Endless Fun in the Countryside
5-Day Guilin Family Tour
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Say goodbye to the most beautiful landscape in China as we take you to the airport for your departure.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- 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
Tour code: gl-6