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West Street in Yangshuo VillageWest Street in Yangshuo Village in Yangshuo Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 5 Days As you request TCG-223 An ideal itinerary for families or those who want to see natural beauty and Chinese countryside. We can adjust the active components of this itinerary such as biking, caving and river rafting to your preferences.

This itinerary starts and ends at the Guilin airport. It covers all the major sights in Guilin and Yangshuo. We do not include hotels as there are many options and we can add this to suit your needs. There are many good hotels in the area and we can give you our recommendations. You will be 1 night in Guilin and 3 nights in Yangshuo. This itinerary can also be combined with a longer China itinerary.
Itinerary
day 1
  • Meals: lunch
Pick up from the Guilin airport
Pick up from the Guilin airport
Reed Flute Cave
Reed Flute Cave
Two Rivers Four Lakes parkland walk
Two Rivers Four Lakes parkland walk
day 2
West Street in Yangshuo Village
West Street in Yangshuo Village
Impression Liu Sanjie Night Show VIP seats B zone
Impression Liu Sanjie Night Show VIP seats B zone
day 3
  • Meals: lunch
Biking in the Countryside
Biking in the Countryside
Bamboo River Rafting
Bamboo River Rafting
Silver Cave
Silver Cave
day 4
  • Meals: lunch
Moon Hill
Moon Hill
Big Banyan Tree
Big Banyan Tree
Buddha Water Cave
Buddha Water Cave
day 5
Free time to explore Yangshuo village
Free time to explore Yangshuo village
Drop-off at the Guilin airport with 3 day tour
Drop-off at the Guilin airport with 3 day tour
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Tour code: TCG-223
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

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  • Let us modify the tour's itinerary for free and with no-obligation to suit your needs. We can change the activities, add or change hotel rooms, flights or trains as you wish.

  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by American management. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

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  • Included in the tour price
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Hotel (we can add on request)
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)


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Reed Flute Cave   芦笛岩

The Reed Flute Cave has been a major tourist attraction in Guilin for over 1200 years. It is a natural limestone cave is decorated with multicolored lighting. This is an excellent cave to see, but if you are heading down to Yangshuo then you can see an equally good cave there. If you are spending more time in Yangshuo then we recommend the Silver Cave there as an alternative.

Reed Flute Cave is over 180 million years old. It gets its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into musical flutes. Reed Flute Cave features stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in beautiful and unique shapes. Inside Reed Flute Cave, there are over 70 ancient inscriptions written in ink, which go back as far as the Tang Dynasty. These inscriptions, the oldest from 792 AD, tell us that the Reed Flute Cave has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times. The cave was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm

Two Rivers Four Lakes parkland walk   两江四湖

The area in Guilin where two rivers and four lakes come together is a beautiful parkland. There are boats, arched marble bridges, pagodas and other uniquely Chinese scenery. Take a walk in the evening to see the area lit up with lights.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Embark on the Li River Cruise and enjoy the Li River scenery  

As you cruise down the Li River you can photograph the scenes which have inspired Chinese painters for centuries. Traditional fishing methods can be seen in some areas.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
4

Buffet Lunch on board  

A wide selection of Chinese dishes to enjoy as you cruise down the river.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

West Street in Yangshuo Village   西街

West Street in Yangshuo village is a pedestrian area full of shops, restaurants, bars and tourists. The shopping and eating options are pretty endless. Its easy to find good Chinese food and even pizza or a sandwich. Even McDonald's has made its way here. As a tourist its an easy place to navigate, shop, eat and explore.

If you are staying at a hotel outside the village its easy to get dropped off here and call to be picked up again later or arrange a pickup time.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 10:00pm

Impression Liu Sanjie Night Show VIP seats B zone  

For the best views of famous Chinese director Zhang Yimo’s masterpiece show “Impression Liu Sanjie”, make sure to arrange VIP seats in the auditorium. Not only will you be treated to unrivaled views of the amazing illuminated karst peaks, but also be able to see each exquisite costume and carefully choreographed dance number in vivid detail. VIP seats at the Impression Liu Sanjie show will make this large-scale production feel like an intimate performance, making for one truly unforgettable evening of entertainment.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Biking in the Countryside   自行车

Yangshuo is a lovely place to bike among the rice fields, follow the meandering river and even stop for a cool swim. You will see lots of traditional agriculture and livestock including sedate water buffalos.

