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Travelling with children in mid-April

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Travelling with children in mid-April

Hello,

We are going to Guilin in mid-April and are trying to fix our itinery. From what we read we are thinking of Guilin - Yangshuo - Longji Rice Terrace. Really appreciate if someone can advise on below:

1. We will arrive at Guilin airport. Is it easier / faster to get transport directly from Guilin airport to Yangshuo (rather than going to Guilin city and then transfer to the RMB18 bus)? What will be the approximate cost?

2. Does it make sense to go from Yangshuo direct to Longji Rice Terrace, or does one have to commute back to Guilin first? What will be the approximate cost?

3. Should we book the rafting in advance or we can ask hotel front desk to arrange for us when we arrive? We note that many locals book their rafting, transport, tickets online, but don't know how. Any similar channels for foreigners?

4. Will climbing up the Longji Rice Terrace be too demanding for 8 years old?

5. Lastly we are chewing on the following options:

(arrive Guilin 10.30 am first day and flight out is 4pm on last day)

1 night Guilin - 2 nights Yangshuo - 1 night Longji Rice Terrace - 1 night Guilin OR

2 nights Yangshuo - 1 night Guilin - 1 night Longji Rice Terrace - 1 night Guilin OR

3 nights Yangshuo - 1 night Longji Rice Terrace - 1 night Guilin

Thanks in advance for your feedback!!

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1. Re: Travelling with children in mid-April

1. I It seeems that no direct bus from Guilin airport to Yangshuo, unless you book a private transfer with local agencies. You'd better take bus to guilin city town first, and stop near train station, and then transfer to Yangshuo, there are buses in train station, about 25 RMB.

2. If you join a tour group to Longji, you can go from yangshuo, or else you need back to guilin and start again. The ticket price from Guilin to longji is about 30 RMB

3. You can book in the hotel front desk when arrival. and they can pick you up in the hotel. But i wonder which rafting you would lile to take, yulong river rafting or Li River rafting? Please note that Li river rafting starts from the half way to Yangshuo.

4. I think it is ok for a 8-year old child, and you could also choose to take a round-trip cable car

5. the option one looks better, 'cause the transportation.

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2. Re: Travelling with children in mid-April

Thanks Mercier for your tips!

One of our concerns is whether we can conveniently haul on 3 suitcases on the buses. Are there storage space?

We read that some travellers left their luggages at hotels in Guilin for safekeeping and brought with them backpacks to Longji. So we wonder even if it is a must to leave the suitcases at Guilin.... even if there are ladies offering to carry our bags up the hill to our lodge, wonder how feasible it is to drag the suitcases....

if we can bring suitcases, we might retrun to Guilin airport direct from Longji, rather than spending another night in Guilin.

Any advice?

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3. Re: Travelling with children in mid-April

In fact there is airport shuttle bus from airport to Yangshuo directly with cost of rmb 60/person. The shuttle bus each day leaves from Guilin airport at 11:00 and 14:00, and leaves Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel at 13:00 and 16:00. BTW, there is storage space on the bus between Guilin and Yangshuo.

For suitcase, it seems the only way for you is pay the local ladies to carry to your Longji hotel. If you prefer to take Guilin as a base, e.g. stay at Guilin for two nights, then advise to leave some big suitcase in your Guilin hotel.

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4. Re: Travelling with children in mid-April

Thanks John.

The airpot - Yangshuo bus will take approximately 1.5 hrs?

Since our flight arrives at 10.30am, don't think we can take the 11am airport bus to Yangshuo, and don't want to wait till 2pm either, we are thinking to rearrange such that we will return from Yangshuo direct to airport.

In thie case, if we take the 1pm bus from Yangshuo to airport, that should leave us sufficient time to catch our 4pm flight?

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5. Re: Travelling with children in mid-April

Dora, you can take the luggages with yourselves, and the bus has the spaces to take. When you arrive in Longji, you can hire the local people to carry your luggages to the top of moutain, if you wouldn't like to stay overnight in Longji, just leave them in the bus.

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