This tour is designed for whoever loves taking photos of nature landscape, people, architecture and history. We take you to remote mountains for sunrise and sunset, shoot at places that few tourists ever visit. It is an experience and more than a tour.
Day 01: Guilin Arrival
Your guide and driver will pick you up from Guilin Liangjiang Airport (KWL) and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day relax and prepare for the upcoming trip.
Day 02: Guilin (B,L)
In the morning start at 4:30am to Yao Mountain for the sunrise. Standing on the tallest peak, you will be amazed by hundreds of Karst hills at the foot. Return to hotel for breakfast before heading to Daxu Ancient Town. Daxu, about 20 km from down Town Guilin, was one of the 4 oldest and most important towns in old times. There are old houses and traditions left. Rice fields, vegetable gardens, old houses, fishermen, and small river composes a harmonious picture of it all. Spend 1 hours to walk on the paved stone path, talk to the seniors and experience the tradition life style, you will fall in love with this quiet charming little town.
Go back to Guilin, have lunch at McFound Chain Restaurant to taste mixture of northern and local cuisine. Back to your hotel to rest for a while afterwards. In the late afternoon, your guide and driver will take you to Chuangshan Park, the best place for sunset. It is located in the middle of the city on side of the Li River. Wait for the sunset till the whole city is lit up. Then continue to Sun and Moon Pagodas on Fir Tree Lake and have a photo stop. This long day ends at 8:30pm.
Day 03: Guilin to Yangshuo (B,L)
4:00am departure and head to Xianggongshan for sunrise. It takes 1 hour to get there and 10 minutes to climb up to the top. It is an optimal spot to overlook the curve of Li River with mountains on both sides. The sun shows its face from the back of a hill. Take your time to appreciate what is done by nature mother.
Head down hill and drive 1 hour to Yangdi village. Take a bamboo raft along Li River, which is the centerpiece of any trip to this region. Gorgeous Karst peaks surprise you at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. This is just the paradise as you could imagine. A few photo stops could be applied. It takes you to Xingping Ancient Town, a time-honored town developed from a small fishing village. Spend some time explore the town and appreciate the ancient dwellings built with the Ming and Qing dynasties' style. To capture the sunset at the end of the day, your guide will take you to Xiaomian Mountain (Small Face Mountain) to shoot the magnificent sunset. Standing on the top, you could have a bird-eye view of all the mountains on Chinese 20 Yuan note and take photos of it from different angles.
Night in the countryside is pleasantly quiet. Your night here will be a little different by shooting some old fishermen with their cormorants on the Li River. They are extremely happy to pose as you request. The dim lights with reflections, the cormorants and fishermen's wrinkled faces, you will love them all. You will be transferred back to your cozy hotel in Yangshuo.
Day 04: Yangshuo to Longsheng (B,L)
Have a good rest this morning and enjoy a leisure breakfast. Start at 9:00am and head to Longsheng (2.5 hours). Your destination today is the most beautiful and best-preserved area of Longsheng Terraced Fields, Dazhai Jinkeng Terraces. Hike from the parking lot up to the top spot, where you will have a panoramic view of the rice terraces. Local resident are Zhuang and Yao ethnic minorities. They are still living in a very traditional way. Their houses and daily life produces great photography too. Enjoy and photo the gorgeous sunset with the rice terraces. Relax for the rest of the day.
Day 05: Longsheng Departure
5:00am get up and wait for the sunrise. You will get some photos of magnificence with mist-shrouded mountains. The large-scale rice terraced fields with the sunrise is stunning. Head down the hill to the parking lot after breakfast. Your guide and driver will take you to Guilin Liangjiang Airport for departure.