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Planning to spend three 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 supporting recommendations.
Guilin sightseeing can be divided into three areas: Guilin city, Yangshuo, and the Longji Terraced Fields. If you have only three days, you are recommended to spend your time in Yangshuo and Guilin city.
If you would like to extend to Longji, one more day is recommended. Seefor inspiration.
Guilin is a small city where you can slow down your travel pace and enjoy some leisurely time, especially when compared to sightseeing in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an.
On your arrival day, you could have a rest at your hotel and then set off for a relaxing walk by the ‘Two Rivers and Four Lakes’ in the downtown area. You could choose to take a day/night cruise of these waterways. The night scenery is beautiful, and it makes a great way to unwind.
The nearby Zhengyang Pedestrian Street is a good place for buying souvenirs and having a dinner. Here are some recommended restaurants:
There are many hotels around the area of ‘Two Rivers and Four Lakes’. Many of them are within 10-minutes’ walk, such as Sheraton Guilin, Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, and Guilin Park Hotel.
Enjoy the highlights of many a Guilin tour: a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, and a half-day countryside tour of Yangshuo.
In the morning, head to Zhujiang Wharf (30 km or 20 miles southeast of downtown Guilin) to board the cruise. There is no public bus from downtown Guilin to the wharf and a taxi costs about 120 RMB for the 50 minutes' drive there. A private tour with a private driver and car would make your journey smooth and efficient.
Along the 84-km (52-mile) stretch of the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, you can relax as you glide through the picturesque natural river scenery of lush limestone peaks. All you need to do is to get ready for photograph opportunities.
Insider tip: Currently, either 3-star or 4-star riverboats are available for the Li River cruise. The 4-star boats are the best. They offer more spacious seats and serve a buffet lunch. We only arrange 4-star boats for our customers. See more information on The Li River.
Please remember to book your cruise tickets in advance, especially during high season. On our private tours, we will take care of it.
You will arrive at Yangshuo at around 2pm, having had a buffet lunch on the cruise boat, and you can make the most of the rest of the day to explore the countryside of Yangshuo. The most popular ways to explore are by bike or electric scooter.
If you’d prefer not to bike, we can arrange a countryside tour by private vehicle for you. We could include a short hike (about 1–2 hours) along the riverside and through the local villages.
A Yangshuo countryside tour will give you the chance to get close to Guilin’s nature and learn about local life.
In the evening, you can find a local restaurant in West Street to taste the most famous local dish — beer fish (a local fish fried in local beer) and then unwind in a bar or café.
You can also enjoy a night show called Impression Liu Sanjie, a performance on the Li River telling a traditional Zhuang minority story.
You can choose to stay in Yangshuo or return to Guilin. A private car can make the return journey conveniently and smoothly in around 1½ hours.
You are recommended to book a flight in the late afternoon or early evening so that you can have enough time to do some sightseeing in Guilin city.
You can see the amazing karst hills and caves such as:
If you prefer ancient sites, you can visit an ancient waterway Ling Canal (an hour’s drive from Guilin) or Daxu Ancient Town (20 minutes’s drive from Guilin) instead. You can read more on our.
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