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Guilin is a popular tourist destination, famous for its karst landscape and idyllic countryside. The limestone hills jut randomly out and point to the sky, as the Li River winds its way peacefully through, creating a picture of timeless beauty.
Outdoor activities like hiking and biking will bring you in touch with nature and local peoples' daily lives. As the Chinese saying goes, Guilin's unique scenery "tops everything under heaven". If you've never been to China before, Guilin should be on your "must-visit" list.
Guilin is suitable for travelling all year round, as each season has its unique beauty.
Guilin city highlights
+A Li River cruise
3-day essential tour
+Longji Terraced Fields
+Yangshuo countryside tour
+Daxu Ancient Town or Ling Canal
5-day highlights tour
+1-2 extra days in Xingping/ Yangshuo for photography & relaxation
OrSanjiang Dong minority county
We have designed the following itineraries to include the highlights and interesting experiences in and around Guilin. They are flexible and can be customized to suit your budget and interests.
The Best Way to Visit Yangshuo and Li River
Have a bird's-eye view of the landscape of Yangshuo from the top of a mountain. Drift along the beautiful Li River. Have a bicycle ride into a beautiful village.
Li River Cruise & Guilin City Highlights
Relax on the Li River, cycle in the countryside by the paddy fields of Yangshuo, and visit an amazing karst cave.
Li River cruise and Yangshuo countryside tour
Visit the Li River and observe the spectacular beauty of limestone formations. Enjoy the tranquility of the countryside in the Yulong Valley.
Longji Terraced Fields and Minority Discovery
Visit two different minority villages and admire the most beautiful scenery of the terraced fields. Discover the local minority cultures.
In-depth Guilin City Discovery
Walk along the pathways in an ancient village. Discover the secret recipe of the famous Guilin rice noodles. Admire the “natural art” in Reed Flute Cave.
Guilin, Xing'an and Yangshuo Tour
Discover an ancient town and watch local people do traditional handcrafts. Take a Li River cruise and enjoy sunset.
Photo Tour to Li River and Terraced Rice Fields
Photograph the great bend on the Li River, capture an old fisherman and his cormorant in Yangshuo, and take candid photos of minority people living near the Longji rice terraces.
If you would like to take part in any of these experiences, exclusive to China Highlights, please ask your travel advisor to add them to your itinerary.
Discover The Old Town of Daxu With A Local Scholar
Li River Pebbles Art Experience
Li River cruises
We have selected the newly operated 4-star boats serving a buffet lunch.
Unlike other agencies, we will take you by private vehicle from the congested town streets to the country roads to start your biking experience.
Authentic Guilin food experiences
We at China Highlights have specially designed a "Guilin Food" brochure, selecting a number of dishes that are favorites with customers and locals for you to sample during your stay in Guilin.Download the PDF
Guilin is suitable for visiting all year round, as each season has its unique beauty.
Though the most popular period is from April to October when the weather is comfortable and the scenery is charming, the winter season is also regarded as a good time to visit, because tour prices are cheaper compared with the high season. Avoid going during national holidays (May 1st to 3rd or October 1st to 7th).