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 Guilin and Yangshou holiday - 5 days/ 4 nights 

 

    

 

The vistas of Guilin and Yangshou have inspired more poets and painters than any other region of China and as a signature representation of the nation, the Yangshou hillscape rivals the Great Wall. No visit to southern China is complete without a boat ride down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo.  

 

This very beautiful part of China can easily be visited from Hong Kong. It is only an hour away by air and one can enjoy a return trip by train. The overnight train, in both directions, departs from nearby Shenzhen. Be sure to try to reserve the two berth sleeping compartments. These come with a private washroom and toilet. This makes all the difference. The Restaurant Car serves basic Chinese fare and is often an experience to remember.

  

 

 

                            

 Local farmers in the Li Valley.

 

 

Guilin is the gateway to this supremely attractive region. From Guilin, one embarks on the Li River boat trip, passing through a mesmerising scene made up of hundreds of uniquely shaped limestone hills and crags. Scenes depicted in Chinese painting which you might have previously considered surreal, will be shown to be realities.

 

Whether riding on pleasure boats, cycling in the countryside, crawling through caves or strolling through the shops and small eateries of the remarkably bohemian town of Yangshou, this region of China will captivate you.

 

 Cycling is Yangshou’s most favoured activity. The relatively flat, sealed roads, lead to superb rustic locations. There are opportunities for walking or enjoying a picnic in scenic splendour. The view from atop Moon Hill is not to be missed. A breathtaking patchwork of rice fields and charming Chinese villages.

 

 

 

Day 1        Hong Kong to Guilin                

 

 

Arrive Guilin

guilin sheraton 

 

 

 

 

Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

 

The hotel is located just by the Li River and it is just a short walk to see Fubu Hill and Elephant trunk hill.

  

Hotel: Sheraton Guilin

 

 

 

Day 2       Guilin

 

A full day tour of Guilin, including Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Rock, Seven Star Crag Park, Folded Brocade Hill and the Reed Flute Cave. This cave is huge and takes a while to get around, but the reward is a fantastic view of this huge underground grotto. 

 

 cave

 

 

 

 Day 3      Guilin to Yangshuo             

 After breakfast, transfer to the Li River wharf.

 

Drive from Guilin to the Li River to board the riverboat for the cruise downstream to Yangshuo. Lunch on board. 

 li river cruise

 

 

 

Arrive Yangshou

 

 The Li River with 9 horse cliffs showing in the background.

 

Transfer to the hotel

 

Hotel: Green Lotus Hotel

 

In the evening an excursion to see cormorant fishing.  

 

 

 

Day 4      Yangshuo

 yangshou street

Exploring Yangshou on foot or by bicycle under own arrangements.  

 

We can arrange bicycle hire prior to departure, so that you can pick it up from the Hotel. 

 

 

In the evening the opportunity to see a truly amazing show, “Impression Liu Sanjie”. It is a stunningly beautiful performance choreographed by the famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimo. Set outdoors, the local mountains and the river form the backdrop. 500 performers dressed in their ethnic costumes will entertain you. 

 

 

 

Day 5      Yangshuo to Hong Kong       

 

 li river rafting

 

 

At leisure in Yangshou   

 

 

Transfer to Guilin Airport     

 

Depart Guilin by air 

 

Arrive Hong Kong

 

 

This suggested itinerary can be tailored to suit your own requirements. It can also include other destinations in China or elsewhere in Asia.

 

To view a personal holiday album of photographs taken on a very similar itinerary, click on the link below.

https://picasaweb.google.com/outconcorde/GuilinAndLongshengCHINAAug05#