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8-day South China Essence

Tour code: ETC-Q103   

A perfect 8-day trip for you to indulge in south China. The tour covers the bustling cities Shenzhen & Guangzhou, Karst Paradise Guilin and picturesque destination Yangshuo. Enjoy the numerous traditional villages and houses, tranquil pastoral landscape, and other enchanting attractions.

Tour Date City Tour Brief


Arrival in Shenzhen

2 shenzhen

Splendid China Theme Park, Chinese Folk Culture Village

3 Shenzhen / Guangzhou Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Xiguan Old Houses
4 Guangzhou / Kaiping / Guangzhou Kaiping Diaolou houses, Zili Villages, Li Garden, Chikan ancient town
5 Guangzhou / Guilin Yuexiu Park to see Five Ram Statue, Yushan Park
6 Guilin / Yangshuo Elephant Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Shiwaitaoyuan Park
7 Yangshuo Bamboo rafting along the Li River, Fuli old town, Big Banyan Tree
8 Yangshuo / Guilin Departure

Day 1 Arrival in Shenzhen (No meal)

Upon arrival, our guide will meet you and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Shenzhen (B, L)

Visit Splendid China Theme Park, It is one of the world's largest scenery parks in the amount of scenarios reproduced. Then visit Chinese Folk Culture Village, which is home to 25 recreated minority villages belonging to 22 different ethnic groups.

Day 3 Shenzhen / Guangzhou(B, L)

Transfer to take a speed train to Guangzhou (1.5 hours). Our guide will pick you up at the train station and transfer for sightseeing. Then take a private city tour to visit Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, the largest, best preserved, and best decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. Next, visit the Xiguan Old Houses to appreciate its special architectural values.

Day 4 Guangzhou / Kaiping / Guangzhou (B, L)

A full day tour to Kaiping to see the Diaolou houses, which was inscribed at a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site in 2007. Visit Zili Villages, where has a collection of different Diaolou towers in the area. Then visit Li Garden built by an overseas Chinese with Chinese and Western characters. Finally today’s trip ends up at Chikan ancient town, where you will see many traditional architectural buildings of Guangdong style.

Day 5 Guangzhou / Guilin (B, L)

Visit Yuexiu Park and see the Five Ram Statue, which is the emblem of Guangzhou city. The park is the largest one in Guangzhou City with an area of 920,000 square meters. Then transfer to take flight to Guilin. After arrival, transfer to visit Yushan Park to enjoy its stunning natural and man-made sights. Later, check into the hotel.

Day 6 Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)

In the morning, visit the city symbol, the Elephant Trunk Hill. With an elevation of 600 feet (200 m), the hill towers 165 feet (55m) above the water, the hill simply resembles an elephant dipping its snout into the river. Then explore Reed Flute Cave, like a fascinating gallery of natural sculpture, now enhanced by multicolored lighting, it has been one of Guilin's most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. After lunch, drive to Yangshuo. En route, visit Shiwaitaoyuan Park, a primitive minority village full of folk culture and tranquil rurality. Optional Impression Sister Liu Sanjie Light Show at night.

Day 7 Yangshuo (B, L)

Bamboo rafting along the Li River to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo, etc. Visit Fuli old town. With a mere 1,000-strong population, nearly a third of Fuli people work with traditional Chinese art and crafts, making painted folding fans, framing calligraphy of painting. Later, go to visit the 1000-year-old Big Banyan Tree. Its branches spread out in all directions, and its roots twisting crisscross, and the tree takes six men to encircle its trunk with their arms stretched out. Free afternoon for your own exploration and shopping.

Day 8 Yangshuo / Guilin departure (B)

Drive to the airport and fly to your next destination.


As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";

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  • Asked by Gujjalu
    2017-11-09 22:16
    Dear Sir/ Madam
    My wife and me are from Mauritius Island.
    I am looking for a group tour visiting places similar to your "8 day South China Essence", where I can join other fellow travelers. I do not like private tours and would like to meet people from other countries at the same time.
    Thank you

    Answered by Charlie
    2017-11-10 09:28
    Dear Gujjalu,

    Thanks for visiting our website and contacting. We provide private tours all over China and currently no join-in group tours for similar itinerary available. But we do have some bus tours in each city, which is similar to group tours. Example program please refer to https://www.easytourchina.com/tour-v589-8-day-beijing-xi-an-and-shanghai-tour-for-solo-traveler. Please advise if you are interested in this kind of tour in China.

    Have a good day!


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