“East or west, Guilin’s scenery is best”, while Yangshuo’s scenery is the best of the best! The key, however, is finding the best way to see all the beautiful landscapes, and that’s what we will show you on this day trip.
You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the amazing landscape of hills and river from the top of a mountain and you’ll drift along the beautiful and clear Li River, enjoying the natural scenery. What’s more, you’ll have a bicycle ride into a local village where rivers are flowing, birds are singing, and flowers are blooming. Just forget the hustle and bustle of the city, lose the burdens of everyday life, and pretend you are staying in paradise.
A view of the beautiful scenery of Yangshuo and the Li River from every angle.
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 +86-18807734970, and we will rectify this.
The listed itinerary might be adjusted by your guide due to the weather, transportation or other reasonable situations based on your agreement.
Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel’s lobby or other appointed location at the agreed time, which is usually 8 am . 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 — Xianggong Hill. It takes about 1½ hours (60 kilometers) to get there from Guilin while it only takes about 50 minutes to get there from Yangshuo County.
When you arrive at Xianggong Hill, your guide will get the entrance tickets for you.
After hiking along the steps for about 15 minutes, you will climb up to the peak of the hill where you’ll be taken aback by the amazing view of the beautiful karst landscape set as countless hills around the Li River. If you are a shutterbug, you can‘t miss this place. Tens of thousands of award-winning pictures were taken there. If you are lucky, you‘ll see the sea of clouds around the hills and rivers — it’s a wonderful view.
It is quite easy to climb this hill all the way to the peak, even for young kids. However, if you have trouble with climbing or if you have to use a wheelchair, it might be a bit challenging for you.
Steps to the top of the hill
After traveling for about 1 hour, you’ll arrive at the rural paths near the Yulong River.
Take a bicycle or an electric scooter ride along the beautiful countryside paths next to the Yulong River where the water flows silently, the birds are singing, and flowers are blooming. Watch the local farmers ride their ox carts as they plow the fields. Everything is so peaceful, harmonious, and perfect. Forget all your troubles while you feel like staying in paradise. What a perfect end to your day.
After visiting the countryside we’ll have our lunch at a local family-style restaurant named Secret Garden where you’ll have the chance to taste both the famous local’s favorite daily food and western food.
After having lunch, ride about 40 minutes to reach another ancient town named Fuli. This village has a history of over 1,000 years and is famous for its traditional Chinese handicraft — Chinese painted fans. Discover how the local artists combine the crafts of Chinese painting, calligraphy, and fans together. You’ll even have the chance to make your own fan.
After making painted fans, you will then take a 30-minute ride to Xingping Wharf where you will enjoy a private raft trip. You will drift along the most popular part of the Li River for about 1 hour, from Xingping to Nine-Horse Painted Hill and then back to Xingping.
On the raft, you will be close to the most beautiful river in China. As you sit on the raft and feel the cool breeze blowing on your face and see the hills on both banks and the clear river water underneath you, you’ll feel like you are in a Chinese painting.
Just let the time pause in the scenery to experience and enjoy this moment slowly.
If you have a 20 yuan note, look at the illustration on the back of it — it is the scenery that’s directly in front of your eyes.
The raft boat and cruise boat
For the safety reason, for aged people older than 70 years old or young children under 7 years old or under 120cm high or pregnant or handicapped are not allowed to take the Li river boat raft.
After enjoying the beautiful Li River scenery in Yangshuo, your trip comes to an end.
You will be transfered back to your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo.
If you are staying in a hotel in Yangshuo, we can drop you off at the West Street which is a shopping street that’s famous for its unique combination of both Chinese and Western cultures. you can always browse this street by yourself . There is a huge choice of restaurants around West Street (both Western and local).
If you are staying in Guilin, your driver will take you back to Guilin (after dinner) and drop you off at your hotel. The journey will take about 1½ hours.
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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.
|Departure Place||Adult (age 12+)||Child (age 2 – 11)||Infant (age < 2)|
|Guilin Departure||$119 USD||$109 USD||Free|
|Yangshuo Departure||$119 USD||$109 USD||Free|
What a great day!
We booked One day Guilin and Jangshuo Highlight Trip and it’s a must do in Guilin! You get to see the craziest view, eat really good food in the place they take you (Secret Garden Hotel-omygod what a nice place!). Cycling around rice fields was really great and the cruize spectacular.
Although it was raining quite a lot that day, we had the perfect timing to do everything and our guide Chasen (Jason) made sure everyone was feeling ok. His english and knowledge are really admirable. Recommended!
Awesome day trips in a group of 4
I can highly recommend this trip! We booked two day trips in very short-notice and were given seats immediately. Our tour guide Lily was just perfect! She was so kind, caring and such a fun person to spend the days with. She also knew a lot about the culture and history of China/Guilin and taught us alot. The way she handled everything and cared for us showed much passion she put into her work.
Coming to the trips: The first trip to Yangshuo and the Li river was just amazing. It was a whole day trip which was perfectly planned from the beginning to the end of the day. We have seen so much and were amazed by every new place we explored.
The rice fields the next day were also incredibly beautiful. The hike was easy to do and the views were stunning, even when it was raining.
The food from the farmers place was so delicious and Lily made sure I could also have a lot to eat as a vegan.
All in all, these two days were perfect.