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Planning a 3-Day Tour of Guilin's Highlights

Planning a 3-Day Tour of Guilin's Highlights

Written by Candice SongUpdated Nov. 16, 2023

You may not know where to start when planning a 3-day holiday in Guilin and its attractive countryside. Here's a popular and workable plan to see the highlights of Guilin and its neighboring counties in only three days.

Reed Flute CaveReed Flute Cave

Day One — Guilin City

Don't bother with Guilin? Go straight to Yangshuo? Absolutely NO! 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
  • Reed Flute Cave — an outstanding karst cave containing a large number of stalactites and -mites that will extend your imagination with their imaginative names and interesting stories.
  • Daxu Ancient Town — Get an insight into Guilin's history and culture by visiting the old buildings. It is also a paradise for strawberry picking in spring.
  • Zhengyang Pedestrian Street — a good place for buying souvenirs.

What to Eat

  • Morning — Go to a local restaurant to taste rice noodles. Rice noodles is the most popular food for Guilin people, especially for breakfast.
  • Lunch and Dinner — Many kinds of restaurants can be found in the city. McFound is a popular Chinese restaurant that also serves some Western dishes.

Where to Stay

  • Guilin Shangri-La Hotel
  • The Sheraton, Guilin
  • The White House, Guilin
  • Guilin Royal Palace
  • Jingguanminglou Holiday Hotel

Options for Activities in Guilin

  • Learning Chinese, Calligraphy, Painting, and Paper Cutting
  • Learn Traditional Instruments
  • Picking, making, and drinking tea at Guilin's Tea Plantation
  • Visiting Fishermen's Houses
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Day Two — The Longji Terraced Fields

The Longji Terraced FieldsThe Longji Terraced Fields

Longji Terraced Fields is a must-see scenic area on an essence tour of Guilin.


  • See the swirling pattern of contoured terraces at Ping'an Village.
  • Hike between the fields from village-to-village. Appreciate more of the the grand natural scenery and the traditional wooden minority houses, and pass a folk museum.
  • Visit ancient Zhuang and Yao minority villages, featured with stilted buildings.
  • If arrive in April, you may have a chance to attend the Red Yao Red Clothes Festival at Huangluo Yao Minority Village.

Where to Eat

  • Ping'an Restaurant — best for scenery and local food

Where to Stay

  • Ping'an Hotel — best place to see the sunset and sunrise

Interesting Experiences

  • Taking a sedan chair up/down the mountain

Day Three — the Li River and Yangshuo

The Yulong River in YangshuoThe Yulong River in Yangshuo

This day includes a cruise on the Li River and a half-day tour of Yangshuo.


  • Li River Cruise — Relax in the picturesque natural scenery along the river.
  • Cycling in the Countryside of Yangshuo — Enjoy the fresh air and rural scenes.
  • Impression Liu Sanjie — a must-see night performance on the Li River, telling a traditional Zhuang minority story
  • West Street — the best place for night owls, with many hot night clubs and quiet cafés

Options for Activities in Yangshuo

Where to Eat

Many Western restaurants in and around West Street are highly recommended, such as the Restaurant in Rosewood Inn, and Café del Moon.

Where to Stay

  • Green Lotus Hotel
  • Yangshuo Resort
  • Yangshuo Mountain View Retreat
  • Dragon River Retreat
  • Yangshuo Resort

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