The bird's view of the Li River
Planning to spend 3 days in
Guilin, but aren’t sure what to do? Here's a popular and workable plan to see
the highlights of Guilin’s countryside and city in only three days, with
Things to Know Beforehand
Guilin sightseeing can be
three areas: Guilin
urban area, Yangshuo, and the Longji Terraced Fields.
sequence is the Longji
Terraced Fields — Yangshuo — Guilin urban area.
are the reasons:
is easier to do some hiking on the rice terraces on your first day when you are
full of energy and curiosity.
one day of energy-consuming activity, heading to Yangshuo provides a great
place to slow your pace and enjoy some leisure time.
in Guilin city, closest to the airport/stations, is easiest to tailor to your
departure flight/train time, and so makes a good last day.
The Longji Terraced Fields
Day One — the Longji
Be prepared for a long
drive, about 2½ hours. However, you will be rewarded with the stunning scenery
Longji Terraced Fields
Tips for Choosing an Area of Longji
The scenic area of Longji
Rice Terraces mainly consists of
smaller areas: Ping'an Zhuang Village, Jinkeng-Dazhai Village, and Longji
Ancient Zhuang Village. Each of them has its own features.
You can choose one area to
visit and stay for one night, or enjoy a hike from one village to another.
Two popular hiking routes are:
The Longji Terraced Fields
Ping'an to Longji Ancient Zhuang Village: about 2 hours
Dazhai to Ping'an: 4-5
more detail see our
Longji Terraced Fields hiking guide
See the swirling
Hike between the
fields from village-to-village. Appreciate more of the the grand scenery
and the traditional wooden minority houses, and pass a folk museum.
Visit ancient Zhuang
minority villages, featuring stilted buildings.
If you arrive in
April, you may have a chance to attend the
Red Yao at Huangluo Yao
Red Clothes Festival
Recommended Local Food
Two clients are learning to make bamboo tube rice.
Bamboo tube rice (rice
cooked in a bamboo tube)
Oil tea (tea leaves
fried in peanut oil and cooked into a broth)
They are easily found, as
they’re served in all the local restaurants.
Li An Lodge
Longji Panorama House Hotel
— the Li River and Yangshuo
This day includes a 4-hour cruise
from Guilin to Yangshuo, and a half-day
tour of Yangshuo.
the Li River
The Yulong River in Yangshuo
A Li River cruise —
Relax as you glide through the picturesque natural river scenery of lush
Enjoy the fresh air and rural scenes.
Cycling in the Countryside of
— This must-see
night performance on the Li River tells
a traditional Zhuang minority story.
Impression Liu Sanjie
— This is the
best place to unwind, with various bars/clubs and quiet cafés.
Options for Activities in Yangshuo
Rock climbing (from beginners/kids
fun to mixing with the world’s best)
Learn Chinese cooking
the local way!
Learn tai chi where
its normal for foreigners to join in.
The Famous Local Dish and Recommended
Yangshuo West Street
The most famous local dish
fish (a local fish fried in local
beer). It is served in many many restaurants. Cloud 9 Restaurant is a great
Many Western restaurants in
and around West Street are highly recommended, such as The Brew, Rosewood Café, Mood Food Energy Café,
Lucy's Cafe & Bar, or Ganga Impression for Indian.
5-star: Alila Yangshuo
4-star: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Boutique: Yangshuo Ancient
Garden Boutique Hotel
Three — Guilin City
Don't bother with Guilin?
Go straight to Yangshuo? Many do, but Guilin has many things to see that are
unique and spectacular.
Elephant Trunk Hill
— the most
iconic limestone hill in Guilin city, shaped like a 55-meter-tall elephant
drinking from the Li River
Elephant Trunk Hill
— an outstanding
karst cave containing a large number of stalactites and ‘mites that will
extend your imagination with their imaginative names and interesting
Reed Flute Cave
— Get an insight
into Guilin's history and culture by visiting the old buildings. It is
also a paradise for strawberry picking in spring.
Daxu Ancient Town
— a good place for buying souvenirs and passing an
Take a stroll or a
cruise around the
located in the heart of the city.
Two Rivers and Four Lake s
Authentically Guilinese Activities
Learning Chinese, calligraphy,
painting, and paper cutting
Learn to play traditional
Picking, making, and
drinking tea at Guilin's Tea Plantation
The Famous Local Food and Recommended
Guilin rice noodles
the most popular food for Guilin people, especially for breakfast. Chongshan
Rice Noodles (崇善米粉) is one of the most recommended restaurants.
Many kinds of
can be found in the
city. McFound is a popular Chinese restaurant chain that also serves some
Western dishes — now #2 on TA after the Kali Mirch Indian [April 2018].
5-star: Guilin Shangri-La Hotel; the Sheraton
4-star: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
Boutique: Guilin Royal Palace
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