Are you looking for a memorable and relaxing vacation in China? Do you want to experience the natural beauty, cultural diversity, and historical charm of Guilin and its surroundings? If so, you may be interested in our 6-day Guilin essence tour from Hong Kong, which will take you to the most scenic and fascinating places in this region.
You’ll cruise the Li River, hike the Longji Rice Terrace, and bike along the Yulong River, reveling in stunning views of karst peaks, bamboo groves, and rice fields. Explore the enchanting towns of Yangshuo and Guilin, discovering iconic landmarks like Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and the Two Rivers and Four Lakes.
Immerse yourself in the rich and diverse ethnic cultures of the Zhuang, Yao, and Han people, witnessing their traditional songs, dances, costumes, and customs. Tailored for nature lovers, photography enthusiasts, and hiking aficionados, this tour promises a comfortable and hassle-free journey guided by our professional team. Your stay in cozy and well-located hotels ensures an unforgettable experience.
2. Longji Rice Terrace Hike: Experience the ancient allure of the Longji Rice Terrace on a rewarding hike, revealing panoramic views that showcase the harmony between humans and nature.
3. Yulong River Biking: Discover the charm of the Yulong River through a delightful biking excursion, pedaling past ancient bridges and pastoral fields amid the serene countryside.
4. Yangshuo Exploration: Explore the culturally rich towns of Yangshuo and Guilin, discovering iconic landmarks like Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and the Two Rivers and Four Lakes.
5. Ethnic Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vibrant ethnic cultures of the Zhuang, Yao, and Han people, witnessing their traditional songs, dances, costumes, and customs.
6. Professional Guided Journey: Enjoy a seamless and comfortable journey guided by our professional team, ensuring expertly organized activities and cozy stays in well-located hotels for nature lovers, photography enthusiasts, and hiking aficionados.
- Day 1: Hong Kong to Guilin
Begin your journey by arranging your transportation from Hong Kong to Guilin. Whether you opt for a quick 1.5-hour flight or a scenic 3.5-hour high-speed train ride, the choice is yours. Check online for convenient schedules and prices.
Upon reaching Guilin, your guide and driver will be readily available at the airport or train station, holding a sign with your name. They'll accompany you to your hotel for check-in, leaving the rest of the day free for you to relax or explore the city at your own pace.
Recommended evening activities:
A leisurely walk or a night cruise along the Two Rivers and Four Lakes. The Li River and Taohua River make up the Two Rivers, while the Rong Lake, Shan Lake, Gui Lake, and Mulong Lake form the Four Lakes, creating a picturesque water system in Guilin's center. The illuminated bridges, pagodas, and hills offer stunning night views during a roughly one-hour cruise, typically costing around CNY 200 per person.
- Day 2: Guilin to Longsheng (B, L)Longji Rice Terrace, Huangluo Yao Village, Pingan Zhuang Village, Seven Stars with Moo, Nine Dragons and Five Tigers
After breakfast, embark on a scenic 100-kilometer drive north of Guilin to the Longji Rice Terrace, also known as the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terrace, a testament to the harmonious relationship between humans and nature. Built by the Zhuang and Yao ethnic minorities over centuries, these terraces still serve as home and farmland for these communities.
Explore the unique Huangluo Yao Village, renowned for the long hair of its women, who cut their hair only once in their lifetime at the age of 18. Admire their traditional costumes, hairstyles, and customs, and enjoy singing and dancing performances.
Continue the journey to Pingan Zhuang Village, one of the oldest and largest villages in the Longji area, offering exceptional views of the rice terraces. Learn about the culture and history of the Zhuang people, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery on cobbled paths. Hike to the Seven Stars with Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers, two famous viewing platforms, before returning to your hotel in Pingan Village to savor the sunset and starry night over the rice terraces
Accommodation: Pingan Village
- Day 3: Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)Sunrise over the rice terraces, hike from Pingan to Zhongliu and Dazhai
Begin your day by witnessing the mesmerizing sunrise over the enchanting rice terraces from a carefully chosen vantage point. Your knowledgeable guide will advise you on the optimal time and location to catch this breathtaking view. After soaking in the beauty of the morning, return to your hotel for a delightful breakfast.
Following breakfast, embark on a comprehensive hiking adventure with your guide, covering the route from Pingan to Zhongliu and Dazhai, two charming villages within the Longji area. This scenic hike, lasting approximately 4 to 5 hours, will take you through some of the most remote and picturesque sections of the rice terraces.
Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to engage with the Red Yao people, an ethnic minority known for their vibrant red clothing, silver ornaments, long hair, and distinctive customs. Your guide or local residents can provide valuable insights into their rich culture and history.
As you traverse the rice fields, you'll encounter local people, primarily from ethnic communities, offering a glimpse into their daily lives. The ethnic minority villages, characterized by unique wooden houses, bear witness to centuries of cultural heritage and are well worth exploring.
Upon completing the tour, return to Guilin.
Accommodation: in Guilin
- Day 4: Guilin - Li River Cruise to Yangshuo (B, L)Li River cruise, Yangshuo, Ten-mile Gallery, Big Banyan Tree, Moon Hill
Commence your day with a hearty breakfast before being picked up from your hotel and transferred to Mopanshan Pier for the next leg of your adventure. Board a luxurious Li River cruise that will navigate through the most picturesque stretch of the Li River. Revel in the breathtaking vistas of karst peaks, bamboo groves, water buffaloes, and local villages. Savor a delectable lunch featuring regional specialties served on board during the four-hour cruise.
As you disembark in Yangshuo, a captivating town embraced by natural beauty, you'll be escorted to your hotel for check-in, providing a well-deserved rest. In the afternoon, follow your guide to explore the countryside along the Ten-mile Gallery, a scenic road passing Gongnong Bridge, a Ming Dynasty stone arch bridge, and the Big Banyan Tree, a 1,400-year-old witness to the love story of Liu Sanjie, a legendary folk singer, and her lover A Niu.
Admire the unique Moon Hill, a colossal limestone hill with a moon-shaped opening at its summit. For the adventurous souls, an 800-step climb unveils a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Also, you can opt for the recommended activity: Witness "Impression Liu Sanjie," a spectacular outdoor night show directed by the renowned filmmaker Zhang Yimou, featuring hundreds of performers, vibrant lights, and ethnic songs and dances, set against the backdrop of the Li River and karst mountains.
- Day 5: Yangshuo - Guilin (B, L)Yulong River, Yulong Bridge, Jiuxian Village
After a delightful breakfast, immerse yourself in the scenic countryside along the Yulong River, Yangshuo's longest tributary, often referred to as the "Little Li River." Choose your preferred mode of exploration—be it biking, hiking, bamboo rafting, or a scooter ride—and inform your travel consultant when booking.
Marvel at the idyllic scenery, featuring clear waters, verdant hills, pastoral fields, ancient bridges, and local life along the river. Make stops at attractions like Yulong Bridge, a 600-year-old stone bridge, and Jiuxian Village, an ancient village with well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty buildings.
After the visit, transfer back to Guilin, where your guide will assist with hotel check-in.
- Day 6: Guilin - Guilin Departure (B)Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave
Conclude your journey with a visit to two iconic sites in Guilin after breakfast. Elephant Trunk Hill, the city's symbol, resembles an elephant drinking water from the Li River. Explore the Water-Moon Cave and ascend the Puxian Pagoda for a bird's eye view of the city.
Next, explore Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cave adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, and curtains of various shapes and colors, illuminated by multicolored lights. Discover over 70 inscriptions on the cave walls dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
Following the visit, your guide will escort you to the airport or railway station for your departure, marking the end of your enriching tour.