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" Li River at Dusk in Guilin, China "
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Seen at sunset, the unique karst landscape of Guilin is perhaps the most magical in all of China, lent an added air of majesty when a traditional cormorant fishermen in a narrow bamboo boat comes drifting into view. Spectacular 14 mile boat trips on the Li River run from Guilin to Yangshuo, travelling through a misty maze of huge limestone sugarloaf peaks and past bamboo groves, terraced paddy fields, water buffaloes, and peasants with cone-shaped straw hats. They are scenes that have inspired generations of artists and poets, but trying to capture the haunting beauty of Guilin is easier said than done.
A short drive out of town is another magnificent natural wonder - the colourful Reed Flute Cave, a rolling canvas of extraordinary rock formations, brought to life by dramatic lighting. There are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, some dating back to 792 and the Tang Dynasty. So named because of the reed grass found growing outside, which is used to make flutes and other musical instruments, the cave was re-discovered by refugees fleeing Japanese troops in the 1940's.
Just two hours drive north of Guilin are the spectacular rice terraces of Longsheng
Longsheng Rice Terrace by severin.stalder
Just a couple of hours from Guilin are more extraordinary landscapes; the fertile rice terraces of Longsheng.
Longsheng Rice Terrace by severin.stalder
Known also as the Dragon's Backbone Terraces, the enchanting countryside around Longsheng is some of the most photogenic in China. Layers of spectacular rice terraces curve gracefully around the steep verdant hills of the region like ribbons, creating a scene that is profoundly beautiful. Tiny remote minority villages, reached only only foot, dot the landscape and can be explored during your visit to learn about the history and culture of the area. The terraces represent an extraordinary feat of engineering and are a shining example of Chinese vision and ingenuity.
The rice terraces change throughout the year here. In spring they are filled with water to irrigate the fields, turning green with the arrival of summer. The terraces take on a golden palette of beautiful autumnal colours at harvest time, before winter brings snow to the mountainous region.
13 Nights from
Travel back in time from the futuristic skyscrapers of Shanghai, through rural life in the country's most beguiling landscapes to tales of China's dynastic…
Day 1 - Welcome to Shanghai
Day 2 - Highlights of Shanghai
Day 3 - Shanghai at leisure
Day 4 - Shanghai at leisure
Day 5 - Reed Flute Caves & transfer to Longsheng
Day 6 - Longji Rice Terraces
Day 7 - Li River Cruise
Day 8 - Hiking or cycling in Yangshuo
Day 9 - Welcome to Beijing
Day 10 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Day 11 - Great Wall & Ming Tombs
Day 12 - Day at Leisure in Beijing
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Our classic tour through China's essential highlights. Visit the Great Wall near Beijing, see pandas and the Terracotta Army up close and cruise through su…
Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing
Day 2 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Day 3 - Great Wall & Ming Tombs
Day 4 - Beijing Summer Palace
Day 5 - Xi'an city tour
Day 6 - Terracotta Army & Big Goose Pagoda
Day 7 - Transfer to Chengdu & visit Jinli Street
Day 8 - Panda Research Center & Sanxingdui
Day 9 - Transfer to Guilin & visit the Reed Flute Caves
Day 10 - Li River Cruise
Day 11 - Transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai
Day 12 - Highlights of Shanghai
Day 13 - Maglev Train to airport
16 Nights from
Cruise down the Yangtze River and see China's most iconic sights; adorable pandas, the Forbidden City and Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, futuristic Shang…
Day 7 - Transfer to Guilin & visit the Reed Flute Caves
Day 8 - Li River Cruise
Day 9 - Transfer to Chengdu
Day 10 - Panda Research Center & Sanxingdui
Day 11 - Jinli Street & transfer to Chongqing
Day 12 - Ghost City & Shibao Zhai Temple
Day 13 - Qutang & Wu Gorges
Day 14 - Three Gorges Dam
Day 15 - Highlights of Shanghai
Day 16 - Maglev Train to Airport
22 Nights from
Journey across China and back to culturally-rich cities and storybook landscapes. Marvel at the Terracotta Army and Great Wall and see a giant Buddha and a…
Day 5 - Bullet Train to Xi'an
Day 6 - Xi'an City Tour
Day 7 - Terracotta Army
Day 8 - Transfer to Tibet
Day 9 - Jokhang Temple & Drepung Monastery
Day 10 - Potala Palace, Norbulingka & Sera Monastery
Day 11 - Transfer to Mount Emei
Day 12 - Mount Emei tour
Day 13 - Leshan Giant Buddha
Day 14 - Panda Research Center
Day 15 - Transfer to Longsheng
Day 16 - Longji Rice Terraces
Day 17 - Li River Cruise
Day 18 - Hiking or cycling in Yangshuo
Day 19 - Transfer to Shanghai
Day 20 - Highlights of Shanghai
Day 21 - Shanghai at leisure
Day 22 - Suzhou's Classical Gardens
Day 23 - Return flight to UK
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