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"East or West, Guilin’s Landscape is the best!" Guilin is featured in Karst landscape and how to explore it to the fullest? Take our 3 days Guilin Yangshuo CLASSIC tour to appreciate the typical Karst landscape both ABOVE and BELOW ground and combined with different way to explore - cruising, biking, hiking, bamboo rafting, or SUP... Go in your style!

Cruise down the Li River and marvel at the picturesque mountains, serene waters, and lush greenery. Explore the tranquil Yulong River, nestled amidst verdant rice paddies, traditional villages, and majestic limestone peaks. Discover the amazing underground Reed Flute Cave, with its stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations, illuminated by multicolored lighting. And visit the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, which resembles an elephant drinking from the Li River. All are in 3 days!

With our expertise as locals based in Guilin for many years, we have the confidence to deliver you the best Guilin and Yangshuo experience at the most competitive local price. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the magic of Guilin's landscape in your own style!

You Can Experience “Must-see & Must-do” with This Tour
Highlight 1: Experience the breathtaking beauty of Guilin's Karst landscape on a leisurely 4-hour cruise down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. As you soak in the stunning scenery, don't forget to capture the moment by taking as many amazing photos as you can.
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Highlight 2: Immerse yourself in the idyllic beauty of the Yangshuo countryside and explore the stunning scenery at your own pace. Whether you prefer biking, bamboo rafting, hiking, or simply relaxing in the tranquil countryside, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
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Highlight 3: Discover the essence of Guilin by exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Yulong River. Take a leisurely bamboo raft ride down the river, or hike along the picturesque trails that wind through the lush vegetation, rice paddies and traditional villages.
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Highlight 4: Marvel at the iconic symbol of Guilin - Elephant Trunk Hill, which has been captivating visitors for centuries with its unique shape and stunning natural beauty.
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Highlight 5: Explore the underground palace of Reed Flute Cave and witness the magical beauty of nature that lies within. Be awed by the stunning array of uniquely shaped and exquisitely transparent stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and curtains...
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Guilin (1.5 Days)

Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Guilin downtown area

Yangshuo (1.5 Days)

Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Countryside, Yulong River (biking, bamboo rafting experience), West Street

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day 1 Arrival in Guilin | Airport Pick-up and Hotel Check-in

Ni Hao! Welcome to Guilin, the most picturesque paradise in China! Upon your arrival at Guilin airport/train station, the tour guide and driver will meet you at the exit, greet you, and escort you directly to the downtown area, where they will help you check in at your hotel.

Arrival Options: Travelers can reach Guilin by taking a flight or a train. Guilin Lijiang Airport has flights connecting to major cities such as Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Hangzhou, among others. Guilin has three main train stations in the downtown area: Guilin Railway Station, Guilin North, and Guilin West. Travelers can take high-speed trains to Guilin from Hong Kong (4 hours), Guangzhou (3 hours), Chongqing (4.5-5 hours), Chengdu (5.5-6 hours), Changsha (2.5-3 hours), Zhangjiajie (7 hours), and other cities.

Free Time Suggestions:

If you happen to arrive early, you can explore on your own to some of the easily accessible nearby sites. We highly recommend visiting:

1. Jingjiang Prince’s City: It boasts a rich history dating back to the late 14th century, making it older than Beijing's Forbidden City. Once the official residence of Zhu Shouqian, a great-nephew of the first Ming Dynasty emperor, it served as a haven for scholars who achieved the highest rank in the imperial examinations. Immerse yourself in the fascinating stories of its past by exploring the historical buildings, or ascend to the top of Solitary Beauty Peak for a breathtaking panoramic view of Guilin.
2. East West Alley: Step back in time and explore the charming East West Alley, which merges with three ancient streets, offering a glimpse into the rich history of Guilin. Established during the Tang Dynasty, the alley has borne witness to nearly 1400 years of the city's rise and fall. Take a leisurely stroll along the streets and indulge in some local delicacies, such as the famous Guilin Rice Noodles. Immerse yourself in the traditional culture by trying your hand at fan-making, Lijiang River sand and stone painting or even donning a Hanfu, an ancient Chinese costume.
3. Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise: When night falls, take a relaxing cruise to sail through the Two Rivers and Four Lakes scenic area. It takes about 1-1.5 hours depending on the route you choose. Sit back, relax and take in the stunning views of the tranquil waters and illuminated landmarks, including ancient bridges, pagodas, and lush gardens.

