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6 Days In-depth Guilin Tour from Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Best International Gateway to Guilin


It is specially designed for travelers who are interested in visiting Guilin, including Guilin City, Yangshuo Town and Longji Rice Terrace, but want to get to Guilin from Hong Kong by flight or train. You will have flexible time for both arrival and departure. Not only Li River and Yangshuo will be covered, but also the Longji Terrace. Enjoy your trip!

Highlights of this tour

  • Make fully use of convenient and fast transfer between Hong Kong and Guilin;
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of Longji Rice Terraces and Yangshuo Countryside;
  • Feel the beauty of Karst landscape by a comfortable cruise along the picturesque Li River.

Basic Trip Information

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

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Hong Kong - Guilin

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Today, you will leave Hong Kong for Guilin on your own. You can take a flight from Hong Kong International Airport to Guilin, which takes only about 1.5 hours, or firstly get to Shenzhen North Railway Station or Guangzhou South Railway Station from Hong Kong, and then transfer by a high speed bullet train to Guilin, which is relatively cheaper than flight travel, but takes about 2.5~3 hours to arrive in Guilin City. (We can also arrange the transfer from Hong Kong downtown to Shenzhen North Railway Station if you want.)

Upon arrival at Guilin airport/railway station, your local tour guide and driver will meet you, and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to have fun on your own. 

Evening Ideas: You can take a leisure walk around the famous city water system - Two Rivers and Four Lakes for the amazing night views.

Two Rivers and Four Lakes
Day 2 Guilin - Longsheng (B, L)

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In the morning, you’ll drive  about 90 km (about 2.5) 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. 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.

Different seasons will show you the different views. From mid-May to Mid-June, local people will release water into the terraced fields. Patches of patches watery terraced fields will reflect its beautiful in the sun shine. While during July and August, the glossy and green rice terraces wave with summer breeze, and you can also see the curves of the terraced fields. The months from late September to October are the mature time of the rice when the whole terraced fields will become golden and local farmers will start to harvest.

Useful tip: The temperatures of Longsheng are normally lower 2℃ to 3℃ than Guilin City (28.3℃ in July and 7.9℃ in January), while the mountain tops temperature is lower than the mountain foot, so please take some warm clothes with you.

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

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Wake up in the fresh air of peaceful morning to watch the magnificent sunrise. After the sunrise, return back to your hotel for 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.

Jinkeng RiceTerraces, is composed of five small villages of Red Yao People, with Dazhai Village on the mountain foot, Zhuangjie Village on the mountain side and Tiantou Village on the mountain top. The shape of Jinkeng Terraces is like a natural formed pit. With less commercial element but majestic scenery is the reason why Jinkeng Terraces is the most popular sites for hikers and photographers. Most of the gorgeous photos of Longsheng Rice Terraces published are shot from here. The spot has three viewpoints which form a triangle. 

After tour, transfer back to Guilin for accommodation.

Useful tip: Most of the roads in the scenic spot are stone trails, so high-heeled shoes are not advisable. Following the stone trails to prevent getting lost the way.

Green Longji Rice Terrace (June ~ August)Dazhai
Day 4 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 will overwhelm 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, immerse yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere and be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green hills and near the mirror-like river, with farmers cultivating the soil with their water buffalos.

This evening is for you to walk leisurely on the ancient West Street to experience 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: watch the splendid evening performance of Impression Liu Sanjie with the Li River itself as the stage, which was directed by famous director – Zhang Yimou (usually performs for an hour between around 19:45 and 22:20).

Yangshuo Ancient TownLi river cruise
Day 5 Yangshuo - Guilin (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 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 back to Guilin. 

Yangshuo Town Tour
Day 6 Guilin Departure ( B )

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After breakfast, you will 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) 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.

Your Guilin vacation is about to end, get prepared for being escorted to catch your flight/train to next destination.

Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

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the Forbidden City Overall View

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