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Dramatic karst peaks, the sun-dappled river Li, jade-green rice paddies – the scenes of Guilin are like the brushstrokes of an unseen artist. Experience rural life on the spectacular “Dragon’s Backbone” rice terraces, bike, hike and raft between villages, and learn to cook like a local.
Step into a classical scroll painting in Guilin, whose harmonious landscape has inspired the brushstrokes of traditional Chinese landscape paintings for centuries. From the calm waters of the Li River, set against a backdrop of dramatic karst peaks, to the mesmerizing manmade tiers of the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces, Guilin is full of stunning scenery.
Venture headlong into the inspiring region by wandering through ethnic minority towns amidst a backdrop of wood-tiled hamlets and rice paddies, floating across the Li River, and exploring the area’s verdant rice terraces.
Hike at your own pace through minority villages along the verdant, softly undulating Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces • Enjoy lunch with a local farmer in the comfort of his home • Return to Guilin for the night.
Embark on either a bamboo raft or boat on the Li River, considered by many to be the most beautiful river in China, to Yangshuo • Explore the village of Xingping, famous for its harmonious setting in the midst of the placid waters of the Li River and surrounding sharp karst peaks • Hike or bike near the calm Yulong River • Enjoy the spectacle of Impression Liusanjie, choreographed by the mastermind behind the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, in a natural amphitheater.
Spend the morning hiking or biking through small villages and untouched landscapes • Hone your cooking skills in a private local cooking lesson.
Located on the famously picturesque Li River, the Shangri-La Guilin offers weary travelers comfortable, elegant rooms as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
A local 4-star hotel, the Yangshuo Resort has spacious guestrooms equipped with private balconies offering river views.
Learn the process of making China’s most famous drink in a tea plantation at the foot of the soaring Cang Mountain • Travel back in time by walking around Dali’s picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains • Attend a traditional Bai minority “Three Cup Tea” ceremony and dinner
Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou, characterized by ornate gateways and honeycomb patterns • Learn the secrets of making rushan, a local cheese • Bike through Erhai Lake’s verdant surroundings • Hone your cooking skills in a cooking lesson in a local home
Hike up Taoist Weibao (“Magnificent Treasure”) Mountain, where you will learn to meditate with a Taoist master • Travel along part of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to a Hui Muslim village
Continue along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang, taking a break in the historical market town of Shaxi
Explore the small paths and canals that weave through Lijiang Old Town • Head over to the Dongba Culture Museum for a closer look at local minority culture and history • Travel to Yuhu village, located in the Lijiang basin • Visit the former residence of Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock • Enjoy a leisurely hike around the scenic surrounding countryside