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6 Days Hong Kong Guilin Essence Tour

From Metroplis Back to Nature

Why travel Hong Kong with Guilin? Because it is the trip of wonders of both human and nature. Hong Kong, the blend of West and East, ideally showcases the brilliant success achieved by mankind - prosperous economy, grandiose modern architectures, shopping paradise...While Guilin is the best masterpiece of our mother nature - incredible karst mountains and hills, beautiful rivers, etc. This tour is specially designed for you to experience the East-Meet-West culture in Hong Kong and also experience leisurely vacations and impressive outdoor adventures with the finest scenery in Guilin.

Unlike some other tour groups which only spend a half day at Yangshuo, the essence of Guilin, our tour package will take you to enjoy the full beauty of Yangshuo - picturesque Yulong River, idylic Ten-mile Gallery and leisure local living experience.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HG-06B
  • Price : Request
  • Trip Length : 6D/5N
  • Theme : Nature / Cruise

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Take Peak Tram which has operated for more than 112 years to Victoria Peak to witness the impressive modern skyline views of Hong Kong;
  • Enjoy fantastic karst landscape while cruising leisurely along the beautiful Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo;
  • Explore the ideal countryside view by taking the relaxing Ten-mile Gallery sightseeing bus at Yangshuo;
  • Not miss the essence of Yangshuo, the Yulong River and enjoy interesting outdoor activities - biking and bamboo rafting.
Itinerary Day by Day
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Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival & Orientation

Arriving at Hong Kong and check in hotel

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Ni Hao, welcome to Hong Kong, Pearl of the Orient! Your local guide is ready to pick you up at the arrival hall of the airport, and transfer you to hotel. The rest of today is to recover from long flight, or explore this vibrant and bustling metropolis on your own.

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 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.

  • Victoria Peak Tram Take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak
  • Aberdeen Fishing Village Aberdeen Fishing Village
  • Stanley market Stanley Market

Day 3 Hong Kong & High Speed Train to Guilin (B)

Take a high speed bullet train to Guilin (3.5 hrs)

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Today, your guide and driver will take you to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to take a bullet train to Guilin, which takes only about 3.5 hours. (Transfer note: there is only one direct bullet train to Guilin from Hong Kong which only at around 12:00 p.m. If the train does not match your schedule, you can take train to Guangzhou South Station or Shenzhen North Station first, then transfer to a bullet train to Guilin. Please tell your travel expert if you are interested and they will adjust your tour arrangement accordingly. There is also one daily flight from Hong Kong International Airport to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (1.5 hours), but the tickets usually sell out very quickly, and the prices are quite high. )

Upon arrival at Guilin railway station, your local tour guide and driver will meet you, and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to have fun on your own. 

Evening Ideas: You can take a leisure walk around the famous city water system - Two Rivers and Four Lakes for the amazing night views.

  • Two Rivers and Four Lakes Two Rivers and Four Lakes

Day 4 Guilin - Li River Cruise - Yangshuo (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. After a short break, you will start your exploration of the ideal countryside view by taking the Ten-mile Gallery sightseeing bus from Fengming Tourists Service Center via Gongnong Bridge, Big Banyan Tree, to the Moon Hill for 1.5-2 hours. Throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. Be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green Karst hills, with farmers cultivating the soil. Record the peculiar hole of Moon Hill at Li Village with your simple shutter with a simple wander. Also, if time and your physical condition permit, climb up that hill (needs about 30-50 minutes up with thousands of steps) to appreciate the larger moon hole closer and have a broader panorama of the Karst wonders of Yangshuo Town. Then, take the sightseeing bus back to Fengming, and our driver will send you back to your hotel.

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.

  • Picturesque Li River Picturesque Li River as a Traditional Chinese Painting
  • Yangshuo Ancient Town Yangshuo Old Town Surrounded by Elegant Rolling Hills
  • Moon Hill Moon Hill

Day 4 Yangshuo - Guilin (B, L)

Today's highlights: Yangshuo Yulong River (Cycling / Local Family Visiting / Bamboo Rafting...)

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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. After that, have a break and enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to bike back to West Street to join the interesting and popular Cooking Class at 15:30 to learn about Chinese ingredients and cook Chinese dishes with the guide of English speaking chef.

Dinner will be arranged at the restaurant where the cooking class is organized. After dinner, drive back to Guilin city for accommodation.

  • Yangshuo Cycling Yangshuo Cycling
  • Yangshuo Yulong River Landscape Yangshuo Yulong River Landscape

Day 6 Guilin Departure (B, L)

Today's highlights: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave

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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 (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.

Lastly, your tour guide will take you to airport to catch flight/train to next destination.

  • Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

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, 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.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Biking and bamboo rafting at Yulong River, Yangshuo.
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • High-speed train to Guilin (second class seat ticket);
  • 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 leaving Guilin;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hello Tiffany,

Thank you for your follow up email. I have returned to the US and it has been a good trip in Chengdu!  We enjoyed every part of the tour, and our tour guide was very helpful. We will definitely recommend to our friends if they are making their own travel arrangements. 

Thank you,

Xue‚ USA, June 1, 2019

Hello Rita,

It took some time to answer, because i had a problem with my computer.

I much enjoyed the time in Zhangjiajie, the park was amazing, tiamen mountain, glassbridge…

Although for me it was a bit short, because of the problems with the flights.

And i know this is not your fault, but because of that i found the tour quiet expensive after everything.

The hotel in the city i stayed in was not ok. Poor hygiene, and the breakfast was horrible, so i don’t know what they charge,

but this is definitely not how it should be for a 3.5 star hotel.

For the rest Wendy was a very good guide, nice transport and good service.

Just a pity i also had some trouble getting home, therefore i ended the trip a bit with negative thoughts about China.

But this has nothing to do with China discovery.

I will recommend your services to other people, but please make a complaint to the hotel,

My standerds are less than other foreigners, so if in the future , you put people there to sleep, you will have more complaints,

i’m sure.

My photos are not yet on my computer, so sorry for that, but Wendy also took some, so maybe she can give you.

Best regards,

Marleen Neyens‚  Belgium, May 31, 2019

Hi Riley,

Not home till end of May so will then. Had a great time and will do reviews when we get home. 

Merilyne‚ USA, May 31, 2019

Hello Lyn,

I arrived to Beijing... Thanks for everything, all good.

The guide in Xian, Jahana, was excellent.

Best wishes,

Francisco‚ France, May 30, 2019

Hi Vivien,

The trip to China was amazing!  We all had a great time and my kids still talk about it daily and say they wish they were back in China.  The tours went perfectly as planned, tour guides were waiting for us as promised at each airport / train station and each morning before each days activities.  The drivers were reliable and courteous.  

The Zhangjiajie portion of the tour was a favorite.  I don't think we could have navigated that area on our own without China Discovery.  Our tour guide, Lily, was wonderful and my 6 year old son really enjoyed her.  In fact, they held hands during many of long hikes.  The driver was great as well as my other son was sick one day and the driver had no problem driving him and his father back to the hotel (half hour away) after lunch, while the rest of us enjoyed the afternoon's activities.

We enjoyed the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian.  Tour guide Waldner was very knowledgeable with perfect English.  

In Beijing, the highlight was definitely the Great Wall.  We choose to go in the afternoon as tour guide Eric gave us the option and said the afternoon would be less busy.  He was absolutely correct and we felt like we had the Wall all to ourselves as to our surprise and delight there was hardly anyone there.  Eric was funny, knowledgeable and accommodating.

Thank you Vivien for arranging the tour for us.  I appreciate all your help and prompt replies.  It was such an easy process to book the tour.  Once I get some of the pictures from my family, I will send some your way.

Jenny‚ Canada, May 30, 2019
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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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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Hong Kong Star Ferry Hong Kong Star Ferry
  • Victoria Peak Tram Victoria Peak Tram
  • Aberdeen Fishing Village Aberdeen Fishing Village
  • Stanley market Stanley market
  • Two Rivers and Four Lakes Two Rivers and Four Lakes
  • Picturesque Li River Picturesque Li River
  • Yangshuo Ancient Town Yangshuo Ancient Town
  • Moon Hill Moon Hill
  • Yangshuo Cycling Yangshuo Cycling
  • Yangshuo Yulong River Landscape Yangshuo Yulong River Landscape
  • Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

Most Important Guilin Travel Notes

1. How to get to Guilin from Hong Kong

Guilin is not very far from Hong Kong. The flight distance between Hong Kong and Guilin is only about 510km (317 miles). You can get to Guilin by both fight and High Speed Trains directly. High Speed Train is more recommended. The whole journey takes less than 3.5 hours. Though the train traveling time is about 2 hours longer than taking direct flights, you are more suggested to the take the High Speed Trains. The ticket price of high speed trains is much cheaper than that of the flights. Besides, Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus (or called Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station), which is located in the downtown area, enjoys more convenient location and more great hotels and near attractions of Hong Kong, such as the most famous Victoria Harbour.

2. Accommodation in Hong Kong and Guilin

In this tour, you will stay 2 nights at Hong Kong, 2 nights at Guilin and a night at Yangshuo. The choices for accommodation are flexible in this tour. The standards of hotels range from local 3-star to some international 5-star. We usually use 4-star and 5-star hotels for our customers to ensure better stays. All the hotels we choose are usually based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are usually available. Chinese food is mainly provided in this trip. Western food can be arranged too if you want.

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.

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.

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, sightseeing bus at 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. 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 Hong Kong Guilin Tour

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