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Upon your arrival at Guilin airport or rail station, you will be greeted by your private tour guide holding a sign with your name at the exit.
With the window view of the city, you will be transferred to Daxu for a visit in a private chauffeur driven car. As one of the four ancient towns in Guangxi Province, Daxu offers a good chance to get a sense of real rural life in the past and now. Walking on the street paved in bluestone, you will see the old style house, bridge and the first sight of Li River. After the short tour of Daxu, continue the driving around 1 hour to Xingping, a historic town standing on east bank of Li River. After check in your hotel, you are free at leisure to roam around the ancient town independently. You may want to enjoy the sunset over the Li River, or cross the river by a ferryboat for a nice walking on the riverside footpath of Dahebei village.
Nine Horse Fresco Hill is said to be the most beautiful and famous hill along Li River. This morning you will set off on your private bamboo rafting to visit the picturesque Li River, from Xingping to Nine Horse Fresco Hill. Get up early to avoid the crowds for more opportunity of shooting great views. The cruise duration is around 1.5hrs. This afternoon, we will do a nearly two hours hiking to a fishing village which was visited by Bill Clinton in 1998. Lying on the east bank of the Li River, the fishing village has a history of more than 500 years. The well-preserved traditional residences make the visit a remarkable one. After the visit in fishing village, return Xingping by a short boat ride.
Meal: B, L
Transfer to Yangshuo this morning by a 40 minutes driving. The countryside of Yangshuo is well known for its unique scenery. After check in the hotel, you will be privately guided to do a countryside tour and get as closer to local farming life as possible. The tractor is widely used in farming work in 1970s and 1980s, instead of draught animals. Taking tractor, a kind of transportation you may never see to visit the countryside would turn your thoughts back to decades ago. Be a Chinese farmer with fun! You will also have an opportunity to see local people making straw mat for extra income during the slack season.
In the afternoon, join a cooking class, to learn how to cook authentic Chinese food. Firstly you will be guided to shop in local wet market, to find out the food materials you may use and eat in following cooking. Secondly with the guidance of your teacher, you will learn some dishes in an easy and interesting way. Cook yourself a hearty and yummy meal!
Menu in Yangshuo Cooking Shool
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun - Beer fish, stuffed vegetables, cashew nuts with chicken , fried eggplants (Sichuan style) , green vegetables with garlic
Tue, Thu, Sat - Steamed chicken with mushrooms, egg wrapped dumplings , fried pork with vegetables , green vegetables with garlic , fried eggplants (yangshuo style)
Meal: B, L
Continue your exploration in Yangshuo. Today the transportation will be bicycles, which are more flexible. You will pass through local villages, paddy fields and the unique hills; stop at river bank for photos. The cycling route is from Liugong village to Musan village. Both Liugong village and Mushan village are rightly located on bank of Li River, introducing typical dwelling houses hundreds years ago. From south to north of the Li River, the cycling time is around 1.5hrs, depending on your own speed.
After a good rest at noon, you will head for a rafting trip down the Yulong River before the sunset. It’s a good timing to avoid the crowds and heat, get a peaceful mood when siting on the raft and enjoying the picturesque scenery.
Meal: B, L
Do morning exercise with breathtaking landscape as the background. Taichi would be the nice option. Here in Yangshuo, you are offered one hour class to unveil mysterious Chinese martial art and learn Taichi as a beginner. Taichi is a kind of gentle Kongfu that everyone can do it and reap its benefits in China.
At an appropriate time, you will be privately transferred to airport or rail station for your next destination. End of your 5 days Guilin tour.