The Essence of Guilin

Discover the beauty of Guilin, trek on the top of Longji rice terraces, experience the minorities' life, enjoy mystical Li-River, cycle past scenic Karst formations in Yangshuo, mountaineer Xianggong hill and view Li River meandering.

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Private transportation
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • English speaking guide
    • Guilin city walking tour
    • A boat trip through the 2 rivers and 4 lakes in Guilin
    • A day tour to Longji rice terraces
    • Li river cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
    • Walking tour in Yangshuo
    • Four nights' 4 star hotel
    • Entry/Admission - Guilin Two Rivers & Four Lakes Scenic Area
    • Entry/Admission - Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
    • Entry/Admission - Li River
    • Entry/Admission - Xianggong Mountain
    • Entry/Admission - West Street
    What's excluded :
    • International flight and departure tax
    • Lunches and dinners
    • Optional activities
    • Tips to drivers and tour guide
    • Other personal expenses
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa to China

  • Day 1: Arrive in Guilin

    Stop At: Guilin Two Rivers & Four Lakes Scenic Area, 2 Bin Jiang Lu, Xiangshan Qu, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China, 541002
    Ni Hao! Welcome to Guilin! East or west, Guilin scenery is the best. As one of China's well-known tourist scenic cities, Guilin is also a historic and cultural city with a history of over 2,000 years. Situated in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin covers an area of 27,800 square kilometers (10,734 square miles) with a population of 5 millions.
    The stunning unique landscape in Guilin is just like a poem "The rivers are blue satin ribbons, the hills ornaments of green jade, secluded are the caves deep and dewy, everywhere a glorious gorgeous sight.", which is shorten as "verdant hills, crystal and clear water, pretty rocks and grotesque caves". Of the hills and caves of Guilin, the most famous are Elephant Trunk Hill, Wave-Subduing Hill, Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave and Seven-Star Cave. Amazing Li River Cruise is the highlight in Guilin that attracts thousands of tourists from home and abroad. Each of these places and many more besides, such as Seven-Star Park, Crown Cave and Four Lakes will make your Guilin journey unique and unforgettable.
    After dinner(Dinner is not included), take a boat trip to [two rivers and four lakes]. Guilin “two rivers and four lakes” refers to Minjiang River, Taohua River, Mulong Lake (including tiefotang), Guihu Lake, Wuhu Lake and Shanhu Lake. Its water system is 7.33 kilometers long and the area is 385,900 square meters. The project was first completed during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), when the Wuhu, Shanhu and Guihu lakes were very busy. Due to the long period, some lakes had been filled. In order to reproduce the prosperity of Guilin's “Water City” and restore the urban tour mode of the upper reaches of the Song Dynasty in Guilin, the Guilin “Two Rivers and Four Lakes” project was first proposed by the Guilin Municipal Government on September 18, 1998. After more than 1,000 days and nights of hard work by the builders, Guilin’s “Two Rivers and Four Lakes” was opened on June 2, 2002.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Bravo Hotel in Guilin, a 4-star hotel

    Day 2: Guilin - Longji Rice Terraces - Guilin

    Stop At: Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, 80 kilometers from Guilin, Longsheng County 541701 China
    After breakfast, an excursion to Longji Rice Terraces, the guide and driver will pick you up at 08:00 from your hotel. Dragon Backbone’s Rice Terraces is the most amazing terrace in China! Construction of the terraces began in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and continued until the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) when construction was completed. The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces are the culmination of both the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang people.
    The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces is a beautiful natural picture. The linked together rice terraces vary from season to season. In spring, the water is irrigated into the fields and the terraces look like great chains or ribbons hung on the hillsides. When the onset of summer, green waves rush continuously down the mountainside from the heaven. The theme of autumn is the harvest, with the mountainside decorated with the gold of ripened millet. Coming into winter, the whole mountain will be covered with white snow, just like dragons playing with water.
    As well as its amazing scenery, Longji is also the area to visit to experience China’s ethnic minorities' culture. The Zhuang and the Yao nationalities live here, though mainly it is the Zhuang people. The women dress in unique and colorful costumes, singing and dancing. Guests also can join in with them to enjoy the original Zhuang life and culture, and even stay with local families enjoying both the Longji tea and the Longji wine.
    After the excursion, you’ll return back to Guilin hotel in the late afternoon.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Bravo Hotel in Guilin, a 4-star hotel

