5 Days Guangzhou Guilin Highlights Tour by High-speed Train
- Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Yuexiu Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Huacheng Square, Exterior look of Canton Tower, Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Park, Li River, Yangshuo West Street, Bamboo Rafting in Yulong River.
- Private transfers + Guide + Accommodation + Entrance tickets + Lunch + High-speed train
Speaking of the most worth-to-visit place near Guangzhou, Guilin would be the first city comes up to people’s mind. The picturesque Li River, the bustling Yangshuo and the interesting bamboo-rafting, making Guilin more charming. This 5-day Guangzhou – Guilin tour, with excellent English speaking tour guide, comfortable vehicle and experienced driver, will make all your imaginations come true.
- Day 1: Gangzhou Arrival ( No meal )
Upon your arrival at Guangzhou airport / train station, the local driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to Guangzhou downtown hotel. Free and easy on your own for rest of the day.
Accommodation: Overnight in Guangzhou
- Day 2: Guangzhou Tour ( B,L )Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Yuexiu Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Huacheng Square, Exterior look of Canton Tower
Your amazing day begins with Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, which was built in the 14th year of Guangxu reign (1888) of the Qing Dynasty and finished in the 20th year (1894). It provided temporary accommodation for the members of the Chen clan when they attended the imperial examination, waited for taking up an official post, paid taxes and handled other matters. You can stroll around to take in its history, appreciate quintessential Lingnan architecture and enjoy various folk arts.
The next stop will be Temple of the Six Banyan Trees which is a famous ancient temple with a long history. It is not only a tourist attraction but also an active temple where you can see many Buddhist believers praying. It’s a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You will marvel at the colorful Flower Pagoda which is the most prominent building in the temple.
After that, continue your visit to Yuexiu Park. It is the largest comprehensive park in Guangzhou. You can have a leisurely walk through the park to breathe the fresh air, admire the symbol of the city - the statue of the five rams, and explore some historic spots like Zhenhai Tower.
Afterwards, head to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall which was established in memory of Sun Yat-sen who was a great forerunner of China's democratic revolution and the father of Republic of China. Here you will learn a piece of Chinese history from your knowledgeable tour guide and listen to the life story of this national hero.
Later, move on to Huacheng Square, the largest square in Guangzhou and also the venue for the yearly Guangzhou International Light Festival. It’s a lovely place to visit both in the daytime and at night. You will be hugely impressed by the awesome modern buildings surrounding the square such as the Opera House and Guangzhou Library.
Besides, you can have an exterior look of the Canton Tower, a landmark of Guangzhou city. With a height of 600 meters, it is the tallest tower in China and the fourth tallest in the world. It also has a nickname of "Slim Waist" because of its unique shape. It’s really nice to look at it. You can take some beautiful photos from the outside.
Optional Night Activity: At night, follow your guide to enjoy the stunning night view of the Pearl River by taking cruise, the third longest river in China. Having a relaxing cruise down the river when the buildings and bridges are lit up with the colorful lights, you definitely will be amazed by the magnificent scenery and have a wonderful night.
Accommodation: Overnight in Guangzhou
- Day 3: Guangzhou - Guilin Tour by High-speed Train ( B, L )Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill
This morning, you will take high-speed train which rides around 3.5 hours to Guilin. Upon arrival at Guilin North Train Station, the local English speaking tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.
After short rest, your exploration begins with the amazing Reed Flute Cave. The cave got its name because there were reeds at its entrance and people can make flutes by using the reeds. Walking into the cave, you will be surrounded by all kinds of stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, flowers, and curtains created by water erosion and carbonate deposition day after day and year after year.
After that, move on to another wonderful site in Guilin, Fubo Hill. The hill boasts both natural beauty and historical relics. You just breathe the fresh air, enjoy the beautiful landscape, and feel the charm of grotto art.
Later, heading to the Elephant Trunk Hill. The hill got its name from the shape of an elephant sipping water by the riverside. You will see a round opening between the elephant’s trunk and legs, and it has a beautiful name of Water Moon Cave. You can take beautiful pictures to record the pleasant time at this extraordinary place.
Last, walk around the Seven Star Park to indulge yourself in the natural and cultural beauty of Guilin. The park is called Guilin’s green lung and has become the epitome of Guilin’s landscape and culture integrating mountains, water, caves, stones, courtyards, buildings, and cultural relics.
Accommodation: Overnight in Guilin
- Day 4: Guilin Tour (B, L )Li River, Yangshuo West Street, Bamboo Rafting in Yulong River
Today is the highlight of your Guilin tour as you will embark on a ship to cruise down the picturesque Li River!
Taking the cruise on the Li River, you will admire the picturesque scenery of this land with a harmonious combination of the green hills, rivers, lakes and fields. But its beauty is not like a still painting, it’s alive when vivid – brisk bamboo rafts leaving wrinkles on the water and cormorants hovering under the working fishermen… Our guide will uncover the hidden history and culture behind the natural screen before you during your cruise. You will learn from the local expert about how the city formed and developed and how local people manage their life along the famous Li River.
Friendly Tip: The Li River Cruise takes around 4 hours, and you will be staying on the boat to enjoy the scenery for most time, so 3-star boat as included would be adequate according to most tourists’ experience. Besides, you are suggested to have a good breakfast at your hotel and take some snack as there will be only simple box lunch be provided on the boat.
After the 4 hours’ cruise, you will embark at Yangshuo. Follow your guide to explore the famous Yangshuo West Street to admire the antique buildings and local crafts, hanging out in bars and coffee shops, and try some delicious local snacks.
Besides, you will also have chance to experience the famous local activity -Bamboo Rafting in Yulong River. Taking a bamboo raft to drift on the fairyland-like Yulong River, you can just idle the time on the bamboo raft in the crystal clear water and watch the hills and farm lands pass by.
Friendly Tip: Each bamboo raft can only take 2 adults with normal weight to ensure safety. You will be provided with a life jacket.
Accommodation: Overnight in Yangshuo
- Day 5: Yangshuo - Guilin Departure (B)
Enjoy your free morning time in Yangshuo.
At the confirmed time, the driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and transfer to Guilin airport / train station for your departure.