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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, among which the Li River cruise is truly the highlight not to be missed. A leisure trip through the countryside of Yangshuo adds a different flavor. From cruising to hiking, our private Guilin tours offer clients a possibility to travel in different ways.
How to plan my Guilin trip?
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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Guilin Tour FAQs

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). When it comes to the very best time to travel to Guilin, it should be from April to October. In this timeframe, the charming scenery of green hills and clear waters are most impressive for visitors. However, visitors should steer clear of the Chinese National Day Holiday from October 1st to 7th, when people are hustling and bustling everywhere. A Guilin tour can be easily accessed from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Hong Kong.
What are the must-sees in Guilin?
There is a saying that 'East or West, Guilin landscape is the best'. Without a doubt, feasting your eyes on the city's natural beauty is one of the best experiences on your Guilin vacation package. The first thing one should try is a cruise on the picturesque Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, which well represents the essence of the Guilin landscape. Then a visit to the idyllic countryside of Yangshuo will add more pleasure. When it comes to must-sees in the city area, we recommend the Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill and Seven-Star Park, all of which are top sightseeing spots admired by travelers.

If you have plenty of time, you can schedule a free day in Yangshuo to further enjoy yourself. Alternatively, a private tour to the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng is also a great choice, where you can learn something about the local ethnic minorities in addition to viewing the amazing terraced fields.
How long does the Li River cruise take?
The Li River cruise takes about 4 to 5 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo, sailing over 52 miles (83 kilometers) with eye-catching scenery along the way. The length of the cruise journey mainly depends on the water level of the Li River which varies by season.

For your information, cruise ships serving foreign travelers all leave from the Bamboo River Wharf (Zhujiang Wharf) at 09:00 each morning. This wharf is more than 30 minutes' driving distance from the downtown, so you have to set out at around 08:00 for the cruise. On arriving at Yangshuo, most travelers choose to explore the countryside for a few hours, so it will be late afternoon when getting back to Guilin. Therefore, in practice a full day is required for a Li River cruise tour.
Will my guide be with me on the cruise ship? Is lunch served on board?
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.

Simple box lunch is served on the cruise ship, and the food is sometimes less satisfying. It is advisable to have a hearty breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
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.
Is there anything I can do at night in Guilin and Yangshuo?
Yes, there are some enjoyable night activities in both Guilin and Yangshuo. You can take the Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise in the evening to relax yourself and explore the culture details of Guilin city. Alternatively, you may watch cormorant fishing on the Li River, a tradition carried for hundreds of years by local fishermen. If you are going to stay overnight in Yangshuo, the evening Impression Sanjie Liu performance setting in the natural landscape will provide you a strong visual impact and a thrilling experience.
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 September and October, everywhere you look are terraces with golden rice undulating in the breeze. 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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