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From Guilin: Longji Terraces Group Day Tour with Lunch

1. From Guilin: Longji Terraces Group Day Tour with Lunch

Get picked up between 7 am and 8am from your accommodation in downtown Guilin. Set off on a scenic two-hour drive through hilly countryside and marvel at your driver's expertise in navigating the winding roads. Arrive at Longji Terraces Scenic Area and enjoy the one-of-a-kind Long Hair Show performed by Yao Minority women in Huangluo village, which was awarded the “World's Longest Hair Village” by Guinness World Records. Famous for their long and shiny hair, the women of Huangluo cut their hair only once in their lives upon turning 18. Have a quick lunch before moving on to the highlight of the day, the Terraces. Learn how these impressive landscaped hills have been managed by the local Zhuang Minority people for thousands of years. Marvel at the large-scale rice fields with stilted buildings set into the hillsides. Hike to the highest point for stunning views over the terraces and surrounding countryside. Cable cars are available and if the hiking is too much for you (at your own cost). Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Guilin and dropped off at Guilin Train Station. You can stroll around there to explore the city more before making your own way back hotel.

Guilin: Four Lakes Night Cruise with Round-trip Transfer

2. Guilin: Four Lakes Night Cruise with Round-trip Transfer

Enjoy a fourlakes boat tour at night. When night falls, many lanterns and colored lights are lit and music fountains in the lakes switch on to entertain the public, making the area a lovely place to spend your evening. Take a sightseeing boat to cruise this inner city water loop for a view of the most beautiful scenes of Guilin at night. Your cruise lasts approximately 1 hour and travels over 5 kilometers. Pass stunning scenery filled with trees, plants, meandering paths, and small pavilions. Benefit from the chance to sail by performances by locals of Guilin Opera, minority songs, and traditional Chinese music. Make use of the 360-degree cabin windows on sightseeing boats which offer exceptional visibility. After pick–up from your hotel between 6:30 and 7:00 PM, enjoy your four lakes cruise from 7:20 to 8:20 PM, before returning to your hotel between 8:30 and 9:00 PM.

Guilin: Classic Private Full–Day Tour

3. Guilin: Classic Private Full–Day Tour

After hotel pick–up at 9:00 AM, visit Guilin Reed Flute Cave, known as the art palace of nature. See beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone flowers with various shapes, and how these all glisten in colorful lights.  After exploring the cave, transfer to Yangshuo and visit the Xianggong Hill. Climb the hill, located on the west bank of the Lijiang River between Huangbu Shoal and Nine-Horse Mural Hill. Your uphill climb is rewarded with a bird's eye view of the Lijiang River winding through countless peaks, ideal for scenery enthusiasts and photographers. Move on to Xingping to savor a delicious lunch, before you take small boat from Xingping to Nine Horses Hill. Head back to Xingping River Pier, and catch the Liusanjie show at Yangshuo. At the end of your tour, transfer to your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo downtown around 10:30 PM.

Longji Rice Terraces: Full-Day Private Tour from Guilin

4. Longji Rice Terraces: Full-Day Private Tour from Guilin

On this full-day tour you’ll head out from either Guilin or Yangshuo to northeastern Guangxi province to the Longji rice terraces. This area, located around 80 kilometers from Guilin, was first developed in the late 13th century. Centuries of meticulous care by the Zhuang and Yao people have produced these beautfiul terraces that draw visitors from around the world. Longsheng county is home to a variety of ethnic minorities, such as the Miao, Dong, and Zhuang people. It is characterized by rustic folk customs and folklore, as well as colorful costumes. You’ll be met in the morning at your hotel and taken on a drive to the Longji rice terraces. First you’ll visit Ping’an village, and then continue on to the rice terraces. At the end of the afternoon you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Guilin: Private Full-Day Li River Cruise and Liusanjie Show

