Day 1 Arrival, Guilin
Since ancient times, the natural landscape of Guilin has been a common theme in Chinese painting and poem. Today's Guilin with traditions and vogue walking side by side is even more charming.
On arrival, your guide will take you to your hotel and help you check-in. After settle down, you can walk around the Cedar Lake and Banyan Lake to picture the night view of the downtown easily.
Day 2 Guilin - Longsheng
One of the best times to photo the Terrace Field in Longsheng is from late May to early June when the watering fields seem like mirrors in all sizes reflecting the blue sky and white clouds. The other best time is from the end of September to the end of October when the yellowing rice covering the rolling mountains like an endless quilt.
You will spend overnight in the Ping'an Zhuang village that lies on the slope of the mountain. On the way to the village, you may encounter some Yao women in traditional costumes and with very long hair coiled on top of the head.
Your guide will accompany you to find the best viewing platform to enjoy the sunset as well as help you communicate with the Yao women if you would like to photograph them and their long hair.
- Longji Rice Terrace
- Ping'an Village at Longji
Day 3 Longsheng - Xingping
Get up early to shoot the sunrise over the terrace field and enjoy the tranquility of the village in the early morning. After breakfast, hike along the winding path down to Guzhuang Village, another Zhuang ethnic village that keeps its original features much better.
Afterward, get on your car and proceed to a small village on the west bank of the Li River for the night. En route, you can stop at Cuiping and climb up a hill to spot the sunset over the Li River and the surrounding countryside.
Day 4 Xingping
The Li River comes from north to south and makes a big turn at the foot of the Xianggong Hill. The river together with the towering peaks and scattered villages on both banks form the most spectacular natural landscape of Guilin. In the early morning, the changing sunshine and floating fog add more charms and make it an otherworldly land.
This morning, you need to get up very early and hike about 30 minutes up to the hilltop to capture the splendid picture. Later on, move on to the old town of Xingping, check into your hotel, and relax.
At the sunset, you will be ready to photograph the most classic picture on the Li River: fisherman, cormorants, and bamboo raft, still or moving in the twilight with the Yellow Cloth Reflection as the background. The Yellow Cloth Reflection is the picture you can see on the 20 Yuan banknote.
- Xianggong Hill
Day 5 Xingping - Yangshuo
Shazi is a town with a thousand years of history. The stone-paved street, historic pawnshop, temple, wharf, stone bridge, and even the gnarled banyan trees, are telling its past prosperity as an important commercial hub in the northern and central Guangxi.
Today, you will spend the morning catching the light and shade in the old town and the afternoon to enjoy the idyllic countryside along the Yulong River. While rambling on the stone path along the river, surrounded by peaceful mountains, paddy fields, and villages, you could enjoy the fragrance of the flowers or fruits; shot the water buffalos working in the field or the ducks swimming in the river, or watch the bamboo raft floating down the river.
Day 6 Yangshuo
On the upper reach of the Yulong River, there is a quaint stone bridge that has a history of more than 500 years. Its single arch on the water and the reflection under the water combine perfectly, just like a full moon. Standing on it, you will get a panoramic view of the surrounding farmland, hills, waters, and villages.
In the morning, the guide and driver will take you to photo it and explore the nearby area. The afternoon is free for your own exploration with the guide and driver at your disposal.
- Yulong River
- Yulong River
Day 7 Yangshuo - Guilin - Departure
Time to say goodbye!
Before heading to the airport for your flight to your next destination, you may have some free time to discover more beautiful sceneries around your hotel.