3-Day Essence of Guilin & Yangshuo with Li River Cruise


If you are looking for unique natural wonders with leisure, this is it! The tour covers the essence of Guilin & Yangshuo. Take a Li River Cruise along Li River and cycle around Yangshuo countryside with friends or kids. Visit landmarks of Guilin City. All in 3 days! The tour will go on your pace and the guide and the experienced driver will serve your own group with a private car. That ensures you safe and maximizing your time.


  • Enjoy a cruise along Li River which was picked by CNN as one of the world’s 15 most beautiful rivers
  • Cycle around Yangshuo countryside and immerse yourself in the natural wonder that you can’t see elsewhere. A local family visit is even included
  • Visit Elephant Trunk Park - the landmark of Guilin City
  • Explore Reed Flute Cave - one of the world’s 15 most beautiful and mysterious caves
  • Take a chairlift up to Yao Mountain for panoramic the Karst Peaks around

Tour Details

Day 1Guilin Arrival

Whenever and however you arrive in Guilin, your guide will be on time ready in arrivals of the airport, train station or bus station. Outside the arrivals, your local driver is already waiting for you with a private air-conditioned and non-smoking car. Sit back and relax while being transferred to your hotel.

The rest of today is on your own arrangement. The guide will go through the details with you for the following trip. Surely your knowledgeable guide will also offer you ideas of the dinner and the evening for free.  

Great to know

1. Best time to do this tour - Guilin is suitable for visit at all seasons, but the most comfortable season is from April to November, which is warm and less humid, Yao Mountain is close for freezing weather in winter.

2. You can change the hotel - We specially arrange hotels with high ranking on Tripadvisor and good reputations among our customers, good service and perfect locations. However you are always welcome to tell your needs for a particular hotel. Our professional travel advisor team always try their best to create you a satisfactory trip.

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 2Guilin

Your guide will be waiting for you at appointed time in the hotel lobby. Then take you to embark the Li River Cruise at Zhujiang Pier.

Li River Cruise from Guilin Zhujiang Pier to Yangshuo (09:30-13:30)
Your guide will go with your on Li River Cruise. A Li River Cruise is a must-do for all first-timers as it is the best way to appreciate the charms of Li River. The unique Karsts landscape along the river is the essence of Guilin and you cannot see elsewhere, such as limestone peaks, local farmers tending rice paddies and water buffaloes cooling themselves off in the river. The view of fishermen on bamboo rafts with fishing cormorants maybe the most typical impression for travelers.

Cycle around Yanghshuo Countryside and Visit a Local Family (14:00-16:30)
The cruise will arrive at Yangshuo near West Street at around 13:30 or 14:30, which depends on the water level. Before hopping on a bike to explore the countryside area, your guide will help you choose a good bike to ensure your cycling safe and smooth.

No trip will be complete in Yangshuo without a cycling around Yangshuo countryside. It is the second highlight after Li River Cruise. The best view is along the road for lovely limestone peaks and rice fields. Your guide will then take you to a local family. The nice host will show you around the house and love to talk with you about life in the countryside.

Be transferred back to the hotel in Guilin (16:30-18:00)
When the cycling finishes, your guide will transfer you back to your hotel in Guilin in the same private car. It is about 1 1/2 hours driving time.

Good to Know

  • 1. About the ships – we upgrade our customers to the brand new deluxe ship with comfortable seats and spacious space.
  • 2. Duration for Li River Cruise – 4 or 5 hours depending on the water level.
  • 3. Lunch on board ; The cruise provides Chinese food lunchbox but it does not meet the standard of our service. So your guide will take an extra lunchbox(sandwich,desert,and fruit) for you from a local restaurant in Guilin.
  • 4. Cruise capacity ; There are 90 seats. The ship has 3 stories and each one has their own seat in the first or second floor. The third one is an open deck for sightseeing and photography.
  • 5. Cruise Toilet; – Usually have both squatting toilet and western closestool..

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotels: Sheraton Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 3Guilin Departure

Today is a classic city tour with culture and history.

Explore Reed Flute Cave, one of the 15 worlds’ most amazing and mysterious caves. Stop over at Lujia Village for a short walk and see what a new Chinese village looks like. The village is famous for its tofu. Many Guilinese go to the village for local food and creative food.

Next head forward to Elephant Trunk Park, which is the landmark of Guilin City. Most Chinese pupils learn it from their text books when they are eight or nine.

After that you will have your lunch at McFound Restaurant, which is ranked#1 of all Chinese restaurants for Chinese food at Tripadvisor.

Last spot will visit Yao Mountain – the highest viewing point of Karst formation landscape in Guilin, you will take a round way chairlift up and panoramic the scenery around.

When the tour finishes, your guide will transfer you with the private car to the airport/train station for your next stop, ensuring everything go smooth and on time. The guide will also help you check in and escort you to the point of the security check.

