Guilin Karst Landscape and Ethnic Minority Discovery

Guilin Karst Landscape and Ethnic Minority Discovery

GL-05: Private 4-day tour to Longsheng and Yangshuo

Different from modern cities like Beijing and Shanghai, Guilin is the place to explore the countryside, meet minority people and explore the natural landscape. In Longsheng county, you can visit the extensive terraced rice fields, which are the treasure of the Zhuang and Yao people. Their way of their living and the wooden houses bring you back to the old times of China. Go to Yangshuo from Guilin by waterway and immerse yourself into the Chinese painting-like scene. You will attend a cooking class and go cycling, to experience the local life of the countryside.

Trip Highlights

  • See all the highlights in Yangshuo and Longsheng
  • Face-to-face with the Zhuang Minority People
  • Explore the Cave and respect the great work of nature
  • Learn to cook a Chinese meal along the Yulong River in Yangshuo
  • Flexible visit time
  • Other interesting activities as alternatives
Suitable For: Everybody

Full itinerary for Guilin Karst Landscape and Ethnic Minority Discovery

Day 1
Guilin Arrival

Welcome to Guilin! Your local tour guide will be waiting for you at the arrival hall of Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL), holding a sign with your name on it. After meeting each other, the guide will accompany you to your hotel in a private car and help you to check in.
You can walk along Zhengyang Pedestrian Street in the evening, searching for some local snacks, restaurants and bars.

Day 2
Guilin: Cave and Longji Terraced Rice Fields (breakfast & lunch)

Located in the north of Guilin, about 2-hour’s drive from downtown, Ping’an Village is known for its minority Zhuang people and two famous viewing platforms of the Terraced Rice Fields. The terraces turn golden at the end of September every year. There are a great many steps to the top of the mountain but at an easy physical level of difficulty. Take your time and stop anywhere to enjoy the scenery on the way up. The local Zhuang people are very kind and have lived for the terraces for hundreds of years. No industry and machinery appear in this village; everything is made by hand. You can see the locals working on the fields using only simple farm tools.

farmer working on the field

After lunch, your guide and driver will take you back to Guilin city. You may have seen many caves, but the Reed Flute Cave is quite special. Walking in the cave, every step is a matter of wonder to enjoy the stunning beauty of the natural shapes of stalagmites and stalactites. The illuminated cave looks like an incredible fantasy in the photos and the large reflective pond in the main chamber is an outstanding one.

Reed Flute Cave
Day 3
Guilin – Yangshuo: Li River and Cooking Class (breakfast & lunch)

Today, you are going to sail from Guilin to Yangshuo. Your tour guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to the pier. Then the driver will bring along your luggage, driving to Yangshuo directly.
Li River and solitary Karst mountains is the classic picture that you have seen about Guilin. Sailing on the river is the best way to appreciate the natural landscape. People are washing clothes, kids are swimming, fishermen are rafting with their bamboo boats, and water buffaloes are eating grasses, all of which make a picture of real countryside life in China. Lunch will be served on board. You will disembark in Yangshuo, walk through the West Street, and get to your hotel.

li river

There is a saying in China that hunger breeds discontentment. It proves that food plays a very important role in Chinese people’s daily life. Chinese Cuisine is a part of traditional Chinese culture. What you are going to experience from the Cooking Class:
Recognize general local cooking ingredients
Instructor demonstrating the way of cooking and the basic techniques step by step
Hands on experience as you actually cook your own Chinese meal
Meet other travelers from all over the world if you join a sharing class
Note: there are more educational programs you can choose, such as Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Class, Taiji & Kungfu Class, Rock Climbing, and Kayaking. Feel free to choose the program as per your interests.

Day 4
Yangshuo – Guilin: Cycling and Departure (breakfast & lunch)

“Yangshuo landscape tops that of Guilin,” is said by local people. Yangshuo is a small cozy town which a bike gives easy access to. You can stop anywhere and take pictures as you wish. Visit local people’s houses, talk to them and listen to their stories; walk along the paddy fields and see the villages hidden among the mountains and rivers. Those are the best the locals can display.


After lunch, the guide and driver will transfer you to Guilin airport / train station for your next destination.

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Guilin Guilin Bravo Hotel Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel Green Lotus Hotel

What's Included

  • 3 nights centrally located hotel accommodation
  • Entrance to scenic spots listed in the itinerary
  • Private English speaking tour guide
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Private transfers & ground transportation
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