Essence of Guilin & Li River

GL02: 3 Days Private Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo
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Day 1 Arrival in Guilin and Fubo Hill
Li River
A Vista of Li River
Welcome to Guilin! After retrieving your luggage, you will find your local guide waiting for you in the Arrival Hall of the airport, holding a welcome sign with your name on it. After a warm greeting, you will be taken to the hotel in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle and your guide will help you with the check-in. 

After a short break, drive you to the Fubo Hill (Wave-Subduing Hill), a wonderful scenic spot, where you could get a nice panoramic view of this city on the hill top. Over there, you could also see some magnificent rock carvings, stalactites as well as cloisters and pavilions. Then spend a relaxing evening by yourself.
 Our Friendly Tips

What could I do in the evening?

Guilin has beautiful night scenery, especially the Two Rivers and Four Lakes, which is more charming at night under the lights than in the daytime. Just go for a walk at leisure along the Bin Jiang Road or take a cruise to enjoy the stunning view.
Day 2 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin, Li River Cruise and Local Farmer's Home Visit
Yangshuo countryside
Our clients in rural Yangshuo
Photo by Mr. Remmelt Haange
The highlight of your Guilin private tour come today as you take a memorable cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. By the end of the cruise, you will know what a splendid Chinese landscape painting is. Because 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 reflecting in the crystal-clear water, fields and gardens strewing at random on the banks.

It takes around 4.5 hours to Yangshuo, and upon arrival, we will transfer you to see the breathtaking views of the countryside. On the way, you also pay a visit to a local villager's home. You will see what a farmer's house is like and how local people make their living. Then return to Guilin by a private drive for around 1.5 hours.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
 Our Friendly Tips

As you will stay on the deck to enjoy the scenery most of your time during the Li River cruise, we will arrange for you the 3-star cruise which has high cost performance. If you want to upgrade to the 4-star cruise, please let us know. Also, we suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning since the box lunch on board is a bit simple.
Day 3 Classic Guilin and Departure
Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill
Photo by our client Mr. MASSA
Today's private itinerary covers the three famous attractions in Guilin city. First starts with the city's emblem - the Elephant Trunk Hill. You will know why the hill gets such a name when you see it at the first glance. Don't forget to take photos in front of the giant 'elephant'. You will get a nice shot. 

Next you will visit the Seven Star Park. As the largest complex park in Guilin, it is also famous for the Seven Star Cave which boasts splendid karst formations. Besides the karst cave, there are still many other attractions that could tell you the history of the city.  

Then turn to the Reed Flute Cave. As the Palace of Nature's Art, it is renowned for the marvelous stalagmites, stalactites, stone columns, stone curtains and stone flowers. Highlighted by neon lights, the cave looks more fabulous. Over there, you can also see many ancient murals and inscriptions left from the Tang Dynasty (about 7th century).

At the end of the tour, your private guide and driver will see you off at the airport for your return flight or your onward flight to the next destination. If you need us to book the airline ticket, please let us know and we will be very glad to do it for you. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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 part 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
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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?
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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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