3 Days in Guilin: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, January 2015
Day 1: Caves as Sculpture Galleries
Firstly, Guilin is home to a 1,000-year-old Buddha cave carving – you really should visit Returned Pearl Cave on Wave-Subduing Hill to see it and other Song and Tang dynasty carvings. But the really impressive sculptor here is nature. Take a trip to Reed Flute Cave to see the spectacular natural rock formations, illumined by colored lights. Seven Star Cave and Dark Dragon Cave are similarly breathtaking.
Day 2: Climb Every Mountain
Don’t just gaze at those misty, Chinese-etching prints – get out there and engage with them! Elephant Hill will give you a sweeping view of Guilin, as will Solitary Beauty Peak. If your leg muscles are up to it, try Folded Brocade Hill with its Ming pagodas, or Pagoda Hill with its view of a chasm said to resemble the moon’s surface.
Day 3: Take Me to the River
After all that roaming of caves and peaks, it’s time to take a little more laid-back approach to the scenery. A river cruise will not only give you a magical perspective on the landscape, but will give you a glimpse of local riverside life – an instant snapshot of a period of rapid change in the region. You can spend a whole day floating to Yangshuo and travel back inland for another take on the area.
Tours & Tickets
Take a day trip from Guilin along the impressionable Li River, twisting and turning through lush Chinese landscape that will have you 'snap happy' with the ... Read more
Duration: 8-10 hrs
Private Guilin Full Day Tour including Fubo Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Hill and Seven Star Park
The scenery of Guilin has been called 'the most magnificent under heaven.' Travel with a knowledgeable local guide on this private, full-day sightseeing tour ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
Short on time? Then this private half-day sightseeing tour of Guilin is perfect. Visit the hot spots of Guilin and its magical surroundings in a short but ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
On this private tour, head from Guilin along the Li River to discover traditional local lifestyle and witness an impressive natural gem. Stroll through ancient ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Experience two of Guilin’s gems on this private tour. Take an exciting chairlift ride to the top of Yao Mountain, beautiful year-round, for stunning views of ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Enjoy an amazing outdoor adventure that’s perfect for the whole family on this 5-day Yangshuo tour from Guilin. Take guided bike rides through scenic mountain ... Read more
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights