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Guilin One-Day Tour to Rural Area

Picturesque Li River
This one-day independent Guilin tour guides you to go down along the Li River to the rural area. You will pass by Yangdi and Xingping Town and finally arrive in Yangshuo.

After breakfast, you may find your way to reach Guilin Long-Distance Bus Terminal before 8:30. There are many public buses leading to the terminal, such as bus 3, 5, 10, 11, 16, 22, 88, 91, 99, and 100. Or, you may take a taxi to go directly to the bus station. Then catch a bus there to Yangdi Dock.

You will arrive at Yangdi Dock after around 1.5 hours' bus ride. Take a bamboo raft there to drift along Li River to Xingping. During the 2.5 hours' cruise, the picturesque scenery of rolling hills reflected on the green water would not make you feel bored. You will encounter renowned sights along the way, such as Painting Brush Peak who got this name because of its unique shape, Mural Hill with plants and rocks portraying the image of nine horses, Yellow Cloth Shoal whose scene is printed on the note of CNY20...

Get down at Xingping Dock and walk for a few yards to the Xingping Ancient Town. Different from other historical towns in China, it is a quiet place to let you have a glimpse of the authentic lifestyle of people living beside the Li River. Most of the old buildings there are well preserved, but mottled walls and smooth flagstone path are the signs of age of this town. You may follow zigzagging lanes to come around these simple and secluded courtyards. The main street of the town is relatively bustling with handicraft workshops, restaurants, and hostels lining on both sides. You can go pick favorable souvenirs and taste local cuisines along the street.
Xingping Old Town
After having a leisure time in Xingping Ancient Town, you may take a bus from Xingping Bus Station to Yangshuo. Upon arrival, charter a car at a cost of CNY 100 or so for a round-trip to the Silver Cave. Stalactites in the cave are crystal white like a flowing milky way and send out the light of silver, and hence the name.

When you finish the visiting of the Silver Cave, return to Yangshuo and get off at the famous West Street, with a history of over 1,400 years. Strolling around this old-style pedestrian street is on the to-do list of most backpackers who visit Yangshuo. Along the S-shaped street stand elegant buildings following the traditional architectural style of this area, with grey tiles, sloping roof, and white walls. It is also the most prosperous street in the town, brimming with souvenir shops, restaurants, bars, and various themed hostels. The West Street is also nicknamed as the Foreigners' Street as it is common to encounter visitors from different countries, sitting together drinking beers, tasting coffee, and exchanging their own stories.

Your one-day independent Guilin tour package will end here. Please take bus no.5 from the southern end of the West Street to Yangshuo North Bus Station for your return bus to Guilin. The last bus back to Guilin leaves at 20:30, so make sure you arrive at the bus station by that time.
 More Related Itineraries:

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.

Yangshuo Bicycle Routes: biking along Ten-Mile Gallery.

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