Ancient and Scenic Guilin
5-Day Guilin, Ling Canal, Xingping and Yangshuo Tour
Visit the main attractions of Guilin city with our 5 Days Guilin, Xingping and Yangshuo tour. Discover the old town of Daxu and watch local people do traditional handcrafts such as lantern-making or painting lion head-used for ceremonial dancing. Explore an ancient waterway, the Ling Canal in Xing'an, and learn about how it connected the Yangtze and Pearl rivers as early as 214 BC.
Take a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, view the spectacular beauty of karst mountain peaks. Enjoy sunset over the Li River, and take photos of a local fisherman.
- Discover the old town of Daxu and visit its nearby rural market (depending on when the market day falls).
- Explore the Ling Canal and enjoy a leisurely boat ride, passing through the water-streets accompanied by the sound of the zither, playing on the boat.
- Enjoy the beautiful rose sunset over the Li River and take photos of a local fisherman.
- Relax and stay overnight on a fishing island in Xingping, surrounded by the Li River and green mountains
Guilin! Guilin! Guilin!
Sin duda, Guilin es una ciudad y tour que recomiendo ampliamente. Los dos rios naturales, limpios (se puede nadar y pescar en ellos) que cruzan la ciudad, sumado a las monta?as que lo rodean (a las cuales puedes subir y tomar un té en la cima) más el centro con diferentes tipos de comercio entre ellos las artesanías fueron las cosas que me enamoraron de Guilin.Estos detalles sumado a la gran compa?ia y acompa?amiento de nuestro guia Alonso hicieron que esta ciudad me impresionará. Sin duda regresaré en algún momento, mientras tanto a quienes tengan contemplado hacer un viaje a China les recomiendo Guilin como destino dentro de su itinerario.more
Nov 2023, Navigator 00070141632
China 29 days trip.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our trips in China. From our guide in Xi’an to the guide in Kwelin , they are all excellent. 韩颂 in Beijing, Susan in Xi’an, Alvin in Huang Shan, Sally in YiZhang , Peter in Zongzhing, Doyle in 昆明，Daisy in Tali, Martin in Lijiang and the last Vincent in Guilin.more
Nov 2023, Tiong-Oen Pouw
In Guilin, Vincent introduced us to a special tea ceremony, engaged us in many interesting discussions, and spent extra time with us - thank you very much, Vincent for your professionalism and being so proactive!more
Nov 2023, kamila
Very experienced guide that make the trip wonderful and relaxing
We have a wonderful holiday in Guilin, Longsheng and Yangshuo and thanks to our Guide, Chasen. He really planned this trip so nice and relaxing and we enjoyed this trip very much.more
Nov 2023, Daydream64413042734
It was an incredible experience. Vincent was the best guide we've ever had. He's intelligent and was able to answer all our questions. He didn't just act as our tour guide, but went above and beyond, like a close friend would. The organization of our tour was excellent. The quality of the included hotels and meals was high. We enjoyed every moment. Vincent prepared a tea ceremony for us, offering us the opportunity to taste different Chinese teas and shared many stories. This was one of the highlights of our month-long trip in China!more
Nov 2023, kamila1123
We had a fantastic guide (Gary Wei) who was knowledgeable and extraordinarily helpful throughout the trip. He was willing to adjust the itinerary to take account of bad weather, which we deeply appreciated.more
Nov 2023, Michael
Seeing beautiful region in China through a local perspective
We had a marvellous trip in a beautiful region, despite poor weather. A very good itinerary produced by China Highlights and an excellent guide (Gary Wei) allowed us to see the region from a local's perspective, which always makes travel more rewarding.more
Nov 2023, 707michaelb
During the tour, Guide Vincent did an excellent job to ensure our tour a good experience. For example, driver found that one key screw of my mom's wheel chair was missing, he and driver immediately searched and found a hardware store to put on a replacement screw so that we could continue the tour safely. We were very happy worked with China Highlights.more
Nov 2023, sightseer658406
A dream come true!
Our visit to Guilin could not have been memorable. Lily our tour guide and Tao our driver made sure to create a seamless adventure to Guilin Yangshuo by being flexible with our needs at the moment and by providing the space for creativity. We maximized the time allotted and savored the countryside just the way we dreamt of. The caves, the hills, the rivers, the shows, the flavors...all of it soulfully delicious. Lily and Tao's punctuality and knowledge of the country is definitely what made this experience a positive one which we will never forget. Lily gave us the time and space when needed to absorb as much as we could without interruption. That was the cherry on top. This travel is the highlight of our experience in Asia. Thank you Lilly and Tao for such a dream come true.more
Nov 2023, Aggelicap
Grab your comfortable walking shoes and enjoy a fun tour in China!
