One of the most popular tourist destinations in China, Guilin is famous for its karst mountains, and clear rivers, and is home to various ethnic groups, such as Zhuang, Yao, Miao, and Dong. This 5-day Guilin tour is for you to explore the best of Guilin and its surroundings.
During the rip, you will delve into Guilin’s highlights, from the enchanting Li River cruise to the vibrant rice terraces of Longsheng. Traverse the heart of Sanjiang to absorb the rich culture and traditions of the Dong people, offering an authentic insight into their heritage. In Yangshuo, experience rural charm and lively nightlife along the Yulong River. Whether cycling, hiking, bamboo rafting, or exploring on a scooter, embrace the serene atmosphere and vibrant energy of this picturesque town.
2. Visit the Longsheng Rice Terraces and experience the Zhuang culture and cuisine.
3. Experience the Dong culture and architecture in Sanjiang County, and enjoy their dances and songs.
4. Have fun in Yangshuo, and explore the countryside, the West Street, and the Impression Liu Sanjie show.
- Day 1: Guilin Arrival–Longsheng
Upon your arrival at Guilin airport, your local guide and driver will greet you and transfer you to Longsheng, approximately a 2-hour drive. En route, soak in the picturesque countryside and mountain landscapes. Check into your hotel and take some time to rest. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the surroundings, breathing in the fresh mountain air and appreciating the natural beauty of the area.
Note: It’s recommended to book a flight arriving at Guilin before 7 pm.
- Day 2: Longsheng–Guilin (B, L)Longji Rice Terraces, Ping’an Village, Seven Stars with Moon, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers
Today offers a full day to immerse yourself in the breathtaking Longji Rice Terraces and the vibrant culture of the local ethnic minority.
Rise early to witness the sunrise over the rice terraces, captivated by the golden glow and shifting hues of the fields. Following breakfast, embark on a leisurely hike from Ping’an Village, one of the oldest and largest Zhuang villages. The hike, covering about 5 km and taking around 2.5 hours, will lead you to some of the most stunning viewpoints, including Seven Stars with Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers.
After the hike, return to Ping’an Village, where you can explore the village and its surroundings at your own pace. Marvel at the traditional wooden houses, wander through the local market, or engage with the welcoming villagers. Indulge in local specialties like bamboo rice, oil tea, and sticky rice cake.
In the late afternoon, drive to Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County, approximately 1.5 hours away. Check into your hotel and take some time to relax.
Optional Evening Activities: Enjoy the Dong Ethnic Song and Dance Performance, a captivating showcase of the Dong people's unique culture through melodious songs, graceful dances, and colorful costumes.
Accommodation: Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County
- Day 3: Culture Marvels in Sanjiang County - Guilin (B, L)Chengang Eight Villages Scenic Area, Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, Ma’an Village, Ping Village, Sanjiang Drum Tower, Sanjiang Wind and Rain Bridge
Begin your day with a satisfying breakfast before embarking on a journey to Chengang Eight Villages Scenic Area, just a 30-minute drive away. This area hosts a renowned attraction, the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. Built in 1916, this magnificent wooden structure spans the Linxi River, connecting eight villages. What makes it truly exceptional is its construction without the use of any nails or rivets. Adorned with intricate carvings and paintings, the bridge stands as a masterpiece of Dong architecture and engineering.
Following the visit to the bridge, proceed to Ma’an Village, one of the eight villages, where the iconic Drum Tower awaits. This tall wooden building serves as a meeting place, social center, and sacred site for villagers. It also houses the drum, utilized to announce important events and ceremonies.
Next on the itinerary is Ping Village, another Dong village renowned for its rich culture and traditions. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Dong-style dances and songs performed by the locals. The Dong people's polyphonic singing, recognized as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, will leave you captivated with their harmonious voices and lively rhythms.
Return to Ma’an Village, strolling across the rice terraces and Helong Bridge, another exquisite wind and rain bridge. Revel in the panoramic views of the countryside and river.
In the afternoon, journey back to Sanjiang County and explore the Sanjiang Drum Tower, the area's largest and tallest drum tower. Located in the town center and surrounded by traditional buildings, this tower offers insights into the history and culture of the Dong people.
Continue your exploration with a visit to the Sanjiang Wind and Rain Bridge, an impressive wooden bridge crossing the Sanjiang River. Similar to the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge but newer and longer, it is adorned with exquisite carvings and paintings, providing a picturesque view of the town and river.
Conclude your day by driving back to Guilin downtown, a journey of about 3 hours. Check into your hotel and take some time to rest.
Accommodation: Guilin downtown
- Day 4: Guilin to Yangshuo with Scenic Li River Cruise (B, L)Li River, Yangshuo, Yulong River, West Street
After a hearty breakfast, embark on a luxurious 4-star cruise boat for an enchanting journey along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. This picturesque cruise spans approximately 4 hours, covering a distance of about 83 km. As you traverse the waterway, be captivated by the breathtaking landscape featuring karst mountains, verdant hills, bamboo groves, and crystal-clear waters. Along the route, witness renowned attractions like Nine Horses Fresco Hill, Yellow Cloth Shoal, and Xingping Ancient Town. A delightful buffet lunch will be served on the cruise.
Upon arrival in Yangshuo, immerse yourself in the tranquility of countryside life and the idyllic scenery along the Yulong River, a tributary of the Li River. Choose from various activities to explore the area, such as biking, hiking, bamboo rafting, or scooter rides. Share your preferences with your travel consultant during the booking process, as the final price will vary based on the activities chosen. Revel in the serene atmosphere and the rural charm of villages, fields, and bridges along the river.
In the evening, take a leisurely stroll along West Street, Yangshuo's oldest and liveliest street. Here, discover a variety of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants where you can indulge in local dishes and experience the vibrant nightlife of the town.
Recommended Evening Activity: Attend the impressive outdoor show, Impression Liu Sanjie, set against the backdrop of the Li River's karst mountains. This spectacular performance features hundreds of performers, colorful lights, and music, narrating the legend of Liu Sanjie, a folk singer from the Zhuang ethnic group.
- Day 5: Yangshuo - Guilin Departure (B, L)Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave
Following breakfast, journey back to Guilin, a scenic drive of approximately 1.5 hours. Begin your exploration with a visit to Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin's symbol, which resembles an elephant drinking water from the Li River with its trunk. Climb the hill for a panoramic view of the city and river. Explore the Water Moon Cave, a semi-circular cave that mirrors a moon in the water during calm river conditions.
Next, venture to Reed Flute Cave, a natural wonder showcasing the beauty of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave, spanning about 240 meters, takes around an hour to explore. Illuminated by artificial lights, the cave reveals rock formations with diverse shapes and colors, featuring intriguing names such as Crystal Palace, Dragon Pagoda, and Lion Forest.
Conclude your tour by transferring to Guilin airport or railway station for your departure flight or train. Bid farewell to your guide and driver.