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Journey from the gleaming skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the tranquil rice paddies and colonial towns of Southern China on this action-packed 6-day tour. Look out over Hong Kong’s famous skyline from Victoria Peak; cruise along the Pearl River in Guangzhou and learn to cook traditional Chinese dishes with a cooking class. Discover natural wonders like the Longji Rice Terraces and Reed Flute Cave in Guilin; take a scenic bike ride through Yangshuo and hike to Da Zhai in Longji. This private guided tour includes accommodation, meals and domestic flights. 


  • 6-day, 5-night private tour of Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng
  • Enjoy Hong Kong’s busy city life on a walking tour of Canton Road, Harbour City and Victoria Harbour
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Hong Kong from The Peak and of Guangzhou from Canton Tower
  • Discover Guangzhou’s history on a visit to Chen Clan Academy and Shamian Island
  • Admire picturesque riverside views of Guangzhou on a ferry ride along Pearl River
  • Experience Yangshuo on a bike ride to see Moon Hill and the Yulong River
  • Learn how to make authentic Chinese dishes in a private cooking class in Yangshuo
  • See the magnificent Longji Rice Terraces and learn about ethnic traditions in a local Miao village
  • 5-night accommodation, private vehicle, land and air transport, meals and a friendly English-speaking guide are included

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What You Can Expect

6-Day Best of Southern China Private Tour: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Guilin and Yangshuo Including Pearl River

Longji Rice Terraces

Don’t worry about having to book separate trips to the must-see locations in China. With meals, accommodation, a private guide and all necessary transportation included, this comfortable trip will take you to the essential places in the southern part of China.

Please see Itinerary below for a more detailed and specific schedule.

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Day 1: Arrival in Hong Kong
Meet your guide in the lobby of the West Hotel and check in to your room. Afterwards, your guide will give you a brief orientation about the activities for the next four days. End the day with a scrumptious dinner at a popular local restaurant (at passenger’s expense).

Day 2: Hong Kong to Guangzhou (L,D)
Activities: Hong Kong, Canton Road, Victoria Harbour, The Peak

Spend the majority of the day getting to know the bustling city of Hong Kong with your expert guide. Walk down Canton Road, a commercial street home to many upscale retail shops, business establishments and various shopping centers. Step into Harbour City, the largest shopping and entertainment center in Hong Kong.

Next, experience one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong. Board a ferry and spend the next 10-12 minutes crossing Victoria Harbour to the central district of the island. This quick ferry ride is considered a unique Hong Kong cultural experience by both tourists and locals alike.

Then, take a tram up to Victoria Peak (The Peak). On the tram, you will have a unique and spectacular perspective of the city. The 8-minute scenic ride will offer you stunning views of Hong Kong Island and the Victoria Harbour. Once you reach The Peak, enjoy not only panoramic views of the city and the harbor below but also of the natural environment of the peak.

After roaming the city, board a train at Hong Hum Station and head to Guangzhou. Upon arrival in Guangzhou, a private transfer will drive you to the Holiday Inn for check-in. Rest up for the night because the next few days will be packed with adventure!

Day 3: Guangzhou (B,L,D)
Activities: Chen Clan Academy, Shamian Island, Pearl River, Canton Tower

After breakfast, board the subway with your guide to visit the famous Chen Clan Academy, a symmetric academic complex of 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards. Marvel at the exquisite traditional Chinese architecture and style and admire the large collection of different Chinese art pieces, from woodcarvings to pottery.

From there, your guide will lead you to Shamian Island, an area filled with European history. Witness several of these colonial structures like the French Catholic Church, the British Protestant Church and various bronze structures depicting Western individuals from the present and the past.

Then, board a ferry for a 20-minute cruise along the Pearl River, where you can view the sights of the modern part of the city from the water. You will end at Canton Tower, an observation tower that stands at 1,968 feet (600 meters). Step into one of the observation rooms to see unobstructed panoramic views of the city.

Before the end of the day, take an evening flight to Guilin and check in at the Lijiang Hotel in Yangshuo.

