Welcome to Guilin

No matter where you’re going in Guǎngxī, you're likely to spend a night or two here – Guìlín is a convenient base to plan trips to the rest of the province. It's clean and modern, with a high percentage of English-speaking locals, but you'll have to put up with touts and high admission fees to sights.

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Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo

On this full day sightseeing tour from Guilin you'll be cruising upriver for four hours, sitting in cushioned comfort in the main cabin or enjoying the open-air viewing platform. Bring lots of film because this cruise along the Li River is a photographer's dream, and you'll want to capture the dramatic landscapes that Chinese artists have been painting for centuries. Lunch will be served onboard, with local favorites and fresh catches from the Li River. Your destination is the village of Yangshuo, where you'll disembark and stroll amid the colorful, bustling marketplace of local street vendors. After you stretch your legs and see the sights, it's a bus trip back to Guilin to see the farms and countryside away from the river. The trip doesn't end here, because you also get a choice of shopping stops and some real bargains in pearl and jade, or fine Chinese paintings.If you choose not to return back to Guilin right away, you will also have the opportunity to partake in some exciting afternoon activities in Yangshuo (at your own expense): • Biking tour: USD $25 • Rafting tour of Yulong River: USD $35 • Night tour of the Four Lakes: USD $35 • Yaoshan highlights: USD $40 • Rice terrace field tour: USD $70 • Impression Sanjie Liu night show: USD $40Please note that if you choose to do any of these activities, you will have to return to Yangshuo on your own. Your guide will be more than happy to help you arrange transportation back to Yangshuo.

$115 Cultural & Theme Tours

Longji Rice Terraces, Mountain Village Small-Group from Guilin

8 am – 10 am: Hotel pick-up and drive to the Ancient Zhuang Village 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.  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, we will head to our first destination — Ancient Zhuang Village of Longji. 10:30 am – 12 am: Visit the Ancient Zhuang Village of Longji Longji Terraced Fields is located in Longsheng county of Guilin city, covering 6 villages with a history of more than 2,000 years. The local Zhuang and Yao people have been farmed this mountainous fields day after days and year after years for their hard living. The Ancient Zhuang Village is the origin of the Zhuang people’s terraced fields. The highest altitude of the village is about 1,300 meters while the lowest altitude here is 350 meters. The terraced fields here look magnificent! 12 am – 13 pm: Hike from the Ancient Zhuang Village to Ping’an Village After admiring the beautiful terraced fields scenery in the viewpoint of Slender Ditch you will hike to another famous village – Ping’an Village from here. This hike takes about 1 hour to complete about 8 kilometers' distance.  13 pm – 14 pm: Lunch at Beidong’s Family Bamboo Rice You will have lunch at a local farmer's family where you'll have the chance to taste delicious local featured food – the bamboo rice and some other minority food. 14 pm – 14:30 pm: Visit the viewpoint of Seven Stars with the Moon After lunch, you’ll start a visit to the most famous village in Longji – Ping’an Village. You’ll see the most beautiful and magnificent terraced fields scenery in Longji! Many world-awarding pictures were taken in this village. 14:30 pm – 15 pm: An interview with a Yao lady wearing long hair After visiting the Seven Star with Moon viewpoint we'll interview an old Yao lady with long hair come from another village nearby to discover another ethnic group – the Yao people with red clothes and their featured long hair culture for women. In their culture girls only allow having their hair cut for two times in their whole life.  15 pm – 16 pm: Visit the viewpoint of Nine Dragons and Five Tigers After interviewing the Yao lady, you'll go to the most beautiful viewpoint – Nine Dragons and Five Tigers. This viewpoint is absolutely the most highlight of the day! 16 pm – 18 pm: Drive back to Guilin or Yangshuo The trip comes to the end after visiting the viewpoint of Nine Dragons and Five Tigers.  You’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo safely.

