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One-Day Guilin City Highlights Tour

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Availability : Depart on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Max People : Max. 6 people in a group
Trip Overview

Explore the unique charm of Guilin with our professional local guide during this day trip. Walk along the peaceful pathways in an ancient village, feeling the atmosphere of rural life stretching back to imperial times, or discover the secret recipe of the locals’ favorite daily dish — Guilin rice noodles.

Taste this city’s atmosphere, admire the splendid “natural art” in Reed Flute Cave, or walk along the banks of the scenic Two Rivers and Four Lakes water system. During this day trip, you’ll witness the unique city of Guilin.

Highlights of the Day Trip
  • Explore a local ancient village, which has a history of more than 1,000 years. Few people have previously traveled to this village, which helps you discover the traditional Chinese residential lifestyle and culture.
  • Discover the secret recipe and production process of the locals’ favorite daily dish — Guilin rice noodles.
  • Admire the natural masterpieces of the beautiful stalactites in Reed Flute Cave.
  • Wander in the streets adjacent to the city’s beautiful water system — the Two Rivers and Four Lakes. Experience the unique charm of this city.
The Design of the Day Trip
  • Explore the city as a local with insider recommendations.
  • There is no shopping, there are no tricks, and no queueing to endure. Six participants take part in this mini group tour.
  • Discover a better way to explore and experience the celebrated city of Guilin.
Detailed Itinerary

The Day Before Your Day Trip

You’ll receive a telephone call from your tour guide before 9:30pm to let you know the exact collection time for your trip the next day.

If, for any reason, you don’t receive our email or get a telephone call from your guide, which has never happened before, please call our 24-hour hotline in Guilin at +86-18078331512, and we will rectify this.

8am–9:30amHotel Collection and Drive to the Ancient Village of Xiongcun

Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel’s lobby or other appointed location at the agreed time, which is usually 8am. He/she will hold a Trippest banner so that you recognize him/her immediately. You’ll join a group with no more than six members, which is a great size to ensure you enjoy a better travel experience.

After collecting all the members, your tour group will head to the first destination — the ancient village of Xiongcun. It takes about 40 minutes (20 kilometers) to get there from Guilin city center.

Details about Your Transport
  • The free hotel collection and drop-off areas will be within the urban areas of Guilin. For further distances, you can hire a taxi to the apointed hotel, please provide your hotel information in the booking form. For detailed pick-up and drop-off area, please read our FAQ.
  • Our drivers are licensed and have at least 5 years’ driving experience. This ensures you have a safe trip. Our vehicles are comfortable and spacious, being equipped with a safety belt on every seat, air conditioners, and an unlimited supply of bottled water.
  • We purchase trip insurance for each member to protect your safety.

9:30am–11amVisit the Ancient Village of Xiongcun

After a 40-minute drive, you will arrive at a peaceful ancient village called Xiongcun. This village has a history of more than 1,000 years.

It was a very busy town in the past but its popularity faded as time went by.

The original prosperity has been replaced with old houses, mossy stone steps, and elderly villagers who retell the village’s ancient stories.

In this village, you’ll see the well-kept traditional Chinese residential culture. You’ll have the chance to visit a local family’s home and experience their peaceful lifestyle. Witnessing the lifestyle of the villagers will make you feel as though you have traveled back in time by several hundred years.

An Authentic Ancient Village
  • There is an ancient town nearby called Daxu Ancient Town. Compared with Xiongcun, Daxu is more touristic and commercialized. Xiongcun, on the other hand, is more original and fewer people have traveled there. You’ll enjoy a more authentic experience there.

11am–1pmVisit Guilin Rice Noodle Culture Center and Enjoy Rice Noodles for Lunch

After visiting Xiongcun, you’ll go to Guilin Rice Noodle Culture Center where you’ll have the chance to see the local people’s favorite daily food of Guilin rice noodles being made. You’ll find out why Guilin rice noodles are so popular in the city and, moreover, you’ll enjoy a meal of Guilin rice noodles and also taste some local snacks with some rice wine for lunch.

A Better Experience
  • The center might be very crowded and busy during the lunchtime period.
  • In order to enjoy a better experience, you’ll have lunch separately in a VIP room while other tour groups struggle to get their food amid the crowd.

1pm–4pmVisit the Natural Art Museum of Reed Flute Cave

Having tasted the delicious rice noodles, you will head for the most famous cave in Guilin — Reed Flute Cave. It is called a “natural art museum” due to the numerous beautiful stalactites and stalagmites inside it.