Day 4: Yangshuo (B,L,D)
Activities: Bike ride through Yangshuo, Chinese cooking class, sunset boat ride on Li River

Enjoy the beautiful Yangshuo scenery as you bike through the county’s environmental landmarks. Your guide will lead you on a 50-minute scenic bike ride to Moon Hill to see the crescent-shaped cave that gave it its name. The scenery overlooking the countryside will take your breath away. Bike past the Yulong River and see people sailing the shallow water using bamboo rafts. Many of the land formations you will see in the county are karst topographies with distinctive features like sinkholes, caves and subterranean limestone caverns.

After building up an appetite, a private transport will take you to Yangshuo West Street to visit a local village where you will take a Chinese cooking class. Learn how to make three to four traditional Chinese dishes like kung pao chicken, jiaozi (Chinese dumpling), a Chinese eggplant dish and/or a Chinese tofu dish. The best part – you get to eat what you cook!

Then, enjoy a picturesque sunset boat ride on the Li River. You will feel as if you stepped into a painting as you marvel at the beautiful landscape that boasts impressive mountains, fantastic caves, tranquil waters and farming villages.

Day 5: Yangshuo to Guilin to Longji (B,L,D)
Activities: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Longji Rice Terraces, ethnic Miao village

Today, travel with your guide to Guilin to see the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The Reed Flute Cave is a fascinating gallery of limestone cave formations. Marvel at the astonishing shapes formed by natural rock formations. Then, head to the centerpiece of Guilin's riverside park, Elephant Hill. Nature created this marvel some 3.5 million years ago and its shape resembles an elephant drinking water through its trunk.

After lunch, enjoy private transport to Longsheng County to see the Longji Rice Terraces (Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces). These ingenious, large-scaled rice terraces are built to make the best use of arable land and water resources. Hear the history of this magnificent creation from your guide. Don’t forget to take pictures of this clever piece of art!

Then, visit one of the county’s Miao villages and learn about their splendid ethnic customs and cultures. Spend the afternoon with your guide acquainting yourself with the local people’s colorful way of life. Stay in a guesthouse at the village for the night.

Day 6: Longji to Hong Kong (B,L,D)
Activities: Hike to Da Zhai

End your 6-day journey with a guided hike to Da Zhai in Longji. The hike will take between three and four hours, depending on your own pace. Admire panoramic views of the surrounding rice terraces, forests and mountains; explore more ethnic villages; and experience the diverse customs and traditions of these different cultures.

In the afternoon, you will be driven back to the Guilin airport to catch a flight back to Hong Kong.

Customer Reviews

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We feel like this trip was a very good introduction to China. We got to see some highlights of the cities and experience life in the country.
We appreciate our guide's flexibility when we wanted to change our itinerary (as in ending the bike ride due to traffic, and skipping Reed Flute Cave for hiking.) As a private tour, we had a choice of what we wanted to see and do with the expertise of our guide's, Bin's, knowledge of the area.
The food was delicious. We like that we ate in nice restaurants as well as local places and that we got to go to the local markets and cook a meal in a class. The hotels were comfortable (3 and 4 stars). We enjoyed the quiet scenic private boat rides, both along the Pearl River and the Li River. We liked being away from the touristy areas, so our hike from Dazhai to Ping’An was very special. Waking up in Ping’An was beautiful with mountains all around us.

We especially want to thank our guide, Bin, for taking care of our daughter's other travel arrangements and accommodations. We enjoyed good conversations with Bin.

We wish you many good travels and good health to Bin and the rest of Viator.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

China was amazing, so were my guide. He became my Chinese friend now. We managed to see so much cultural and historical sites, while experienced local life and cuisines we would never got a chance to have if we go by ourselves. Thank you Viator!

Garth Brian O

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

We had a fantastic time despite hard Chinese beds. The guide was lovely and helpful and spoke excellent English. We went to some amazing places, including a village in the mountains to see the paddy fields. Food, overall, magnificent. We did a fair bit of walking so don't do this trip if unfit!

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