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Arrival in Yangshuo

Day 1

Arrival in Yangshuo

First, you’ll travel to the city of Guilin, where you’ll be collected and transferred to your hotel in Yangshuo. You’ll stay in a beautiful retreat tucked between Karst Mountains, surrounded by rice paddies and farmland. It’s a hugely warm and friendly place. You can rent mountain bikes and kayaks, or simply explore the area on foot.

Man cycling past karst mountains

Day 2

Cycling trip and bamboo rafting

Today you’ll set off on a cycling tour and bamboo rafting trip with a local guide. The scenery here is extraordinary, with forest-topped Karst Mountains and small rippling rivers snaking through bright green paddies. You’ll cycle to the river with your guide, starting off on the main roads but you’ll soon leave these behind and pedal through farmland and rice paddies.

Customers sitting on bamboo raft in China

Next you’ll hop on a traditional bamboo raft and drift downstream, soaking up the scenery and lazing in the sunshine. After the boat trip, you’ll get back on your bike and cycle to Moon Hill, with gorgeous views from its peak. When you return to the hotel, you can relax with a cold beer on the terrace and watch the sun sink between the Karst Mountains.

Optional day trip

Light show

Yangshuo’s light show is a must for one of your evenings out in the countryside. We’ll book the tickets for the evening of your choice and will make sure to pick you up and return you to your hotel. With spectacular Karst Mountains and the river as the backdrop, you’ll be spellbound by the lights, music and artistry of Zhang Yimou’s show.

Prices from:

£55 - per person

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Days 3-4

Free Time and Departure - Yangshuo

Day 3 is completely your own and you certainly won’t be short of options. Rent a kayak and twist along the rivers, cycle past paddies and stop for a riverside picnic. The following day, you’ll check out of your hotel and hit the road again.

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"I was lucky enough to travel across China for two months and the more I explored, the more I loved; from its ancient towns to its futuristic cities. My top highlight has to be the mountainous scenery of Yunnan."

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