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One-Day Guilin City Tour
Elephant Trunk Hill
The first destination of this Guilin backpacking itinerary is suggested to be the Elephant Trunk Hill Park. Bus 2, 16, and 23 can lead you to this attraction and you need to get off at Xiangshan Gongyuan. Before entering the park, please walk westwards to the southern end of Wenchang Bridge to buy the ticket of Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise for tonight. Then head southwards along Minzhu Road to find the entrance of the Elephant Trunk Hill on your east side.
As its name indicates, this park is famous for a hill which resembles a giant elephant sucking water from the river. This great scene is regarded as the symbol of Guilin City and has attracted numerous visitors and shutterbugs every year. Visitors can also appreciate the Elephant Trunk Hill in a different way by taking a bamboo raft cruising along the river.
After that, take a taxi to the Seven Stars Park at a cost of CNY10 or so. This scenic area got this name because the layout of the seven peaks inside is very similar to the Big Dipper if seen from the air. Among them, Camel Hill is the most distinctive one looking exactly like a camel standing in lush trees. Don't miss the Seven Stars Cave in the park, where visitors can see stalactites in various shapes.
Next, you are suggested to explore more about this kind of karst landscape in Reed Flute Cave. You can go there by cab and the fare should be around CNY20. With the clever use of light, this cave is more like an underground palace built by gemstones, corals, and emeralds. People also nickname it the Museum of Natural Artworks as you may encounter stalactite columns in the shape of pagodas, primitive forests, veiling, hills... while you're walking towards the depth of the cave.
Reed Flute Cave
The ship will take you to drift down Li River and Taohua River, as well as Mulong Lake, Guihu Lake, Ronghu Lake, and Shanhu Lake. Pavilions, bridges, hills and trees along the way will be lightened up at night and cast their dazzling reflections on the water. Don't scrimp on pushing the shutter to capture each beautiful scene during the 1.5 hours' cruise. En route, you can also enjoy singing and dancing performance played by locals.
Disembark at Jiefang Bridge Dock and your one-day independent Guilin tour will come to an end at this point. Please hail a taxi back to your hotel to have a good rest.
One-Day Tour to Rural Area: Li River cruise from Yangdi to Xingping, Xingping Town, Silver Cave, West Street.
Side Trip to Longsheng: 2 days, visit the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces including Dazhai & Ping'an Village.
Yingxi Mountain Forest: 2 days, Feixia scenic spot, Yingxi Mountain Forest, The Third Tribe Ancient Yao House.