Find the Hidden Paintings in "God's Gallery"
5-Day Guilin Off-the-Beaten-Path Tour
Opened up to the outside world in 1973, Guilin was one of the first tourist cities in China to be reopened to foreign visitors. Its painting-perfect landscape brings it enduring popularity. Guilin's classic scenery is always attractive, but if you don't want to tell the same story as other visitors, this 5-day Guilin tour will take you to find the hidden beauty of Guilin and enjoy its classic appeal in new ways.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Catch Exclusive Views of the Li River at Secret Places
Hike and go hill climbing to discover hidden beauties unknown to over 90% of tourists. Enjoy God's-eye views.
Explore a Wild Limestone Cave Instead of a Developed One
Visit a cave that has never been touched by ordinary tourists. Study the stalactites and stalagmites like a geologist, take a fast-rope down the "abyss" like an explorer, and play spooky shadow games like a caveman.
Discover a Beautiful Valley That Is Unknown Even to the Locals (optional)
Have a day tour to a non-karst area in the east of Guilin. The bamboo forest, the waterfall, the beautiful valley, and the beautiful valley scenery are hidden gems that have not been spoiled by tourism.
Enjoy a Refreshing Sidecar Ride in the Idyllic Countryside
Try a popular new offbeat way to explore Yangshuo. Sit back and take in more of the views. Let your cheerful shouts join the purr of the engine and the whoosh of the wind.
Enjoy the Breeze on the Rice Terrace Fields
Witness the incredible terraced fields in the north of Guilin. Get off the paved path, walk into the fields and sit down on the centuries-old levees to enjoy a peaceful moment.
"Taste" Guilin City at Night
Have a relaxing city walk at night. Unlock the stories of this small city while strolling in the alleys and tasting the local delicacies.
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We visited Guilin for 2 days and stayed in the Guilin Waterfall hotel. Guilin was absolutely beautiful! Our guide, William, was very knowledgeable and kind! He taught us so much about Guilin and the surrounding area! We really enjoyed trying the specialty rice noodles of Guilin. Our highlight was the Li river cruise.more
Feb 2024, Explore
Amazing tour and the guide Mr. 贺霄 was very accommodating with our needs and request as we have bought our 2 years old with us. Well explained for all the place we visited. Any additional cost were informed well ahead and didn't felt any pressure if we opt not to go for additional detour. The trip was relaxing/ laid back/no rushing with zero shopping!more
Feb 2024, JJC
Vincent was a fantastic guide !
Vincent was a fantastic guide !Vincent is a wonderful & warm guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and his explanations are excellent. He showed us around Guilin & Yangshuo. He attended to all of our needs and really made the tour very specialmore
Feb 2024, David
Guilin, but mostly Yangshuo was at the tail end of our China adventure so there was a lot to live up to. Having a guide like Gary Wei meant that our trip ended on a high! We arrived in Guilin very late from an 11 hour train journey. Gary met us with gifts of fruit, sweet bread and cakes which was so unexpected and thoughtful.Gary's knowledge of the area was exceptional and his attention to us the same. He really took our children under his wing - even tuning in to annoying sibling rivalry and managing to keep the peace very well! Gary was our personal photographer at times and even our Taiji instructor, making a beautiful video of us all doing Taiji in a scenic setting :)The cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is definitely worth taking and we enjoyed our few nights in the area, riding bikes along the river, doing a cooking class and enjoying the scenerymore
Feb 2024, JenB
Nice tour in Guilin
I have an excellent trip to Guilin and local guide Tony.Tony has a lot of information about the local history and culture.We enjoy the tour very much.more
Feb 2024, Chai Kiam leung
Inolvidable viaje en Guilin con Alonso y China Highlights
Alonso cuenta con un manejo del espanol bastante bueno y muy profesional. Mis padres no hablan ingles y pudieron comunicarse con el directamente todo el tiempo. Tiene un elevado conocimiento de la cultura, la historia, la geogrfia y los sitios a visitar. Alonso ademas cuenta con un excelente sentido del humor, haciendo el viaje muy ameno y divertido. Se interesa genuinamente por la cultura latina y el viaje se convierte en un exquisito intercambio cultural.more
Jan 2024, eduardogor77
Amazing trip in China
From the start until the very end our guides were very professional, helpful, knowledgeable and funny! We would not have had such an amazing time if we had done this on our own. We went to several cities, each city we had a new guide, who were from that area. Each guide made sure we were picked up in very nice van and delivered to each activity, safely and on time. They got us through lines quickly as well as showed us where to get the best views and pictures. Their knowledge of what they were sharing with us made the trip even more valuable.more
Jan 2024, Mary Ann Brady
Lily Wong our guide at Guilin was wonderful. Along with all the good qualities like being punctual,courteous, organized,knowledgeable,hard working she is also caring.The scenaries at Guilin is second to none,Lily helped us to take lots of pictures to capture the scenaries as much as possible.With Lily's help I can enjoy the amazing cave and the rafting.At Yangshuo Lily also recommend a Light Show on the river.That was fantastic never saw anything like it. I must mention the unique hotel they put us in.Its called Yangshuo Moondance hotel.My wife is very happy with Lily because she took a lot of pictures for her and took her shopping for a new (Qie Pao,cantonese Cheung Sham).more
Jan 2024, Peter W
Just wish I could stay longer!
