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How to Spend 2 Days in Guilin

How to Spend 2 Days in Guilin

Two days in Guilin gives you time to discover top city attractions, visit an ancient village, and cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo—a must when visiting the area. Here are some suggestions to make the most of 48 hours in Guilin.


Day 1: Essential Guilin

Morning: Guilin’s highlights are best explored as part of a sightseeing tour, which typically cover Elephant Trunk Hill, one of the symbols of Guilin, and either Fubo Hill or Solitary Beauty Peak for sweeping city views. Finish off the morning at Reed Flute Cave or Seven Star Cave to see rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites.

Afternoon: Take a quick trip outside of the city this afternoon to visit an ancient village. Daxu Old Town is most accessible, with the majority of day trips visiting there, but other options include Xiong and Jiangtou, where you can walk along ancient streets and admire the well-preserved architecture.

Night: After dinner, go shopping for souvenirs at Zhengyang Pedestrian Street or Guilin Night Market. Afterwards, head over to the Two Rivers and Four Lakes area to end your night with a boat ride or stroll.

Day 2: River Cruising

Morning: No visit to Guilin would be complete without a cruise down the Li River. Journeys usually take 4-5 hours and offer unobstructed views of the countryside. You’ll see dramatic karst formations, many of which have names based on what they resemble, and may get a glimpse of farmers, fishermen, and water buffaloes.

Afternoon: Arrive in Yangshuo and spend some time on West Street, which is full of shops, cafés, and restaurants. Spend the afternoon exploring Yangshuo highlights, such as the scenic Ten Mile Gallery, or head out to the countryside to hike, bike, or rock climb. You could even opt for another river cruise, this time on a bamboo raft.

Night: During dinner in Yangshuo, try local favorites such as Yangshuo beer fish. Then, finish off your final night with a performance of Impressions Sanjie Liu, directed by Zhang Yimou and set along the Li River.

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Private Guilin Half Day Tour: Fubo Mountain, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Hill

Private Guilin Half Day Tour: Fubo Mountain, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Hill

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Take in the major sights of Guilin on a private half-day tour that showcases the geographic and cultural highlights of Guilin. Visit landmarks such as Elephant Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fubu Hill and the Li River, learning about their history from your informative guide. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and admire some of the most beautiful terrain in China. This tour can easily fit into your Guilin sightseeing schedule, perfect for those with limited time.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$128.80
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$128.80
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Guilin Four lakes night cruise with the English speaking driver from Guilin hotel

Guilin Four lakes night cruise with the English speaking driver from Guilin hotel

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Downtown Guilin lights up at night, and the best way to enjoy its beauty is to take a night cruise around the city’s Four Lakes scenic area. Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s multicolored nighttime skyline from a comfortable sightseeing boat; see after-dark highlights like the Twin Pagodas and the city’s musical fountains without wasting time on research or on walking from landmark to landmark.
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  • 2 hours
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$47.13
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Guilin Tour of Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill

Guilin Tour of Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill

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Guilin is renowned for its unique mountain scenery and for the tranquil Li River, and this private tour offers a seamless way to explore the region’s most popular highlights. Meet your guide in the morning at your Guilin hotel, and hop aboard your private vehicle. You’ll explore the Reed Flute Cave, will discover the hilly landscape of Seven Star Park, will admire Fubo Hill and the much-photographed Elephant Trunk Hill, and more. The tour also includes lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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$218.67
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Half day Yangshuo Cooking lesson Small Group Tour

Half day Yangshuo Cooking lesson Small Group Tour

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Learn to cook like a local with this lesson in Yangshuo. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to a local market with your informative local instructor and discover the ingredients and flavors of Guanxi Province cuisine. Then, prepare a delicious meal with the help of a pro. Savor your creation while learning about local customs and folklore.
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  • 4 hours
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$61.54
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Guilin Bike Tour and Visit of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Village

Guilin Bike Tour and Visit of Jiangtouzhou Ancient Village

See more than possible on foot and explore parts that can't be reached by motor vehicle on this guided bicycle tour. Explore the well-preserved Jiangtouzhou village of Guilin and its surrounding rural areas and refuel with Guilin rice noodles for lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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