Decorated with colorful spotlights and with intriguing shadows cast across the cave’s small pool, it’s as though you are looking at a beautiful Chinese painting. A karst cave on such a great scale as this and with such beautiful natural formations is a rare natural phenomenon in the world.

Now Reed Flute Cave has become a calling card of Guilin. More than 180 international heads of state and politicians have visited this cave, including two former presidents of the United States, Nixon and Carter.

Avoid the Queue
  • As VIP guests, our tour group will go to another entrance to skip the queue while other groups will have to remain in the queue for quite a long time.

4pm–6pmWalk Around the City’s Water System — Two Rivers and Four Lakes

After visiting Reed Flute Cave, you’ll be driven to the city center where you can enjoy a walk around the city’s water system — Two Rivers and Four Lakes.

The two rivers in the name relate to Guilin’s two major rivers running through the city: the Li River and the Peach Blossom River. The four lakes in the name refer to the four major lakes in the city: Ronghu (Banyan Lake), Shahu (Chinese Fir Lake), Guihu (Osmanthus Lake), and Mulonghu (Wood Dragon Lake). These rivers and lakes are linked together in a circuit.

Your walk will begin at Gunanmen (‘Old South Gate’), which used to be the south gate of Guilin during the Tang Dynasty in about 700 AD.

Near the gate stands a 1,000-year-old banyan tree, which reflects the history of this city. In front of it is Banyan Lake — walk alongside it to discover ancient bridges in many different styles.

After you walk around Ronghu, you’ll come to another lake named Shahu, which has twin towers standing in it. The Sun and Moon Twin Towers are landmarks of Guilin. The Sun Tower is the largest bronze Buddhist tower in the world.

Continue onward to reach the most beautiful street in Guilin — Binjiang Road. The road runs alongside the Li River and you’ll see the aptly named Elephant Trunk Hill, which appears to be an elephant drinking the river. Along the roadside, which is decorated with banyan trees, you’ll see many street artists playing music and singing about this beautiful city.

Your final stop is Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, which is home to the largest man-made waterfall in the world. Your wonderful trip ends here. You can choose to continue walking in the nearby area (Zhengyang Pedestrian Street and the food market are only a few steps away) or you can be driven back to your hotel.

Recommended Nighttime Activity

The water system of Two Rivers and Four Lakes looks even more beautiful at night when it is decorated by the many city lights. Cruise boats run through the water system, departing between 8pm and 10pm. Each trip takes about 90 minutes and costs about 220 yuan. If you want to take this nighttime cruise, please ask your guide to book it for you.

Share Your Experiences

Please share your happy experiences of this day with your friends on your Facebook page or via TripAdvisor. This encourages more people to have the chance to see the beautiful scenery of Guilin. Follow us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/trippest/ for updates and our trip photos. We hope to see you again soon.

Internet Access

Due to the state-controlled Internet security in China, many popular websites and apps are blocked, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and WhatsApp. This means you might not be able to visit your favorite sites and might not receive your emails and other important information. For this reason, we highly recommend you use a VPN service (NordVPN is recommended) before your trip to make sure you can get connected to the global Internet.

Dates and prices
Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
$79 USD $69 USD Free

 

Price Include:
  • Admission to Reed Flute Cave.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking local guide service.
  • Guilin rice noodles lunch at Guilin Rice Noodles Culture Center.
  • A walking trip to the Two Rivers and Four Lakes.
Price Exclude:
  • Cruise boat ticket for night activity.
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Your personal expenses.
FAQs

What is the hotel pick-up and drop-off area?

The hotel collection and drop-off areas will be within the urban areas of Guilin and Yangshuo.

In Guilin city, the hotel collection and drop-off area should be within the following area: the north side is Beijiguangchang/北极广场, the west side is West Hill Park/西山公园, the east side is Sanlidian Square/三里店广场 and the south side is Wonderful Plaza/万福广场. Most of the major hotels are located in these areas such as The Sheraton Hotel, The Shangri-la Hotel, The Li River Waterfall Hotel and Guilin Bravo Hotel etc.

For further distances, you need to hire a taxi to the appointed hotel which your tour guide will tell you the day before the trip.

A Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off Area Map of Guilin City

What is your cancellation policy?

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for canceled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms of cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

What if I want to make a last-minute booking?

In order to making sure we have enough time to arrange your trip and make sure the availability we usually require customer make their booking at least 24 hours in advance and that’s why you can not book directly on-line for a 24-hour last-minute booking.
But that does not mean you have no chance to book a last-minute trip within 24 hours. For urgent booking, please make a phone call to us at: +86-18807734970 to check the availability (usually it is available ) or send an email (not recommended as you may not get the response immediately) at: inquiry@trippest.com