We will take you touring around and near Guilin to see its essence and do some outdoor activities. As you take an easy hike from one ancient village to another along the Longji mountains, you will admire the spectacular Rice Terraces and get to know about the culture of the Zhuang nationality in Longsheng. Next, you can enjoy the natural landscape on both sides of the Li River while sailing from Guilin to Yangshuo, and explore the countryside by cycling. Furthermore, we arrange for you to take a cooking class in the morning of your last day to experience the local life and learn Chinese cooking skills.
Day 01: Guangzhou to Guilin via high-speed train
Upon arrival at Guilin Station, you will see our guide waiting for you at the exit. We will take you to your hotel by private vehicle and help you check-in. You will be free for the rest of the day.
Recommended activity: after dinner on your own, you can walk alongside Rongshanhu Lakes with colorful lights , and stroll down Zhengyang Pedestrian Street to see the nightlife in Guilin.
Day 02: Longsheng: Easy Hike on Longji Rice Terrace (breakfast & lunch)
After breakfast, we will head to Longsheng which is famous for its rice terraces. It is located in the north of Guilin about a 2 hour drive away. Our first stop is Ancient Zhuang Village which has the most well-preserved, oldest and largest stilted wooden building complex of Zhuang nationality in Guangxi province and even the whole country. We start hiking from Ancient Zhuang Village to Ping'an Village for around 2 hours. En-route you will see locals' routine and visit the Zhuang Culture Museum.
Have lunch at Ping'an restaurant and take a short break. If you want, you can hike to the mountain top where two viewing platforms called Qixingbanyue (20 minutes hiking) and Jiulongwuhu (30 minutes hiking) allow you to overlook the panorama of Ping'an Village. From the two angles you can see two different pictures formed by rice terraces: one is seven stars around a moon from Qixingbanyue; the other one is nine dragons and five tigers from Jiulongwuhu. We will drive you back to Guilin in the late afternoon. Dinner is by your own arrangement.
Day 03: Guilin – Yangshuo: A Boat Trip along Li River and Cycling in the Countryside (breakfast & lunch)
After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at 08:30 and take you to Zhujiang pier for boarding your boat, departing at 09:30. It sails from Guilin down to Yangshuo for around 4 hours. You will be stunned by the amazing scene of the limpid river, green stone mountains and Bambusa multiplex bamboo along both riversides, which is a splendid work of nature.
A simple lunch is served on board. After lunch, you will disembark at Yangshuo and explore the countryside areas by cycling. In this way you can easily get to the places where the cars cannot reach, and stop anywhere you want, talking to the locals, and enjoying the rural scenery leisurely. Check in at your hotel after you finish the trip.
1. Impression Sanjie Liu Show uses the Li River as the stage and the mountains as the background to give audiences a visual feast performed by more than 600 actors.
2. Yangshuo West Street is the oldest street, with a history of more than 1,400 years, which is attractive to a lot of foreigners. It becomes alive with pubs and clubs open at night.
Day 04: Yangshuo – Guilin, Depart to Next Destination: Visit A Local Market And Have A Cooking Class In Yangshuo (breakfast & lunch)
Firstly the cooking class begins with buying ingredients at the local food market after breakfast. You will have a chance to know about the local diet and bargain with vendors. After heading back to the classroom, you start cooking for yourself under the teacher's instruction, step by step. There are 3 dishes and the recipes will be given to you so that you can make it at home.
Enjoy what you cooked for lunch. After lunch, we will take you to Guilin airport/station for your flight/train to next destination.