Hong Kong, Guilin, and Yangshuo are three of the most popular destinations in China, offering a mix of urban charm, natural beauty, and cultural diversity. In this 6-day tour, you will have the opportunity to experience the best of these places at a leisure pace.
Begin your adventure in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views from Victoria Peak, experience the traditional life of Aberdeen Fishing Village, explore the bargains at Stanley Market, and witness the dazzling light show at Avenue of Stars. Travel to Guilin via high-speed train or flight to marvel at the enchanting karst landscape along the Li River, discover the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, and explore the wonders of Reed Flute Cave. Continue your journey with a cruise to Yangshuo, where you’ll encounter idyllic countryside scenes, bamboo rafting, cycling adventures, and the rich flavors of local cuisine and culture.
2. Cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, and admire the stunning scenery of the karst mountains, the green fields, the bamboo groves, and the local villages along the river.
3. Experience the countryside life and idyllic scenery of Yangshuo, and have fun with bamboo rafting, cycling, and cooking class.
4. Explore the natural wonders of Guilin, such as Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin, and Reed Flute Cave, a limestone cave that is filled with colorful lights and amazing rock formations.
- Day 1: Arrival in Hong Kong
Welcome to Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient. Once you've completed your hotel check-in, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy.
For your evening, we recommend taking a leisurely stroll around Temple Street Night Market, renowned as one of Hong Kong's most popular night markets. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere while exploring a variety of street food, souvenirs, antiques, and even engaging with fortune tellers.
Accommodation: Hong Kong
- Day 2: Explore Hong Kong at Your Own PaceVictoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Stanley Market, Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery, Avenue of Stars
Today is a free day for you to discover Hong Kong independently. Utilize the efficient public transportation system, including the MTR, buses, trams, and ferries. Here's a suggested itinerary to guide your exploration:
Victoria Peak: Head to the highest point on Hong Kong Island for a panoramic view of the city skyline and harbor. Take the iconic Peak Tram, Asia's oldest funicular railway, to reach the summit.
Aberdeen Fishing Village: Experience the contrast between modern skyscrapers and traditional boats in this fishing community. Consider a sampan ride for a closer look at waterborne life.
Stanley Market: Explore this popular market offering a variety of goods, from clothing and accessories to souvenirs and artworks. Enjoy the seaside atmosphere and colonial buildings in Stanley.
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple: Visit this renowned Taoist temple known for its colorful architecture and wish-granting reputation. Immerse yourself in local culture through worship and fortune-telling.
Nan Lian Garden: Admire the classical Chinese garden in Tang Dynasty style, featuring elegant pavilions, bridges, ponds, and rockeries, along with ancient Chinese timber structures.
Chi Lin Nunnery: Explore this Buddhist temple complex adjacent to Nan Lian Garden, featuring exquisite wooden architecture, serene lotus ponds, and statues of Buddha and bodhisattvas.
Avenue of Stars: In the evening, take a walk along this promenade honoring Hong Kong's film industry celebrities. Don't miss the Symphony of Lights, a spectacular show illuminating buildings on both sides of the harbor.
Accommodation: Hong Kong
- Day 3: Hong Kong to Guilin - High-speed Train or Flight
Arrange your own transportation from Hong Kong to Guilin today, opting for either a bullet train or a flight.
By Bullet Train:
Opting for the high-speed train presents the most efficient way to travel from Hong Kong to Guilin. Board the high-speed train at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, reaching Guilin West Station in approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. Trains operate 2–3 times a day, offering flexibility in your schedule. Keep in mind that immigration and customs clearance are required at both Hong Kong and Guilin stations, so ensure your passport and visa are ready.
Alternatively, you can take a flight from Hong Kong to Guilin. Note that there are no direct flights, and you will need to transfer at Shenzhen or Guangzhou airports. The total flight time is approximately 4 to 5 hours.
