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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.
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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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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    Suzanne Schell
    Australia
    Posted on August 18, 2019
    I would like to express my deep thanks to my tour guide Shirley. She made my Guilin tour fantastic!
    Sarah Stangret
    USA
    Posted on August 17, 2019
    The Guilin tour gave me much satisfaction! My itinerary was arranged for many sightseeing spots. Although we were caught by heavy rain, it did not affect our mood. I had a good rest in the hotel and then I was transferred to the next destination. My tour guide Kevin was energetic and reliable. He added more fun to the whole trip.
    Gerhard
    USA
    Posted on August 16, 2019
    Our itinerary covered many classic sightseeing spots and we loved them very much. Our tour guide Jenny was thoughtful and enthusiastic. Five-star praise was given to her!
    Rakesh Yip
    Australia
    Posted on August 14, 2019
    Tour guide Rose arranged a perfect itinerary for us. During the trip, she patiently introduced the knowledge about Guilin. She was warm-hearted, kind and reliable. More thanks to Rose on the Guilin tour!
    Jessica Bansal
    Canada
    Posted on August 14, 2019
    I had a Guilin tour with my family. I could describe our feelings with one word---marvelous!!! Without doubt, that was enough. Not only sightseeing spots but also an energetic tour guide, they were amazing. We chose the right decision to enjoy our holidays.

    In Guilin, pedestrian volume was accepted. It was known to us all that queuing couldn’t be neglected in holidays no matter where you were. Actually, our efficient tour guide Shirley put everything in order so that we felt pleasant all the trip and had much vigor to see beautiful sights. Also, Shirley took us to eat more delicious local food, such as Guilin Rice-Flour Noodle, Yangshuo Beer Fish, Chestnut Glutinous Rice Dumplings, and Stewed Duck with Gingko and so on. We also tasted Guilin local fruits, such as Lychee, papaya, cherry, all kinds of peaches, cantaloupe and kiwi. Due to the sufficient sunshine, they had much sugar and tasted sweet.

    All of these consisted of our fantastic trip Guilin. High-quality service, blue sky, clean water, magnificent sights, and kind local people were permanently saved in my heart. Guilin deserved your visiting!
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    Susan Hartsburg
    Canada
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    I was shocked by their beauty during the 2 days Yangshuo tour. I visited Fuli Town, Moon Hill, and Big Banyan Tree. In Fuli Town, my tour guide Kevin took me to have bought fresh ingredients in the local market. I liked the atmosphere in Fuli Town. In the afternoon, we saw the Big Banyan Tree. What an unforgettable trip!
    Katelyn
    Netherlands
    Posted on August 11, 2019
    The Guilin tour was fantastic! We were lucky to meet a reliable, amicable and experienced tour guide. Her name was Effie. Both her professional knowledge and high-quality service left me with a deep impression. If I had another chance to visit Guilin, I would like to choose her as my tour guide again. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to her!
    Csaba Pastor
    USA
    Posted on August 11, 2019
    We had a well-planned Guilin tour this time which gave credit to my tour guide Jenny. We always had enough time for fun and relax. Perfect!
    Sonia
    USA
    Posted on August 10, 2019
    We arrived in Guilin with fine weather. Beyond doubt, we had a high mood to enjoy our Guilin tour. We indeed had a great time in Guilin. However, without a professional and dedicated tour guide, our trip would suffer an eclipse. We were fortunate enough to meet such a dependable and dutiful tour guide. Thanks!
    Nellie Caregnato
    Canada
    Posted on August 09, 2019
    I would like to talk about something about the Guilin 3 days tour. In fact, both picturesque sightseeing spots, such as Flute Cave and Seven Star Park, and the professional tour guide gave me a profound impression. But I would rather say that the dedicated tour guide Kevin was the most unforgettable. What he had done in detail deeply impressed me!
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