People say they want to see the REAL China. Different from Beijing and Shanghai, Guilin is the ideal place to explore countryside, minority people and natural landscape. You can experience all of those highlights in this tour.
Day 01: Welcome to Guilin
Welcome to Guilin! Your local tour guide will be waiting for you at the arrival hall of Liangjiang International Airport (KWL). Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it. The guide will transfer to your hotel with a private car and help you to check in.
Shopping Mall List:
Zhengyang Pedestrian Street: For snacks, restaurants and bars.
Underground Shopping Mall: For clothes and shoes
Niko Niko Do Shopping Mall: For cosmetics, clothing and restaurants
Day 02: Explore Terraced Fields & Minority Discovery
Longji Terraced Fields and Ping’an Village:
Located in north of Guilin, about 2 hours drive from downtown, Ping’an Village is known for its minority Zhuang people and Terraced Fields around it. The terraces are golden in color at the end of September. There are many steps lead to the top of the mountain but the climb isn't bad, take your time and stop to enjoy the scenery on the way up. The local Zhuang people are very kind, and will welcome you to their village. The terraces have a history of hundreds of years. No industry, no machinery appears in the village, everything is made by hand. You can watch the farmers working on the fields using only simple tools.
Reed Flute Cave:
You may have seen many caves. But the Reed Flute Cave is quite special. Walking in the cave, every step was a matter of wonder to enjoy the stunning beauty of the natural shapes of the rocks. The lighting in the cave makes for some amazing photos and the large reflective pond in the main chamber is a stand out feature.
If you are not interested in the terraced fields and minority people, the other option is Daxu Town. It’s an ancient town besides the Li River, with more than 1800 years history. Local people are still live in their traditional house. It’s an ideal place for photography and discover local people’s life.
Day 03: Li River Cruise & Chinese Cooking Class
Today, you are going to sail from Guilin to Yangshuo. Your tour guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer to Zhujiang Pier for the Cruise in the morning. Lunch will be served on the ship. The driver will drive to Yangshuo with your luggage.
Li River Cruise:
Li River and solitary Karst mountains is the classic picture you have saw about Guilin. As the symbol of Guilin, sailing on the river is the best way to appreciate the natural landscape. People are washing clothes, kids are swimming in the river, fishermen are rafting on the river with their bamboo boat and water buffaloes are eating grasses…this is the picture of countryside life in China. This is the real China you want to see and why you travel to China. You will disembark in Yangshuo and walk through the West Street to get to your hotel.
Chinese Cooking Class:
The Chinese saying ‘Hunger breeds discontentment’ proved that food plays a very important role in people’s daily life. Chinese Cuisine is part of traditional Chinese culture. What you are going to experience from the Cooking Class:
Besides the Cooking Class, there are more educational programs you can join in. Such as Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Class, Taiji & Kungfu Class, Rocking Climbing and Kayaking. Feel free to choose the program based on your interests.
Day 04: Countryside Cycling & Departure
It’s the last day of your trip to Guilin & Yangshuo. Your tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and help you to rent your own bike.
‘The landscape in Yangshuo top Guilin’ said by local people. Yangshuo is a small and natural town. The best way to discover this small town is by bicycle. You can have a stop and take pictures as you wish. Visiting local people’s house, talk to them and listen to their stories; walking along the paddy fields and see the mountains and rivers in the village. Those are the best the local village can offer to this tour.
Your tour guide will escort you to the airport after the biking tour.