An English-speaking guide will pick you up in the morning from your hotel in Guilin city center and transfer you to take the cruise on the Li River, which landscape seems to be straight out of a movie.
The cruise along the river is a truly unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery there’s something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Many of the karst formations are, with a little imagination, reminiscent of animals and objects, with names such as 'Elephant Trunk Hill', 'Sword Cut Cliff', 'Reclining Flower Vase Hill' and many more. Between these spectacular limestone peaks you’ll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may also see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you’re very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants. You will have a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch on the cruise.
Once in Yangshuo, you will have some time to stop at the ‘world’s biggest market’ to pickup some things for yourself or souvenirs for friends or family (at own expense). Then your guide will take you to have a walk along the West Street. This tiny S-shaped street is mainly inhabited by foreigners now, hence its name. The street itself has over 1,400 years of history, when there were only a few grocery stores on the street. Currently, it is one of the melting pots of traditional, modern, and foreign culture.
On the way back to Guilin you will have the chance to visit the Reed Flute Cave, a brilliant cave marked on almost all travel itineraries. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside of it, with which people make flutes out of. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.