safe and comfortable journey. Be sure to take in the scenery as you travel.

ARRIVAL

Not all train services may terminate at your destination. The next station is shown on a display at both carriage ends (in English also) . Knowing your arrival time will further assist you in getting off at the correct station.

If you are being met at the station your previous guide should give you directions where to meet, as the stations are normally large with multiple exits. You can also have your next guides name and phone number if you wish. You will need your passport again to exit the station terminal, at the manned checkout line.

Depending on the station layout you will be met at the terminal exit, or the arranged location. Your happy, smiling guide will have your name on a signboard to welcome you, and be ready to assist as required.

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Dave ‚ New Zealand, April 30, 2024

Hi Ariel,

It was really great! Thank you for organising!

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Fritz‚ Germany, April 29, 2024

Hello Jack,

Good Morning!

Just a note to say thank you for organizing our Xinjiang tour from 9 April 24 to 24 April 24. We are now in Perth Australia.

Overall this was an amazing trip, we all enjoyed it so much. We are now working on a return visit to China and is looking forward to use your services again soon.

We will recommend you and your company to my family and friends.

Best regards

Alan and Lily

Alan and Lily‚ Australia, April 28, 2024

Dear Leo

I am writing this letter to express our thanks and gratitude to you for making our recent trip an unforgettable one.

The guides provided (David,Gila & Sally) were very professional and exhibited excellent attitude in providing a great service to us taking into consideration our needs and preferences. The group had a wonderful time thanks to your organisation and arrangement of the efficient team for us in this trip,

Overall this was an amazing trip, we all enjoyed it so much. We are now working on a return visit to China and is looking forward to use your services again soon.

On behalf of our group of 11 pax, we sincerely thank you for organising this wonderful trip for us.

Looking forward to more trips to China in the future with your company.

Best regards

Chan

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Hi Phoebe,

Jiuzhaigou just amazing and I am happy having had the opportunity to spend to days at the park The driver and tour guide are kind and told me a lot.

I took a lot of photos at Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou. Thank you so much for making this unforgettable experience possible.

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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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Photo gallery of this trip

  • Marina's Family - Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin Marina's Family - Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin
  • Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Guilin Two Rivers and Four Lakes, Guilin
  • Delma from Ireland - Reed Flute Cave, Guilin Delma from Ireland - Reed Flute Cave, Guilin
  • Claire from UK - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Seven Stars with Moon), Guilin Claire from UK - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Seven Stars with Moon), Guilin
  • Santos from Canada - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers), Guilin Santos from Canada - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers), Guilin
  • Wim's Group- Huangluo Yao Village, Longsheng, Guilin Wim's Group- Huangluo Yao Village, Longsheng, Guilin
  • Wim's Group - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers), Longsheng, Guilin Wim's Group - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers), Longsheng, Guilin
  • Steven - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nice Dragons and Five Tigers, Spring), Guilin Steven - Longji Rice Terraces (Pingan, Nice Dragons and Five Tigers, Spring), Guilin
  • Dazhai Village (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin Dazhai Village (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin
  • Thousand-layer Terraces Golden View (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin Thousand-layer Terraces Golden View (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin
  • West Hill Music View (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin West Hill Music View (Jinkeng, Longji Rice Terraces), Longsheng, Guilin
  • Chona's Group  from Philippines - Longji Rice Terraces (Jinkeng), Guilin Chona's Group from Philippines - Longji Rice Terraces (Jinkeng), Guilin
  • Delma from Ireland - Longji Rice Terraces, Guilin Delma from Ireland - Longji Rice Terraces, Guilin
  • Jenn's Family from USA - Longji Rice Terraces (Jinkeng, Golden Buddha Peak), Guilin Jenn's Family from USA - Longji Rice Terraces (Jinkeng, Golden Buddha Peak), Guilin
  • Claire from UK - 20 RMB Note View, Li River, Guilin Claire from UK - 20 RMB Note View, Li River, Guilin
  • Wilfred's Group from Netherlandse - Impression Sanjie Liu, Yangshuo, Guilin Wilfred's Group from Netherlandse - Impression Sanjie Liu, Yangshuo, Guilin
  • Claire from UK - Yangshuo, Guilin Claire from UK - Yangshuo, Guilin
  • Our Customer from USA - Cooking Class, West Street, Yangshuo, Guilin Our Customer from USA - Cooking Class, West Street, Yangshuo, Guilin
  • Santos from Canada - Li River Cruise, Guilin Santos from Canada - Li River Cruise, Guilin
  • Gerhard's Group from Germany - West Street, Yangshuo, Guilin Gerhard's Group from Germany - West Street, Yangshuo, Guilin
  • Alexia and Bruno - Bamboo Rafting at Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guilin Alexia and Bruno - Bamboo Rafting at Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guilin
  • Josh's Group from USA -  Yulong River Cycling, Yangshuo, Guilin Josh's Group from USA - Yulong River Cycling, Yangshuo, Guilin
  • Delma from Ireland - Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guilin Delma from Ireland - Yulong River, Yangshuo, Guilin
  • Gerhard from Germany - Yangshuo, Guilin Gerhard from Germany - Yangshuo, Guilin
  • Jenn's Family from USA - Yulong River Scooting, Yangshuo, Guilin Jenn's Family from USA - Yulong River Scooting, Yangshuo, Guilin

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. 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.

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, 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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