5. Guilin: Private Full-Day Li River Cruise and Liusanjie Show

Join the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo - the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous karst peaks will give you a surprise at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffaloes patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies and school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery, life on the river will be a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis. The show 'The Impression Liu Sanjie' can be regarded as one highlight of Yangshuo. It is a night show which you’ve never seen and a virtual scenery performance. The largest difference from the other shows will be the water and hill scenery theater. It uses the waters of the Li River as the stage and 12 hills as background. With the vast sky, it consists of the largest virtual scenery theatre in the world. As it is an outdoor theater and the scenes of the show are combined with natural sightseeing, tourists will find the show different from season to season and day to day depending on the changeable weather conditions. Your day will begin with a pick-up at 08:20 in the morning from your hotel in Guilin. From here, you will travel to Zhujiang pier, where you will board a boat. The cruise will last approximately 5-hours (from 09:00 - 14:00). During this time, you will enjoy the stunning scenery of the Li River. Finally, to finish the day, enjoy a wander through Yangshuo town and a roam down the famous West Street. During 18:30, your guide will meet you at the West Street and take you to the show theatre. The show will last for 70 minutes. Your day will end at approximately 21:00, when you will be dropped back off at your hotel around 22:30. If you are staying at Yangshuo, then return back to your hotel at around 21:20.

Guilin Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside Tour

6. Guilin Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside Tour

Begin your day early in the morning as we pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Zhujiang Pier. From there, embark on your Li River cruise trip from Guilin to Yangshuo on our comfortable boat. Relax on the boat and take in the majestic scenery of the Li River. Glide along the water, with the hills and the rugged nature around you on all sides. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, dip your toes into the crystal clear water, see the buffalos swimming or eating water weed in the river, and the fisherman drawing the nets. Along the banks of the river, admire beautiful peaks, bamboo and rice fields, and quiet rural villages. Upon arrival in Yangshuo town, take a short rest before we get starting on our countryside cycling tour. Cycling around the Yangshuo countryside is one activity that is simply not to be missed during your time in Yangshuo. It's the best way for you to relax and enjoy the fantastic views without spending a whole day hiking and walking along the footpaths. This is a perfect tour for any travellers eager to explore as much of this beautiful region as possible! Itinerary: 08:20: Pick up from the hotel in Guilin to the Zhujiang pier 09:30-14:00: On the boat and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Li river 14:30-15:00: Arrive in Yangshuo town and short rest in West street. 15:00-17:30: Yangshuo Countryside Cycling - enjoy the Yangshuo scenery 18:00: Back to your hotel from Yangshuo or stay in Yangshuo

Guilin City Full-Day Private Tour

7. Guilin City Full-Day Private Tour

Situated on the west banks of the River Li, Guilin City has become one of China’s most popular cities for its stunning limestone karst rocks and curious caves. On this full-day sightseeing tour you will explore some of the city’s most fascinating natural landmarks, starting at Elephant Trunk Hill on the confluence of the Li River and Peach River. This symbol of Guilin takes its name from its resemblance to an elephant drinking water from the river. The popular site dates back more than 3.6 million years, and towers more than 180 feet (55 meters) above the green waters of the river. Continue to Fubo Hill. Partially submerged in the river, it was named for General Fubo of the Tang Dynasty, and was the site of his Mayuan Temple. Because of its height, the hill is said to tame the waves and stop surging waters, which then form whirlpools. Climb almost 350 steps for a bird's eye view of Guilin. The steps beside the Sword Testing Stone wind their way to the 1,000 Buddha Cave, site of more than 200 Tang Dynasty Buddha statues. Next, go to Reed Flute Cave to see beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, and stone flowers of various shapes, all glistening in colored lights. Finally, learn about pearl farming at the small South China Pearl Museum, where you’ll find stalls selling craft jewelry if you want to purchase a unique gift, before the transfer back to your hotel.

Full-Day Relaxing Li River Cruise Tour

8. Full-Day Relaxing Li River Cruise Tour

Join us on the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo - the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you a surprise at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, and school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery, life on the river is a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis. Your day will begin with a pick-up at 8:20 in the morning from the hotel in Guilin. From here you will travel to Zhujiang pier, where you will board the boat. The cruise lasts approximately 5-hours (from 9:00 - 14:00). During this time you will enjoy stunning scenery of the Li River. Finally, to finish the day, we will enjoy a wander through Yangshuo town and a roam down the famous West Street. Your day will end at approximately 4 pm, when you will be dropped-off back at your hotel.

