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Guilin: Classic Private Full–Day Tour

1. Guilin: Classic Private Full–Day Tour

After hotel pick–up at 9:00 AM, visit Guilin Reed Flute Cave, known as the art palace of nature. See beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone flowers with various shapes, and how these all glisten in colorful lights.  After exploring the cave, transfer to Yangshuo and visit the Xianggong Hill. Climb the hill, located on the west bank of the Lijiang River between Huangbu Shoal and Nine-Horse Mural Hill. Your uphill climb is rewarded with a bird's eye view of the Lijiang River winding through countless peaks, ideal for scenery enthusiasts and photographers. Move on to Xingping to savor a delicious lunch, before you take small boat from Xingping to Nine Horses Hill. Head back to Xingping River Pier, and catch the Liusanjie show at Yangshuo. At the end of your tour, transfer to your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo downtown around 10:30 PM.

Longji Rice Terraces: Full-Day Private Tour from Guilin

2. Longji Rice Terraces: Full-Day Private Tour from Guilin

On this full-day tour you’ll head out from either Guilin or Yangshuo to northeastern Guangxi province to the Longji rice terraces. This area, located around 80 kilometers from Guilin, was first developed in the late 13th century. Centuries of meticulous care by the Zhuang and Yao people have produced these beautfiul terraces that draw visitors from around the world. Longsheng county is home to a variety of ethnic minorities, such as the Miao, Dong, and Zhuang people. It is characterized by rustic folk customs and folklore, as well as colorful costumes. You’ll be met in the morning at your hotel and taken on a drive to the Longji rice terraces. First you’ll visit Ping’an village, and then continue on to the rice terraces. At the end of the afternoon you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Guilin: Private Full-Day Li River Cruise and Liusanjie Show

3. Guilin: Private Full-Day Li River Cruise and Liusanjie Show

Join the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo - the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous karst peaks will give you a surprise at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffaloes patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies and school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery, life on the river will be a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis. The show 'The Impression Liu Sanjie' can be regarded as one highlight of Yangshuo. It is a night show which you’ve never seen and a virtual scenery performance. The largest difference from the other shows will be the water and hill scenery theater. It uses the waters of the Li River as the stage and 12 hills as background. With the vast sky, it consists of the largest virtual scenery theatre in the world. As it is an outdoor theater and the scenes of the show are combined with natural sightseeing, tourists will find the show different from season to season and day to day depending on the changeable weather conditions. Your day will begin with a pick-up at 08:20 in the morning from your hotel in Guilin. From here, you will travel to Zhujiang pier, where you will board a boat. The cruise will last approximately 5-hours (from 09:00 - 14:00). During this time, you will enjoy the stunning scenery of the Li River. Finally, to finish the day, enjoy a wander through Yangshuo town and a roam down the famous West Street. During 18:30, your guide will meet you at the West Street and take you to the show theatre. The show will last for 70 minutes. Your day will end at approximately 21:00, when you will be dropped back off at your hotel around 22:30. If you are staying at Yangshuo, then return back to your hotel at around 21:20.

Guilin: Li River Cruise & Sightseeing Tour

4. Guilin: Li River Cruise & Sightseeing Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in downtown Guilin at around 08:00, and transferred to the Mopan Pier for a wonderful 4.5-hour cruise on the Li River. Then you will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffaloes and cows grazing on both sides of the river bank. In the afternoon you will disembark at Yangshuo. Existing for more than 1,400 years, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo County, Guilin. You will have free time to explore the old town's beautiful attractions by yourself. After your cruise, enjoy your time at Yangshuo. Services ends!

Full/Half-Day Yangshuo Xianggong Hill Sunrise Private Tour

5. Full/Half-Day Yangshuo Xianggong Hill Sunrise Private Tour

Xianggong Mountain is located on the west bank of the Lijiang River between Huangbu Shoal and Nine-Horse Mural Hill. An ascent of the mountain is rewarded with a bird's eye view of Lijiang River winding through countless peaks. Each year, a good number of photographers are attracted to Xianggong Mountain by the light and shadow, sea of clouds, and amazing morning glow at sunrise. The work of a photographer from Guilin won a bronze medal at the 10th international Photography Exhibition was created here. You will have an opportunity to capture the picturesque scenery yourself while watching the sunrise with this half-day small group tour!   Itinerary: 4:30 AM  Pick-up from your downtown Yangshuo hotel 4:30 AM to 5:20 AM  Depart for Xianggong Mountain 5:20 AM to 7:00 AM  Explore Xianggong Mountain 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM  Return to your downtown Yangshuo Hotel Note: The best season for sunrise watching is from July through December

From Guilin: Li River Cruise

6. From Guilin: Li River Cruise

Get an early start with pickup from your accommodation in Guilin around 7:30 AM and drive to Zhujiang Pier to start your Li River cruise. Take advantage of the best way to see the river and the surrounding landscape by boat. Travel through an area famous for its pillar-like karst mountains and take in views of peaceful green fields, farms, and villages, as well as grazing buffalo and cattle on both river banks. Enjoy a delicious Chinese or Western-style buffet lunch on the ship as you slip into full relaxation mode.  Disembark around 2:00 PM at the Yangshuo Pier. Services ends!

