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How to Spend 3 Days in Guillin

How to Spend 3 Days in Guillin

With three days in Guilin, you’ll have time to cruise down the Li River, explore Yangshuo and the surrounding countryside, and visit the Longji Rice Terraces, ancient villages, and hills and caves in the area. Here’s how.

 

Day 1: Li River cruise and Yangshuo

A highlight of any Guilin trip is a cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. During the 4- to 5-hour journey, take in vistas of limestone peaks such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Mural Hill, and Yellow Cloth Shoal; ancient villages such as Daxu and Xingping; and much more.

 

Once in Yangshuo, take a stroll along bustling West Street, then head to the countryside on a guided tour to hike, bike, rock climb, or check out the scenic Ten Mile Gallery. Float along the Yulong River on a bamboo raft, or savor the views from Xianggong Hill. Alternatively, try a cooking or calligraphy class, or visit a nearby village. In the evening, enjoy a performance ofImpression Sanjie Liu, set along the Li River.

 

Day 2: Hills, caves, and ancient towns

Join a guided tour of Guilin to make the most of your second day. Get your bearings and a different perspective of Guilin from the top of Fubo Hill or Solitary Beauty Peak before taking a closer look at Elephant Trunk Hill. Then, explore Reed Flute Cave or Seven Star Cave.

 

Later, venture out of town and step back in time in the village of Daxu Old Town, Xiong, or Jiangtou. Some villages date back more than 1,000 years and have remarkably well-preserved buildings and streets. Spend the evening wandering around the Two Rivers and Four Lakes area, or embark on a night cruise.

 

Day 3: Longji Rice Terraces

Finally, take a day trip to the Longji Rice Terraces. Hike from village to village along the way, relishing the natural beauty of the terraced fields while learning about the Zhuang and Yao cultures. On the way back to Guilin, stop by a tea plantation. 

 

For your last night, dine on local favorites such as Guilin rice noodles and steamed Li River fish, then pick up souvenirs on Zhengyang Pedestrian Street or at the Guilin Night Market.

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Mini Group: Longji Rice Terraced Fields and Minority Villages Tour

Mini Group: Longji Rice Terraced Fields and Minority Villages Tour

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Discover the spectacular beauty and local cultures of the Longji Rice Terraces on a full-day tour from Guilin. Take in Huangluo Yao village to learn about the Yao and Zhuang peoples that have cultivated these rice terraces for more than 800 years. Have lunch in the village and taste bamboo rice, a specialty dish cooked in a bamboo stalk. Then ascend the mountain to visit Ping’an village and take a walk through the Longji Rice Terraces. Photo ops abound in this stunning region — keep your camera handy!
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  • 8 hours
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$152.00
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$152.00
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Private Guilin Half Day Tour: Fubo Mountain, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Hill

Private Guilin Half Day Tour: Fubo Mountain, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Hill

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Take in the major sights of Guilin on a private half-day tour that showcases the geographic and cultural highlights of Guilin. Visit landmarks such as Elephant Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fubu Hill and the Li River, learning about their history from your informative guide. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and admire some of the most beautiful terrain in China. This tour can easily fit into your Guilin sightseeing schedule, perfect for those with limited time.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.00
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$123.00
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Private Tour-Yangshuo Impression Sanjie Liu Show

Private Tour-Yangshuo Impression Sanjie Liu Show

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Experience an enchanting performance of the extravagant ‘Impression Sanjie Liu Show’ on the shores of the Li River in Yangshuo on this spellbinding tour. Depart from your hotel in a luxurious private vehicle and take your seat in a large, open-air theatre on the beautiful banks of the Li River. Gasp, as performers appear to float along the river while portraying myths and legends of the Yangshuo culture. Be hypnotized by Zhang Yimou’s dreamy interpretation of the show set against the stunning natural backdrop of mountains and rivers. 
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  • 3 hours
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Guilin Four lakes night cruise with the English speaking driver from Guilin hotel

