We use A.I. to generate travel itineraries based on recommendations made by travel bloggers and social media influencers. This day by day itinerary for Guilin is derived from content published on 65 travel blogs and 116 blog posts.
Guilin is a prefecture-level city in the northeast of China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is situated on the west bank of the Li River and borders Hunan to the north. Its name means "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant sweet osmanthus trees located in the region. The city has long been renowned for its scenery of karst topography. Wikipedia
Day By Day Itinerary
This page is for the landmark in Guilin, China. For the similarly named hill and provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, see Elephant Hill Provincial Park. The Elephant Trunk Hill is a hill, landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is not only one of the major tourist attractions of Guilin, an international tourist city, but also the symbol of Guilin, which uses elephant trunk mountain and osmanthus flower as its city emblem.
Trunks and Caves: a Guilin explorationfrom $94.8 USD
A large park with a small zoo area on the east side farthest from the entrance with the main attraction being the giant pandas and the red pandas, additional fee to enter the zoo of ¥32, the staff host a small show with monkeys, bear, tigers and lion at scheduled hours. Additional ¥60 fee to enter Seven Star Cave inside the park.
Guilin City Full-Day Private Tourfrom $136.13 USD
Newly opened at the end of 2016, Guilin Museum was moved to Linggui New District (16 km west of city downtown), collecting over 30’000 pieces of culture relics including 22 pieces of national first-class relics, 687 pieces of national second-class relics and 2592 national third-class relics. For foreigners, passports may be required to get free admission tickets.
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunchfrom $109 USD
The Reed Flute Cave , also known as "the Palace of Natural Arts," is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. . The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations.
Full-Day Guilin Highlights Guided Tour by English-Speaking Driverfrom $96 USD
A park built around several peaks, which are climbed using stone staircases. There is also a small aviary and butterfly museum with examples of pinned and mounted butterflies and moths in the park.
The Li River in Guilin: As per America’s National Geographic Magazine Li river is one of the “World’s Top Ten Watery Wonders” and rightly so, because the riverside not just offers mesmerizing landscape with steep cliffs, startling hills, bamboo groves and farming villages, but transports you into a different world of poets and artists with its stunning splendour. The Li River stretches for as long as 83kms and is home to ducks, vignettes and water buffalo. Li River, Yangshuo, ChinaThe Li River is a beautiful destination that is highly regulated – the only way to get into the water is bamboo rafting. Li River is the biggest and one of the fascinating karst landscapes in the world.
Xingping Xianggong Hill and Yangshuo Countryside Classic Day Tourfrom $136 USD
A 3km section of the cave is currently open to tourists. At the entrance of the cave, take the elevator and venture 30m deep into the cave. After looking at the various stalactite and stalagmite formations, you can also visit the waterfall (¥5) inside the cave. After that, take the monorail to admire the largest and most beautiful section of the cave. To exit the cave, you can either travel back to the entrance point, or take a boat that will travel from the cave to the banks of the Li River.
Private Tour: Daxu Village and Crown Cave Along Li River from Guilinfrom $95.79 USD
While Laozhai is popular at sunset, the best views from Xianggong Hill are found at sunrise. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsLocated a few miles directly north of Yangshuo, Guilin Laozhai Mountain is the place to go if you want the most iconic views of Yangshuo.
The Yulong River is a small tributary of the larger Li River in Southeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region that runs through the major city of Guilin to Yangshuo. The Yulong starts in Northern Yangshuo County near Litang and runs for over 35 kilometres through small villages of the Yulong River Valley, including Litang, Chaolong, Yima and Gaotian town, before emptying into the Li around the town of Ping Le. The Yulong is a shallow river of around 5 meters maximum depth and an average of 25 meters across. As it is not located near any industrial areas, it is clean enough for swimming, though some brownish surface foam is visible in eddys, probably the result of phosphate runoff from local villages.
Private Day Tour of Yangshuo Xianggong Mountain and Yulong Bamboo Boatfrom $125.66 USD
Personally, we’ve never actually been up to Moon Hill, but even just seeing it from the road is impressive. There’s a better view of Moon Hill from outside of the park entrance than from inside, as the closer you get to it the harder it is to take it all in.
Rent a bicycle for your afternoon adventure for roughly ¥10 a day and ask your hotel or hostel for directions toward the Ten-Mile Gallery, known in Chinese as Shili Hualang. So named because walking or cycling down the scenic stretch of road seems like you’re inside a painting, the Ten-Mile Gallery is packed with viewpoints and natural attractions. For most foreign visitors, the north gate of the Ten-Mile Gallery Scenic Area will be the closest entrance. Follow the asphalt road and the clearly marked signs as you pass farmers working in their verdant fields and see the Yulong River from another angle at Gongnong Bridge.
I got reminded of the Lotus Lake in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung when we arrived at Fir Lake (also known as Shan Lake). Needless to say I was completely inspired once again. I might be full of more hyperboles than you wish to hear, but what do you want me to do? Pretend it was shit? Because it’s not. Places like Fir Lake that are free to admire and beautiful make my day. I loved it.
Hong Kong Sunset Cruise plus Dinner at the Jumbo Floating Restaurantfrom $159.76 USD
Guangdong Province situated in south central China on the Pearl River Delta is one of China's fastest growing regions. Guangzhou (Canton), with a population of over 7 million inhabitants is the provincial capital and the historic gateway to China with Shenzhen, China's richest city, another major metropolis in the area.
All Inclusive Kaiping Diaolou Heritage Private Day Trip from Guangzhoufrom $269 USD
In the center of the city lies a small forbidden city, once home to the princes of the area. The palace buildings are now a museum.
Ancient town at the east bank of the Li River dating back more than 1,000 years. The town is beautifully located close to the Millstone Hill and the Snail Hill. The heart of town is the 2 km long Bluestone St with many well preserved buildings. The town has lots of attractions dating back hundreds of years including the Gauzu Temple, The Hanhuang Temple, the assembly halls, the Longevity Bridge and the Seven Stars Tombs. Take the local bus from the City Bus Terminal (close to the city Railway station). The entrance is on the backside of the Bus Terminal. Pay in the bus
Guilin Daxu Old Town and Xiong village Private Day Tourfrom $94.25 USD
Park with a lake, temples and hundreds of Buddhist statues. In the park is also the Hidden Hill with a number of caves. Guilin Museum is also here, see separate listing.
Exhibits folk art, handicraft, architecture, food and culture of various local ethnic groups. The center also stages local music and dance shows.
Eat Your Way Through Yunnan's Tea & Horse Road, from Dali to Lijiang, 8-day Tripfrom $2200 USD
When backpacking in China, you should definitely make it to the Guangxi Province to tour Guilin and Yangshuo. It’s commonly known as one of the most beautiful places in the Land of Dragons which surprises its visitors with stunning Yangshuo River, Diecai Hill, Reed Flute Cave and Longsheng Rice Terraces.
I stayed in a single room at Guilin This Old Place Int’l Youth Hostel in Xiufeng District. Rong Lakeview around the hostel is simply excellent and such a photogenic spot. I loved all the hostel facilities; everything was so neat. It was best to move around the scenic location, Two Rivers and Four Lakes of the hostel.
Trunks and Caves: a Guilin explorationfrom $94.8 USD
Private 1-Day Guilin Tour Including Elephant Trunk Hill And Reed Flute Cavefrom $242 USD
Full-Day Guilin Essence and Lifestyle Walking Tourfrom $69 USD
Guilin Walking Tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, Four Lakes and Diecai Hillfrom $99.48 USD
Private Guilin Illuminated Night Tourfrom $104.72 USD