8 days Shanghai Guilin Yangshuo tour
This 8 day tour gathers masterpiece of Chinese people and nature. As an international city, Shanghai is the symbol of flourishing China. With landmarks such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Huangpu River and more.
Since 1973 as one of the earliest cities open to foreigners, Guilin has attracted countless visitors from overseas and home. During this tour, you will travel along the gorgeous natural scenery of Guilin. Experience a magical Li River cruise, hiking along the Yulong River and a bicycle ride through Yangshuo. Your China Awaits!
Upon arrival at Shanghai, you will welcomed by your local guide and transported to your hotel. Once checked in choose to explore some nearby sites on your own or have a rest.
In the morning, you will visit Yu Garden, also know as Yuyuan Garden. It is respected as a major architectural accomplishment of the south Yangtze River. Once arrived you will feel the balance between the trees, ponds and pavilions.
Just outside of Yu Garden is the The City God Temple Market. In ancient times, the temple was a worship place dedicated to the "Gold Mountain" or Jinshan in Chinese. Now it attracts millions of visitors each year to visit, eat and shop. You can easily buy some local gifts in this market as souvenirs or try a few snacks and skip lunch.
The next stop will be Shanghai's Urban Planning Hall. Here you can truly grasp the grander and size of Shanghai. View a massive city model and see what plans lie on Shanghai's horizon.
Having seen the city up close, now have a look from up high! Head over to the Shanghai World Financial Center and rise up to its' observation deck. Look out and view the city, the nearby Pearl Oriental TV Tower may appear to loose it dominance when you are looking down from the tallest building in China.
Once you have planted your feed back on the ground in Pudong Shanghai take a short drive to reach the busiest street in China, Nanjing road. Nanjing road runs from People's Part all the way to the Huangpu River and the Bund. Full of famous domestic and international brands, it makes a great place for some modern shopping, people watching and feel of Shanghai life.
Once you reach the Bund, stop and take some photos as the sun will be setting soon. A great time to enjoy the magic of the Huangpu river. If you prefer you can have dinner while taking a cruise or enjoy an excellent Shanghai acrobatic. No matter your preference your Shanghai guide will help to make all a reality.
In the morning, drive with your local guide for about an hour to one of Shanghai suburb to visit Zhujiajiao. Zhujiajiao is famous as an old water country scenery. After experiencing Shanghai city's prosperity and bustle, you will easily be attracted by Zhujiajiao tranquil and quietness. different from Yu Gardens, this ancient town is filled with many elaborate bridges, natural gardens and streets mixed with water on all sides. Immerse yourself in this picturesque town.
On the return to Shanghai board an afternoon flight to Guilin, where you will begin to explore a completely different side of China.
After arriving in southern China, it may take a bit of adjustment when comparing Guilin to Shanghai. These opposites is one of the elements that attracts many to this tour.
Guilin's mountain and water scenery is claimed to be the best in the world; and a cruise down the Li river is the best way to enjoy these beautiful views. During your cruise, you will be see sharp-edged hills like broken teeth, crystal clear water and peaceful villages. Stop and try to see if you can count all nine horses in the famous Nine Horse Fresco of Guilin. The cruise lasts for about four hours, with lunch served on the boat.
Upon docking in Yangshuo disembark from your cruise as see Yangshuo's paradise up close. For bicycle lover the next part of the tour maybe your personal highlight. After a twenty minute drive along Yangshuo roads, you will arrive in get into a tranquil world. Mount your bicycle and peddle along into China's country side. An amazing chance to visit so local farmers home to witness their way of living.
Upon reaching the end of the ride in the late afternoon, rest up and be driven back to downtown Guilin in a private car. In all the drive will take about 90 minutes.
In the morning, start hiking, from Gongnong bridge to Yima village, along the Yulong River. With a nickname of the Little Li River, this river boasts spectacular green hills, silky waters and ancient bridges. Your hiking will take you along side nature and local farmers at work in their fields. Stop and talk with locals, with the help of your guide, along with take photos of traditional Chinese countryside. Depending on your fitness level the hike will take about four to five hours.
In the afternoon, you will return to Yangshuo and visit famous West street. Considered the busiest and most famous street in Yangshuo it is only .5 km. (.31 mi.) long, but extremely famous. A fusion between eastern and western style architecture that is filled with shopping, cafes and a mix of restaurants.
When you feel you have seen all Yangshuo has to offer, travel with your guide in a private car back to Guilin, where you will spend the night.
In the morning, visit Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cave that has been over 180 million years in the making. Within see many stalagmites and rock formations in this dark yet wonderful environment. Against colorful light, the cave becomes a magnificent underground palace.
After head over to Elephant Trunk Hill. This signature attraction of Guilin gets its name from the the natural stone formation that appears like an elephant drinking from the Li River. When done you can choose to have lunch and taste some of Guilin's local cuisine or continue on to Fubo Hill.
Fubo Hill, like the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill is another geological wonder of Guilin. Depending on the rivers tide this natural tower may appear to float on the water. No matter what the water level is the view from atop of Fubo Hill offers a breathtaking view of the whole city.
Your last stop of the day will be a Pearl Culture Shop. Here you can have a brief introduction to the process in which pearl are harvested and if you like buy some for your friends and family. After head to Guilin's Airport for a flight back to Shanghai.
Upon return to Shanghai, meet up with your guide again and discuss between Guilin and Shanghai. This day is left open for you to explore or your WindhorseTour Travel Adviser can suggest some final sights to visit in Shanghai.
After breakfast, you will say goodbye to Shanghai and fly to your home or next travel city. Your local guide will see you off.