Good to Know

  • 1. The Reed Flute Cave inside have up and down stone steps in the certain area, for this respect, it equip with stone seat for take a rest.
  • 2. The chairlift up to Yao Mountain is quite exciting, but for safety reason, the kids under 3 years old and people with heart disease is suggest taking aerial tramway up.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at McFound Restaurant

What's Included & Excluded

What's Included

  • Entrance fees to the scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • Centrally located hotels with daily western & Chinese buffet breakfasts
  • Authentic Chinese lunch at approve local restaurants
  • Private air-conditioned car or van according to your own group number with a local driver
  • Private English-Speaking Guide
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Fees (If the flights are included)
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Travel Insurance

What's Not Included

  • Single room supplement
  • International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China
  • China Entry Visa Fees
  • Personal Expenses which are not listed in the tour itinerary

Good to Know

  • This is a private tour. The local private English-speaking guide and the private car will serve your own group only.
  • When on the tour, your tour guide and the driver can shorten or lengthen your time as your energy levels permitted.
  • Once you make an inquiry, you will get the specific reply from one of our travel advisors within 24 hours without service fee.
  • You can ask the travel advisor to tailor-make your own Guilin or even China trip based on this itinerary.
  • We can also arrange tours in other Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an and add them to this itinerary.
  • You will stop at a shop but absolutely no forced shopping.


Good organization and punctuality of your team, so only to be happy to have choosen your travel agency to live this experience on Li River.Moreover the appendix in the countryside it is very interesting to better understand the uses in Guilin region.

--by Vince ,2016/01/12

Dear Vanessa, Thanks to your suppor tour visit to Guilin and Yangshuo has been a great and enjoyable experience.Henry has been very helpful in guiding us around the Reed Flute Cave (a must see for any visitor coming to Guilin), the Elephant Trunk and of course the Li River and the surroundings of Yangshuo.The overall impression we have received is very positive.Both my wife and I are in the age range 56-65.I send you here attached some picture you can publish on your site just mentioning my..."More>>

--by Roberto ,2015/08/20

Vivi presents an attitude of being personally involved and concerned. She was willing to make adjustments and honor requests, large or small. We are now looking forward to a great trip experience.this trip by Lily Huang of China Highlights, which I understand your firms are connected. Let me respond to your questions:1. First of all, this was a tour so highly recommended by all of our friends in the USA and Taiwan, that we knew we had to take. And we were extremely glad to have taken this..."More>>

--by Yin ,2015/01/12

Dear Vanessa,Very well organised. Not too expensive. We greatly valued the services of our English speaking guide, Vicky. It simplifies things for us as we do not speak ChineseRegards,Derek

--by Derek ,2014/10/29

I cannot say enough about Leon and his personal service. I really had somany questions for him, probably more than most. He was so patient andanswered all of my inquires promptly. I feel that he has that personality tohelp anyone to the best of his ability. I changed my mind many times and healways found a way to please me. I felt as if I knew him and could askanything and would get an honest answer. I am sure that my letter is one ofmany. He is a very important man to have as a travel advisor...."More>>

--by Lynne ,2014/04/10

Itinerary Plus

Xianggong Mountain

Xianggong Mountain

Located at the bend of Li River, famed as the best place to frame with the Karsts mountain scene, the 20 minutes’ walk up to the highest point by stone steps, a picture of mesmerizing landscape will be vivid appear in front of you. This off-the beaten trial is highly recommended by local professional photographer, if your physical permit, why not go up to capture the best moments.

Yao Lady’s Family

A Local Yao Lady’s Family Visit

Oil tea, Chinese name it Youcha, is a feature food of Yao Minority in Guilin, and now popular among locals, it can remove the body moisture and good for prevent rheumatism in the humid mountain area, on the way up to the terrace field, our guide will take you to visit a local Yao lady’s family, she will show us how to make oil tea and treat us lunch there.

Yangshuo Chinese Cookery Class

Yangshuo Chinese Cookery Class

This class begins at the local market where ingredients for the dishes are chosen by students. Back at a covered, rooftop patio-classroom, you have an opportunity to learn three dishes and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You can choose other favorite dishes at the lunch.

Daxu Ancient Town

Explore Daxu Ancient Town with Local Scholar

Daxu ancient town, which has been a glory trade market in the past decade, it owns the biggest water transportation hub in Guilin. We invited a local scholar to show you around, give a brief lecture of the interesting story behind the town, visit the last and the only Chinese traditional pharmacy in town that still using traditional way for treatment! Also you get a chance to visit one of the local families and talk to the locals.

Helicopter Flight on Li River

Helicopter Flight on Li River

You will catch a bird’s eye view of karsts formation scenery along Li River by taking a helicopter flight; you have 4 flight route options base on your interest, just ask your travel consultants.

Yangshuo Biking

Photography on Li River Sunset and Local Fisherman

This tour deserve to the photographer, for sunset on Li River with karsts mountain as background, a local fisherman seating on his bamboo boat with his cormorant birds, which are the fisherman’s pet and good at catching fish in the river. The fisherman will show naturally pose with different postures. Your guide will help you to get the best composition of photos as possible.

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