    Day 3: Guilin to Yangshuo

    Stop At: Li River, East of Guangxi Zhuang China
    After breakfast, the guide and driver will pick you up at hotel and drive to Li River pier (about 60 minutes driver), board a three-star cruise to visit the beautiful Li River (Guilin Mopanshan dock - Yangdi - Jiu Ma Painting Mountain - Xingping Ancient Town - Yangshuo, about 4 hours).
    Li River looks like a jade-green belt, winding its way among countless marvelous mountains. Along the river, the virid inverted reflections in water, the clear pools, the fantastic waterfalls as well as other beautiful scenes make two sides of this river a picture scroll. No wonder people like to make metaphor of Li River as a colorful gallery. And when cruising Li River, people will not be afraid that the bad weather would destroy their mood because Li River will appear its different beauties in different weathers. In sunny day, people could take a raft in the river and enjoy the clear water with countless fishes wandering leisurely in it. In cloudy day, the peeped clouds and mist around the mountains by the river could also add incredible charm to Guilin. However, rainy day is the most attractive date. With the hazy cloud and mist rising on the river, mountains appear through the rain curtain now and then. All these make Li River a traditional Chinese ink painting with perfect combination of static mountains and dynamic water and floating cloud.
    After the boat arrives at Yangshuo pier, transfer to Yangshuo hotel and check in.
    The dramatic countryside surrounding Yangshuo is best seen on an optional drive through the rugged mountains in this afternoon.
    Pick tea leaves, make tea, drink tea and listen to the rhyme leisurely at the Seven Fairies Peak tea plantation; Stand by the first bay of Li-River and view Li-River meandering, enjoy sunlight & shadow、clouds sea、the sunrise and the rosy clouds. Discovery the mystery of the Ancient Stone Village.
    This evening is free time for you. The spectacular outdoor light show/ culture show -《Impression Sanjie Liu》 staged by Zhang Yimou, director of Beijing's Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, is a definite highlight and highly recommended.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at New Century Hotel in Yangshuo, a 4-star hotel

    Day 4: Yangshuo

    Stop At: Xianggong Mountain, Xingping Town, Yangshuo County 541906 China
    Today in Yangshuo is free time for you to explore. This is an absolutely stunning region, and every turn in the road brings you to another postcard-perfect spot. There are plenty of things to do: hire a bike and pedal through the countryside, enjoy a relaxing bamboo rafting along the Yulong river, climb up to the top of Moon hill, discover the Karst formation in the Gold Water Cave, take an early morning Taichi or Kungfu class or just eat and drink your way around town tasting beer fish, the local speciality. Alternatively, why not get a feel for the local produce with a visit to the market, then learn to cook some Chinese dishes at the Yangshuo Cooking School. The recipes are easy to make and the ingredients are readily available outside of China, so you'll be able to recreate them like a pro once you're back home.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at New Century Hotel in Yangshuo, a 4-star hotel

    Day 5: Yangshuo to Guilin (Departure Day)

    Stop At: West Street, East Side of Li River, Yangshuo County 541900 China
    Your Guilin tour comes to an end this morning. There are no activities on the final day and you are free to leave your accommodation at any time before 12:00am.
    Kindly Reminder: the check out time normally is 12:00. If you have booked departure transfer through Truly China Travel, please confirm the pick up time with your tour guide in advance.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Guilin Bravo Hotel, 14 Rong Hu Nan Lu, Xiangshan Qu, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China, 541002
    Departure Time :
    4:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Yangshuo New Century, Pan Tao Lu, Yangshuo Xian, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-85835P11

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