Guilin Li River Cruise with 4 star boat and Yangshuo Tour

7. Guilin Li River Cruise with 4 star boat and Yangshuo Tour

Begin your day early in the morning as we pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Zhujiang Pier. From there, embark on your Li River cruise trip from Guilin to Yangshuo on our comfortable boat. Relax on the boat and take in the majestic scenery of the Li River. Glide along the water, with the hills and the rugged nature around you on all sides. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, dip your toes into the crystal clear water, see the buffalos swimming or eating water weed in the river, and the fisherman drawing the nets. Along the banks of the river, admire beautiful peaks, bamboo and rice fields, and quiet rural villages. Upon arrival in Yangshuo town, take a short rest before we get starting on our countryside cycling tour. Cycling around the Yangshuo countryside is one activity that is simply not to be missed during your time in Yangshuo. It's the best way for you to relax and enjoy the fantastic views without spending a whole day hiking and walking along the footpaths. This is a perfect tour for any travellers eager to explore as much of this beautiful region as possible! Itinerary: 08:00: Pick up from the hotel in Guilin to the Zhujiang pier 09:30-14:00: On the boat and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Li river 14:30-15:00: Arrive in Yangshuo town and short rest in West street. 15:00-17:30: Yangshuo Countryside tour option - enjoy the Yangshuo scenery 18:00: Back to your hotel from Yangshuo or stay in Yangshuo

Guilin: China (with VPN)/ Asia eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

8. Guilin: China (with VPN)/ Asia eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Say goodbye to the hassle of physical SIMs and finding mobile network operator stores with our e-SIM service. After purchase, you'll receive a QR code that you can scan on your compatible device to install the e-SIM wherever and whenever you need it. Choose from a range of data volumes, validity periods, and coverage options in different countries to stay connected with ease. Most iPhone models beyond XS support e-SIM, and follow our instructions in the photo session to check compatibility for other devices. Share the QR code via AirDrop or scan it to another device. Install the e-SIM by connecting to WiFi or a network, and remember to turn on roaming for the e-SIM. If you have trouble connecting to the network, consult our self-troubleshooting guide. If you have a connected trip in Asia, just simply select the 22 Asian countries option, which covers:Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, South Korea If your data is used-up? Simple, just buy another e-SIM to top-up. APN (Access Point Name): iboots Local Network:China Unicom

Guilin: Four Lakes Night Cruise with Round-trip Transfer

9. Guilin: Four Lakes Night Cruise with Round-trip Transfer

Enjoy a fourlakes boat tour at night. When night falls, many lanterns and colored lights are lit and music fountains in the lakes switch on to entertain the public, making the area a lovely place to spend your evening. Take a sightseeing boat to cruise this inner city water loop for a view of the most beautiful scenes of Guilin at night. Your cruise lasts approximately 1 hour and travels over 5 kilometers. Pass stunning scenery filled with trees, plants, meandering paths, and small pavilions. Benefit from the chance to sail by performances by locals of Guilin Opera, minority songs, and traditional Chinese music. Make use of the 360-degree cabin windows on sightseeing boats which offer exceptional visibility. After pick–up from your hotel between 6:30 and 7:00 PM, enjoy your four lakes cruise from 7:20 to 8:20 PM, before returning to your hotel between 8:30 and 9:00 PM.

All Inclusive Longji Rice Terraces&Culture Private Day Tour

10. All Inclusive Longji Rice Terraces&Culture Private Day Tour

Note 1: Please make sure your hotel location is in Guilin Not Longji. ( Longji has transportation control because of the road condition, it is quite difficult for your luggage and van service). Note 2: If you need airport departure transfer at the end of tour, please make notes on booking page. It will cause extra cost. Your private guide and driver will pick you up from your Guilin downtown hotel, it takes around 90 minute drive to Longsheng county: saty 3-4 hours walking and easy short hiking for the fascinating view of the rice terraced fields. 1 hour visit Zhuang Ethnic Minority Village culture and 1 hour local delicious lunch also inlcuded. You will be transferred to your hotel at the end of tour either in Longji or Guilin.

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based on 117 reviews

Andy was the perfect tour guide. Shortly after the booking, he sent us an e-mail with all the important information. On our tour day, he was very punctual to pick us up at our hotel. Our first stop was the cave. When visiting, he always gave us information about it which was interesting. Then we drove to a scenic view which was very impressive. Even though the road was sometimes a bit uneven, Andy drove in a very comfortable way. The next stop was a 1-hour boat cruise. He did everything for us and we only had to board the boat. After that, we had some free time in Yangzhou to have dinner. He explained everything to us. Our last stop was a theatre which was one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen. And also here Andy made sure we’ve got one of the bests seats in our price category! He is a very kind and funny person and for sure you’re going to have a good time with him. Thank you so much Andy for this unforgettable day!

Collin (I think that was his name...I couldn't hear him very well) was great! He was considerate and very helpful. I would highly recommend this trip! Don't wait until you are OLD like us! And bring a couple of bottles of water. Frozen if you can find a way...

Andy was the absolute best guide. He showed me the best places to take photos, not only at the attractions but also on the side of the road on the way back to the hotel. Would definitely recommend this trip.

I really enjoyed this tour! You will see nearly all the famous spots you are searching for in Guilin in just one day. The Guide Andy is very cool and he will also show you the best secret (photo) spots.

Andy is a great day that suited our needs. Thanks Andy! This is a long Tour but it can be adapted to make it shorter.