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6 Days Idyllic Guilin & Unusual Mount Fanjing Tour

"the Finest & the Most Unusual Scenery Under Heaven"

There is a famous saying in China "The wise man delights in water, the virtuous man delights in mountains". How about combining a trip both with unique mountains and beautiful water? If you say “yes”, this 6-days Guilin Fanjingshan tour is right for you. You’ll travel around Guilin to Longji Rice Terrace and Yangshuo countryside and then with a flight to Fanjingshan to step on Brahma's Pure Land with unusual rocks, incredible mountain peaks, breathtaking natural scenery...

Transportation Connection: Direct flight is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Guilin to Tongren where Fanjingshan is located. If you are interested in this tour, please contact our professional travel consultants to arrange the arrival and departure transportation for you.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-FJGT-06
  • Price : from Request
    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.
  • Trip Length : 6D/5N
  • Theme : Nature / Cruise / Hiking

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Enjoy a light hiking among Longji terraced fields built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top. Catch panoramic view of the whole rice terraces around Ping’an Village.
  • Take the 4-hour Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo to leisurely appreciate the impressive Karst mountain landscape while passing through the beautiful Li River.
  • Immerse yourselves in the idyllic Yangshuo countryside scenery in your way - hiking, cycling, bamboo rafting, kayaking, photography...you can choose any of them.
  • Take a direct flight from Guilin to Tongren with a fantastic trip to Mount Fanjing, the most unusual mountain in China with breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery.
  • Shoot panoramic view from the famous peaks - Old Golden Summit and Red Clouds Golden Summit. It seams you are standing in the air with fairy scenery in front of your eyes.
  • Have the closest look at the symbol of Fanjingshan - Mushroom Stone that was shaped by the versatile nature into the incredible form from more than one billion years ago.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Guilin Arrival - Longji Rice Terrace

Pick 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 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 visitLongji 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) Green Longji Rice Terrace (June ~ August)
  • Sunrise in Longji Rice Terrace Sunrise in Longji Rice Terrace
  • Women of Zhuang Ethnic Group at 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.

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.

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:

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.

  • Lush Guilin Li River  Scenery Lush Guilin Li River Scenery
  • Panorama of Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Countryside Panorama of Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Countryside
  • Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery
  • Visit Yangshuo West Street at Night Visit Yangshuo West Street at Night

Day 4 Day 4 Yangshuo - Guilin & Flight to Tongren (B, L)

Today's highlight: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave; take a flight to Tongren

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.

After the tour, be escorted to the airport for your flight to Tongren (about 1 hour). Upon arrival, your local guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall in the airport. And then escort you directly to your hotel around Fanjingshan (about 1.5 hours) and help you check in.

Fanjingshan National Nature Preserve was listed as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 2018 with the peculiar conspicuous mountains formation in sea of karst retained from the remote era 65-2 million years ago and praised as the No.5 Buddhist Mountain in China for being the place of enlightenment of Buddha Maitreya.

  • Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave
  • Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Magnificent Red Clouds Golden Summit of Fanjingshan Magnificent Red Clouds Golden Summit of Fanjingshan

Day 5 Fanjingshan (B)

Today's highlight: Mushroom Stone - Old Golden Summit - Red Clouds Golden Summit - Chengen Temple; Transfer to Tongren

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. Then, you will be driven to the entrance of Fanjingshan to discover this world well-known fantastic holy mountain along the popular south route. 

Enter the mountain and take a sightseeing bus to Yu’ao Station and continue to take the cable car there to catch a bird’s eye view of the dense emerald forest of Mount Fanjing. Now, start your hiking from the Forest Hiking Road to witness the famous Mushroom Stone. It is the landmark of Fanjingshan and draws people’s follow by its unbelievable image of the bigger top quadrate putting off center on the smaller quadrate bottom, which forms like a mushroom vividly and seems easy to fall. However, for one million years, it just stands so still there after centuries of rain, snow, wind and sunburn. Remember to take a standard photo of tourists with it!

Then, continue to hike to the Old Golden Summit and walk up to its peak. With an elevation of 2,494 meters, it is the best observation deck to appreciate the panorama of Fanjingshan. Also, from the summit, you will see the iconic Red Clouds Golden Summit clearly from a distance. Then, walk down gradually to admire the natural scenery along the way to visit the sacred Buddhist attractions including Wanming Cave, Buddha Worshipping Stage, Monk Pagoda, Pudu Square, etc. You will not miss the Cheng En Temple that was built first from the Ming Dynasty and one of the four royal temples at Fanjingshan. Walk in the major temple with solemn scarlet walls and dark tiles, worship among the about 10 halls, and imagine the rising and falling and recovery of Fanjingshan’s Buddhist status in the past hundreds of years.

Here, take your challenge to hike along the narrow, steep and rough steps with iron chain up to Red Clouds Golden Summit that shows particularly often on Fanjingshan photographs. This thumb-like peak is a world rare miracle erecting about 100 meters high from the flatter mountain bed millions of years ago and is separated with two peaks and a gorge by natural wearing and with a bridge linked between. After reaching the top, visit the appealing Temple of Buddha, the bridge and Maitreya Temple in sequence to feel walking from present to the future in Buddhist belief. While witnessing the hard-to-believe difficulty of building houses on such a steep crest, stand on the peak to command the panoramic view of Fanjingshan and enjoy the feeling of being in the “space in the sky”. (Note: You can choose to go up or not considering your physical condition at that time. Just tell your needs to the guide.)

