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5 Days Best Guilin In-depth Vacation (Li River, Yangshuo & Longji Terrace)

Guilin In-depth Vacation


This is the in-depth way to travel Guilin. Guilin City, Yangshuo Town and Longji Terrace are three most popular tourist destinations which have the best highlights of Guilin. During this tour, you will start your vacation from Guilin to charming Longji Terrace in Longsheng County which is about two hours driving from Guilin. Then continue your trip from Longji Terrace to the picturesque Yangshuo, and lastly return back to Guilin for departure.

Highlights of this tour

  • Admire uncanny workmanship of nature by visiting Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave
  • Enjoy amazing mountains-and-waters painting by a relaxing cruise along Li River;
  • Get diverse experience, including photography, food, hiking or cycling in Longji Terrace and Yangshuo Town.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Guilin / Longsheng / Guilin / Yangshuo
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Guilin Arrival

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Welcome to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon your arrival, be met by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in Guilin downtown.

You’ll start your Guilin tour after a break. Firstly make a visit to the symbol of Guilin landscape - Elephant Trunk Hill. A giant rock hill vividly shapes like an elephant which is drinking water. Besides, there are many historical sites here for you to explore, such as stone carving, Buddhist temple, relic exhibition, etc. Then, drive about 7 kilometers (about 20 minutes' drive) to next attraction - Reed Flute Cave, a majestic underground palace with sparkling different colors. The magical Mother Nature condenses millions years of natural efforts to form the incredible stalactite, stalagmite, stone shield and stone waterfall of different sizes and shapes.

After the tour, be transferred to your hotel.

Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill
Day 2 Guilin to Longsheng (B, L)

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In the morning, you’ll drive about 2 hours to witness one of the most beautiful terraces in China - Longji Terraces in Longsheng County. There are several featured ethnic villages located along the road of which most famous is the Huanglong Village whose women often wash their long hairs (over 1.5 meters) in the river.

You will arrive at Pingan Village and check in your hotel. After some rest, start to explore the breathtaking views of terraces. From Pingan, you can hike on the cobbled paths built among terraces to catch the best landscape. Climb up to the great lookouts at Seven Stars with Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers from which you can get superlative views of terraces and villages. Hike half day around, then back to Pingan for dinner and accommodation. 

Golden Rice Terrace Fields  (Late September ~ Early November)
Day 3 Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)

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Wake up in the fresh air of peaceful morning to watch the magnificent sunrise. Then get back hotel to have your breakfast. This morning, your tour guide will escort you to see more sites by car or you could enjoy a hiking tour if you would like. The longest distance hiking starts with Ping’an, to Dazhai, and ends in Jinkeng. Of course, you can choose a short-time round trip hiking to see local houses and Zhuang and Yao ethnic groups. Please discuss your details with your tour guide.

After tour, drive back to Guilin.

Longji Rice Terrace
Day 4 Guilin, Li River Cruise to Yangshuo (B, L)

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As the declaration in Chinese textbook "Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven", today you will explore this best landscape starting with a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Li River from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo Town. Along the 84-kilometer cruise, dazzling scenery overwhelms your eyes like a vast endless Chinese painting of winding river, green limestone karst mountains, fascinating countryside views.

After about 4 hours’ cruise, disembark in Yangshuo Town, and check in your hotel. Take a short break, throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. Be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green hills and near the mirror-like river, with farmers cultivate the soil with their water buffalos.

This evening is for you to walk leisurely on the ancient West Street to witness how the western culture and Chinese culture perfectly and peacefully coexist here. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of drink in bar, taste some local food, or just experience the relaxing atmosphere, you get it here.

Optional activity: experience the splendid evening performance Impression Liu Sanjie (19:45~20:45 or 21:20~22:20) with Li River itself as the stage, directed by famous director – Zhang Yimou.

Li River Cruise in GuilinOld Alley in Yangshuo
Day 5 Yangshuo to Guilin Airport (B, L)

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In the morning, you will go to explore beautiful countryside views of Yangshuo - serene pastoral view, fantastic limestone mountains, peaceful farming villages, and roaming water buffaloes...Enjoy the enjoyable hiking (about 1.5 hours) or cycling (about 40 minutes) to the delicate Moon Hill, also visit the famous Big Banyan Tree which was said to be the place where the legendary singer of Zhuang Ethnic Group sang beautiful melodies. Your countryside trip ends up with an interesting visit to a family of local farmers. Experience their daily life and have lunch at their house.

In the afternoon, transfer to catch your flight/train to next destination.

Notes: Arrange your flight/ train in late afternoon or early evening.

Big Banyan Tree

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