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Longsheng rice terraces and Sanjiang tour

Tour code: GY002
Duration: 6 days
Route: Guilin, Longsheng, Sanjiang, Yangshuo
Attractions: Longji Dragon Backbone Rice Terrace was first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty; Sanjiang is famous for its enhanced native culture of Dong villages; visit the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill, and ect.



Day 1 Arrival / Guilin
Transfer via: own arrangement
Upon arrival, pickup by our English speaking tour guide and drive to Longsheng, visit Longji Mountain Village, about 2 hours driving on road, stroll around the village. Stay in the mountain village overnight.


Longsheng is famous for the Longji Dragon Backbone Rice Terrace: 60square kilometers of terraced rice fields southeast of Longsheng. They were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by Zhuang people. The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountaintop, with the highest place of an elevation of 885m and the lowest 380m. The coiling line spirals up from the mountain foot to the top, making the mountain looks like huge snail seen from afar.


Day 2 Longji / Sanjiang
Waken up by singsing of roosters, two hours hiking on trails between Longji Dragon Backbone Rice Terrace in the early morning, worship the huge rice terrace in the mist. Today we will drive to Sanjiang. It will spend 40 minutes by road. Stay overnight in Sanjiang.


Sanjiang, which is famous for its enhanced native culture of Dong villages, located in a beautiful river valley, visit elegant architecture of roof-covered bridges, villages, drum towers, traditional way of making cloth and embroidaries, and more.


Day 3 Sanjiang / Guilin
Transfer to Guilin by road. Visit Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill. Take evening cruise on Li River and surrounding lakes.


Visit the Reed Flute Cave. Aside ten minutes drive (half hour bike ride) from downtown, the cave is one of the largest known examples of what each tropical karst cone conceals within it. The script writers and set designers for Star Trek would have a field day in this cavernous underground stalactite/stalagmite maze-style theater. The dropping water is rich and the dripstones are not only in various types but also in big size, displaying a wonderful cave world. This cave was called "The Art Gallery of Mother Nature". Colored fluorescent lights which cast shadows and illuminate shapes of imaginary animals, fruits and vegetables complete the unworldly effect.


Following with Elephant Trunk Hill. It is located on the west bank of the Li River by a small branch called Peach blossom River, and resembles a huge elephant standing on the bank of the river, sucking up water with its long trunk. The trunk is particularly striking and lifelike when viewed either nearby or afar. A circular foot cave called Shui Yue Dong (Moon-In-the Water Cave) separates the trunk and the body. A 3-story Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D) brick pagoda rises from the top of hill.


Day 4 Guilin / Yangshuo
After the breakfast you take bus to Dock. You will start your Li River Cruise from here. The total Journey is around 30 Kilometers and takes 4 hours. On the way you will see the most beautiful landscapes and pass throw the local villages.


Later this day you will arrive at Yangshuo. You can also choose to stay in the town, stroll around the local market, witness the daily activities of local society. Or you might enjoy a class for Chinese Taichi in Yangshuo at sunset.


Yangshuo, the natural scenery features unique karst hills, crystal water, exquisite stones and intricate caves as well as a cultural historic heritage and folks of diverse customs.  


At night, have fun on the West Street, don't drink too much to miss tomorrow's program. Or you can go to watch the envening show - Impression Liu Sanjie (optional). The Cormorant Bird catching fish show at night is also something new (optional).


Day 5 Yangshuo
From 6:30 to 9:00 am, cycle for 2 hours from Yangshuo to Aishan Village in the early morning, you will arrive at the Licun village and then you continue you bike ride on the trails to Yangshuo. After a hot shower in the hotel, you will be transfer by company vehicle to take bamboo rafting for two hours on Yulong River through limestone mountains and trails.


Climbing up theMoon Hill, strolling around rice fields, by doing this way, you may understand what is the Chinese farmer's life and how big change happened in China in the passed 25 years.


Day 6 Yangshuo / Depart
Transfer via: own arrangement
Free time in the morning. Later today you will be transferred to Guilin airport or train station.


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