7-Day Essence of Guilin with Minority Ethnic Area Discovery Tour


A well as its fabulous natural sceneries, Guilin is also famous for its many minority ethnic groups. Visit the picturesque Li River and discover the mysterious ethnic group in Longji and Sanjiang. Traditional customs of Yao, Zhuang and Dong groups are quite different from traditional Chinese culture.


  • Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Reed Flute Cave
  • Fubo Hill
  • Seven Star Park (including the panda house)
  • Li River Cruise
  • Minority village and Longsheng Terraced Field
  • Huangluo Yao Village
  • Mapang Drum Tower
  • Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge in Sanjiang
  • Danzhou Ancient Town

Tour Details

Day 1Guilin Arrival

Our guide and driver will meet you at airport and take up to your hotel were you can relax after you flight.

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Shangri La Hotel Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 2Guilin
The Flower Bridge

The Flower Bridge

Start our Guilin discovery tour in Guilin by visiting Elephant Trunk Hill which is located on the western bank of the Li River. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol the city. Continue our tour to Fubo Hill which is about 2km from Elephant Trunk Hill. Fubo Hill can tame the waves and stop the surging waters. Whirlpools form at its base. Have a lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon we will visit Seven Star Park. Attractions in the park include Flowers Bridge, Camel Hill and the Panda House. Reed Flute Cave is five kilometers northwest of Guilin City. The cave is 240 meters long, and offers a magic land of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants with authentic Guilin food
  • Hotels: Shangri La Hotel Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 3Guilin

Today we will take the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. There's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. Arriving at Yangshuo, our guide will lead you to West Street. This street gathers travelers from around the world and a vast array of products can be found in this 1400 year old street.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotels: Shangri La Hotel Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 4Longsheng
Yao Minority People

Yao Minority People

After have a breakfast we off to discover the Yao and Miao ethnic people in Longsheng County. First we will visit Huangluo Yao Village which has gained recognition for its celebration of long hair worn by the women of the village. Visitors can see the celebration in dance and also the dancing when they pray for good fortune, which are the traditional folk performances in this village. Then up hill to Longji Terraced Fields about 30 minutes from Huangluo Yao Village. The terraces look like ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the mountain. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. Have a lunch at Ping’an restaurant which serves local food and is famous for its roasted Bamboo Rice and fresh vegetables. Stay at the village tonight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants with authentic Longsheng food
  • Hotels: Longsheng Li An Lodge   |  Baike Hotel   |  Pingan Inn 
Day 5Sanjiang


Today we will go to Sanjiang County which is a Dong ethnic minority area. First we will visit Chenyang Wind and Rain Bridge. It was built in 1916, and it is the best example of its kind. The Mapang Drum Tower is one of the most famous drum towers in China and was built in Ming Dynasty. Stay at Sanjiang County tonight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Local Restaurant
  • Hotels: Fengyuqiao International Hotel   |  Fengyuqiao International Hotel   |  Fengyuqiao International Hotel
Day 6Sanjiang
Dong Village in Sanjiang

Dong Village in Sanjiang

After have a breakfast we will visit Danzhou Ancient Town which located in the southwest of the Rongjiang. Danzhou ancient town is home to several minority groups. Miao, Yao, Dong, Zhuang and Han people live in the village making total of 1100 people. Danzhou ancient town is called the "water of the Island," as it is built on a small island. Surrounded by water, the island has fresh air and is so quiet and peaceful with unique, beautiful and diverse natural scenery. Still stay at Sanjiang tonight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Local Restaurant
  • Hotels: Fengyuqiao International Hotel   |  Fengyuqiao International Hotel   |  Fengyuqiao International Hotel
Day 7Guilin Departure

Our guide and drive will transfer you to Guilin airport for your next destination.

  • Meals: Breakfast

What's Included & Excluded

What's Included

  • Entrance Fees to the Scenic Spots as Listed in the Itinerary
  • Centrally Located Hotels with Daily Western & Chinese Buffet Breakfasts
  • Meals in Local Restaurant as Mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Private Cars and Drivers
  • Private Guides
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Luggage Transfers

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets Toenter or Leave China
  • Domestic transportation
  • China Entry Visa Fees
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Single Room Supplement

Good to Know

  • This is a private tour. The local private English-speaking guide and the private car will serve your own group only.
  • When on the tour, your tour guide and the driver can shorten or lengthen your time as your energy levels permitted.
  • Once you make an inquiry, you will get the specific reply from one of our travel advisors within 24 hours without service fee.
  • You can ask the travel advisor to tailor-make your own Guilin or even China trip based on this itinerary.
  • We can also arrange tours in other Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an and add them to this itinerary.
  • You will stop at a shop but absolutely no forced shopping.

Itinerary Plus

Xianggong Mountain

Xianggong Mountain

Located at the bend of Li River, famed as the best place to frame with the Karsts mountain scene, the 20 minutes’ walk up to the highest point by stone steps, a picture of mesmerizing landscape will be vivid appear in front of you. This off-the beaten trial is highly recommended by local professional photographer, if your physical permit, why not go up to capture the best moments.

Yao Lady’s Family

A Local Yao Lady’s Family Visit

Oil tea, Chinese name it Youcha, is a feature food of Yao Minority in Guilin, and now popular among locals, it can remove the body moisture and good for prevent rheumatism in the humid mountain area, on the way up to the terrace field, our guide will take you to visit a local Yao lady’s family, she will show us how to make oil tea and treat us lunch there.

Yangshuo Chinese Cookery Class

Yangshuo Chinese Cookery Class

This class begins at the local market where ingredients for the dishes are chosen by students. Back at a covered, rooftop patio-classroom, you have an opportunity to learn three dishes and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You can choose other favorite dishes at the lunch.

Daxu Ancient Town

Explore Daxu Ancient Town with Local Scholar

Daxu ancient town, which has been a glory trade market in the past decade, it owns the biggest water transportation hub in Guilin. We invited a local scholar to show you around, give a brief lecture of the interesting story behind the town, visit the last and the only Chinese traditional pharmacy in town that still using traditional way for treatment! Also you get a chance to visit one of the local families and talk to the locals.

Helicopter Flight on Li River

Helicopter Flight on Li River

You will catch a bird’s eye view of karsts formation scenery along Li River by taking a helicopter flight; you have 4 flight route options base on your interest, just ask your travel consultants.

Yangshuo Biking

Photography on Li River Sunset and Local Fisherman

This tour deserve to the photographer, for sunset on Li River with karsts mountain as background, a local fisherman seating on his bamboo boat with his cormorant birds, which are the fisherman’s pet and good at catching fish in the river. The fisherman will show naturally pose with different postures. Your guide will help you to get the best composition of photos as possible.

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