Our agent, Leah, was very helpful in designing a 9-day 8 person China tour to Beijing, Shanghai and Guilin. Throughout the process of booking activities and arranging accommodations she focused on making sure we were able to see and do everything we were interested in. In addition to the “must do” activities such as The Great Wall in Beijing and the Bund in Shanghai we were able to visit a local fresh food market and see a new upcoming shopping center featuring local artisans. Highly recommend Leah for your next booking to have a wonderful tour experience in China.more
Nov 2023, Linda
Beautiful Guilin. No place like this.
Our guide Gary Wei is punctual informative caring and flexible. We will use Gary service for our future visit.more
Nov 2023, Cheval B
Great guided tour
This was our first organised trip as we traveled with our young baby and we liked it very much!Booking was easy and could be adjusted to personal preference. Big thanks to Liberman and his availability.more
Nov 2023, LvK
Frank is the best!!!
Frank was an amazing guide! He was so thoughtful, energetic, knowledgeable, and organized. We highly recommend touring with him to enjoy Guilin! He loves the city, and it shows!more
Nov 2023, Jamie H
We spent 2 days in Guilin and 1 day in
We spent 2 days in Guilin and 1 day in Yangshou under China highlights. Gary was our tour guide in Guilin. He already communicated with me prior to our arrival and was waiting for us at the airport.He spoke good English and is very professional in rendering his services. At Longsheng rice terraces, he took us to path off the beaten tracks to avoid the crowd. The river cruise down Li river was amazing with beautiful karst landscape. Gary also introduced his Zhuang minority tribe culture to us. We had so much fun stuffing rice into bamboo to be burnt and got to eat it. At Yangshou, we learnt how to make the Chinese traditional fan. Overall it was an amazing experience.more
Nov 2023, Dellice Tay
Wonderful adventure, wonderful giude.
We had a great time in Hunan Province thanks in no small part to our excellent guide, Lily, who took us to all of the major attractions throughout the region starting in Guilin and the villages in the mountains where we walked through the rice fields watching the farmers harvesting. She then took us to a little restaurant in the village where they had prepared our lunch inside bamboo, heated over hot coals. She and our driver provided us with exceptional services and were very flexible with scheduling our activities. Lily was very personable and her English is very good.more
Nov 2023, PennieB
Un sueño hecho realidad, descubriendo Guilin
Tuvimos una maravillosa experiencia en Guilin junto con nuestro guía en espa?ol Alonso. Viajamos con mi marido he hijo de 4 a?os en un tour privado por varias ciudades de china y Guilin fue igual a descubrir un tesoro. Hermosa ciudad, tranquila y llena de vida a la vez. Paseamos por las terrazas de arrozales, la cueva de la flauta t luego en barco por río Li. Todo fue espectacular, muy bien organizado por Alonso y China Highlights. Incluso nos cumplieron el sue?o de plantar 2 árboles, algo que sin ellos y su amorosa ayuda no podría haber sucedido. Un tour a medida, muy atentos a buscar evitar demoras o espacio con mucha gente. Solo palabras de agradecimiento y una gra recomendación por la amabilidad, profesionalismo y excelente atención.more
Oct 2023, Daiana marlene A
Чудесный октябрь в Китае
Мы путешествовали по Китаю 7-18 октября. Очень благодарны компании China Highlights ,в лице нашего консультанта Маши (Masha Zhou), за прекрасно организованное путешествие. Мы достаточно долго выбирали маршрут, следуя рекомендациям Маши, в итоге получили незабываемые впечатления! За время поездки мы посетили Пекин, национальный парк Чжандзядзе, Гуйлинь, Яншо, Шанхай. Все было организовано отлично, и экскурсии, и трансферы, и поездки (самолеты, поезд) по маршруту.more
Oct 2023, Александр К
China Highlights offers hand holding
China Highlights offers hand holding that you didn’t realize that you needed. Our guides, Chase in Guilin, helped us navigate away from the crowds, take countless pictures and even waited with us at the airport to ensure a friction free experience. I usually plan trips myself but China Highlights did such a good job customizing to our times and needs that if I could have the same experience everywhere, I would stop doing my own planning.more
Oct 2023, GT
A GOLDEN EXPERIENCE!
What a fantastic holiday in Guilin we have just returned from, organized from start to finish by our Asia Highlights representative Zac & his team. The trip exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Our tour guide was always on time, while our driver was very pleasant and ensured a smooth ride. The hotel accommodations were perfect. Trekking to the top of the mountain to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Li River was the ultimate highlight of our trip. The vegan cuisine available was some of the best we have ever had, with top-notch offerings from the finest restaurant in town. The team went above and beyond, accommodating all our requests with eagerness. Our final farewell dinner along the Li River marked another exceptional moment, transitioning us from one wow to another, all thanks to the meticulous arrangements by the team. The warm welcome we received throughout our journey truly made it the trip of a lifetime. We highly recommend Asia Highlights for an unforgettable experience.more
Oct 2023, Thuy Luong
ONE OF BEST MEMORABLE TRIP: GUILIN CHINA
I had recently travelled to Guilin for 5 Days, My TripAdvisor Bella at ASIA HIGHTLIGHTS was very prompt in reply and Plan the whole tour smoothly like a home country for me. I had experienced a best Hospitality since my tour started from Guilin railway station. My driver / representative who met me at railway station was most professional. He was accompanying with me till the Hotel for make sure smooth check-in. My Tour Guide for the overnight trip for Yangsuo, Mr. Lele was awesome and took us in ancient Culture & history with his deep explanation. Apart from the viewing Mountains, the most memorable was shopping at Local market of Vegetable, fruits, self-painting with a professional teacher, the experience of handmade fan making was amazing. Thanks to ASIA HIGHTLIGHTS and experienced TripAdvisor’s Bella who made this short trip memorable. I shall you contact for the next trip. Highly recommended.more
Oct 2023, Shalu
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests and schedule.
