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, and experience Guilin traditional cultures and folk arts in a beautiful village nearby a tributary of the Li River, discover the secret recipe of the locals’ favorite daily dishes.
Taste this city’s atmosphere, admire the splendid “natural art” in Reed Flute Cave, and 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.
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Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel’s lobby or other appointed location at the agreed time, which is usually between 8am and 8:30am. The tour guide 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.
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.
After 20-minute driving from Daxu, you’ll arrive at a rebuilt village name Li Water Family (Li Shui Ren Jia). It is near the mountains and nearby an important tributary (Chao Tian River) of the Li River. This village preserves the old dwellings style of Northen Guangxi. You may also see many handicrafts here, like pressing old with a flying hammer, weaving cotton cloth, forging iron, making wine, etc. As the city develops, some of handicrafts are dying out. Fortunately, these intangible cultural heritages are protected and inherited at Li Shui Ren Jia.
You can try one of handicrafts which is free. But if you want to do more deep experiences like potting, making dried bean milk cream, tie-dyed fabric, ect, that would be optional and pay on your own expense. Free free to ask the tour guide if you have any questions.
Have a lunch at a local restaurant here. You’ll have a chance to taste some locals’ favorite daily dishes.
Having tasted the delicious lunch, 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.
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.
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.
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