This 3-day itinerary covers the essence of Guilin, Li River, Reed Flute Cave, Longji Terraced Field and etc.
Meet your tour guide at hotel lobby at the appointed time in the morning. Your tour guide will call you or leave a message the night before your tour to confirm pick-up time (usually around 8:00 am).
It takes about 1 hour to drive to Li River pier (Mopanshan pier) from downtown. The boarding time is scheduled at 9:30 am, and the whole journey takes about 4 hours. Embark and enjoy your Li River cruise to Yangshuo. Li River is the highlight of Guilin tour, and whoever come to this city will be impressed by its natural beauty. The landscape is decorated with rolling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, leisurely boats and is lined with bamboo. The water reflect the mountain and the sky, forming a picturesque scenery.
A Chinese lunch box is offered on board by the cruise company.
Disembark at Yangshuo (Longtoushan pier) in the afternoon (1:30-2:00pm). Have a short exploration of the old town. Yangshuo West Street is a place where you will find a lot of unique shops selling traditional handcrafts, hand-made scarfs, snacks of local flavor etc. There are some optional activities available, such as cycling, bamboo rafting, watch an impression show and etc.
Transfer back to your hotel in Guilin.
Optional Activities in Yangshuo
Yulong River Bamboo Rafting
Bird-eye View from Xianggong Hill
Pick you up from your hotel at about 8:30, and arrive at Longji Terraced Field at about 11:00.
Located in Longsheng County, Longji Terraced Field is famous for the beauty of rice field and the colorful ethnic cultures and customs. Longji Terraces were first built in the Yuan Dynasty (about 800 years ago) and completed in the Qing Dynasty. The area is home to two different Chinese ethnic minorities, the Zhuang and the Yao people. These people have been cultivating rice in the Longsheng mountains for centuries. The terraced fields with the highest place of an elevation of 885m and the lowest 380m are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountaintop. You will have access to a maze of hiking trails through the rice terraces full of incredible overlooks and views.
You will visit one of the three parts of Longji Terrace, Ping'an Terrace, Jinkeng Dazhai Terrace or Guzhuang Terrace.
Fun fact is that the women here have some of the longest hair in the world! It’s a tradition that girls cut their hair only once in their life when they turn 18. Most of the local women you’ll meet at the rice terraces have hair that’s over 1 meter long! You may have a chance to see the local Huangluo Yao Minority Women's Long Hair Show before being transferred back to your hotel in Guilin at about 18:00.
Longji Terrace filled with water
Pick you up from your hotel in the morning. First you will visit Reed Flute Cave, known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", which holds a great number of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites in different shapes. Then go sightseeing at Elephant Trunk Hill - the landmark of Guilin. The hill looks like a giant elephant drinking water from the river with its long trunk. Not far from it stands the Fubo Hill. There are lots of rock stone carvings and Buddha statues since Tang Dynasty. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Guilin city if you climb to the summit. Then visit the Seven-star Park. The park is named after the Seven Star Mountain, where there are seven peaks just like the stars falling from the sky. It is a micro version of Guilin scenery. Be transferred to your hotel after the tour.
Elephant Trunk Hill
Reed Flute Cave