DiningDining:
None
AccommodationAccommodation:
Hotel in Guilin downtown
Day 2 Guilin to Yangshuo Tour | Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Countryside, West Street

"East or west, Guilin landscape is the best". After breakfast, you will go to explore the most stunning natural scenery along the Li River, which is renowned as one of the “the world’s top 10 watery wonders” by National Geographic. After a 1-hour drive from your hotel to the Mopanshan Pier, embark on a 4-hour relaxing sightseeing Li River cruise to Yangshuo. Throughout the 83-kilometer scenic cruise, you'll be entranced by countless Chinese paintings come to life, with winding rivers and towering Karst peaks in every direction. Marvel at the famous sights along the banks, such as the Immortal Pushing the Mill, Nine-Horse Fresco, Yellow Cloth Shoal reflection, and the picture on the back of the 20 RMB note. You'll also encounter idyllic villages like Xingping Town nestled along the river. (Kindly Note: 1. Lunch is served on the cruise, featuring simple local Chinese cuisine. 2. If you prefer a 4-star Li River cruise, please tell your travel consultant.)

After arriving in Yangshuo, the driver will pick you up from the dock and drive to your hotel in Yangshuo town for a short rest. Once you're ready, step out and let the captivating scenery of Yangshuo's countryside wash over you. Vibrant, green fields stretch out like a sea of emeralds, nestled under a clear, blue sky. The misty karst mountains rise in the distance, their vast and rolling shapes protecting the serene landscape below. The Yulong River, a small offshoot of the Li River, meanders through the scene, its tranquil waters reflecting the stunning surroundings like a living mirror.

Then, it's time to get up close to this rural paradise. You can either hop on a bike or rent a sidecar (optional) to explore the postcard-like karst hills and rice paddies and pass by some tranquil villages. Let all the picturesque scenes please your eyes and your souls to the maximum for total relaxation. At various points, you might also spot locals engaging in their daily chores, farmers tending to their fields, or even children playing along the riverbanks. Dotting the riverbanks are quaint stone houses, their grey slate roofs offering a delightful contrast against the verdant surroundings. There's a solitary water buffalo languidly grazing in the fields, a sight that adds an endearing touch of rural life to the panoramic display.

Next, board a hand-cranked bamboo raft for a journey down the Yulong River. As you ease into the gentle rhythm of the water, you become one with the serene surroundings. The clear water sparkles as it captures the sun's rays, vibrant green river grass dances with the water's flow underneath the surface, lush bamboos and verdant rice paddies dot the riverbanks, the karst mountains are shrouded in soft mist, creating a picturesque scenery that feels like gliding through a beautiful landscape painting. As you float downstream, you'll drift past the ancient bridges, and glide through a variety of dams that interrupt the river flow, creating gentle rapids that splash cool water around, enhancing the joy of the journey.

Then, you will stroll along West Street, which is the most prosperous area in Yangshuo. Restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops along the street are always full of guests. It is a fusion of Western culture and Chinese culture and it is the best place to spend your nightlife here. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of coffee, taste some local food or just throw yourself into the vivid atmosphere... all you can get.

Optional Evening Activity: If you are interested, you can enjoy the amazing evening performance called Impression Liu Sanjie directed by the famous director Zhang Yimou. The show uses the natural landscape as its stage, with the karst mountains and river serving as a unique backdrop. It combines traditional folk music, vibrant costumes, and modern theatrical techniques for a fantastic spectacle of light, sound, and color.

DiningDining:
Breakfast, Lunch
AccommodationAccommodation:
Hotel in Yangshuo town
Day 3 Yangshuo to Guilin Tour & Departure | Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave

Wake up from the tranquility of Yangshuo to start your journey towards Guilin. As you enjoy a refreshing breakfast, you can take in the natural beauty of the verdant Yangshuo countryside one last time with a leisurely stroll.

