the li river

Walking Tour with the City Highlights

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Guilin, Flight not included

Airport Transfer (Guilin)

Day 2: Walking along the Banyan Lake and Cedar Lake, Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave
Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

Walking along the Banyan Lake and Cedar Lake: Banyan Lake (Rong Hu) and Fir Lake (Shan Hu) are two beautiful lake parks conveniently located in the center of Guilin. Banyan Lake is on the west side of Zhongshan Road and is named after the surrounding banyan trees, including an ancient banyan tree (1000years old) on its northern shore. Fir Lake is to the east, south of Shanhu Bei Road. These two lakes were originally the southern section of the moat that protected the ancient city of Guilin. An ancient south gate to the city is on the northern shore of Banyan Lake.The morning and evening is the time to see local retired people practice Tai chi and folk dancing along the banks of the river and lakes or you may see a couple taking their wedding pictures.A cruise on the Two Rivers and Four Lakes is strongly recommended.The twinkling lights shine on the two lakes at night ,gentle breeze, charming sceneries and music fountains will bring you into a fairy land.

Elephant Trunk Hill (40 minutes): Elephant Trunk Hill is located at the junction of Li River and Peach Blossom River. It is the symbol of Guilin with 55 meters high and got its name because its shape resembles an elephant with its trunk drinking from the Li River. The hill is pierced with many caves and topped with a small pagoda.

Reed Flute Cave (1 hour): Located 5 kilometers northwest of Guilin city, the Reed Flute Cave gets the name from the reeds used for making flutes and pipes that grow at its entrance. The cave is regarded as the largest and most impressive cave in Guilin. It is 240 meters long, and the length of the tour is about 550 meters offering a magic land of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors. The visit lasts for 40 minutes and there are a lot of steps. Watch your step as the lights are dim. You guide will show you by electric torch.

Day 3: Hiking from Yangdi to Xingping Town
Hiking from Yangdi to Xingping

Hiking from Yangdi to Xingping Town: Hiking along the Li River gives a great opportunity see the gorgeous Li River scenery close-up and the life of the farmers who live by the river. After a one hour drive from Guilin, you will arrive at Yangdi which is the starting point. The hike from Yangdi to Xingping is about 20 km and it takes about 5 hours at a medium pace. You will pass small villages; see rice fields, orchards and unique karst mountains. It is pleasant to count how many horses on the famous nine-horses-fresco as well as take a picture at Xingping which is featured on the 20 Yuan bank note. You will need to cross the river three times in a ferry boat during the hike. Our driver will pick you up at Xingping and then drive the 40 minutes to Yangshuo. Please bring some snacks for lunch since there is no restaurant along the way.

Day 4: Yangshuo to Guilin to Departure City, Flight not included

Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin, Countryside Tour from Yangshuo to Yima With Open-air Mini Bus, Airport Transfer (Guilin)

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