Upon arrival at the arrivals hall of the airport or the exit of the train station, your private guide will meet you with a name plate. He/she will then escort you by private vehicle to your hotel.
Daxu Ancient Town
- Daxu is about 18 kilometers southeast of Guilin, near the bank of the Li River.It was the richest and busiest town of Guilin in old times.
- Lots of craftsmen and businessmen lived there, having started their businesses on shoestring budgets. With the development of road-networks, Daxu's glory-days faded away. But we still can see well preserved ancient buildings and the older generation living there.
- There is a rural market near Daxu. Local people from nearby villages trade there. If your travel dates happen to coincide with a rural market day, your guide will accompany you to visit the market.
This morning, let's knock on the door of the older generation, to discover something more about the history of Daxu. You will then have a chance to visit a local crafts workshop and see how local people make Chinese lanterns, paint the monkey mask or lion head. And also you will hear from local family about their life and work. Exploration of the old town lasts about 2 or 3 hours.
After lunch, visit Guilin's iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, so named because its shape resembles an elephant drinking from the Li River. Also explore Reed Flute Cave, one of the largest and most impressive caves in Guilin, named after the reeds growing around the cave entrance. Inside, you will see some magnificent rock formations.
- As one of the oldest canals in the world, the Ling Canal is located about 70 kilometers north of Guilin.
- The canal-building project was completed 8 years before the Terracotta Amy, and it was constructed by the same emperor Qin Shihuang who built the Terracotta Amy .
- The canal played a very important role when emperor Qin Shihuang unified China, as it links Central China with the Lingnan region (of southern China). You could find out more details from our local guide in Guilin.
Driving from Guilin to Xing'an County takes about 1.5 hours. Then enjoy a boat ride, passing under ancient bridges, and discovering the ancient canal transport system. Relax to music from the guzheng (Chinese harp), played while you float through this beautiful town. After lunch, your guide and driver will transfer you back to Guilin in the afternoon.
After you return to Guilin, you could enjoy the free time to walk around the lakeside and riverside in the city center. Or your guide will go with you to visit the 'East-West Lane' if you would like to discover more historical sights of Guilin.
'East-West Lane' (Dongxi Xiang) is a restored historical and cultural street in Guilin. It was the main street in Guilin during the Ming (1368–1644 AD) and Qing (1644–1911 AD) dynasties.
Nowadays, East-West Lane is a good place for local people and tourists to relax, shop, and sightsee. Explore a well–preserved ancient city wall, restored historic buildings, and all kinds of traditional local stores and snacks.
Accommodation in Xingping: Yangshuo Xingping Island Resort (a boutique hotel, with standards equivalent to a domestic 4-star hotel)
- 25 km (15.5 miles) from Yangshuo, on the east bank of the Li River, Xingping is one of the best photographic locations in Guilin.
- Photographers go there to take photos of the Yellow Cloth Shoal, one of the best-known attractions on the Li River, depicted on the 20 RMB bank note; the karst hills reflected in the waters of the Li River; the sunrise and sunset over the river; and cormorant fishing.
- An iconic image of Guilin – an old fisherman in his coir raincoat, on a bamboo raft with his cormorants – can be seen here.
After breakfast, your private guide and driver will transfer you to the pier (about 1 hour's drive) to take the Li River cruise. A Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo (about 4hours) is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery, there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river.
Among the spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river.
A Chinese buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives in Yangshuo sometime between 1.30 and 2.30 pm (depending on water-flow), and then you can walk around West Street, the main street in the downtown Yangshuo area.
Explore the beautiful countryside of Yangshuo. You can choose to take a bike or electrica bike to get around the rice paddies. Enjoy the fantasitc secenery along the tributary of Li River, the Yulong River.
In the late afternoon, your guide and driver will transfer you to Xingping (about 30 minutes' drive), an ancient town of Yangshuo. Take a ferry for 5 minutes to the island where your hotel is located. If you perfer to stay in Yangshuo, it is also possible to arrange an nice accommodation.
Before say goodbye to Guilin, climb to the top of Xianggong Hill to enjoy the incredible view of the river and the countless limestone peaks.
Your private vehicle and tour guide will transfer you (in about 1.5 hours' drive) to Guilin Airport for your departure flight.