After driving back to Guilin, take the time to visit the stunning Elephant Trunk Hill, which is widely regarded as the symbol of Guilin. This natural wonder sits at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River, resembling a giant elephant drinking water from the river. The hill is made of water-soluble limestone rocks that have been gradually eroded by acidic rainwater over millions of years, creating a unique and breathtaking landscape. Its beauty is so awe-inspiring that it has contributed to the popular saying “桂林山水甲天下”, which means that Guilin's scenery is the best under heaven. Next, take a walk to Water-Moon Cave, a semicircular opening in the rock that represents the space between the elephant's trunk and legs. This cave stands 12 meters high and features several classical Song and Tang dynasty poems inscribed on its walls in Chinese characters.

Afterwards, you will pay a visit to the Reed Flute Cave, also known as the Palace of Nature's Art. Inside the cave, you'll find a stunning array of uniquely shaped and exquisitely transparent stalactites, stalagmites, columns, curtains, and flowers that are truly a sight to behold. These formations create a variety of stunning landscapes, including Lion Peak at Dawn, the Primitive Forest, the Pinnacle of Dragon and Elephant, and the Mountain of Fruits and Flowers, leaving visitors in awe. When illuminated with colorful neon lights, it feels like walking through a magical underground palace that will leave you spellbound. Don’t miss the Crystal Palace, where the water surface reflects off the rock walls, creating a dreamlike scene of dazzling display of light and color. Experience the Water Curtain Movie here, which allows you to observe geological changes such as the growth of stalactites and stalagmites, adding an extra layer of magic to this incredible natural wonder.

After the tour, it will be time to say goodbye to this beautiful city. You will be transferred to the airport or train station for your flight/train to your next destination.

Trip Extension Ideas: If you're interested in exploring other destinations in China and Asia instead of returning home right away, we would be more than happy to assist you with planning an extension trip. Don't hesitate to share your ideas with us! Thank you for choosing Asia Odyssey Travel for your China tour. We are always here to work for you and hope to welcome you back for your next trip to China or Asia.

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Breakfast
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In a private tour, it means you will transfer to the tourist attractions in one city by private vehicle. The private car we selected is spacious, comfortable and air-conditioned. And the driver we use are very experienced. As for traveling between two destinations, we use domestic flights (economy seat) or high speed trains (second class seat, usually less than 6 hours). The local guides and drivers will pick you up at the airport/train stations, and escort you to the hotel.
Meals
“B” stands for breakfast. You will have it at your hotel in the morning.
“L” stands for lunch. The restaurants we will arrange for you are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. All are in good sanitary conditions. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.
“D” means dinner. All dinners are excluded in the itinerary. You have the chance to taste some authentic Chinese food and local snacks.
If you have special dietary requirements (vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, or gluten-free), please let us know before your booking. We will try our best to take care of you.

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Have a good sleep everyday is very important during your China tour. In a private tour, you can decide on your own which hotel class you want - luxury 5 star, comfortable 4-star or economic 3-star.
All the hotels in each destination we selected are at good location, close to commercial street or tourist attractions. And, all the hotels we use have a business relationship for many years and they have windows, air-conditioners, hot water, showers, wifi... (except for basic accommodation condition when travel to Mount Everest) to ensure you luxury and comfortable sleep experience. The staff can speak English and they will provide you the high quality service. If you have any requirements, you can ask them to help.

Photo Gallery for This Itinerary

  • Jingjiang Prince’s City, Guilin
  • Guilin City Panoramic View
  • Guilin East West Alley
  • Two River and Four Lakes Cruise in Guilin Downtown
  • Captivating Li River dotted with beautiful villages
  • Draw out a 20-yuan note and compare it
  • Bamboo raft on Yulong River
  • Exploring Yangshuo's Countryside by Bike
  • Elephant Trunk Hill Autumn View
  • Reed Flute Cave in Guilin
  • Exploring Yangshuo's Countryside by a Sidecar
  •  Locals are Farming Rice Paddy

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