$81 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Longsheng Culture and Longji Rice Terraces

Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel in Guilin and drive you to Longsheng County, two hours northwest of Guilin. Begin your private tour by visiting the villages of the Zhuang and Yao people, two of the ethnic minority groups officially recognized in China. Your guide will provide comprehensive information about the culture and traditions of the Zhuang and Yao. See their unique and colorful clothing; listen to the melodious folk music; watch the playful dances; and observe the women weaving and embroidering. Enjoy a local lunch before traveling to the Longji Rice Terrace Fields. Climb up to the summit of the Longji Rice Terraces at an elevation of 2,886 feet (880 meters). A half-hour hike up offers an amazing panoramic vista of this incredible feat of farm engineering. The terraced fields were first built in the Yuan Dynasty, when the Zhuang people were forced to flee to the mountains. In order to continue farming on the mountains, the Zhuang people turned the mountains into farmland by creating terraced fields where the farmers could grow rice.From the peak, the terraced rice fields resemble the backbone of a dragon twisting and turning into the distance. The terraces divide the mountain into multiple layers. Tiers of water glisten in the sun during the spring; lush green rice shoots appear in the summer; layers of golden rice flourish in the fall; and layers of snow cover the terraces in the winter.

$63 Private & Custom Tours

Guilin Private Half-Day Tour with Li River and Elephant Hill

Guilin and the nearby Li River display some of the most unique and beautiful terrain in all of China. This private half-day tour showcases some of the geographic and cultural highlights in and around the city of Guilin.After hotel pickup by your friendly and informative private guide, start your half-day adventure at Fubo Hill, which has both natural beauty and historic art. Beginning in the Tang Dynasty, local artisans created intricate carvings and elegant stone Buddhas. From here it's on to Reed Flute Cave to see the impressive natural beauty of its stalactite and stalagmite formations. Locals call this cave the "Palace of Natural Arts," for reasons you'll soon discover. Next will be a stop at a local pearl market for rest, refreshments and shopping.Then you will visit the centerpiece of Guilin’s riverside park, Elephant Hill. Nature created this marvel some 3.5 million years ago and its shape resembles an elephant drinking water through its trunk. Finish your tour with a vigorous climb up the hill to take in the panoramic scenery of the city, Li River and surrounding countryside before your guide returns you by private vehicle to your hotel.

$93 Private & Custom Tours

Guilin Private Full-Day Tour with Fubo Hill, Seven Star Park

After hotel pickup by private vehicle, your full-day Guilin city tour begins with two attractions that feature sculpted stone: one carved by man and the other by nature. At Fubo Hill, stroll along the pathways to view intricate carvings and stone Buddhas dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Then it's on to Reed Flute Cave, a must-see Guilin attraction where nature has created the ‘Palace of Natural Arts’ — beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations illuminated by colorful lights.After a leisurely stop to shop for local pearls, jewelry and crafts, continue to the symbolic center of the city, Elephant Hill. Resembling an elephant drinking water through its trunk, this monolithic hill is approximately 3.5 million years old, with stairs to climb for a bird's-eye view of Guilin. After a Chinese-style lunch, visit Solitary Beauty Peak and the Mansion of Prince Jingjiang, an ancient home of a nobleman from the Ming Dynasty. Enjoy a privately guided tour of the mansion before a stroll along the scenic waterways of nearby Seven Star Park.Your guide provides informative commentary throughout your private day tour, ending with drop-off at your hotel.

$80 Cultural & Theme Tours

Longji Rice Terraces and Yao Villages Full-Day Bus Tour

Expect pickup between 8am and 8:40am depending on your hotel location. It's about a 2-hour drive to the Longji scenic area, and there will be a restroom stop along the way.You'll arrive at the ticket booth around 11am. Depending on group size, you may need to change bus for the 5-minute transfer to Huangluo Village. Stroll among the local wooden houses and enjoy a performance that shows you how the Yao women who live here brush, braid, and coil their spectacularly long hair in a traditional and beautiful way.Afterward, drive to Dazhai village. You can choose to hike up to the top or take a cable car (at own expense), where the most dramatic rice terrace views are to be found. This is a reasonably challenging hike and moderate fitness is required. Savor stunning views of this crafted agricultural landscape. Depending on the time of year, you may see layers of reflecting watery rice fields, lush green shoots, or a whole swathe of golden rice: in winter, the terraces might even be covered in snow.You'll leave at or before 4pm, depending on traffic conditions, and arrive at your hotel around 6pm.