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Essence of Guilin

gl-1:3-Day Guilin and Yangshuo Tour
From: $409

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.


  • Relax on a Li River cruise boat and view the spectacular scenery
  • Visit the idyllic countryside of Yangshuo and communicate with local people
  • 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)

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrivals hall. A comfortable private car (no-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel, where your guide will help you to check-in.

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. 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.

2. 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. The 4-star river boat is a medium- size boat, it quite spaciously accommodates 72–80 passengers, so you can enjoy the amazing scenery along the Li River peacefully.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Dec.1 - Mar.31 5-star 4-star
2-5 People $469 $409
6-9 People $359 $289
Apr.1 - Nov.31    
2-5 People $509 $449
6-9 People $399 $329

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

Our Service Included:

  • Our 1-to-1 expert China consultancy with unlimited itinerary changes
  • Booking of China internal flights, trains, and cruises, per your preferences
  • Your own China-Highlights-trained, versatile and knowledgeable tour guide
  • Your own chauffeured and comfortable vehicle, chosen for ample space
  • Hand-picking of hotels for your requirements
  • Hotel breakfasts arranged, and local restaurant lunches ordered, to suit you
  • Entry to all attractions on your itinerary, with queues avoided wherever possible
  • Our 24-7 helpline for while you are travelling