If you’re seeking a comprehensive experience that blends the natural wonders, cultural richness, and culinary delights of Guilin, then look no further than this 5-day Guilin food and sightseeing tour. Throughout this journey, you’ll be introduced to the city’s most iconic attractions, including the Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and the enchanting Li River.
Venturing further, you’ll explore the breathtaking Longji Rice Terraces, where the diverse ethnic groups showcase their unique traditions. Immerse yourself in the idyllic scenery and lifestyle of Yangshuo, where options abound for biking, hiking, or participating in a cooking class.
Adding to the richness of your experience is the opportunity to savor the delectable local cuisine of Guilin. From the renowned rice noodles to the flavorful beer fish and the tempting sticky rice dumplings, your taste buds are in for a treat.
2. Cultural Marvels at Longji Rice Terraces: Uncover Guilin’s cultural richness at the Longji Rice Terraces, where diverse ethnic groups showcase unique traditions amidst the stunning, ever-changing landscapes of terraced fields.
3. Yangshuo’s Tranquil Lifestyle: Immerse yourself in the idyllic lifestyle of Yangshuo, engaging in outdoor activities like biking and hiking or participating in a cooking class, offering a serene and well-rounded experience of Yangshuo’s charm.
4. Gourmet Journey in Guilin: Delight your palate with Guilin’s gastronomic treasures, from renowned rice noodles to flavorful beer fish and sticky rice dumplings, adding a delicious dimension to your 5-day adventure in Guilin.
- Day 1: Guilin ArrivalElephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, local food street
Upon your arrival at the airport or train station, your local tour guide and driver will extend a warm welcome. They will escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle.
Following a brief break, head to the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, a natural rock formation resembling an elephant drinking water from the Li River. Climb the hill to savor panoramic views of Guilin city and the river.
Afterward, proceed to the Reed Flute Cave, an enchanting limestone cave illuminated by colorful lights, showcasing various stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. Learn about the legends behind these formations.
Conclude the day with a visit to a local food street, where you can indulge in Guilin's famous dishes like rice noodles, braised pork with taro, stuffed Li River snails, and Guilin sticky rice dumplings. Don't forget to sample local snacks like oil tea, chestnut cake, and osmanthus cake.
- Day 2: Guilin to Longsheng (B, L)Longji Rice Terrace, Huangluo Yao Village, Pingan Zhuang village
After breakfast, embark on a drive to the Longji Rice Terrace, a scenic area boasting thousands of terraced fields that change colors with the seasons. From vibrant green in spring and summer to golden in autumn and white in winter, the terraces offer stunning views of the landscape and surrounding villages.
Explore the unique Huangluo Yao Village, home to women of the Yao ethnic minority known for their exceptionally long hair. Learn about their customs, witness traditional performances, and delve into their cultural heritage.
Continue the journey to Pingan Zhuang village, one of the oldest and largest villages in the region, inhabited by the Zhuang ethnic minority. Stroll through the village, interact with friendly locals, and appreciate the unique wooden architecture.
After a brief rest, venture into the breathtaking rice terrace views. Hike along cobbled paths among the terraces, reaching notable viewpoints like Seven Stars with Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers. The former is a group of seven small terraces surrounded by a larger one, resembling a moon with stars. The latter consists of nine ridges and five peaks resembling dragons and tigers.
Return to your hotel after the hike.
Accommodation: Pingan Village
- Day 3: Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)Longji Rice Terraces, Jinkeng Rice Terraces, Dazhai Village, Tiantouzhai Village
Begin your morning by witnessing the breathtaking sunrise over the beautiful rice terraces from a prime location. Experience the mesmerizing spectacle as the sun rises over misty mountains and reflects on the terraces, creating a heavenly scene. For one of the best sunrise views, head to the West Hill Music platform near the village of Dazhai.
Return to your hotel for a delightful breakfast.
After breakfast, enjoy free time to indulge in leisure hikes, capture the beauty of the terraced fields through your lens, or explore nearby villages to immerse yourself in ethnic culture.
Consider visiting alternative villages such as Jinkeng Rice Terraces, Dazhai Village, and Tiantouzhai Village, which offer a less crowded and more authentic experience compared to Pingan Village.
For a unique perspective, take a cable car to the Jinkeng Rice Terraces, known for their primitive and spacious charm, offering a captivating sunrise and a delightful sunset.
After the tour, transfer back to Guilin.
- Day 4: Guilin, Li River Cruise to Yangshuo (B, L)Li River cruise, Yangshuo, West Street
Start your day with a delightful breakfast before embarking on a luxurious Li River cruise from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo Town. The Li River, renowned for its stunning karst landscape, unfolds before you with verdant hills, crystal-clear water, bamboo groves, and picturesque local villages. Marvel at landmarks such as Nine Horses Fresco Hill, the Yellow Cloth Shoal, and the historic Xingping Ancient Town as you cruise. Lunch will be served onboard.
Upon arrival in Yangshuo, you'll be escorted to your hotel for check-in.
After a short rest, join your guide to explore the countryside. Opt for biking, hiking, or a golf cart ride to visit attractions like the Big Banyan Tree, Moon Hill, Yulong River, and Fuli Bridge. Immerse yourself in the rural scenery, observing local farmers in the fields, fishing in the river, and tending to their animals.
In the evening, take a leisurely stroll on West Street, Yangshuo's oldest and liveliest thoroughfare. Lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes, the street offers a variety of goods and services, including souvenirs, handicrafts, paintings, clothes, and books. Indulge in local dishes such as Yangshuo beer fish, stuffed tofu, and rice noodles, or try some Western fare like pizza, pasta, and burgers. West Street also comes alive at night, providing opportunities to experience Yangshuo's vibrant nightlife with live music, street performances, and pub crawls.
Recommended Evening Activity:
Consider watching "Impression Liu Sanjie," an outdoor show directed by the renowned Zhang Yimou. Set against the backdrop of the Li River and karst hills, the show features hundreds of performers, colorful costumes, and stunning lighting effects.
- Day 5: Yangshuo to Guilin Airport (B, L)Yangshuo
After breakfast, immerse yourself in the idyllic scenery of Yangshuo. Enjoy various activities such as biking to the Big Banyan Tree, climbing the Moon Hill, visiting a local family, or joining a cooking class. Choose from the following options:
Biking to Big Banyan Tree: Explore the 1,400-year-old tree, a symbol of love and fidelity, along the Yulong River.
Climbing the Moon Hill: Ascend 800 steps for a panoramic view of the surrounding area, observing the changing shapes of the moon.
Visiting Local Family: Gain deeper insights into rural life by chatting with a local family, exploring their house, and tasting homemade food.
Joining a Cooking Class: Learn to prepare typical Yangshuo dishes by participating in a cooking class at a local restaurant.
After lunch, enjoy free time until your guide and driver escort you to the airport or train station for departure. Provide feedback to your guide and driver.