Your private guide will meet you outside the arrival hall at the airport. A professionally-chauffeured driver and private vehicle will take you direct to Yangshuo. The rest of the day after check-in is yours to venture out.
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The early bird catches the worm – be up before dawn to capture the sunrise! It will be a 20 minute climb up Xianggong Mountain to photograph the breathtaking sunrise at the place where Li River runs as a right-angled bend.
After the photography creation at Xianggong Mountain, you will visit a ‘non-commercialized’ ancient village: Langzi Ancient Village in Gaotian Town is an ancient Zhuang village built in 1668. You will see some ancient buildings and a battery. A good place to photography and learn about ancient constructions in Southern China. The simplicity of the locals, the ancient-styled dwellings, and the peaceful countryside life will give you inspirations for great photography.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to Xingping Ancient Town to get another photography highlight: the rose sunset (pray for a cooperative weather) and the evening a fishing scene on Li River, with a bamboo fishing boat, a cozy gas lamp, an experienced fishing man, and several ospreys.
Another early-began day for sunrise or misty morning on the Li River. Accompanied with your private guide, you will be transferred by a bamboo raft from Xingping Town to Xialong Bay (下龙湾), the essence section of Li River, including the location of the 20 yuan banknote. The boatman will also pose as your model if you want to photograph morning fishing scenes.
Next photography place is Xingping Ancient Town, a time-honored town developed from a small fishing village. There you can feel the simple fishing life and appreciate the ancient dwellings built with the Ming and Qing dynasties’ style.
To capture the sunset at the end of the day, your guide will take you to Xiaomian Mountain (Small Face Mountain) to shoot the magnificent sunset. On the way to 20 yuan banknote, you will climb up to the side of the mountain. Stand on the shoot place, you will view the whole mountain on the note and photography it from a different angle.
If the weather condition does not allow you to get a sunset shot, we will be driven to Yangshuo Town to enjoy the colorful night life.
Have a good rest this morning and enjoy a no-hurry breakfast. Today you will visit Fuli Bridge with an over 600-year history. At the upper reach of the Yulong River (Meeting Dragon River), photographers can get some photos of Fuli Bridge across the river surrounded by Guilin’s karst landscape. You can shoot some water buffalos and goats eating grass near the river. Standing on the bridge, you will have a grand view of Yangshuo’s countryside.
Later you will be driven to Dazhai Village of Longji Terraced Fields, one of the most fantastic scenery in Guilin. Dazhai Village, also known as Jinkeng Village is the best-preserved area with Zhuang and Yao minorities. Prepare for hiking for 2-3 hours for all angles of marvelous rice terraced fields with local minority houses.
If the weather condition allows you to shoot the amazing sunrise, you will get up early to shoot this sunrise scenery. You will get some photos of magnificence with mist-shrouded mountains. The large-scale rice terraced fields with the sunrise is stunning. Yao and Zhuang minority villages are also highlights. Walk down along the fields after the breakfast, you can continue to shoot the terraced fields with different angles. The Yao and Zhuang minority villages composed of wooden houses are also highlights. Don’t miss the unique Zhuang minority dwellings in the village, especially in September and October when the locals hang lots of red peppers and golden corncobs under the roofs.
Visit a local minority family and learn how to make oil tea (youcha /yoh-chaa/), which is a snack of minority origin, particularly the Yao. It can quench thirst and cure rheumatism in humid mountain areas. Interact with local people who have lived there for generations.
After you finish your photography in the rice terraces, you will be transferred back to Guilin City. If you are still flying high, you can continue your photography experience with Guilin’s night scenes along the 2 Rivers and 4 Lakes!
As your tour concludes, your guide will take you to the airport and assist you with check-in to ensure that there is no stress for your departure. We trust that that you have enjoyed you time in Guilin and we look forward to serving you again.