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5-Day Guilin Family Tour

Endless Fun in the Countryside

If you would like to have a family vacation in China, Guilin should definitely be on your destination list. What's more, a vanilla itinerary copied and pasted for the average tourist will never create great family memories.

What about some moderate hiking, comfortable camping, and safe caving together? Really get in touch with the celebrated limestone formations in China's top rock climbing destination — Yangshuo, and splash in the clear water of its scenic rivers when having fun with a SUP. Experience Guilin's countryside life and relax in its exceptional landscapes. All of these could be the ways that you make exceptional memories on a family holiday in Guilin.

Tour 'Wow' Points

Enjoy a Relaxing Family Hike along the Li River

Skip the tourist boat and slow down your pace to enjoy the picturesque Li River. Skim stones across the water, pick lovely wild flowers, listen to the singing of birds, and say hello to the ladies washing clothes on the banks.

a family on the top of the hill
children on the bank of the river

Witness Amazing Terraced Rice Fields

Explore Guilin's mountain-minority villages. Enjoy the incredible views created by local people's wisdom and hard work. Enjoy the encircling peaks from a levied seat on a tiered paddy's edge.

a girl in pink shirt walking in the terrace
sitting on the terrace

Take a Family Adventure to the Underground World

Explore a cave that has never been touched by ordinary tourists. Discover the amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Play a shadow game and take a fast rope down the "abyss"!

the entrance of a cave
activities in the cave

Have Fun with Outdoor Activities in China's Most Beautiful Landscape

Biking, rock climbing, and stand-up paddleboarding — how great these activities are to interact with the mountains and water.

biking in the countryside
sup and rock climbing

Camp in a Peaceful Village Embraced by the Limestone Peaks

Play with friendly dogs in the tent camp. Enjoy a beautiful sunset. Sit around a bonfire to share a story. The shadow of the limestone hills under the moonlight could be a memorable part of family camping in Guilin.

tents on the grassland
play at a camp site

Experience Farming and Cooking with Local People

Rural life in China could be more interesting than what you might expect. Learning to make popular local foods, helping local people pick vegetables, or ploughing a paddy could be a great travel memory.

make a raft near the river
rock climbing

Learn to Make Your Own Paper Fan (optional)

Visit a local artist living on the banks of the Li River. Learn to draw a Chinese painting with his instruction and then make it into a paper fan to take away as a souvenir.

learn to make a painting fan
paper fan

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

Day 1 Guilin Arrival and Terraced Fields

Your personal guide will meet you at the airport in the morning.

Drive to the Longji Terraced Fields (about 1.5 hours). Explore the minority villages on the mountainsides. Enjoy magnificent views of the rice terraces and understand how local people make their living on the mountains.

Enjoy local dishes for lunch in a local villager's restaurant. Learn to cook their most popular food, bamboo tube rice, and enjoy it at lunch.

Day 2 Guilin to Xingping | Wild Limestone Cave Exploration

Explore a wild cave in the suburbs of Guilin. A professional caving coach will prepare all the equipment you need for safe caving and escort you from start to finish. Your personal guide and caving coach will show you the beautiful rocks and explain how they came into being. You can play a shadow game and turn off your flashlight to experience the pure darkness. Try the exciting 'fast rope' under the supervision and protection of your coach and take great family pictures, which you might have never have had the chance to take before.

Head for a village on the bank of the Li River after enjoying a picnic lunch. Stay in a tent near the Li overnight (depending on the weather).

Day 3Xingping to Yangshuo | Li River Hiking and Farming Experience

Be woken up by a rooster in the village. Cross the village to the ferry, and take a boat to Xingping Town on the other side of the river. Start your hike along the Li, which is about 8 km (5 miles) in total, but can be shortened flexibly. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way, including the most famous Li River scene on the 20 yuan banknote.

Take a ferry to cross the Li again when you get to Nine Horses Hill. Climb to the top of Xianggong Hill to enjoy the incredible view of the river and the countless limestone peaks.

Drive to Yangshuo after lunch and visit a local farmer's house. Experience the simple daily life of your hosts. You might experience making tofu, picking vegetables from their garden, or making sticky rice cake.

Day 4Yangshuo | Outdoor Activities in the Countryside

Bike around the countryside in the morning. Enjoy a relaxing bamboo rafting on the Yulong River.

And then challenge yourselves to rock climbing under the supervisor of your private coaches. It is so exciting to climb an interesting natural cliff instead of the plastic/plywood of a climbing gym. Or have fun with a SUP

Another option: If you don't want so many outdoor activities, or if it is too cold to try SUPs, making a landscape painting fan with a local artist is recommended.

Day 5 Yangshuo to Guilin and Departure

Say goodbye to the most beautiful landscape in China as we take you to the airport for your departure.

Hotel Selection

—the Icing on the Cake

Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

hotel with swimming pool
hotel room
camp
FromCNY4,630/USD736p/p Based on a private tour for 4 people. Price varies depending on the program, travel date, number of people, and chosen hotel

Price Includes:

  • Private car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide, and professional outdoor coach for day 2 and day 4
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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