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Guilin can be regarded as 'Paradise on Earth' in view of its fascinating natural beauty. It is famous for its picturesque Karst landscape, which the Li River cruise highlights. A leisurely trip through the countryside of Yangshuo adds a different flavor. From cruising to hiking, our private Guilin tours offer clients the possibility to travel in a variety of ways.
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3 Days
Li River Cruise & Guilin City

4-5 Days
+Yangshuo Countryside
+Rice Terraces in Longsheng
+Daxu Ancient Town

6 Days or more
+More time in Yangshuo
+Extension to Sanjiang

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When is the best time to visit Guilin?

In general, Guilin is a good place for a vacation in all seasons as its year-round average temperature is 19 C (66 F).

Best time to visit the area: April to October. In this timeframe, the charming scenery of green hills and clear waters are most impressive for visitors.

Travel from November to March the next year: The tour prices are cheaper. At the same time, one can enjoy sightseeing without interference by massive crowds.

Time to avoid: Try to steer clear of the Chinese National Day Holiday from October 1st to 7th, when people are hustling and bustling everywhere.

Will my guide be with me on the cruise ship? What is the luggage arrangement?

Yes, in your private tour packages your guide will escort you on the Li River cruise journey. He/she will tell you interesting descriptive names and legendary stories of those major attractions along the river when on board. Let your imagination merge with the guide's explanation. You will find the mystical peaks become lifelike.

If you are scheduled to stay overnight in Yangshuo, your luggage will be delivered to Yangshuo by your driver who goes to Yangshuo overland.

What kind of boat will we take for the Li River Cruise tour?

There are both 3-star and 4-star boats available for the Li River Cruise tour. We usually recommend the 3-star boat since it is favored by the majority. But if you are interested in the 4-star boat, we are also ready to book it for you. Below are key features of the two kinds of boats.

The 3-star boat has a capacity of 98-110 people. All the seats are priced the same reasonably, and the ticket fee includes a simple lunch box with free tea. As you will spend most of the time sightseeing on the top deck of the boat, we believe the 3-star one is quite adequate for a short 4-hour journey.

The 4-star boat has a capacity of 75-80 people with a bit more spacious seats. The ticket price varies according to the seats, which is about USD30 to USD50 per person higher than that of the 3-star. A Chinese buffet lunch is served. Clients who demand for better facilities may consider this kind of boat.

Can I take a bamboo raft on the Li River?

Frankly speaking, we do not recommend the Li River bamboo rafting to our clients in Guilin itinerary for the following reasons.

First of all, the bamboo rafts are not operated under standardized management, so the service of the boatmen cannot be guaranteed. Secondly, the raft is not poled by the boatman in the traditional way, but driven by an outboard motor, which is a bit noisy. Thirdly, it is usually quite small, without a restroom, not to mention food, drinks or air-conditioning on board. Fourthly, when the weather is not good, the bamboo rafting is easily subject to cancellation at very short notice. Therefore, we suggest you take the river cruise instead of bamboo rafting for a smooth and safe trip.

Can I apply for the 72-hour visa-free or 144-hour visa-free transit for a Guilin tour?

Yes, you can apply for the 72-hour visa-free transit for a basic Guilin tour as long as you are qualified to the relevant prerequisites. You can click here to read more details.

Tour groups from 10 ASEAN countries can be granted a visa-free stay up to 144 hours. They should be received at Guilin Liangjiang Airport by local travel agencies. During the six days, all members cannot leave the city. In addition, tour groups using this visa exemption policy shall exit from Liangjiang Airport only.

When is the best time to visit the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces?

Generally speaking, May, June, September and October are the best months to visit the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces.

From May to June, you can see the terraced fields filled with water glistening like mirrors in the sunlight, and see traditional farmers busily transplanting rice seedlings.

When the autumn harvest season comes in end of September and the beginning of October, everywhere you look are terraces with golden rice undulating in the breeze. As it is too crowded during the National Holiday, the end of September is considered to be the best time to visit the rice terraces.

In other months of the year, the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces still offer spectacular scenery and unique ethnic customs.

Can I stay overnight in Longsheng to explore the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in more depth? How are accommodations there?

Yes, you are able to stay overnight at Ping'an Zhuang Village in Longsheng. Since it is in the mountainous area, there are mainly guesthouses with basic necessities for travelers. We usually book the well-regarded Ping An Guesthouse for clients. For those looking for better accommodations, the only luxury boutique Li An Lodge can meet your requirements, but its room rate is a bit higher.
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    Sean
    USA
    Posted on August 18, 2020
    It was raining as I arrived in Guilin. The rain added more mystery to this beautiful city. I had much expectation about this city where I would spend six days. Luckily, it was sunny in the next five days. The sky was so blue here just like being washed. It was neither cold nor hot and just perfect to have a trip. What’s more, it was unnecessary for me to take more clothes and my suitcase was very thin. While I would like to express my feelings about the Guilin & Longsheng & Sanjiang & Yangshuo 6 days tour. Picturesque scenery and talented people impressed me most. If time permitted, I would like to go here again. At the same time, I made many friends in our travel group. They were all warm-hearted and kind. Our tour guide Rose, who was talkative, patient, and kind, made my trip terrific. Thank you! ... More
    James Niedt
    UK
    Posted on August 04, 2020
    At the time we arrived in Guilin, we got the sincere greetings from our tour guide Jenney who would stay with us in Guilin 4 days tour itinerary with Longsheng and Yangshuo. Due to the drizzle, we had a chance to take a walk and enjoyed the beautiful sights in rain. Our tour guide Jenney was so patient to assist us in solving emergencies.

    On the way to the Villages of Zhuang Minority, We were profoundly impressed by her professional quality and vast stores of knowledge. During the whole trip, her humor and aspiration influenced all of us and aroused our enthusiasm for what she talked about. What’s more, the itinerary she organized for us was really nice. My excellent trip couldn’t be completed without her efforts. Sincere gratitude was extended for her. ... More
    Tess
    the United States
    Posted on July 21, 2020
    We were so lucky to have a patient, warm-hearted and lovely tour guide Rex. With his company, we had a great time in Guilin. Yangshuo 2 days tour was recorded in my memory. Also, the customer service was so patient and I would give him five-star comments.
    Ambrogio
    USA
    Posted on July 06, 2020
    The Guilin tour with Li River Cruise was unforgettable. During these days, there was no rain. The fine weather made our mood beautiful. Scenic sights were pleasing in the itinerary. We had a tour in Villages of Zhuang Minority. Zhuang Minority was hospitable. It was said that a guest of a family would be the guest of the whole village. All the villagers would give him treatment. It was fantastic!
    Luis
    Australia
    Posted on June 21, 2020
    My family and I had spent our best time in Guilin. It was what I thought before the trip. Facts proved that our tour guide Rex made our dream come true. He was warm-hearted, kind and patient. All the virtues to judge a person could be put on him. He got all the things right and helped us save much time. I wanted to express our sincere gratitude to our tour guide, Rex, on behalf of my family.
    Tenis
    United Kingdom
    Posted on June 08, 2020
    We got a wonderful itinerary for family travel. On the whole way, our tour guide Shirley was really amazing. She guided us perfectly to escape from the high-peak period and saved much time for queuing so that we had enough time to relax. The Guilin 2 days tour was terrific.
    Katrina
    Australia
    Posted on May 24, 2020
    The Guilin tour was very leisurely and not in a hurry. It was very suitable for a big family with children. Since I traveled with my young daughter, the guide took much special care of us. Every day I received a morning call from our considerate guide. She sometimes helped me look after my kid so that I could enjoy myself during the trip. Very friendly, straightforward and devoted to providing particular & interesting explanations. Special thanks to our driver. I was a bit carsick. He drove steadily and slowly, but the whole way didn’t delay our journey. He also prepared for me motion sickness medicine. Although I brought my own medicine, I was very grateful to him! ... More
    Luma
    Posted on May 10, 2020
    I was very satisfied with my 4-day Guilin tour to Yangshuo. The itinerary was well arranged, and Shirley always offered us detailed explanations of each attraction with great warmth. And she was also very organized. We almost finished the day trip early and left enough time to explore Guilin’s nightlife freely. Shirley Tang was really experienced, and it was absolutely a fantastic experience with her guidance.
    Felipe
    Canada
    Posted on April 26, 2020
    All of the sights planned in our itinerary were visited smoothly. The 2 days Guilin tour enriched greatly our travel experience of China. The Li River held beautiful natural appearances of hills and limpid water, which was a big feast for our eyes. Also, the Yangshuo rural scenery was enchanting. At the Fuli Town we experienced the life of local farmers and a farm tractor. Quite interesting!

    The Green Lotus Hotel in Guilin was super excellent, top-notch service, convenient traffic, and complete facilities. High recommended! ... More
    Willie Luma
    Australia
    Posted on April 14, 2020
    The 3 days Guilin tour gave me a wonderful experience in Guilin. The beautiful sight and considerate tour guide made my trip amazing. Thanks a lot!
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