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Away to Guilin!

It has been 2 years now since my last visit to China. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Jam will be backpacking in China from July 30 to August 8. 2 years ago, he was in Sichuan Province admiring the beauty of Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong and Mount Emei among others. This time around, Jam will set his feet on Guangxi Province. He will visit 3 beautiful sisters of Guangxi, namely the eldest sister – Guilin, second sister – Yangshuo and the youngest sister – Xingping.

Hope that I could share my fun and joy of traveling with my itinerary below.

10 Days Magnificent Guilin/Longsheng/Yangshuo/Xingping

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Your trip starts with a pleasant flight to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport. Upon arrival and check in, tour Elephant Trunk Hill. Elephant Trunk Hill is a limestone karsts formation that has become Guilin’s most recognizable symbol. It looks like an elephant extending its trunk into the Li River from afar. At night, take the 2-river 4-lake cruise tour around the river system of Guilin City.

Located 15 kilometers from Guilin, Daxu Ancient Town was built during the Ming Dynasty. The town still very much preserves the architectures of Ming and Qing Dynasties. Visit Maozhou Island across the river. After touring this ancient town in the morning, head back to Guilin. Visit the Jingjiang Princes City which is well known for Solitary Beauty Peak inside. There had been 14 Jingjiang Princes of 11 generations that lived in the city. It is the best preserved princes city in China. Tonight take a stroll along the Zhengyang Pedestrian Street.

After a good rest and breakfast, start your journey by bus to Longsheng County, around 2 hours drive from Guilin. Longsheng County is home to some of the most stunning rice terraces in the world. Visit the Longji Rice Terraces, literally means the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces. The rice terraces were built into hillsides, resembling great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. Also visit the Longji Ancient Zhuang Village. At night, stay in a local folk home in Dazhai inside the Jinkeng Hongyao Rice Terraces Scenic Area.

Wake up early morning to catch the beauty of sunrise. After breakfast, continue to visit the Huangluo Yao Village and Jinzhu (Golden Bamboo) Zhuang Village. Huangluo Yao Village is occupied by the Yao minorities. Yao women here are all spotting long blackish hair, the longest being 1.81 meters, thus earning the honor of “long-hair village” awarded by Guinness World Records. Jinzhu Zhuang Village meanwhile, is known for its golden color bamboo woods. It is also lauded as the “number one Zhuang Village” in China. After lunch, head back to Guilin. At night, take a stroll along the Li River bank.

In the morning, transport to the pier. Take a cruise along the famous Li River. Li River scenic area is the world’s largest karsts landforms with hills and waters. Do not miss out on the Nine-Horse Picturesque Mountain which features on the back of Chinese 20 Yuan note. Visit Big Banyan Tree, Moon Hill, Jianshan Temple, Dragon Pool and Exotic Stone Palace in the Gaotian Scenic Area after arriving at Yangshuo. Tonight take a stroll along the famous West Street.

After breakfast, tour Yulong River by bike. Yulong River is also known as “Mini Li River”. The bike tour can take up in between 1 to 2 hours. After that, take a bamboo raft for a relaxing cruise down the Yulong River. Do not miss out on the Eight-Immortal Crossing the Ocean as well as Five-Finger Hill. At night, watch Impression Liu Sanjie, a performance with the natural mountains and water as the setting. It is directed by the world renowned Zhang Yimou, director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

Catch a bus to Xingping. Located on the east bank of Li River, Xingping is an ancient town 27 kilometers from Yangshuo. Xingping Town was built over 1,000 years ago and is well known for its still waters, grotesque peaks, steep cliffs and fantastic landscape. Once arriving at Xingping, hike along a section of Li River which also includes ferry across the river. Visit the famous fishing village which was once visited by Bill Clinton. After dinner, take a stroll in the old streets of Xingping.

After breakfast, catch a bus back to Yangshuo. Tour Fuli Scenic Area by bike. Fuli Scenic Area is another highlight in Yangshuo which includes Shutong Hill, Snow Lion Ridge and many other unique looking karsts landforms. Visit Fuli Ancient Town. In the afternoon, kayaking along the part of Li River from Fuli Town to Puyi Town OR explore the Longmen Water Cave near Moon Hill OR flowers and fruits tour OR rural villages tour. Longmen Water Cave is about 3 kilometers long and runs through 3 mountains. There is an underground river, a mud pool where you can take mud bath, a waterfall as well as numerous stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave.

After breakfast, visit Yangshuo Park. Yangshuo Park is just opposite to the Yangshuo Bus Station. You can climb up a pagoda to have a panorama view of Yangshuo. Catch a bus back to Guilin. Visit Seven Stars Park after lunch. Seven Stars Park is the largest park in Guilin. The park was so named because of the 7 peaks found inside. The park is known for its beautiful landscape since the Sui and Tang Dynasties more than 1,000 years ago. One can see Giant Pandas at Seven Stars Park too! At night, take a stroll along the Xicheng Pedestrian Street.

After breakfast, you can go to walk along the Li River bank before your transfer to the Guilin Liangjiang International Airport for your flight back to Kuala Lumpur. I hope you have enjoyed your trip to Guilin! Home sweet home.

This blog will not be abandoned when I am away backpacking in China.

There will be a Giveaway Contest for each of the above scheduled entry. The contest is ONLY open to Malaysians. A question or 2 will be posted for each round. The first contestant to give the correct answer in each round will receive a souvenir and a postcard from my Guilin trip. Those who come second and third will receive a postcard each. I will contact the winner via email after I come back from my Guilin trip. To get to know when the contest is up, refer to the countdown timer on top of right sidebar in this page.

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Refer to the top of right sidebar!

Good luck! And I see you when I see you!

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