Guilin Four lakes night cruise with the English speaking driver from Guilin hotel

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Downtown Guilin lights up at night, and the best way to enjoy its beauty is to take a night cruise around the city’s Four Lakes scenic area. Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s multicolored nighttime skyline from a comfortable sightseeing boat; see after-dark highlights like the Twin Pagodas and the city’s musical fountains without wasting time on research or on walking from landmark to landmark.
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  • 2 hours
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Guilin Tour of Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill

Guilin Tour of Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill

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Guilin is renowned for its unique mountain scenery and for the tranquil Li River, and this private tour offers a seamless way to explore the region’s most popular highlights. Meet your guide in the morning at your Guilin hotel, and hop aboard your private vehicle. You’ll explore the Reed Flute Cave, will discover the hilly landscape of Seven Star Park, will admire Fubo Hill and the much-photographed Elephant Trunk Hill, and more. The tour also includes lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.67
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$218.67
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Half day Yangshuo Cooking lesson Small Group Tour

Half day Yangshuo Cooking lesson Small Group Tour

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Learn to cook like a local with this lesson in Yangshuo. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to a local market with your informative local instructor and discover the ingredients and flavors of Guanxi Province cuisine. Then, prepare a delicious meal with the help of a pro. Savor your creation while learning about local customs and folklore.
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  • 4 hours
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$60.00
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$60.00
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All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour in Yangshuo

All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour in Yangshuo

Whether you’re a racer or a crawler when it comes to hiking, experience the beauty of Yangshuo’s karst pinnacles and rice fields at your pace—and no one else’s—on this private tour. Starting from a traditional village, hike through paddy fields and farmland, surrounded by karst, talking to farmers as you go. Enjoy an authentic local lunch in a farmer’s home before returning to Yangshuo.
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  • 6 hours
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$84.27
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$84.27
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Small-Group Yangshuo Rock-Climbing Adventure

Small-Group Yangshuo Rock-Climbing Adventure

Experience the thrill of scaling Yangshuo’s famous peaks with this exhilarating 4-hour rock-climbing experience, suitable for all ability levels, including first-timers. With a small group limited to six people, you’ll receive plenty of attention from your expert guide as you master the basics, then put your skills to the test as you tackle one of the region’s many climbing routes. Looking for a challenge? Upgrade to a full-day tour and get the ultimate adrenaline fix, climbing up to 131 feet (40 meters) high.
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  • 4 hours
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$56.42
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Private Tour: Daxu Village and Crown Cave Along Li River from Guilin

Private Tour: Daxu Village and Crown Cave Along Li River from Guilin

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Get a glimpse into local life as you explore the traditional villages and striking caves around Guilin on this 4-hour tour, including hotel pick-up. Watch the villagers go about their everyday lives as you tour the pretty village of Daxu and learn about local culture from your private guide. Then, keep your camera handy as you journey along the scenic Li River and stop to see one of Guilin’s natural wonders – the Crown Cave, famed for its dramatic stalagmites and stalactites.
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  • 4 hours
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$95.79
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$95.79
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One-Day Li River Cruise with Biking Tour in Yangshuo

One-Day Li River Cruise with Biking Tour in Yangshuo

Take in the natural beauty of the Guilin area on this 6-hour tour that combines biking and boating along the Li River. Get the chance to admire the region's limestone peaks and visit the village of Yangshu. When booking, you must select the option where you want the tour to end—either return to Guilin or conclude in Yangshuo.
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  • 6 hours
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Guilin Bike Tour and Visit of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Village

Guilin Bike Tour and Visit of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Village

See more than possible on foot and explore parts that can't be reached by motor vehicle on this guided bicycle tour. Explore the well-preserved Jiangtouzhou village of Guilin and its surrounding rural areas and refuel with Guilin rice noodles for lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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$125.00
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$125.00