We can arrange for you to bike 1 hour up river and then take a bamboo raft ride back down the river for about 2 hours as part of your tour.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm

Bamboo River Rafting   竹筏漂流

While the Li River cruise is most famous, we far prefer this river cruise. You get your own bamboo raft and driver which seats 2 guests. If there are more than two of you then you have your own flotilla! The scenery is spectacular and you come much closer to stands of bamboo and the water itself.

You can combine the bamboo river rafting with a 1 hour bike ride up the river first. We can arrange for you to bike one way up the river, then raft down the river. The entire trip takes the morning.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
10:00am - 5:00pm

Silver Cave   银子岩

From the outside, the Silver Cave looks like any other normal mossy karst peak in Guilin. However, take one step inside this spectacular network of underground caves and crystal formations and it is clear that this place is truly something special. Cascading stalactites pour like liquid silver from the roofs of these impressive caves, and the milky crystal deposits that cling to protruding rocks are a miraculous feat of nature.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 4:30pm

Moon Hill   月亮山

Moon Hill is Yangshuo's most famous landmark. The 30 to 40 minute climb up the hill will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and countryside. Best to climb the hill at the beginning or end of the day when its a bit cooler. The trip up and down with some time at the top takes about 1 1/2 or 2 hours.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Big Banyan Tree   大榕树

Big Banyan Tree, located 7.5km south of Yangshuo, is one of the main scenic attractions of Yangshuo county. It is said that the banyan was planted in the Jin Dynasty and is famous for its age and towering beauty.

The banyan tree is now 17 meters high, 7.1 meters around the trunk, and covers an area of 1000 square meters. When we look closely we see that it has beautifully twisted roots and gnarled branches. Its crown is round with an exuberant growth of branches and leaves. There is a huge branch stretching out straight starting just 1 meter above the ground. Enduring wind and rain for thousands of years, it is surprising that this branch has not been harmed. The Tall Banyan is on the west bank of the Jinbao River. There is an ancient ferry crossing under the tree called "Rongyin Gudu". Across the river, rocks of varying sizes, fascinating mountains and wonderful caves,make this area a must see.

A...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm

Buddha Water Cave   水佛岩

The Buddha Water Cave is about 2 miles long and runs through 3 mountains. The water in the cave is not deep and has a gentle flow which is clean and safe.

The cave was used as refuge by the local villagers from the invading Japanese army during World War II. It's easy to see why the locals thought the cave secure from the Japanese and why portions are still off-limits to visitors. The cave is full of narrow, maze-like, and sometimes dangerous passages. Be warned, it is necessary to crawl through muddy holes, climb up and down stalagmites, and sidle in between stalactiteswith the aid of ropes and ladders. Complete with stalactite “drums” and an underground waterfall pool, you can bathe and swim. Bring your swimsuit and towel.

Wear your swim suit and don't bring anything you worry might get wet. If you bring a camera or passport, put it in plastic bags. First you have a boat ride into the...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:30am - 5:00pm

Free time to explore Yangshuo village   自由活动

Walk the labyrinth of shops, cafes and bars in Yangshuo

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Guilin 桂林

Guilin is famous for its beautiful mountain scenery, often seen painted on Chinese scrolls. But Guilin has grown into a city of 1.34 million. There are other places around Guilin, such as the rapidly growing village of Yangshuo that may be a better choice for visitors.

Often travelers will stay in Guilin for one night so they can take the riverboat ride to Yangshuo, which only leaves in the morning. Then they will spend 1 or 2 nights in Yangshuo. We recommend skipping Guilin entirely if possible as you can also see the same scenery from Yangshuo via bamboo river raft rides. But this might not be ideal for some travelers so adding Guilin to your itinerary is still a good option for many people.

Li River Cruise 船游漓江

Yangshuo 阳朔

One of the easier places to escape the cities and see a bit of the countryside. Yangshuo can be accessed directly from the Guilin airport, its about a 90 minute drive. You can bypass Guilin if you want and do river rafting among the mountainous scenery here. Once a small village, Yangshuo has grown up into a town because it is on the receiving end of Li river boat trips from Guilin. Thousands of Chinese tourists pour in daily from about 100 boats. If you want you can stay outside of Yangshuo town, there are a number of beautiful boutique hotels located along the Li and Yulong Rivers or amidst the surrounding rice fields.

Activities in Yangshuo include biking, strolling the rural scenes along the Li river and through rice patties, climbing Moon Hill, caving and shopping / eating in Yangshuo village. Much of Yangshuo village is pedestrianized.

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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