Welcome to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon your arrival, be met by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in Guilin downtown.
You’ll start your Guilin tour after a break. Firstly make a visit to the symbol of Guilin landscape - Elephant Trunk Hill. A giant rock hill vividly shapes like an elephant which is drinking water. Besides, there are many historical sites here for you to explore, such as stone carving, Buddhist temple, relic exhibition, etc. Then, drive about 7 kilometers (about 20 minutes) to next attraction - Reed Flute Cave, a majestic underground palace with sparkling different colors. The magical Mother Nature condenses millions years of natural efforts to form the incredible stalactite, stalagmite, stone shield and stone waterfall of different sizes and shapes.
After the tour, be transferred to your hotel.
In this morning, you’ll be driven about 80km (about 1.5 hours) to witness one of the most beautiful rice terraces in China - Longji Rice Terrace, an amazing feat of farm engineering rising up to 1000m high in Longsheng County. There are several featured Zhuang and Yao minority villages along the road and you’ll take a visit to the special Huangluo Yao Village, the First Village of Long Hair in the World, where you can see women in red ethnic clothes with very long hairs (the longest can reach up to 1.7 meters).
Later, continue you drive to the famous Red Yao Village - Dazhai at Jinkeng Rice Terraces. Throw yourself into the giant amazing pit of Jinkeng (Gold Pit) and begin your photographing of the layers of fancy terraces field where local ethnic peasants cultivating fresh wheat and crops into such fabulous images like paintings. Hike among the levels and go up to the Golden Buddha Peak, the best viewpoint to take great photos of the majestic panorama of the whole Jingkeng Rice Terraces with diverse kinds of shapes, like the eagle wings, phoenix, etc. Then, take the cable car downhill to continue hiking up for about 1.5 hours to your accommodation at Tiantou Village.
Have a nice sleep with the surrounding rice terraces!
Good to Know:
1. Weather: The temperatures of Longsheng are normally lower 2℃ to 3℃ than Guilin City (28.3℃ in July and 7.9℃ in January), while the mountain tops temperature is lower than the mountain foot, so please take some warm clothes with you.
2. Walking: When arriving at Ping’an Village, you can only be dropped at Ping’an Village Tourist Center parking lot that you need to walk about 900 steps to your hotel. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended!
3. Luggage carrying: For the aged or travelers who are lack of physical strength, you’d better hire a local porter to help carry your heavy luggage to the hotel (pay extra expense on your own).
4. Notice: The Viewing Platform of Seven Stars with Moon is under a reconstruction which means it is closed for travelers at present. The hiking route between Seven Stars with Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers would do some adjustment during the construction. You won’t miss the amazing rice terraces scenery when visiting.
In the morning, you will get up before the sunrise and go to the well-known photography location at West Hill Music, the top 1 choice for enjoying Longji Rice Terraces. Enjoy your time to take the sunrise photo of the terrace, composed with the morning glow, shadow, mists, forests, peaceful mountainscape, etc. After the shooting, go back to your hotel and enjoy your breakfast. After some break, continue to hike to Large-scale Thousand-layer Terraces and take photos of the unbelievable scenes of countless layers of soft and bright terraced fields pouring down to the deep bottom of the village pit. And then, have some pleasant time shooting the folk custom and costumes of Jinkeng’s Red Yao people and their featured wooden tilted houses.
After the visit, be escorted back to your hotel in Guilin City.
Evening Ideas: You can take a leisure walk around the famous city water system - Two Rivers and Four Lakes for the amazing night views.
As the declaration in Chinese textbook” Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven”, today you will explore this best landscape starting with a relaxing Li River sightseeing cruise from Mopanshan Pier to Xingping Town. Along the cruise, dazzling scenery will overwhelm your eyes like a vast endless Chinese painting of winding river, green limestone karst mountains, fascinating countryside views, amazing scene of A Painting of Nine Horses, and notable view printed on the back of the 20 RMB note. (Please note: Lunch is served by the cruise with simple local Chinese cuisine. And you can take some snacks when getting on board.)
After disembarkation at Xingping, check in your hotel and get some rest. In the afternoon, start your leisure photography of Xingping Ancient Town. Take photos of its historically charming dwellings, alleys, streets and local residents. At dusk, you will take a bamboo raft to take sunset photos of the Xingping scenic spot on Li River, one of the best places for Li River photography. Immerse into the image of shimmering Li River with surrounding hills against faint sunset lights.
Optional Li River fishing performance: since the life of local Xingping people has developed and changed, few people continue to do fishing, especially in the traditional way with cormorant, on Li River nowadays. Therefore, some local fishermen are willing to perform that to let more people know the original scenes of the traditional fishing on Li River. As asking the local fisherman with the raft with cormorant and Chinese vintage fishing lights will add more artistic atmosphere to your pictures, such as fish catching, fishing nest casting, etc., you can tell us if you are interested. Such optional performance needs extra payment and a reservation for around 1 month in advance.
In this early morning, take a bamboo raft to the famous photography location - Huangbu Reflection before sunrise, where most beautiful sightseeing photos are shot. Take photos of notable Guilin scenery against the brightening sunlight. You can also ask some bamboo rafts with cormorant, fisherman and fishing fire to create atmosphere to your pictures. On the way back to Xingping, you will also pass the 20 Yuan banknote scenery. Press your shutter to catch the iconic image of Guilin landscape of hills and river. After the shooting, back to your hotel and enjoy your breakfast, and get some rest.
In the afternoon, drive to Yangshuo, the best sightseeing enjoying place in Guilin and shoot in the Yulong River scenic spot. The scenery of Yangshuo is the essence of Guilin scenery, and the scenery of Yulong River is the essence of Yangshuo scenery. While feasting your eyes with verdant and pleasant countryside views of dotted little mountains, limpid stream, vivid farming scenes, lovely patches of fields, and simple but joyous rural life, also record them with your prepared camera lens.
After the photography of Yulong River, be transferred for about 40 minutes to Cuiping Five Fingers Mountain to shoot the grand emerald Yangshuo countryside panorama like the fairy tale world and the dreamy sunset.
Then, drive to your accommodation at the foot of Xianggong Hill. Have a good sleep!
Optional activities: For Yulong River, there are diverse kinds of ways for your enjoyment of the fun and beauty, including biking, hiking, sightseeing bus, bamboo rafting and scooter. You can easily choose and combine your ideal way(s) and part of Yulong River if you are interested. (Please tell your likes to your travel consultants before booking the tour, as the final prices will differ by activities you choose.).
Get up early this morning to take photos of the terrific sunrise and morning glows at Xianggong Hill, the best place for shooting the full view of Li River. Take out your camera to shoot the best photos of the beams of lights coming out from the clouds, the changing mists, winding Li River, various forms of Yangshuo Karst mountains, rural houses, boats shipping on the orange river, etc.
After the photographing, return to your hotel to enjoy breakfast. Then, be transferred to catch your flight / train to next destination. (Note: arrange your flight or train in late afternoon or early evening.)
The quotation for this trip is from Request P/P
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
Single Room Supplement;
Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
Recommended optional activities;
Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
Excess Baggage Charges;
Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.
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