Upon arrival at Guilin airport or train station, you'll be picked up and escorted to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Recommended evening activity (optional): For the evening, consider a walk or boat ride along Two Rivers and Four Lakes. This scenic area encompasses the Li River, Taohua River, Rong Lake, Shan Lake, Gui Lake, and Mulong Lake, offering a beautiful night view of water, bridges, pagodas, and illuminated buildings.
Accommodation: Guilin downtown
- Day 4: Guilin - Li River Cruise - Yangshuo (B, L)Li River cruise, Yangshuo, Ten-mile Gallery, Moon Hill, West Street
Begin your day with a delightful breakfast before embarking on a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. To enhance your experience, we've arranged a luxurious 4-star cruise, inclusive of a buffet lunch.
During the 4-hour cruise covering 83 kilometers, be captivated by the mesmerizing scenery of karst mountains, lush green fields, bamboo groves, and quaint local villages along the river. Keep an eye out for water buffaloes, fishermen, and cormorants that may grace your journey.
Upon reaching Yangshuo, immerse yourself in the serenity of Ten-mile Gallery, a scenic road stretching from Yangshuo to Moon Hill. Choose from various modes of transport, including buses, bikes, or golf carts, to traverse the mountains, fields, orchards, and rivers. Along this scenic route, pass by notable landmarks such as Gongnong Bridge and Big Banyan Tree.
If time and energy permit, consider climbing Moon Hill, a hill boasting a natural arch resembling a moon, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
Later, transfer to West Street, the oldest and liveliest street in Yangshuo, known for its diverse array of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes catering to both local and foreign visitors. Experience the vibrant fusion of Chinese and Western cultures in this bustling street.
Suggested evening activity (optional): For the evening, we recommend attending the spectacular outdoor show, Impression Liu Sanjie, directed by renowned filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Set against the backdrop of the Li River and karst mountains, the show features hundreds of performers, colorful costumes, and dazzling lights, bringing to life the legend of Liu Sanjie, a folk singer from the Zhuang ethnic group.
- Day 5: Yangshuo (B, L, D)Yulong River, Cooking Class
Following breakfast, embark on a cycling adventure along the Yulong River, a tributary of the Li River meandering through Yangshuo. Explore picturesque spots such as Jiuxian Village with its Tang Dynasty stone houses, the Ming Dynasty Xiangui Bridge, and Shuiedi Dock, the starting point for bamboo rafting.
Cycle along the riverbank, passing through traditional villages with preserved architecture. Jiuxian Village showcases historic murals, while Xiangui Bridge offers stunning views.
At Shuiedi Dock, board a bamboo raft steered by a local boatman for a serene 1.5 to 2-hour journey covering 6 kilometers. Relax on a bamboo raft steered by a local boatman, gliding along the clear and shallow water, enjoying views of mountains, fields, trees, and birds, along with the thrill of navigating small rapids. You’ll raft through several iconic landmarks like Dragon Bridge, Rhinoceros Pool, and Butterfly Spring, each with its unique charm and legend.
Conclude the day with a visit to West Street for a Cooking Class. Learn the art of crafting authentic Yangshuo dishes, including beer fish, stuffed snails, and eggplant with garlic sauce. Gain insights into local cuisine, ingredients, seasonings, and cooking techniques. Enjoy dinner with the dishes you've prepared.
- Day 6: Yangshuo - Guilin Departure (B, L)Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave
After breakfast, drive back to Guilin and visit Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin's symbolic landmark resembling an elephant drinking water from the Li River. Observe a cave between the elephant's trunk and body, shaped like a moon. Optionally, climb to the hill's summit for a bird's eye view of Guilin.
Then, follow your guide to discover the enchanting wonders of Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cavern adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, and intricate rock formations. Illuminated by colorful lights, the cave creates a magical ambiance, earning its title as the Palace of Natural Arts. Witness shapes resembling animals, plants, and landscapes, and observe ancient inscriptions and paintings on the cave walls dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618–907).
Following a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to Guilin airport or train station for your departure. We trust you've had a wonderful time exploring Hong Kong, Guilin, and Yangshuo. Safe travels!