7-Day Guilin Autumn School Trip

Fall Fun in Famous Guilin

7-Day Guilin Autumn School Trip

This school trip is specially designed to provide middle and high school students a refreshing outing with mind-broadening and hands-on education.

On this 7-day trip, students will have an enriching experience of local culture and life, get close to nature, improve their teamwork while accomplishing fun tasks, and participate in a variety of outdoor activities.(gl-5)

Tour 'Wow' Points

Be a Mountain Minority Person for a Day

Explore the Longji Rice Terraces, visit a local family, make bamboo-tube rice and cook it the local way. Catch fish from the rice fields with local people, or participate in the rice harvest if your visit time coincides with the once-in-a year harvest time.

do farming in Longji
have a walking in longji rice terraces

Discover the Ultimate Beauty of the Li River in an Offbeat Way

Skip the touristy boat cruise and take a hike along the most beautiful section of the Li River. Climb to the top of a karst hill by the Li River for a bird's-eye view of the surrounding landscape. Admire the Li River sunset and watch cormorant fishing from the riverbank.

have a bird's-eye view from Xianggong Hill
admire the li river sunset and watch cormorant fishing

Enjoy an Overnight Camp and a BBQ Dinner by the Li River

Build your own tent camp, sleep under the stars (autumn has Guilin’s clearest skies) and have a BBQ dinner while appreciating the enchanting views, including a sunset and a sunrise — unforgettable experiences!

build your tent camp by the li river
enjoy a BBQ dinner by the li river

Participate in Colorful Hands-On Cultural Activities

Paint your own Guilin landscape on a paper fan in Fuli Ancient Town. Pick tea leaves in a mountain tea plantation and learn how to make local tea.

pick tea leaves in a tea garden
paint a paper fan in Yangshuo

Take Part in Outdoor Activities Led by Qualified Pro Coach

Cycle through the amazing countryside of Yangshuo on less-traveled lanes. Explore a half-developed cave to get to know the wonderful world of underground limestone formations in a more natural way.

yangshuo biking
a cave exploration

Play and Develop Teamwork with Fun Tasks

Students will learn how to make a raft with pipe and tyre near the river, do rock climbing, hunt for local snacks, and find local attractions. The professional coach from our associated outdoor education center will set goals for students, and the learning activities will be integrated into fun games.

make a raft near the river
rock climbing

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Itinerary Quick Look

Fully Customizable - This tour can be adapted to your school group and your educational and experiential goals. Inquire below to make your Guilin school trip a perfectly planned one with all the expertise of a 20-year China travel industry leader.

Day 1 Your City to Guilin | Guilin Arrival

Your private driver and guide will be ready for you when you arrive in Guilin airport. Enjoy a trouble-free transfer to your hotel. A welcome dinner will greet you. Stay overnight in Guilin.

Day 2 Longji Rice Terraces | Experience Mountain Ethnic People’s Life

Morning: Go to Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area with about 2 hours’ driving.
Walk through the rice terraces and appreciate the fantastic golden views of fall. Visit a local family, learn how to make bamboo-tube rice in their traditional wooden house. Cook and eat with the family.

Afternoon:Catch fish with local people in their rice paddies, or help the local farmers harvesting rice if your visit coincides with the once-a-year harvest time.

Return to Guilin in the late afternoon and stay overnight there again. Your dinner will be served in Guilin.

Day 3 Guilin to Yangshuo | A Fabulous Day by the Li River

Morning: Drive for about 2 hours to famous Xianggong Hill, and climb to the top for a fairytale view of the surrounding karst landscape.
Take a hike along the most beautiful section of Li River from Nine-Horse Painting Cliff to Xingping Town. Have lunch at a local restaurant in Xingping Ancient Town.

Afternoon: Build your own tent camp for your overnight stay by the river and enjoy a BBQ dinner.

Evening: Watch local cormorant fishing on a tributary of the Li River, where you can learn about the lives of local fishermen.

Day 4Yangshuo | Hands-On Cultural Activities

It will be a leisurely day.

Morning: Go to Fuli Ancient Town on a ferry boat from your tent camp, visit a workshop and study the creative process of painted fans. Learn from a local artist how to paint a traditional landscape on a paper fan. You will have your own handmade fan to keep as a souvenir.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit Seven Star Tea Plantation, which is one of the most beautiful tea gardens in Guilin. You will first learn to choose appropriate tea leaves and pick them in the right way. After tea-picking, the tea farmer will show you the process of frying tea. Then learn the proper way to make a cup of tea as you try different kinds of local tea.

Enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight at a hotel with beautiful surroundings in Yangshuo.

Day 5Yangshuo | Adventurous Outdoor Activities Led by a Professional Coach

It will be a refreshing day.

Morning: One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the idyllic landscape of Yangshuo is cycling. Cycle through the charming countryside of Yangshuo, following your cycling guide as you breathe lungfuls of fresh air amidst towering karst hills, get close to nature, and encounter local farmers.
The cycling will last for about 2–3 hours depending on your students’ energy. Enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Explore a water cave to get to know the wonderful world of underground limestone formations in a more natural way. Different from China’s tourist caves with colorful lighting, concrete steps, etc., the Water Cave is a half-spelunking-half-developed cave.
A qualified and experienced English-speaking coach from our associated outdoor center will accompany you during the exploration and offer you detailed information about the formations in the karst cave.

Have dinner and another overnight stay in Yangshuo.

Day 6 Yangshuo | Develop Teamwork with Fun Tasks

It will be an action-packed day!

Morning: Team-building tasks are a good choice for students to learn how to work as a group and achieve things together. We will specially arrange a day for teamwork challenges by the beautiful Yulong Valley.
Guided by our professional coach team, the students will participate in well-designed activities and accomplish fun goals. The activities include learning how to make bamboo raft that can be used on the river, rock climbing, hunting for local snacks, and looking for local attractions.

Afternoon: When the activities end at around 3pm, there will be a summary and award ceremony. Enjoy a farewell dinner and stay one last night in Yangshuo.

Day 7 Yangshuo to Guilin for Departure | Return Home

Morning: After breakfast, we will see you off smoothly with an airport transfer.

Hotel Selection

Hotel in Guilin: Four Points by Sheraton Guilin Hotel

Hotel in Yangshuo: Yangshuo Serenity Retreat

hotel room in Turpan
Caravan on the lake bank

the hotel in the valley
FromCNY 4600/ USD 710p/p Based on a private tour for 15 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price Includes:

  • Private bus with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide, and professional outdoor coach for day 5 and day 6
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
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