“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 an email from Trippest before 6pm with detailed information about your trip and the contact details for your tour guide and your driver as well as your vehicle number.
You’ll also receive a telephone call from your tour guide 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.
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 visiting Xianggong Hill, travel for about 30 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 visiting the Fuli village, we’ll drive to Xingping and we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant called This Old Place, which is in the ancient village of Xingping. Take the opportunity to taste the locals’ favorite dishes or, if you prefer, choose your favorite Western-style food.
After lunch, you will take a 5-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 with a height less than 1 meter are not allowed to take the Li river boat raft.
After traveling for 30 minutes, you’ll arrive at the rural paths near the Yulong River.
Take a bicycle or an e-bike 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 seeing the beautiful rural scenery in Yangshuo, your trip comes to an end.
You will be driven to West Street in Yangshuo, which is a shopping street that’s famous for its unique combination of both Chinese and Western cultures.
If you are staying in a hotel in Yangshuo, 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||$129 USD||$119 USD||Free|
|Yangshuo Departure||$129 USD||$119 USD||Free|