“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.
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 +86-18074837277, 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 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 maximum 6 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) driving from Guilin while it only takes about 50 minutes to get there from Yangshuo County.
You may take more than a hundred steps to climb up, normally it takes 10-15 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
Xianggong Hill could be temporarily closed due to government activities, which we can NOT be informed in advance. We may visit Cuiping Five Fingers Mountain instead, which is Located nearby the Putao Town, 22km north of Yangshuo. Cuiping Wuzhishan (Wuzhi Hill) is a nice place to take sunset photos. It takes around 20 minutes to climb up and you will photograph numerous karst mountain peaks and some villages with many paddies surrounded by a river. A wonderful place not to be missed in Yangshuo. the tour guide may adjust the itinerary according to the current situation.
After driving 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.
After bike riding in the countryside, you will have lunch at a local family-style restaurant: Secret Garden. You will have the chance to taste both the delicious food eaten every day by locals and Western food.
After having lunch, riding about 1 hour to reach Xingping Wharf. You may take a nap in the car. You will go by an ancient town named Fuli, which has a history of over 1,000 years. If you are lucky to meet the market-day, you can see some people come from nearby villages to sell their home grown fresh fruits and vegetables, meanwhile, some people buy daily articles in the market. This tradition has been continued for many years. You’ll also have a chance to taste some local street food which is only provided on this special day. Feel free to ask the tour guide to stop by, and take you to market if you want to visit.
Arriving at Xingping Wharf, where you will enjoy a private raft trip. You will drift along the most beautiful part of the Li River for about 1 hour, from Xingping to Nine-Horse Painted Hill, and then back to Xingping.
As you drift on the most beautiful rivir in China, you’ll feel like you are in a Chinese traditional painting. The breeze will gently blow on your face, the hills will pass you by and the celar water will flow beneath you. Just let time pause and enjoy the scenery and the moment.
If you have a 20 yuan Chinese bank 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
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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|Departure Place||Adult (age 12+)||Child (age 2 – 11)||Infant (age < 2)|
|Guilin Departure||$119 USD||$99 USD||Free|
|Yangshuo Departure||$119 USD||$99 USD||Free|
Due to the limited tickets availability for major attractions and terrible experience during the crowded public holidays, we decided to close the following public holiday dates: Jun. 17th 2019, Sep. 13th 2019, and China National Day holiday from Oct.1 2019 to Oct. 6h 2019.
The tour was amazing! Lily was a great guide, really kind and taught me a lot about chinese culture! The food was great, the boat and scooter rides were really fun!
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.