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Guilin's key features are its karst hills and caves, the Li River and countryside in Yangshuo, and the terraced fields in Longsheng. It is worth staying here for at least 2 to 3 days.
However, if you only have limited time and are wondering how to experience Guilin in an efficient way, this article will help you decide what to do.
The following three Guilin day tour options are the most popular. We can help you make the most of your time by providing you with a private guide and car.
When it comes to Guilin, many people think of the Li River and Yangshuo, which are typically highlights in any Guilin tour.
There are two different ways to visit the world-famous Li River. One is to take a boat cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo for half a day.
The other is to take a bamboo raft from Xingping/Yangdi to Nine Horses Fresco Hill and then return via the same route. It is the best part of the Li River and the trip takes about 1 hour.
The Li River cruise to Yangshuo is recommended. The cruise usually departs from Zhujiang Wharf (20 miles southeast of downtown Guilin) at about 9am and arrives in Yangshuo at about 2pm. You can then spend several hours exploring the countryside around Yangshuo by bike or electric scooter. See more about Yangshuo countryside tours.
On our private tour with your private guide and driver, you can get an efficient Guilin day tour without worrying about how to use the complicated public transportation. Your guide will take care of everything for you, from buying the cruise tickets to renting the bikes.
If you are interested in seeing the rice terraces and experiencing the minority culture, you should take a day trip to Longji, which is about 2 hours' drive from Guilin.
The most famous villages to admire in the terraced fields are Ping’an Village, Dazhai, and Longji Ancient Zhuang Village. You can enjoy hiking from one village to another.
The best times to see them are from mid-April to mid-June and from September to early October.
Our private Longji Rice Terraces day tour can enrich your experience. Beyond leading you to see and photograph the beautiful terraced fields at the best spots, your guide can also take you to enjoy a visit to a local's home, to discover the culture and customs of the Zhuang and Yao people, and to learn how to make and taste bamboo-tube rice.
We can arrange both a group bus tour and a private tour with English-speaking tour guides. This day tour saves plenty of time and you'll get a complete explanation from your professional tour guide.
If you don't want to spend too much time on the road, you can visit a karst cave and hills in downtown Guilin. The most famous attractions are:
The suggested visiting time at each attraction is one or two hours.
Nearby ancient villages, such as Daxu and Xiong Village, are worthy of a visit if you want to discover the traditional Chinese residential lifestyle and culture.
You can also enjoy some nighttime activities to enrich your Guilin day trip.
A longer tour of Guilin can consist of a series of day tours, returning each night to the same hotel. If you have several days, you could spread out the key attractions over a number of day tours (including both nature and culture, with time to relax and kids' activities), adding more balance to your Guilin trip.
It would also be enjoyable to spend a night in Yangshuo or Longsheng, both of which are filled with local culture.
Click to see How to Plan a Guilin Tour.
We, at China Highlights, are based in Guilin, and we know the tourist scene here better than anyone else. We have designed a dozen Guilin tours to help our customers take advantage of their stay in Guilin.
Here are some sample tours for your reference:
The above itineraries can be modified according to your interests and preferences. We'd be happy to help create a tour just for you.