4 days Guilin City tour and Li River hiking adventure
Compared with similar tours, there is a whole day of hiking added to explore the peaceful countryside from Yangdi Village to Xingping Village. Considered the best path for hiking and covering all the highlights of Li River, it will certain leave a beautiful memory of your journey.Guilin city is a perfect place to give you an introduction about its magnificent natural sights. Full of rivers and hills Guilin is just like one huge classical Chinese painting, waiting for you.
Upon your arrival in Guilin, a WindhorseTour local guide and driver will warmly welcome you and help you reach your hotel. Once checking in to your room, choose to have a rest or perhaps walk around the local neighborhood. Overnight at Guilin.
Strap your boots on for a modest hike from Guilin to Yangdi Village. There is short 1 hour drive to reach there staring point, where the best scenery can be found. Once you start hiking you will travel about 22 km. (14 mi.) to reach Xingping Village.
The hiking from Yangdi to Xingping shows travelers the full essence of the Li River, with all the splendid sights it has to offer. For example Jiumahua Mountain, a naturally occurring mural within the cliffs where you can see nine horse-like shapes with different positions, Yellow Cloth Shoal, the inspiration for the beautiful painting found on the back of every 20 Yuan bank note in China. The trek is broken up with conveniently located stops at 6 villages on both sides of the river. Crossing by ferry 3 times gives you an amazing way to see all of the natural beauty and daily life of locals.
After reaching your destination in Xingping, you can choose to wander a bit around to soak in some of the Xingping's ancient town feel or directly depart for Yangshuo. Just an hour away are hot showers and a soft bed waiting for you in Yangshuo. After checking in choose with your guides help to explore Yangshuo, relax or grab dinner. Overnight at Yangshuo.
Today you will experience the classic cycling route along the Yulong River. This half day ride is about 15 km. (10 mi.), during which you can easily stop and see all the highlights around the river. During the ride your guide will help share the history and local knowledge of the river. You may already know that the Yulong River, is also named the little Li River.
Riding along on your bike, you will feel free with the soft breeze and beautiful sights around. There will be spots along the way to rest and visit with some local farmers, as you traverse the Yulong River's countryside.
After returning to Yangshuo, stop and explore 'West Street'. Considered the busiest and most famous street in Yangshuo but only .5 km. (.31 mi.) long! It is famous for the fusion between eastern and western style architecture. Filled with shopping, cafes, Chinese and western restaurants it is a cultural experience like Time Square New York!
Return to Guilin your guide and driver when ready. Overnight at Guilin.
A morning visit to Reed Flute Cave, a limestone cave built over 180 millions years, filled with naturally occurring stalagmites and beautiful rock formations. Next travel to well-known and photographed Elephant Trunk Hill, a symbol of Guilin City. Each year it attracts countless visitors, to see what looks like an elephant drinking from the river.
The third natural scenery spot of the morning is famous Fubo Hill, depending on the time of year and height of the rivers water this stone will appear to float on water. However no matter the time of year the fabulous panoramic views from the top offer stunning scenery of the whole city.
Your last destination will be the Pearl Culture Shops. Here you can have a brief understanding of the pearl's process. If you choose you can buy some pearls for memento or a nice pear of earrings. Enjoy a tasty lunch as you prepare to bid your guide and driver farewell. They will help to ensure you safely reach the airport or train station on time.
We at WindhorseTour love to plan trips with our clients, we can easily adjust this and any other tour to match your travel needs.