Essence of Guilin & Li River

GL02: 3 Days Private Tour of Guilin
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Day 1 Arrival in Guilin
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer. Fubo Hill.
Our clients in rural Yangshuo
Photo by our client Mr. Remmelt Haange
Welcome to Guilin! After retrieving your luggage and clearing customs, you will find our guide waiting for you at the arrival hall with a welcome sign and your name. The guide and driver will take you to the hotel and help you check in. 

After a short rest, we will take you to the Fubo Hill (Wave-Subduing Hill), a wonderful scenic spot, where you could get a nice panoramic view of the city by average amount of climbing up to the top. Over there, you could also see some magnificent rock carvings, stalactites as well as artificial cloister and pavilions. Later, we will transfer you back to the hotel to have a good rest.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available 
 Friendly Tips

How to get to Guilin? Guilin is a popular tourist destination in China, which is easily accessible with air and train.

By Flight: Many airlines connect Guilin with foreign countries such as Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, etc. And frequent flights run daily between Guilin and big cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Hong Kong.

By Train: Taking train from and to Guilin has become very convenient due to the rapid development of high speed trains. If you travel from Hong Kong to Guilin, train is also a very economical way. You can go to Guangzhou or Shenzhen first, and then take a high speed train to Guilin at about 3 hours.

What could I do in the evening? Guilin has great night scenery with 'Two Rivers and Four Lakes' in the city. It is a pleasant way to enjoy the view either by a cruise tour or just take a walk along Bin Jiang Road.
Day 2 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. (B+L)
Li River Cruise
The highlight of your private tour will come today as you take a memorable cruise along Li River to Yangshuo. The river course of 83 kilometers (about 52 miles) from Guilin to Yangshuo is like a green ribbon flanked by numerous verdant hills, with grotesque peaks along the river reflecting on the crystal-clear water and fields and gardens strewing at random on the banks, creating a splendid Chinese landscape painting. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, we will transfer you to see the charming views in the countryside. On the way, you will visit a local villager's home to experience the farmers' lifestyle there. Then return to Guilin by our private transfer.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch 
 Friendly Tips

Li River cruise tour from Guilin to Yangshuo takes about 4 hours. As most of the time you will stay on the deck to enjoy the scenery, the 3-star boat that we arrange is adequate according to our experiences. It is indeed very good value for money. Additionally, we suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning since the box lunch offered by the cruise company is a bit simple.
Day 3 Departure from Guilin
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill. Airport transfer & see you off. Wish you a nice journey! (B)
Our clients at the Elephant Trunk Hill
Photo by our client Mr. Charles Duranceau
Today's private itinerary covers three of the most famous attractions, the Elephant Trunk Hill, the Seven Star Park and the Reed Flute Cave. Elephant Trunk Hill is the emblem of the city's scenery. As its name suggests, it is a huge rock that resembles an elephant drinking water with its long trunk at the riverside. It will be a memorable experience to take photos in front of the giant elephant. The Seven Star Park is so named because the seven peaks in the park distribute in the form of the Dipper. As the largest complex park in the City, it is also famous for the Seven Star Cave which boasts splendid karst formations. Besides, the ancient temples, bridges and stone tablets in the park will tell you the history of the city. Represented as the Palace of Nature's Art, the Reed Flute Cave is renowned for the marvelous stalagmites, stalactites, stone columns, stone curtains and stone flowers. With the help of lighting facilities, the cave looks more fabulous. Besides the splendid karst formations, there are many ancient murals and inscriptions left since the Tang Dynasty (about 7th century). 

After today's visit, we will see you off at the airport for your return flight or your flight to the next destination. If you need us to book flights for you, we are glad to do it upon your request. Hong Kong is a good choice after Guilin. The flight KA703 to Hong Kong departing at 16:30 is very suitable for this tour. Wish you a pleasant trip home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
GuilinShangri-La Hotel Grand Link Hotel
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with western buffet breakfasts
  • Lunch on the cruise
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Airfares of arrival and departure
  • Lunches and dinners not specified
  • Entry visa fees
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
Questions & Answers
Asked by Catherine from USA | Jun. 13, 2019 10:21Reply
We will be arriving to Yangshuo by boat from Guilin.
How far is West Street from the pier? What else can we do in a few hours in Yangshuo? Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Justin from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 17, 2019 19:22

You can walk southwest about 900m to the West Street and it takes about 15 minutes. You can also enjoy the night performance Impression Sanjie Liu.
Asked by william from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 18, 2018 18:46Reply
Apparently there are two buses going from yangshuo to longji rice terrace at 8:00 and 10:30.
I was wondering what are the bus details and whether they go directly to Dazhai? Also when is the latest time I can take a bus direct back to Yangshuo?

Any help will be appreciated!
Answers (1)
Answered by David from USA | Sep. 19, 2018 20:11

Hi, William, there are direct buses from Yangshuo to Dazhai, departing from about 08:00 to 13:30. The bus usually departs every 2 -3 hours. The duration is about 4 – 4.5 hours and the ticket fare is about CNY 70/ 80 per person. There are also direct buses taking you back from Dazhai to Yangshuo, the departure time is about from 09:00 to 16:00. The schedule is only for reference because the number of the bus is uncertain and changeable influenced by the number of the tourists. So making a reservation in advance one day at least is very necessary for you.

You can find a Chinese friend to help you book the ticket online or ask the staff of the hotel you live in to help you book one. As for the latest time when you can take a bus direct back to Yangshuo, you should consult the specific departure time and then book one ticket ahead of time. And they will inform you the boarding location after you finish the reservation successfully. I’m glad to help you and hope to be helpful to you. Nice trip!
Asked by Jack Dunningham from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 25, 2018 03:52Reply
Does the tour take you back to Guilin once you have reached Yangshuo? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Gloria from BELGIUM | Apr. 25, 2018 21:12

Hi, Jack! I've joined a tour of Guilin and Yangshuo organized by this travel agency and they will send you back to Guilin after Yangshuo. You are suggested to ask them for more information. Here is their e-mail address:
Asked by George Evangelou from CYPRUS | Feb. 26, 2018 11:16Reply
Guilin to Yangshuo cruise
In order to take the boat cruise, do I need to join a tour or can I buy a ticket and join the boat cruise indepedently?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tiana from DENMARK | Feb. 26, 2018 20:52

Both can be ok. If joining a tour through an agency like Travel China Guide, they will arrange the transfer from downtown to the wharf and collect the tickets for you. If taking the cruise independently, you can ask your hotel to book the tickets for you, then present on the wharf and board.
Asked by Andriy from UKRAINE | Feb. 02, 2018 12:33Reply
Hello! I want make trip from Guilin to Yangshuo
To Yangdi than boat trip to Xingping ancient town,Silver Cave and Yangshuo.Is it possible for one day?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andre from UK | Feb. 05, 2018 02:15

Yes, you can arrange the attractions within a day.
Except for silver cave, the cruise can take you to enjoy all the attractions you mentioned. To the cave, you can go to the opposite of Yangshuo Park, where, as I was told, the buses to the cave are available.
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