4-Day Guilin Scenery & Longsheng Ethnic Minorities Tour


Guilin has a remarkable landscape. You will take in its best by taking a Li River Cruise. The area surrounding has many ethnic minorities. Some of Longsheng's uniqueness comes from the wealth of minority cultures and customs.


  • Get up close to the mysterious minority cultures and the lifestyles of the Zhuang and Yao ethnic people groups
  • Travel at your own pace in cosmopolitan Yangshuo after enjoying the Li River Cruise
  • Combine the "must-see" sites in Guilin city by visit to Elephant Hill and Reed Flute Cave

Tour Details

Day 1Guilin Arrival

Upon arriving in Guilin, our guide will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and explore.

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

Start your Guilin tour by taking Li River Cruise downstream to Yangshuo. The stunning river scenery last for the 3 hour cruise: shaped limestone peaks, verdant bamboo forests, crystal waters, narrow bamboo rafts and peaceful local villages pass silently by.

A simple lunch is provided on board by the cruise company. The cruise arrives at Yangshuo and you have the chance to explore Yangshuo by yourself. Then return to Guilin by ourprivate car.


1.A buffet lunch will be provided on the boat.

2.The sightseeing deck provides good photographic opportunities.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotels: Shangri La Hotel Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 3Guilin

Today you will visit Longsheng Pingan Terraced Field and minority village which is a 2 1/2 hours drive from Guilin. The scenery along the way with its rice paddies, local villages and winding roads will provide an interesting drive. Longsheng Terraced Fields look like ribbons and stretch layer upon layer from the foot of the mountain to the top. Zhuang and Yao minority people have cultivated the fields using irrigation systems tracing back to the Yuan dynasty. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant which features local dishes. Visit the Zhuang and Yao minority villages to experience the unique ethnic cultures.

Taste local dishes for lunch at half way up- Pingan Restaurant, especially bamboo rice and organic vegetables

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants with authentic Longsheng food
  • Hotels: Shangri La Hotel Guilin   |  Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel   |  Guilin Park Hotel 
Day 4Guilin Departure

Today, you will first visit the symbol of Guilin city – Elephant Trunk Hill which is a huge rock which looks like an elephant drinking water at the riverside. Lunch is at a great local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit Reed Flute Cave. Reed Flute Cave boasts many Karst formations in the shape of stone columns, stalactites and stalagmites, with unique shapes which are enhanced by colored lights. Then transfer to the airport to board your flight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants with authentic Guilin food

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.


We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China and really liked the area around Guilin. Lele was a very good guide and Ling a driver we felt safe with. We enjoyed all aspects of the tour. Particular highlights were the Li River cruise and the day in the ricefields. I had been a bit concerned about walking up the rice fields but with Lele’s assistance, that wasn’t a problem. There was nothing that disappointed us and we would happily recommend China Travel to others. Two of us were over 65, one in the..."More>>

--by Susan ,2016/01/11

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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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