See the Pearl of China "Guilin" on a private custom guided tour to one of the most beautiful places in the world. The stunning, rural scenery attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. You are never too far from Karst Hill, beautiful vistas or major sightseeing opportunities. You might find a little piece of paradise to relax in and admire the colorful, peaceful surroundings.
There is a famous saying in China that "Guilin's hills and water are best under heaven" which is entirely true as you see the incredible natural beauty on custom tours. You will also see wonderful rural life and amazing landscapes which are a photographer's dream.
At the center of Guilin are two magnificent lakes The Shanhu and The Ronghu they are remains of a medieval moat and where you will be able to take a very interesting escorted lake tour. On Shanhu's lake, there are twin pagodas and as nighttime falls the sun and moon light up the sky and reflects beautifully on the Lake. Read More...
Private Escorted Li River Tours to the Most Beautiful Place on Earth
Try a private escorted cruising tour on the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, and the see the most beautiful place every recorded on earth. Watch out for the magnificent Karst peaks at each bend of the river and admire them under the clear, beautiful blue sky. You will be able to see water buffalo in the fields, locals reaping rice, school children and fisherman going by on their quaint bamboo rafts.
With its incredible scenery and a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the Li River cruise is more than 52 miles long, and it takes four to five hours to make this trip. The dazzling landscape and country scenery will never fail to disappoint you, and you will be overjoyed that you took this tour.
Top 10 Things to Do in Guilin
Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill is one of the main landmarks in Guilin. Located in Xiangshan Park near the Taohua River and Li River, it has been a famous tourist attraction ever since the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). The hill looks like a huge elephant taking a drink from the water of the river. There are many beautiful scenes around the hill, but also some ancient buildings, like the Puxian Pagoda, Sarira Dagoba, and Yunfeng Temple.
Reed Flute Cave
Located about five kilometers northwest of Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave is a fantastic cave and is a must for your travel itinerary. The cave got its name from the reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave are a magical world of stalactites, stone pillars, and rock formations. Illuminated by colored lighting, the brilliant sight is found in various variations in this 240-meter-long cave.
The Li River private cruise tour from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip in the Guangxi Province. Beautiful Karst peaks give you a surprise at each bend of the river. Water buffalo roam the fields with locals reaping the rice paddies and fisherman going by on bamboo rafts. The magnificent scenery along the river is now one of China's favorite tourist destinations.
The Longji Terraced Fields
The Longji Rice Terraces have some of the most fantastic scenery in China or maybe even the world. Stunning when the bright sun reflects off the water in the paddy fields and glowing with yellow when the harvest is ripe, Longji also known as dragon's back is a feast for the eyes. The rice terraces look like ribbons as they are built into the hillsides that winds around in tiered bands.
Jingjiang Prince City
Found in the center of Guilin City and built around the Solitary Beauty Peak, Jinjiang Prince City Scenic Area is a high-grade tourist resource in the city which was constructed in the area of the mansion of the Prince Jingjiang in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In the scenic area, the famous inscription "Guilin's Scenery Ranks First in the World" is found there and is an everyday representation of the history and culture of Guilin.
To the south of Big Banyan Tree in Gaotian Town, around five miles away from Yangshuo County of Guilin, there is a stunning natural masterpiece called the Moon Hill. On the hilltop is a round hole penetrating the hill from north to south, which resembles a bright moon. It is the last stop when you are on tour traveling along the picturesque 'Ten-Mile Gallery,' the brilliant tourism section in the Yangshuo County.
This Silver Cave is found in Maling Town of Lipu County, the biggest Karst cave in Guilin it shows the charm of a typical karst landform in Southern China. Private cave scenic tours show you the crystal stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave like stars in a falling Milky Way. They sparkle like diamonds under the colored lights, which gives the cave its name: Silver Cave.
Yulong River, also known as Little Li River, rises in Lingui County in Yangshuo, the river is about 43 kilometers long. The section of this river that flows from Yulong Bridge to the Gongnong Bridge close to the Big Banyan Tree is known as the Yulong River Scenic Area. Exclusive private sightseeing tours of the spectacular scenic views along each riverbank are exquisite.
Seven Star Cave
Seven Stars Park tours cover an area of over 297 acres, is the largest comprehensive park with mass scenery in Guilin City. Found on the east bank of Li River, the park is 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) from the downtown Guilin. It was named Seven Stars Park after the seven magnificent peaks (the four peaks of the Putuo Mountain and three of the Crescent Mountain) inside resemble the form of the Big Dipper constellation.
Guilin Central square
Found near to Zhongshan Road and Zhengyang Walking Street, Guilin Central Square is a multi-functional city square; locals call it the large living room of Guilin. Every weekend and holiday night it is the center for colorful cultural performances. Visitors can bargain for clothing, tasty snacks, and enjoy the lively atmosphere in Guilin Central Square.
Travel Tips for Guilin
Best Time To Visit
When organizing your Guilin tour, one questions you're likely to ask yourself is “When is the best time to go to Guilin?” April through to October would seem like the best time to visit Guilin due to the comfortable weather and how charming the scenery looks at that time of year. However, depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, what your interests are another time of year may suit you better.
The cost of living and private guided tours in Guilin are reasonably priced. A basic lunch would only cost around 40 Yen, but if you try somewhere really local, you could get this even cheaper. Bus fares range from 1-2 Yen and taxis are a little more but very inexpensive. Obviously, it does depends on your budget, but there is something for everyone to enjoy here.
Know Before Visiting
Some basic travel tips for every tourist to know before visiting Guilin are that Guilin is not famous for its shopping experiences so if it’s your only stop in China then grab something from the tourist shops at attractions you visit, if not, save your money for one of the bigger cities.
You cannot drive in China without a Chinese driving license; International licenses carry no legal status in the country. Please check any visa requirements you need.
Guilin weather is mild with four distinctive seasons, sunny and vigorous springs, rainy and foggy summers, cool but pleasant autumns, windy and drizzling winters. In Guilin, the climate in January is the coldest with an average temperature of around 8 C (46 F), while July is the warmest with a temperature of 28 C (82 F). Summer here is the rainy season but mainly in May and June, the best time to travel here is from April to October.