Tour China’s most picturesque city
A visit to Guilin will show you the atmospheric delights of a place many regard as China’s most picturesque city. Its popularity as China’s second most-visited city has not detracted from its ample charms. The city's stunning landscape is perfectly framed by its two crystal-clear rivers, and further accentuated by the mountains and karsts that provide a dramatic backdrop. Your guides will arrange a relaxing cruise from Guilin, so you can let the beauty wash over you as you drift past verdant vegetation, bending bamboo, looming conifers and enigmatic caves.
Guilin has been at the centre of Guangxi life since the 10th-century Northern Song Dynasty. Its rich history, encompassing more than 2,000 years, has been influenced and enriched by the variety of people who have settled here, including the Zhuang, Yao, Hui, Miao, Mulao, Maonan and Dong. Your local guide can reveal the different traditions, customs, festivals and handicrafts that each minority brings to the society and culture of Guilin.
If you venture outside of central Guilin on your tour, to the local minority villages around Longsheng and Yangshuo, you can learn more about the people while exploring some of the most beautiful countryside in China. The Longji terraces have a large number of rice paddy fields that weave a spectacular tapestry of green, especially in spring when the fields are full of water.