Our guide Frank was fantastic. He was really knowledgeable about the region and the many different ethnic groups living here. He has contacts with local people who invited us into their homes. He was so high energy and kind. We saw many things in a short period of time from the pagodas, to history Duha (so?) street, to a beautiful relaxing cruise on a river….we also attended a spectacular cultural show in Yangshou. It wasn’t on the agenda but so glad we went. (Randomly called the Romance show). Frank also introduced us to local cuisine like Guilin noodles. We stayed at the Aspara Lodge for one night in Yangshou and seriously could have stayed for a few days if I didn’t have to go back to work. Travel advisor Liberman was a great resource as well and helped plan such a special trip.more
Jan 2024, Rosequarose
Remarkable experience in Guilin
I have an excellent trip to Guilin and my guide, Gary Wei who works for China Highlights Tour was very professional and knowledgeable in regard to the history of the Guilin and Yangshuo. Gary was remarkable with his recital of a lot of ancient poems. Hence, I had such a good and memorable experience. I do highly recommend China Highlights Tour to anyone who wish to visit China.more
Jan 2024, Sooi C
Don't Miss the Chinese Countryside!
Our guide William (Wei Jiyi) was exceptional. He made the utmost effort to accommodate our groups' additional requests and recommended restaurants, shows and attractions that were all of great interest. He ensured the already included items in the itinerary were entertaining to the whole group by providing expert opinions and answering all questions.more
Jan 2024, Diana G
Well organised tour
We started in Guilin, our tour guide was Frank, Frank's knowledge of Chinese history is very good and he added in all the interesting historical facts along the way. On this part of the tour we were 14 people, including my 87 year old dad, and Frank was very patient with our group rounding us up and waiting for my dad as he was a bit slower. Some family members left Guilin at different times due to different travel arrangements, Frank and Carol arranged the necessary transfers and changed the tour schedule slightly to accommodate everyone as much as possible.more
Jan 2024, LC
Greatest Asian Experience
All local guides, from Lena in Tokyo, Denis in Kyoto, Tom in Bangkok, Kai in Phuket, Martin in Hong Kong, William in Guilin, Linda in Zhangjiajie, to Jessie in Beijing, did their best to make sure everything went smoothly and to adjust to my teens' additional requests.more
Jan 2024, Diana Gadjanov
Great China Highlights tour with Vincent
We had a great 4,5 days tour in Guilin with Vincent! Vincent has a lot of information about the history and culture of the area, he is always attentive to the details, proposes items originally not included in the tour but which might be of interest (like the show in Yangshuo, hiking routes, going to RUYI peak, tea party, etc.), considers individual diet requirements. In addition, Vincent's English is advanced and professional.more
Jan 2024, Ксения
Beautiful place and amazing guide
We did a visit to Yangshuo with China Highlights. We really enjoy our visit, our guide, Gary Wei was so friendly and kind. Very good company on the River Li Cruise and on our visit to Guilin and Yangshuo. We did a very fun bike ride to the country side, visit the West Street and to the wonderful show. We really recommend all of this!more
Jan 2024, Journey44166757277
Great experience in Guilin and Yangshuo
We visited Longji rice terraces, Li River cruise, Yangshuo impressions show and Yangshuo county ebike tour, spending 2 nights in Guilin and one in Yangshuo. Our guide Tony did a great job for our Guilin and Yangshuo tour, we would recommend this company.more
Jan 2024, Lee Fitzmaurice
Extraordinary value of our 4-days trip
We reserved a 4-days trip with China Highlights for Guilin and Yangshuo. We normally travel only relying on our own, but this time we decided to apply to a local agency. It may sound pretty expensive, but we valued every moment.more
Jan 2024, Veronica P
Guilin and Yangshuo with China Highlights!
We reserved a 4-days trip with China Highlights for Guilin and Yangshuo. We normally travel only relying on our own, but this time we decided to apply to a local agency.more
Jan 2024, Veronica Pesarasi
amazing trip around Guilin
With our funny, storytelling, thoughtful first rate guide Steven we hiked, and biked around Guilin. The vistas, the encounters and discoveries were beyond our expectations.more
Jan 2024, Aude P
Perfect introduction to Guilin and Yangshuo with China Highlights!
Gary Wei was our guide for Guilin and Yangshuo. We visited mid December and it was getting chilly. Seeing that we were slightly under dressed for the weather, Gary bought 4 of us earmuffs the next day! He also went out to speak to the bike hire people to find a smaller bike for my tweenager son so he could ride on his own too! We will highly recommend Gary as your next tour guide!more
Jan 2024, Catherine W.
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Meet your personal guide and driver at the airpoort. 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.
Transfer to your hotel after the tour. Enjoy a city walk in the evening. Enjoy the pretty night views of Guilin and its tasty snacks.
Explore a wild cave in the suburbs of Guilin. 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.
Another option: If you would prefer something other than caving, exploring Sijiang Valley in the east of Guilin is another recommendation. Climb a mountain blanketed in a bamboo forest to enjoy a waterfall and magnificent valley views.
Stay overnight in a peaceful village facing Xingping Town across the Li River. Prepare for the most beautiful Li River scenery on day 3.
Enjoy a short hike half way up a hill for a beautiful view of the Li River and the peaks on its banks. The nunnery on the way is also interesting to visit.
Have lunch in a guesthouse hidden in the mountains.
Take a ferry boat across the river to Xingping Town. Walk along the old street and then climb a hill behind the town to witness the famous view of the Li River that is on the 20-yuan banknote from an exclusive angle.
We'll drive you to Yangshuo at the end of the day.
Enjoy a breakfast on the bank of the Yulong River. And then drift along with a relaxing bamboo raft ride on the Yulong River.
Explore the countryside by a sidecar or a bike. Find a secret tunnel cave for an exclusive view of the Yulong River.
Enjoy a beautiful sunset at your hotel.
Your personal guide and driver will escort you back to Guilin 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
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: gl-8