Yangshuo: Trekking Through Karst Country

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4 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Guilin
Guilin

Dramatic karst peaks, the sun-dappled river Li, jade-green rice paddies – the scenes of Yangshuo are like the brushstrokes of an unseen artist. Experience rural life in the karst backwoods, hike between villages, and learn to cook like a local.

About this Journey

Step into a classical scroll painting in Yangshuo, 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, Yangshuo is full of stunning scenery ready to be explored.

What we love
  • Hiking along two trails against the dream-like karst landscape of Guangxi, which have been immortalized into classic Chinese paintings
  • Enjoying a master-led taichi lesson, against a misty karst backdrop
  • Discovering the culinary traditions of Guangxi with a private cooking class, set in a traditional courtyard home
Where you're going
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Guilin

Upon arriving in Guilin, your local WildChina guide will meet you in the arrival hall with your private vehicle on standby to take you to your Yangshuo • Celebrate your arrival in Yangshuo during a feast for your eyes and stomach as you get to know your guide and fellow travelers

Day 2Yangshuo

Lace up your walking shoes and step onto the flat forested trails from Shangtaoyuan to Lengshui Village, where you’ll take in the idyllic farmland and isolated villages that have been immortalized in classical Chinese paintings • Enjoy your picnic lunch on the Li riverside • Unwind to a homestyle dinner at a local restaurant

Day 3Yangshuo

Hike from Fuli to Suoshi, which used to be an ancient trade path for merchants, up and down along mountain slope, through fruit orchards, and desert villages – in Yangshuo countryside • Ascend to a picturesque reservoir for a picnic • Enjoy dinner in an ancestral hall, traditionally used for large celebrations 

 

Day 4Depart from Guilin

In the morning, enjoy a private taichi lesson with a master • Discover Guangxi’s culinary heritage with a private cooking class set inside a rustic courtyard home • Your WildChina guide will escort you to the airport and help you check in for your flight home

Hotels
Yangshuo Secret Garden

Yangshuo Secret Garden, Yangshuo

Luxury boutique

Yangshuo Secret Garden is a series of Qing Dynasty houses which have been painstakingly refurbished and given new life by Fengzi, a South African architect-turned-artist who found his muse between the misty karst formations of Yangshuo.

Recommended Seasons
Details

Recommended Seasons

What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
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