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Essence of Guilin

gl-1:3-Day Guilin and Yangshuo Tour
From: $399

Guilin's scenery is regarded as "the most beautiful scenery in the world". This tour encapsulates the best combination of scenery and culture in Guilin and Yangshuo.

Once you step into Guilin, unlike China’s big cities, you will really feel that you have traveled to a completely different country, one that more closely reflects the rural China you may have seen on television or the Internet.


  • Take a Li River cruise with fantastic views on the best riverboat
  • Enjoy the local sights and relax by biking or walking through the countryside
  • Marvel at magnificent rock formations in Reed Flute Cave.

Suggested Itinerary

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Day 1 Guilin Arrival
Guilin Shangri-la Hotel (the best 5-star hotel in Guilin, beside the Li River)/ Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (4-star, central location and by the lakeside)

Upon arrival your local tour guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport with a name plate. If you arrive by train, your local tour guide will meet you with a name plate at the exit of the train station. After meeting your tour guide, he/she will escort you by private vehicle to your hotel. Have a good rest and be ready for the next day’s adventure!

Evening Ideas:

The night scenery in Guilin is beautiful and it makes a great way to unwind after a flight. The ‘Two Rivers and Four Lakes’ in the downtown area offer pleasant lakeside walks and night cruises.

Two Rivers and Four Lakes

Day 2Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo and Yangshuo countyside tour
Day 3Classic Guilin; Guilin Departure

Trip Notes

1. Customizing the Tour — According to Your Needs

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extending or shortening it to suit your price, interests, and schedule.

You can extend it with an extra day in Yangshuo, do more activities such as bamboo rafting, Moon Hill climbing, farming activities, etc. If your time is limited, shortening the tour by one day, e.g. without the Yangshuo countryside tour, can also be arranged.

2. 72-Hour (3-Day) Visa-Free Transit Policy for Guilin

Since 12 July, 2014, Guilin has offered a 72-hour visa-free transit policy for foreign visitors. With confirmed airline tickets to a third country or region, passport holders from any of 51 qualifying countries can stay around Guilin for 72 hours without a visa to China, assuming direct transit via the Guilin Liangjiang International Airport. For more information, see here.

3. About the Li River Cruise Boats

Currently, either 3-star or 4-star riverboats are available for the Li River cruise. The 3-star boats are lower-priced, but have less-modern facilities. Their seat- spacing is narrower and the lunch on board is simpler.

The 4-star boats are the best. We will only use the relatively new 4-star boats, which serve a buffet lunch.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Dec.1 - Mar.31 5-star 4-star
2-5 People $459 $399
6-9 People $349 $279
Apr.1 - Nov.31    
2-5 People $499 $429
6-9 People $389 $319

The above prices are not applicable to the Chinese National Day Holiday and Chinese Spring Festival.

What's Included

  • Li River boat cruise with Chinese buffet lunch on board
  • Accommodation with breakfast, free Wi-Fi and service fee
  • Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotels
  • Private local English-speaking tour guide and driver service
  • Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary