Money-saving, Leisure and Comfortable Holiday by High Speed Trains!
It’s true that the flight is the fastest way to travel to Guilin from Hong Kong. Usually it takes about 1.5 hours to get to Guilin from Hong Kong by flight. But there is only one flight to Guilin each day. In the tourist off season, the only one flight may be cancelled. Besides, you usually cannot discounted fares for the flights between Hong Kong and Guilin. Now you need an available Plan B - making transfer at Guangzhou by bullet train. You can take a high speed bullet train to Guilin from Guangzhou, which is fast, safe and comfortable. More importantly, it saves much money compared with flight. This tour makes fully use of the convenient railway between Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Guilin. During this tour, you will visit Hong Kong shortly, and then take a 1 hour’s bullet train to Guangzhou. After visiting the famous Guangzhou attractions travel to Guilin by high speed train to get a visual feast for a three days tour. What an adventure!
Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival & OrientationArriving at Hong Kong and check in hotel
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Today is free for you to arrive at Hong Kong and recover from long flight, or explore this vibrant and bustling metropolis on your own. The airport pick up is optional with extra charge. If you need, please contact your travel consultant to arrange for you.
Orientation idea: It is one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong to spend ten minutes riding the humble Star Ferry which sails between Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island( daily 6:30am-11:30pm). From the ferry, you can enjoy the breathtaking skyline of Hong Kong especially in the evening when the Symphony of Lights (20:00~20:14) begins.
- Hong Kong Star Ferry
Day 2 Hong Kong (B)Today's highlights: Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Stanley Market
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After breakfast, you will be picked up from selected hotels in downtown area by your private tour guide and driver to start your half day exciting Hong Kong exploration.
Firstly, you will climb to the highest point of Hong Kong - Victoria Peak(552m) via the famous Peak Tram which has operated for more than 112 years as one of the world oldest funicular railways. Walk through the verdant woods to explore hidden old buildings left by the old Hong Kong. Also ascend to the observation deck to sweep the magnificent Hong Kong skyline and tranquil harbor views. Get down from the peak, then go to visit Aberdeen Fishing Village where you will get an impressive insight of an old traditional fishing village to view the rows of old Junks and Sampans.
Continue to take a trip to the Stanley Market. Browse fancy petty commodities in various little stores and enjoy the fun of bargaining, or just order a cup of coffee or beer at the seaside café or pub, a great way to spend time away from the maddening crowds. (If you are interested in the beautiful sand beach with long coastline, soft sand and clean water, you can visit Repulse Bay instead of Stanley Market.)
After the tour, transfer back you your hotel.
Evening idea: take an enjoyable walk on the Avenue of Stars to appreciate the fabulous night views of Hong Kong.
- Take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak
- Aberdeen Fishing Village
- Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island
Day 3 Hong Kong - Guangzhou Tour (B, L)Today's highlights: Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Six Banyan Temple, Shamian Island
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After breakfast, you will take a new high speed train to Guangzhou, which will take only about 1 hour. After arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up, and take you to explore Guangzhou highlights.
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is the first site you will visit. This complex compound was built in 1890s by the celebrated Chen Families. It is famous for the exquisite carvings, statues, paintings and ornate scrollwork. Next, you are going to visit Mausoleum of the Nanyue King which was constructed 65 feet (20 meters) underground about 2,000 years ago. Rather than just a tomb of the King Zhao Mo, the site also preserves many colorful murals and more than 1,000 burial artifacts. The most famous one is the burial garment of the king which is made of more than 2, 000 pieces of jade connected by silk thread. It is the only one of its kind in the world.
After lunch, go to visit the Six Banyan Temple. It houses three highest and largest copper Buddha statues in Guangdong all of which stand 20 feet (6 meters) high. You will also stroll around the Flower Pagoda (184-foot high) to admire colorful exterior carvings and the decorative copper top piece which are said to be cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Final stop for today is Shamian Island, a quiet island with historical buildings where you will be reminded of the history of Guangzhou in the colonial European period (mid-19th century). The western prosperous expat traders built many Western-style mansions and churches there. Today it is a peaceful place to enjoy a leisure stroll and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Be transferred to your hotel after the tour.
- Exquisite Decoration of Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
- Church of Our Lady of Lourdes at Shamian Island
- Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
Day 4 Guangzhou - High Speed Train to Guilin (B, L)Today's highlights: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave
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Today, you will take a comfortable morning high speed train to Guilin, the darling of tourists. The train journey will take about 3 hours. Enjoy the pleasant scenery along the journey. Once you arrive at Guilin Train Station, you will be met by your local tour guide, and be transferred to your hotel in Guilin City. Take some rest.
In the afternoon, you will have a leisure Guilin city tour - 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) 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.
The rest time is free on your own to have fun in Guilin - strolling, hunting food...
- Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill
- Reed Flute Cave
Day 5 Guilin (B, L)Today's highlights: Li River Cruise, West Street
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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.
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 cultivating 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 with (19:45~20:45 or 21:20~22:20) Li River itself as the stage, directed by famous director – Zhang Yimou.
- Painting-like Li River
- Yangshuo Old Town Surrounded by Elegant Rolling Hills
Day 6 Yangshuo Departure (B, L)Today's highlights: countryside views of Yangshuo
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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. (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.) 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 Streetto 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.
- Panoramic View of Yangshuo Town
- Relaxing Biking at Yangshuo Town
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.
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