4-Day Holiday in Guilin from Shanghai


Guilin is a historical and cultural city as well as a tourist destination. Guilin is renowned for its beautiful scenery. The Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, biking in Yangshuo countryside and visiting Zhuang and Yao ethnic people in Longji Terraced Field are not to be missed experiences.


  • Take a River Cruise for essence of Guilin scenery
  • Explore Reed Flute Cave for the mysterious views
  • Visit Jiangtou Village in Jiuwu Town for ancient China
  • Climbe up to Minority village and Longsheng Terraced Field for the first shot of Wild China filmed by BBC
  • Cycle around Yangshuo countryside and take a Taichi Class

Tour Details

Day 1Shanghai to Guilin by Flight.

Our guide will meet you after your flight from Shanghai and take you to your hotel. Start your Guilin trip after have a short rest. First is the Reed Flute Cave. This huge limestone karst cave zigzags for 500 meters deep and is 240 meters wide. Stalactites in dazzling shapes and colors show visitor why the cave is known also as a place of natural art. After have a lunch at a local Restaurant we will visit Jiantou Village. Located 32 km from Guilin, Jiangtou Village is regarded as one of seven most valuable ancient villages in China. According to history, most of residents are descendants of Zhou Dunyi, a famous Neo-Confucianism scholar from the Northern Song Dynasty. Then back to Guilin.

  • Meals: Lunch at Popular local restaurants with authentic Guilin food
  • Hotels: Shangri La Hotel Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 2Guilin

After have a breakfast we will drive about two hours to Longji Terraces. The Longji Terrance are built into the steep mountain range named "The Dragon's Backbone". There are about 66 square kilometers of terraced fields in the district. The Terraces were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by the Zhuang people. Zhuang and Yao minority villages dot the area which features traditional unique architecture where no nails are used in construction. The different minority customs and dressing styles are especially interesting. Have a lunch at a local Restaurant that serves Guilin local dishes. We will drive back to Guilin after the visit.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants with authentic Guilin food
  • Hotels: Shangri La Hotel Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 3Yangshuo

Today we cruise along Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. This section of the river presents picturesque scenery with limpid waters, unique peaks and brocade-like fields that change their charm with the seasons or even according to the weather - cloudy, sunny, rainy and foggy. Graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river can be seen. Lunch is served on the boat. Continue our trip to Yangshuo countryside by bike. Biking alongside the paddy fields and orchards that surround the famous mountains gives a fascinating insight into life in rural China. A family visit half way through is included. It is an opportunity to see real country life and talk to the local famers. Stay at a Yangshuo hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotels: Yangshuo Ancient Garden Boutique Hotel    |  Yangshuo Mountain Retreat   |  Yangshuo Village Inn 
Day 4Guilin to Shanghai by Flight.

The morning starts with a Taichi lesson in a park with a mountain backdrop. The Taichi master will introduce Taichi and demonstrate his craft. Visitors begin to learn Tai chi Quan and are invited to follow the teacher. Lunch is at a local restaurant which serves Chinese food. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for the flight back to Shanghai.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants with authentic Guilin food
  • Hotels: No

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
  • Meals in Local Restaurant as Mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Private Cars and Drivers
  • Private Guides
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Luggage Transfers

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets Toenter or Leave China
  • Domestic transportation
  • China Entry Visa Fees
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Single Room Supplement

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.

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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