After the physical consuming hiking, walk by Jingxin Pool and go to see Wanbao Rock. You will truly believe Fanjingshan was in fact a part of ocean in the remote 1.4 million years ago by the strong proof of the cobbles, shells, paleontological fossils, and so on left within the shale rock there.

After the tour, drive to Tongren City downtown area for accommodation.

  • Bizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone with Sea of Clouds Bizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone with Sea of Clouds
  • Red Clouds Golden Summit View from Old Golden Summit Red Clouds Golden Summit View from Old Golden Summit
  • Panorama of Sacred Cheng En Temple Panorama of Sacred Cheng En Temple
  • Red Clouds Golden Summit at Fanjingshan Red Clouds Golden Summit at Fanjingshan
  • Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest
  • Challenging Steep Steps Up to Red Clouds Golden Summit Challenging Steep Steps Up to Red Clouds Golden Summit
  • Snow Scenery of Wanbao Rock Snow Scenery of Wanbao Rock

Day 6 Tongren Departure (B)

Flight / Train off Tongren

Today, after breakfast, our local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and then escort you to the airport / train station for your flight / train for your next destination or home! Service Ends!

Departure Ideas: For your convenient leaving from Tongren, you can take a flight to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Kunming, Xiamen, etc. or take a bullet train to Zhangjiajie (5hrs), Changsha (2hrs), Guiyang (1-1.5hrs), Shanghai (8hrs), Beijing (9.5hrs), Chongqing (3.5hrs), Guangzhou (5hrs), Wuhan (4hrs), Kunming (4hrs), Zhengzhou (6hrs), Xiamen (9-9.5hrs), Fuzhou (7-7.5hrs), etc. to enjoy more highlights in China or catch your international flight to other country or your home.

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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, 2022.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.65. 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;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) 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.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • 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.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Vivien,

We really enjoyed the river cruise and all of the help you were able to provide us. The trips were very good. We thought that breakfast was too early every morning and if you do not attend breakfast we should have the option to get some food somewhere else on board.

Hannah - 2021.04.20‚ UK, April 20, 2021

Hi Lyn,

I had a good time once I upgraded my room. The room I had was a futon like bed that I would’ve had difficulty getting up from, barely any outlets and a too small shower. Also, the food in the main dining room was just okay. We ate in the VIP room the last night which the food was much better but it should be served as the regular food. The excursions were good. The staff was amazing. They checked in on us regularly and made sure we had English guides when leaving the boat. They took great care of us.

Sylvetta - 2021.04.19‚ USA, April 19, 2021

Hello Rita 

I'm doing well! How are you?  Just cleaning my house now .

I can't thank you enough for everything! I really had an amazing holiday and I appreciate all the extra efforts you helped me with. I felt like a superstar sometimes .

I'm so excited for Patra as she will get to experience a vacation where she can to do minimal because everything is taken care of.

Thank you for the kind gesture I appreciate it! The lunch was definitely delicious and it was good to get to know Sandy and Mr. Li. during both lunches.

Ashton - 2021.04.19‚ South Africa, April 19, 2021

Hi Vivien

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything. The cruise was amazing the staff were very welcoming and the birthday surprise was so special. Thank you!!!!!!

Most Appreciatively,

Tracy Edwards

 

Tracy - 2021.04.18‚ USA, April 18, 2021

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip Wonder.

Alex was fantastic!!!

Andy - 2021.04.15‚ UK, April 15, 2021
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  • Enjoy Longji Rice Terrace from Hotel Window Enjoy Longji Rice Terrace from Hotel Window
  • Green Longji Rice Terrace (June ~ August) Green Longji Rice Terrace (June ~ August)
  • Sunrise in Longji Rice Terrace Sunrise in Longji Rice Terrace
  • Women of Zhuang Ethnic Group at Longji Rice Terrace Women of Zhuang Ethnic Group at Longji Rice Terrace
  • Lush Guilin Li River  Scenery Lush Guilin Li River Scenery
  • Panorama of Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Countryside Panorama of Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Countryside
  • Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery Family Visiting Moon Hill at Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery
  • Visit Yangshuo West Street at Night Visit Yangshuo West Street at Night
  • Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave
  • Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Magnificent Red Clouds Golden Summit of Fanjingshan Magnificent Red Clouds Golden Summit of Fanjingshan
  • Bizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone with Sea of Clouds Bizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone with Sea of Clouds
  • Red Clouds Golden Summit View from Old Golden Summit Red Clouds Golden Summit View from Old Golden Summit
  • Panorama of Sacred Cheng En Temple Panorama of Sacred Cheng En Temple
  • Red Clouds Golden Summit at Fanjingshan Red Clouds Golden Summit at Fanjingshan
  • Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest
  • Challenging Steep Steps Up to Red Clouds Golden Summit Challenging Steep Steps Up to Red Clouds Golden Summit
  • Snow Scenery of Wanbao Rock Snow Scenery of Wanbao Rock
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