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Tour Overview

Explore the captivating landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Guilin and Guizhou on this 8-day adventure. Begin in Guilin, where ancient charm meets natural wonders at Daxu Ancient Town, Elephant Trunk Hill, and Reed Flute Cave. Cruise the Li River, cycle through Yangshuo’s countryside, and experience bamboo rafting on the Yulong River. Venture into Guizhou to hike terraced landscapes, immerse in Dong and Miao cultures, and witness traditional crafts. From wax dyeing to paper-making, savor the diverse flavors of these enchanting regions before bidding farewell in Guiyang.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Roam cobbled streets, absorb ancient charm, and delve into Guilin’s history in the well-preserved Daxu Ancient Town.
2. Stand in awe at Elephant Trunk Hill, cruise the Li River, and explore Reed Flute Cave’s mesmerizing underground formations.
3. Drift serenely on bamboo rafts along the Yulong River, surrounded by tranquil landscapes and iconic karst formations.
4. Hike through stunning terraced landscapes, uncover hidden villages, and immerse in Dong culture at Zhaoxing Village.
5. Craft unique paper in a Miao village, savor local fare, and witness the vibrant art of wax dyeing and traditional skirt-making.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival, your guide and driver will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Guilin, renowned for its picturesque landscapes, is a city where stunning karst mountains meet the Li River, creating a breathtaking backdrop. Take some time to settle in and relax.

    The rest of the day is free for you to explore the charming city of Guilin at your own pace. Stroll through the vibrant streets, discover local markets, or simply unwind and prepare for the exciting days ahead.

    Meal: N/A

  2. Begin your day with a visit to Daxu Ancient Town, a living testament to Guilin's rich history. This well-preserved town showcases traditional architecture, ancient stone streets, and old bridges.

    Guilin Daxu Ancient Town
    Daxu Ancient Town

    After a delightful lunch, venture to Elephant Trunk Hill, an iconic limestone formation that resembles an elephant drinking from the Li River. Later, explore the enchanting Reed Flute Cave, an underground wonder adorned with stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations, illuminated by colorful lights.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Guilin Reed Flute Cave
    Reed Flute Cave

  3. Embark on a 4-hour cruise along the picturesque Li River, surrounded by iconic karst peaks and lush landscapes. Disembark in the charming Yangshuo Town, known for its laid-back atmosphere and stunning scenery.

    Li River Cruise
    Luxury cruise ship on Li River

    In the afternoon, explore the countryside by bike, winding through idyllic villages and enjoying the tranquility of the rural surroundings.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

  4. Experience the tranquility of the Yulong River with a morning bamboo rafting adventure. Absorb the peaceful scenery as you gently float along the river, surrounded by bamboo groves and limestone peaks.

    Guilin Yangshuo Yulonghe bamboo rafting
    Yulong River bamboo rafting

    In the afternoon, transfer you to Yangshuo Railway Station and take a scenic 1.5-hour train journey to Congjiang Railway Station. Upon arrival, your local driver will pick you up and assist with your hotel check-in.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

  5. Embark on a 2.5-hour hike through breathtaking terraced landscapes, discovering hidden villages along the way. These terraces, carved into the hillsides by generations of farmers, offer a spectacular display of agricultural ingenuity.

    In the afternoon, visit Zhaoxing Dong Village, known for its unique Drum Towers. Immerse yourself in the Dong ethnic minority culture, admiring the craftsmanship and cultural richness of this fascinating village.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Guizhou Gaoyao Rice Terraces
    Hike the Rice Terraces

  6. After breakfast, delve into the cultural heritage of the region by visiting a Miao village. Learn the ancient art of paper-making from wood and use your hands to create unique paper crafts. Enjoy a locally cooked lunch at a farmer's house, experiencing the authentic flavors of the region.

    Guizhou Paper Making
    Learn the ancient art of paper-making

    Continue your cultural exploration with a visit to Da Boji Miao Village, named after its shape resembling a dustpan. Follow your guide to admire their stilted buildings - usually have three floors. The first floor is used for livestock, the second floor is for living, and the third floor is used for storing food.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Guizhou Da Boji Miao Village
    Da Boji Miao Village

  7. Discover a village renowned for its wax dyeing, an ancient art passed down through generations. Enter a dyeing workshop and witness the fascinating process of transforming white cloth into vibrant blue, adorned with intricate wax patterns.

    Guizhou Wax Dyeing
    Wax dyeing process

    After a cultural immersion, head to another village famous for its traditional short skirts. Explore the unique attire and delve into the stories behind these traditional garments.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Miao New Year Festival in Leishan
    Short-skirt Miao Village

  8. Enjoy a leisurely morning with free time for personal exploration. Your driver will then escort you to Guiyang, where you will catch your flight or train to your next destination or return home. Reflect on the incredible experiences and memories gathered during your journey through Guilin and its captivating surroundings.

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1047 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Second-class train tickets from Guilin to Congjiang;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Guilin / off Guiyang;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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