Guilin Scenery and Minority Culture Discovery Tour
Explore the fantastic Longji rice terraces, and experience the lifestyle of mountain minorities, a Li River cruise, and the idyllic countryside of Yangshuo.
- Explore the spectacular rice terraces
- Marvel at magnificent rock formations in Reed Flute Cave.
- Take a Li River cruise with fantastic views on the best riverboat
- Enjoy the local sights and relax by biking or walking through the countryside
- Li River boat cruise with Chinese buffet lunch on board
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast, free Wi-Fi and service fee
- Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotels
- Private local English-speaking tour guide and driver service
- Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary
Price Per Person in US Dollars
|Nov.1 - Mar.31||5-star||4-star|
|Apr.1 - Oct.31|
The above prices are not applicable to the Chinese National Day holiday (Sep. 30 – Oct. 7).
Recommended Hotel in Guilin: Guilin Shangri-la Hotel (the best 5-star hotel in Guilin, beside the Li River)/ Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (4-star, central location and by the lakeside)
Upon arrival your local tour guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport with a name plate. If you arrive by train, your local tour guide will meet you with a name plate at the exit of the train station. After meeting your tour guide, he/she will escort you by private vehicle to your hotel. Have a good rest and be ready for the next day’s adventure!
The night scenery in Guilin is beautiful and it makes a great way to unwind after a flight. The ‘Two Rivers and Four Lakes’ in the downtown area offer pleasant lakeside walks and night cruises.
Meal: breakfast & lunch
The Longji Rice Terraces are a sight not to be missed while travelling in Guilin. They are one of the most impressive manmade wonders in China. The Longji Rice Terraces are built into the steep mountainsides, and they look like a dragon’s ribs if looking from the top of mountain, hence their name ‘Dragon's Backbone’ (Longji).
Longji is about 2½ hours’ drive from Guilin. The rice terraces cover an area of 66 square kilometers (25 sq. mi.), they were built 600 hundreds years ago by the local ethnic people. There are several villages in Longji. The four most famous ones are Ping'an Zhuang Village, Longji Ancient Zhuang Village, and Jinkeng and Dazhai Yao villages.
We first head to Longji Ancient Zhuang Village, a well-preserved village that recently opened to tourists. There are 700 ethnic people resident there. They still abide by traditional customs and ways of farming.
Upon arrival you will start your day of exploration by hiking up past layer upon layer of rice terraces, and enjoying the breathtaking views. You will also have an opportunity to visit the hundred-year-old houses and talk to the householders (with translation from your guide).
Lunch is served in a farmer’s restaurant. You will have the opportunity to taste local food, such as rice cooked in a bamboo tube — a typical dish for local minority people, and some fresh local vegetables.
After lunch, you will down the mountain and return to Guilin in the afternoon.
On the way back to your hotel, the day’s final stop is Reed Flute Cave, the largest and most impressive cave in Guilin. Named after the reeds growing around the cave entrance, the cave has attracted Guilin “tourists” tor a thousand years. Inside you will see some of the most magnificent rock formations in the world.
Recommended Hotel in Yangshuo: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel (5-star, beside the Li River)/Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel (3-star, central location)
Meal: breakfast & lunch
In the morning you are going to visit one of China’s most treasured natural wonders. After breakfast your guide and driver will transfer you to the pier (about 1 hour south of Guilin) to take the Li River cruise.
A cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo (about 4 hours) is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery, there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Among the spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants.
A Chinese buffet lunch is served on board. You will take the most comfortable 4-star Li River cruise boat. It quite spaciously accommodates 72–80 passengers, so you can enjoy the amazing scenery along the Li River peacefully.
When the boat arrives at 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm (depending on water levels), you can enjoy afternoon free time in Yangshuo.Evening Idea:
Impression of Liu Sanjie is a spectacular evening show based on the life of the famous folk heroine Liu Sanjie (‘Liu [surname] Third Sister’). The creation of renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who choreographed the films Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero. it is set on the Li River itself, and uses the incredible natural scenery along with a cast of hundreds to tell a classic tale of love, intrigue, and tragedy. The music, lights, dancing, and natural beauty of the backdrop ensure you will not be disappointed. (The schedule and price may vary from high season to low season, and on public holidays.)
Meal: breakfast & lunch
In the morning we will take you by private vehicle from the busy and difficult town streets to the countryside roads to start your biking experiences. The scenery along the Yulong River is breathtakingly beautiful, with karst peaks, rice fields, clear waters, green bamboo… While you enjoy your time with nature you will also have an opportunity to learn about local life. Visit a local farmer’s old house on the way. The friendly host is happy to show you around the house and introduce you to life in the countryside.
Lunch is served in a popular local restaurant with authentic Yangshuo food. Your local tour guide will help you order the dishes.
After lunch, your private vehicle and tour guide will transfer you to Guilin Airport for your departure flight.
Good to Know:
- If you are not able to do cycling, we could arrange the countryside tour by private vehicle for you, or a short hike (about 1–2 hours) along the riverside and through the local villages.
- It is rather hot for outdoor activities such as biking and hiking in summer afternoons (June–September), so it would be better to do the countryside cycling in the morning while the temperature is more comfortable.
1. Customizing the Tour — According to Your Needs
This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extending or shortening it to suit your price, interests, and schedule.
You can extend it with an extra day in Yangshuo, do more activities such as bamboo rafting, Moon Hill climbing, farming activities, etc. If your time is limited, shortening the tour by one day, e.g. without the Yangshuo countryside tour, can also be arranged.
2. The Longji Rice Terraces in Different Seasons
The appearance of the terraces changes with the season – they’re filled with pure clear water from the mountains in spring, green during the growing season in summer, golden when the rice is ready to be harvested in autumn, and wonderfully white when it snows in winter.
3. About the Li River Cruise Boats
Currently, either 3-star or 4-star riverboats are available for the Li River cruise. The 3-star boats are lower-priced, but have less-modern facilities. Their seat- spacing is narrower and the lunch on board is simpler.
The 4-star boats are the best. We will only use the relatively new 4-star boats, which serve a buffet lunch.
4. Accommodation in Yangshuo
Yangshuo is a small county in the Guilin area and the standards of star-rated hotels in the town might not be up to the standards of equivalently-rated hotels in cities such as Guilin, Beijing and Shanghai.
The hotels we use on the tour are carefully selected, based on criteria like hotel environment, location, service, and previous customer-feedback.
5. Booking Procedure:
Step 1: Submit your name, email address and traveling dates for the tour. The price may vary according to the location of your hotel.
Step 2: Choose to make payment via PayPal and your request will be listed as our top priority. We guarantee a 100% refund if you are not satisfied.
Step 3: Receive a reply within 24 hours. The tour will be tailor-made to meet your requirements and the booking confirmed.
Step 4: Enjoy the tour!
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