Private 5 Days Tour to Yangshuo, Guilin, and Longji

9. Private 5 Days Tour to Yangshuo, Guilin, and Longji

With typical limestone famations, Yangshuo is located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southeast of Guilin City. The 63 km of the Li River that run through it exhibits the essence of the river's scenery. The local private boat tour is the highlight tour of Li River. In this way, you can be very close to the water, the hills and the nature. You can enjoy the picturesque landscape: feel the crystal clear water, see the buffalos swimming or eating water weed in the river, the fisherman drawing the nets. Along the two banks of the river there are beautiful peaks, pretty bamboos, nice rice fields, quiet villages. Located in Longsheng County, the Longji Rice Terraces are about 100 km (2 hours drive) from Guilin. The most popular are Ping An Rice Terrace and Jinkeng Rice Terrace. History of Longji Rice Terrace can be dating back to Yuan Dynasty, but most of the Rice Terrace were built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago. Itinerary: Day 1 Pick-up from Guilin airport and transfer to Yangshuo. Stay in Yangshuo Magnolia Hotel (driver only). Day 2 Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:30. Li-River cruise tour with a local private boat from Xingping--Yangdi-Xingping & Visit the Xingping old town & Laozhai Hill (8:30 to 16:00). In the evening, watch the Impress Liusanjie (18:30 to 21:20, including travel time). Stay in Yangshuo Magnolia Hotel. Day 3 Yangshuo Countryside Cycling tour & Yulong River Bamboo Rafting & Moon Hill (9:00 to 16:00). Stay in Yangshuo Magnolia Hotel. Day 4 Check out and go to Guilin, visit the Guilin Eelphant Trunk Hill & Reed Flute Cave & South Pearl Museum (9:00 to 16:00). Stay in Guilin Lakeside Inn or Riverside Inn. Day 5 Longji rice terrace day tour and drop off at Guilin airport for your flight (which must be no later than 17:00).

Yangshuo: Private Mountains and Rivers Day Tour

10. Yangshuo: Private Mountains and Rivers Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Yangshuo or Guilin at 9 AM and be transported by private air-conditioned car to Xianggong Mountain. An ascent of this peak is rewarded by breath taking views of the Li River as it winds its way between innumerable peaks. Enjoy this world-famous view which has attracted many photographers with its dramatic play of light and shadow amongst a sea of clouds. From here you will be taken to Yangshuo’s historic West Street for lunch or to rest. Admire the oldest street in Yangshuo where 1400 years of history sets the stage for a vibrant cultural melting pot. From 2:30 to 3:40 enjoy a relaxing trip along the Yulong River by bamboo boat. Famed as the little Li River, the Yulong boasts an incredible landscape which rivals the Li River. Peaceful views of ancient villages and bridges along with the daily life of local people will provide the perfect end to your experience. Finally you will be returned to your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo.

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What people are saying about Guilin

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 117 reviews

Our tour guide Andy was very attentive and helpful, his English was excellent. The tour was perfectly organised, including assistance with fulfilling all the additional Covid19-related regulations The tour on the Li River is wonderful, Andy provided many interesting facts about the sights on the way, which we would have stayed unaware of as all information on the boat was only provided in Chinese. Altogether, a very enjoyable trip!

The tour was amazing. Mr. Shandy took us to every destination by car. It truly was a private tour (2 people) and our guide was very flexible with the programme. He gave us many insights into Chinese society and spoke English very well! I highly recommend this tour.

The limestone cave, the view from the summit, the boat cruise and the romance theater were all wonderful. I am glad that you could change the schedule flexibly according to the wit of the guide.

A magnificent day, worthy of a dream. The sites visited were heavenly! The guide fantastic and personalized the outing for us!

Nice tour that covered the most interesting sights The cost was much higher with tickets.