Guilin & Yanshuo Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Guilin
Arrive in Guilin by air or train. Transfer to the hotel and have the balance of the day at leisure. ActivitieAs can be scheduled if you arrive early in the day and do not need to recover from jet lag. A medium-sized city by Chinese standard, the city has long been renowned for its unique scenery. The name Guilin literally means “forest of sweet osmanthus”, owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees in the city.
Day 2: Guilin – Yangshuo
Day cruise on Li River. The 83km stretch of the river between Guilin and Yangshuo affords breathtaking scenery as the river snakes through tall karst mountains, gigantic bamboo sprays, and picturesque villages — sights that have inspired countless poets and painters for generations. Disembark in Yangshuo after lunch and spend the rest of the day exploring the small town on you own.
Day 3: Yangzhuo – Guilin
Free morning to explore. You may rent a bicycle and hire a guide to take you to Moon Hill or just wander around in the country observing the rural life in beautiful natural surroundings. We drive back to Guilin late in the day.
Day 4: Guilin – Home City
Morning sightseeing at scenic Fubo Hill and Reed Flute Cave. If time permits, you may want to book a private tour to the amazing terraced fields at Mount Longji (Back of Dragon). Located about 80 km (2 hours drive) from Guilin, the spectacular landscape has made Longji a popular tourist attraction. Built by the local farmers of different ethnic groups from Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) to Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the fields spread 500 meters from the foot of Mount Longji to the mountaintop covering an area of 66 square kilometres. Evening flight to Hong Kong or any other city of your choice. (B/L)
Longji Terraced Fields
Located 80km (2 hours drive) to the northwest of Guilin, Longji, meaning dragon back, is famous for its terraced rice fields. Because the villages at Longji are in the jurisdiction of Longsheng County, the tourist attraction is often collectively referred to as Longsheng Terraced Fields. The scenery is arguably at its best in early May during transplanting and in late September right before harvest when the fields turn golden.
Built by local farmers of different ethnic groups from Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) to Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the mountainous fields cover a total area of 66 square kilometres, rising between 300 meters and 1,100 metres above sea level.
A full-day excursion to the terraced rice fields is an ideal way to gain a much deeper appreciation for the immense beauty of this subtropical region. The hike in relatively high heat and humidity, especially in summer, may be challenging for some. It is therefore essential to keep your body well hydrated during the hike. Free bottled water would be provided by Laurus Travel and your guide would remind you of this as you get off the tour bus.