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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What Our Customers Said
An Exceptional Tour with China Highlights - Highly Recommended!
She was knowledgeable and friendly and took care of every small detail to ensure we had a great time at every destination. She was also very considerate of our baby and made sure that we had everything we needed to make our vacation comfortable and enjoyable.more
Jan 2023, Imane
An Exceptional Tour with China Highlights - Highly Recommended!
The hotels, transport, and activities were all top-notch, and we felt well taken care of throughout the trip. We have already recommended China Highlights to our friends and family, and we will definitely use their services again. Thank you for making our vacation so memorable and enjoyable!more
Jan 2023, Imane
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
During Golden Week holidays we spent 7 wonderful days in Guilin, Longsheng and Yangshuo. Thanks to Carol for a well organized and stressless trip and also to our tour guide Henry who was always very knowledgeable and supportive. He did a great job making the trip comfortable and enjoyable for us.more
Oct 2022, Anja
Amazing trip to Guilin and Yangshuo
Thanks to Gary Wei and China heights for an amazing customised three day excursion in Guilin. Really enjoyed caving, the rock climbing and a relaxing afternoon with stand up paddle. Gary our tour guide was able to find paths off the beaten track and often time there were no other tourist to be seen. He also went out his way to make sure we’re well provisioned and took his own initiative to not only be our tour guide and our own photographer, providing us with many more and different memories of the trip. We would highly recommend both china highlight and especially Gary Wei as your local guide for a worry free, non stress trip.more
Oct 2022, Yujie Z
Guilin and Yangshuo
We had wonderful holidays in Guilin and Yangshuo during the golden week. Our guide Linda was able to plan the activities in a way that we manage to visit several places in short time. It was something very special to be the first person to go rafting and on the “wild” hiking to the top of the mountain to enjoy a beautiful view. Thanks to Linda we had an unforgettable holiday with many special moments.more
Oct 2022, Karla
Lovely getaway during National holidays to Yangshuo
Thanks to Sharon from China Highlights to organize such a great customized trip. A big shoutout to our amazing tour guide Gray. He made sure that traveling even during such a busy period of time was such a joy. Gary went out of his way caring for us. And his photography skills are spot on to have beautiful memories also captured in the digital way and not just in our hearts. We loved our time in beautiful Yangshuo and will be definitely back to Guilin anytime soon.more
Oct 2022, Adriana Peiris
Perfect holidays in Guanxi!
We had a wonderful experience in Guanxi. Our tour guide Henry was not only well informed about sights, history and local hotspots, he managed to make our trip to Guilin, Longcheng and Yangshuo interesting, funny and relaxing all in once. He really knows how to give interesting insights to parents and kids and took perfect care for both of our families. The tour organization was great !more
Oct 2022, Daniel
I travelled to Guilin with friends and was really amazing. China Highlights is a very professional agency that will take care of every detail. Our guide was Frank, very passionate and helpful all time. Great experiencemore
Oct 2022, Daniela G
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