6 Days Guilin Hiking and Kayaking Tour
Having seen the Seven Stars accompanying the Moon (seven smaller
terraced fields surrounding a bigger one), you can saunter amidst the
Jinkeng terraced fields that will never fail to surprise you. These
terraced fields home to the villages of the Red Yao ethnic group, were
revered as China’s typical village landscape in 2007 for their stunning
magnificence. The landscape here enjoys a worldwide reputation that
holds a great fascination to visitors from around the world. The
majestic mountains are veiled in the mist and flavored with an ethnic
impression. What a gorgeous landscape painting! Here, it is not only a
mecca for photographers, but also a hot destination for tourists who
want to have a glimpse of natural wonders. You can also hike along the
Li River that stretches ten kilometers. From Yangdi to Xingping ancient
town, you will be able to see the most splendid landscape that the Liver
River has to offer. The enticing mountains and rivers, the pastoral
flavor, the boy cowherds and the secluded villages combine to create a
paradise that will never fail to attract visitors and rafting down the
river would be even more appealing.
- Hiking among the terraced hills of Longsheng
- Kayaking and biking in Yangshuo countryside
- Splendid remote landscapes and ancient dwellings that take you back in time
Customizable Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Guilin! Guilin airport is a
small one, there are only a few steps to walk to the arrival hall at
the baggage claim. There you will see your personal guide smiling and
holding your name sign. Together you will take the private,
air-conditioned vehicle back to your hotel in Dragon’s Back. The drive
takes about 2 hours.
- The hotel is located inside the scenic area, a public bus is
arranged to take all tourists from the parking lot to the Ping’an
Village entrance gateway and the ride on hilly roads lasts for about 10
minutes. Then you will need to walk with your guide another hundred or
so up-ward steps to get to the hotel in the mountain. It takes about
another 10-20 minutes. The baggage will be carried by local farmers (fee
is included in quotation).
- Hotels in Dragon’s Back Terraces are usually built with wood, wood floors and walls and don’t promise soundproof functions.
Longji One Hotel,
Longsheng Lian Lodge Hotel,
Paddy fields and settlement around Yulong River
Wake up early to feel the fresh air of the mountains. After a big breakfast, hit the road for a 6-hour hike from Ping’an Village
to Dazhai Village. Walk on the small path, pass over the narrow wooden
bridges and cross the small rivers, these are all the fun parts on the
way. You will also stop at Tiantouzhai Village for a break, talk to a
few farmers if you like. On both sides of the path, terraced rice fields
wait for you to take pictures. When you see more hanging buildings, you
are approaching Dazhai Village, destination of the hike where beautiful
hanging dwellings are highlights to study and take pictures. Feel the
impulse to work with farmers in the fields? Just give it a try! Sickle
paddies, plow fields, dig up plants you don’t even know the name. Snacks
should be prepared for the hike; a late lunch will be arranged in
Dazhai to try local dishes. You will take the private vehicle back to
hotel in Ping’an Village at the end of the day.
Local walk the emerald rice terraces of Longsheng
After breakfast, wander around Ping’an Village to witness its stunning
rice terraces, while mist shrouds the mountain making it a scene of
wonderland. Say goodbye to the Dragon Bones and head for Guilin city
about two hours away. Lunch will be arranged at a fine local restaurant
and then you will be transferred to the Reed Flute Cave,
a natural karst cave with well-set colorful lights which create a
fairyland. Use your imagination to figure out how stalagmites,
stalactites and stone pillars create art works.
Guilin Bravo Hotel,
Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin,
Guilin Shangri La Hotel
Reed Flute Cave
Have a big breakfast for today and be prepared for the 6-hour plus
40-minute bamboo rafting along Li River. The driver will transfer you to
Yangdi pier in one hour and twenty minutes; your guide will lead the
way to the pier while the driver will be on his way to Yangshuo with
baggage. Yangdi, named after the goat’s horn, is the starting point of
the hike. After taking a ferry boat to the other side of the river,
hiking starts. On both sides there are farmlands, orchards and trees,
further away there are the Karst Mountains of all shapes. You will also
pass some villages and take a look at how farmers live their lives. You
will take another two ferries to get to Xingping, a well-preserved
fishing village. From there you will take a motor bamboo raft down to
Yangshuo. Relax your legs and watch the clear water dancing on the raft.
Upon arrival in Yangshuo, walk through the many shop stands to get to
- Your baggage will be on the vehicle and the driver will
drive to the Yangshuo hotel. Just keep the most valuable items and your
passport with you.
- The buffet lunch on the ship is simple and not many options
are available. We suggest that you have a big breakfast and take an
- Only the Green Lotus hotel is minutes walking from the West Street in Yanshuo, other hotels takes about 20-30 minutes’ drive
Yangshuo Banyan Tree Hotel,
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Water buffalo herds in the river
Get up early to prepare for the kayaking trip. You will be
transferred to Fuli pier which is about twenty minutes away from West
Street. Your instructor will explain how to steer a kayak. Off you go!
You are the king on the river, left or right, stop or go, your call. The
water is clear enough to see fish and weeds. You will be away from the
crowds, listening to the sounds of nature and watching ducks and water
buffaloes. Your driver will meet you at the destination of Liugong or
Puyi and transfer you back to town for lunch. After that, take an easy
bike ride in the countryside. Feast your eyes and mind on the
- We do not recommend this adventure if you cannot swim.
Kayaking in Yangshuo
Your guide and driver will escort you to Guilin airport, it takes about
three hours. Your guide will help you with the flight check-in and see
you off at the security gate.
Longji rice terrace
- In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
- Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
- Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
- Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
- Your own English-speaking guide service.
- Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.
- International transportation.
- Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Personal expenses.
- Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
- Gratuities to guide and driver.