Guilin Li River Cruise
The Li River in Guangxi, China, flows from Guilin to Yangshuo, where the karst mountains highlight the famous Li River cruise. The most popular boat tours on the Li River are with the new 4-star and 3-star riverboats. Bamboo rafting is also possible on the smaller Yulong (Jade Dragon) River. Hiking and biking along the Li River through remote villages is a popular activity. It is now possible to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Li River by taking a helicopter.
The tour focuses on China’s most popular destinations; Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai, all wrapped up in a nice 9-day package. We visit the historical sites in Beijing and Xi’an before venturing into the beautiful region of Guilin and cruise down the Li River to enjoy the beautiful landscapes. The tour concludes in Shanghai, that has grown from a provincial city into an international metropolis on par with New York and Paris.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY CHINA HIGHLIGHTS WITH GUILIN…
And, cruise the Li River, China’s most beautiful river journey.
The tour focuses on China’s most popular destinations; Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai, all wrapped up in a nice 9-day package. Visit the historical sites in Beijing and Xi’an before venturing into the beautiful region of Guilin and cruise down the Li River to enjoy the beautiful landscapes. The tour concludes in Shanghai.
Begin in Beijing, world-renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, religious temples and imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and lesser-known temples.
Travel by rickshaw or opt to bicycle down the narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighbourhood. Spend one day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China. Stay at China’s top luxury properties and dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants.
Next, fly to the ancient capital of Xian, once a hotspot on the Grand Silk Road. Today, it is one of the most important cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Visit the Army of Terracotta Warriors and the city highlights – Big and Small Goose Pagodas. – enjoy Xian’s culinary highlights including the city’s markets, the lively Muslim Quarter and dine on dumplings, a local specialty.
Next, fly to Guilin , China's most picturesque region and has long been one of the world's most famous travel destinations. Famed for the "the finest scenery under heaven", Guilin has attracted, poets and artists for thousands of years who are inspired by the Karst formations. Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, China’s most beautiful river journey and called the “hundred mile art gallery”.
Next, fly to Shanghai, located on a delta where the Yangtze River pours into the East China Sea. During private touring see the famous Three Temples, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund and cruise on the Huangpu River.
Visit Shanghai’s old town and stop for tea and dumplings the city’s oldest teahouse. Also visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. One day, visit the classic Ming Dynasty gardens that we’ve chosen as our favourites or take an excursion to Suzhou or another nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes.
Guilin Li River Cruise
Cruise the Li River, China’s most beautiful river journey, called the “hundred mile art gallery”.
(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing, Great Wall, Xian, Guilin & Yangshuo, Shanghai
Day 1 – Arrive
Beijing Private arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 2 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city tour.
Day 3 – Tour
Great Wall Private excursion to the Great Wall.
Evening Peking Opera performance.
Day 4 – Transfer & Tour
Xian Morning transfer and flight to Xian.
Visit Terracotta Warriors and other attractions in Xian.
Day 5 – Tour & Transfer
Guilin Morning private touring in Xian.
Mid-day transfer and flight to Guilin.
Day 6 – Explore
Guilin & Yangshuo Li River cruise to Yangshuo.
Afternoon private tour of Yangshuo villages.
Day 7 – Transfer
Shanghai Optional excursion to Longsheng.
Private transfer to flight to Shanghai for two-night stay.
Day 8 – Tour
Shanghai Private full-day city tour.
Day 9 – Depart
Shanghai Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.