As a Chinese saying goes, Guilin’s scenery is best among all under heaven. Its name means “forest of Sweet Osmanthus”. Picturesque Li River winding through the city with peaks mushroomed inside, makes Guilin a popular city for sightseeing. There are Guilin’s two most popular tours: Two Rivers & Four Lakes boat trip in town center at night, and Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo.
Yangshuo is a very picturesque smaller town downstream of Guilin. It features the incredible karst scenery, beautiful mountains, rivers, caves, and much more. Not just a sight-seeing place; there are weeks of exploratng possibilities here, by cruise, bamboo rafting, cycling, trekking, rock climbing, and combinations of the various modes.
Longsheng, with its famous Longji rice terraces, offers great hiking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Four- to five-hour trek through minority villages of Zhuang, Dong and Yao, dotting with China’s most spectacularly terraced slopes. Then, enjoy a relaxed spa at natural Longsheng Hot Spring.