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South China Countryside Exploration on Foot

Tour Itinerary

Tour Highlights

*  Learning Chinese tea production and culture.
*  Stay away from regular tourists, and hike off the beaten track.
*  Enjoy a bird's eye view with the cable car to the top of Mt.Yao)
*  See the fantastic sceneries good for photography.   
*  Highlighted bamboo rafting on Yulong River.
*  Longji Terrace Fields.
*  Huixian Wetland Ecological Park. 
*  Lunch at real farmer's house. 

Tour Overviews

A multi-activity hike tours focus in the southern part of China in Guilin and Yangshuo areas, where amazing Karst landform scenery is located, including plenty of fun from the tour and local culture experiences.

Tour Level From: 1/2/3/4/5  (Difficulty of GCT?)  
Total walking distance: About 60KM in 5.5 - 6 days.
Hike Type: Treck, trail used by local farmer.
*  Tour style: Guided by guide, private van. 

Tour Notes:

Tour itineary are flexible If you don't enjoy hiking on dirt tracks or feel uncomfortable with getting a bit dirty in rainy days, please let the guide know, we will work out an option or give suggetions. 

Day 1 Arrival in Guilin (D)

Arrival in Guilin, transfer to the hotel. If time permits, our guide will take you to walk into the streets and lanes to try some tasty local food. Overnight at Bravo Hotel. 

 sunset in Guilin city downtown.

Day 2 Guilin-Huixian-Guilin (B L D)

Drive to Huixian Wetland, You will take local ferry boat to an island, and walk up the hill to have apanoramic view of the area. After lunch at the local restaurant, walk to see the idyllic rural life of south China. If time permits, we can have a chance to visit a Muslim village nearby to see their famous specialty – dried/salted ducks.

 Hiking Huixian wetland in Guilin.

Day 3 Guilin – Longji Terrace Fields(B L D)

Drive to Longji,famous for the rice terraces, which was listed in Globally Important AgriculturalHeritageSystem of UNFAO in 2018. You will walk from Dazhai Yao Village to Ping’an Zhuangvillage (5 hours). Yao and Zhuang both are the ethnic minority groups in China.You will leave the big suitcases at the luggage storage of the park gate. Just carry the necessities with you for one night stay on the mountain.  Overnight at Ping’an Hotel. 

Hiking Longji terrace fileds.

Day 4 Longji – Guilin (B L D)

After breakfast, walk from Ping’an Village to Ancient Zhuang Village(40 minutes) and explore the old village to the local people’s lifestyle. Then drive back to Guilin. After lunch and a short rest, we are heading for the suburb of Guilin, and walk in the countryside to discover the hidden mausoleums of the princes in Ming Dynasty inthe middle of nowhere. Then pay a visit to the Provincial Tea Research Institute. You will have a chance to see the tea farm, learn the knowledge of tea and try some local teas.  Overnight at Bravo Hotel Guilin.

Local life at Longji terrace fields.

Day 5 Guilin– Daxu – Xingping (B L D)

Drive to Daxu old town, walk on an ancient stone pavedstreet. Pay a visit to an old man’s home and learn to him about his stories.Then take a raft to the other side of Li River, and walk around farmland, where local farmers plant different vegetables and fruits. Have lunch at a farmer-run restaurant. Head for Xingping after that, which is another thousand year old town by Li River. Check into the hotel. Wait for the sunset, and we will arrange a senior local farmer stand on his raft with his cormorants at the siteof 20-yuan banknote for you to take fantastic pictures like what many professional photographers do here. Overnight at Xingping CTN Lijiang Riverside Hotel.

Local family at Daxu of Guilin.

Day 6 Xingping – Xiangong Hill – Cuiping Hill – Yangshuo (B L D)

After breakfast, walk from Xingping to Xianggong Hill (3.5hours). You will be feasted on the stunning view of Karst limestone peaks here. After lunch, you will have a quick look at a Stone Village, where local people build the houses with flagstones. Go further to another great place for beautiful scenery. You will walk up the hill to have a panoramic view of the countryside in Yangshuo. Overnight at Yangshuo New West Street Hotel. 

Hiking to the top of Xianggong hill at Xingping.

Day 7 Yangshuo - Yulong River Rafting (B L)

Drive to Golden Dragon Bridge to take a bamboo rafting down Yulong River, enjoying the amazing view on both sides of the river. Disembark at Jiuxian Village, and go for an off-the-beaten-track path in the countryside. Lunch at a featured hotel in the village. After lunch, keep on walking for 1-2 hours. You will not see any other tourists on the route. Optional Impression Sister Liu Sanjie Light Show at night. Overnight at Yangshuo New West Street Hotel.

bamboo raft on Yulong river at Yangshuo.

Day 8 Yangshuo departure (B)

Free time until transferring to the airport/train station.

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Guide Price

(Price based on featured countryside hotels or local 4 star hotels, twin-beds rooms and Non-holiday dates)

2020-2022 Price for 2 person group: $1180 p.p (Price is gauranteed from 2 people )   

Single Room Supplement: USD 230.

*   7 nights' accommodation with daily breakfast,
*   Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space,
*   Local professional English speaking guide(s),  
*   Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner,
*   Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide,
*   Snacks and mineral water during hiking days.
*  Departure airport transfers,
*  International flights and flights / trains to Guilin,
*  Alcoholic drinks,
*  Meals not stated on the itinerary,
*  Travel insurance,
*  Tips for guide (s) and support staff (Recommended but not forced).

*Please note that obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on this biking tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Our biking leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. We reserve the right to refuse you if you do not carry such an insurance policy.

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