6-Day Best of Southern China Private Tour: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Guilin and Yangshuo

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Day 1: Arrival in Hong Kong
Meet your guide in the lobby of the West Hotel and check in to your room. Afterwards, your guide will give you a brief orientation about the activities for the next four days. End the day with a scrumptious dinner at a popular local restaurant (at passenger’s expense).

Day 2: Hong Kong to Guangzhou (L,D)
Spend the majority of the day getting to know the bustling city of Hong Kong with your expert guide. Walk down Canton Road, a commercial street home to many upscale retail shops, business establishments and various shopping centers. Step into Harbour City, the largest shopping and entertainment center in Hong Kong. Next, experience one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong. Board a ferry and spend the next 10-12 minutes crossing Victoria Harbour to the central district of the island. This quick ferry ride is considered a unique Hong Kong cultural experience by both tourists and locals alike. Then, take a tram up to Victoria Peak (The Peak). On the tram, you will have a unique and spectacular perspective of the city. The 8-minute scenic ride will offer you stunning views of Hong Kong Island and the Victoria Harbour. Once you reach The Peak, enjoy not only panoramic views of the city and the harbor below but also of the natural environment of the peak. After roaming the city, board a train and head to Guangzhou. Upon arrival in Guangzhou, a private transfer will drive you to the Holiday Inn for check-in. Rest up for the night because the next few days will be packed with adventure.

Day 3: Guangzhou (B,L,D)
After breakfast, board the subway with your guide to visit the famous Chen Clan Academy, a symmetric academic complex of 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards. Marvel at the exquisite traditional Chinese architecture and style and admire the large collection of different Chinese art pieces, from woodcarvings to pottery. From there, your guide will lead you to Shamian Island, an area filled with European history. Witness several of these colonial structures like the French Catholic Church, the British Protestant Church and various bronze structures depicting Western individuals from the present and the past. Then, board a ferry for a 20-minute cruise along the Pearl River, where you can view the sights of the modern part of the city from the water. You will end at Canton Tower, an observation tower that stands at 1,968 feet (600 meters). Step into one of the observation rooms to see unobstructed panoramic views of the city. Before the end of the day, take an evening flight to Guilin and check in at the Lijiang Hotel in Yangshuo.

Day 4: Yangshuo (B,L,D)
Your guide will lead you on a 50-minute scenic bike ride to Moon Hill to see the crescent-shaped cave that gave it its name. The scenery overlooking the countryside will take your breath away. Bike past the Yulong River and see people sailing the shallow water using bamboo rafts. Many of the land formations you will see in the county are karst topographies with distinctive features like sinkholes, caves and subterranean limestone caverns. After building up an appetite, a private transport will take you to Yangshuo West Street to visit a local village where you will take a Chinese cooking class. Learn how to make three to four traditional Chinese dishes like kung pao chicken, jiaozi (Chinese dumpling), a Chinese eggplant dish and/or a Chinese tofu dish. The best part – you get to eat what you cook! Then, enjoy a picturesque sunset boat ride on the Li River. You will feel as if you stepped into a painting as you marvel at the beautiful landscape that boasts impressive mountains, fantastic caves, tranquil waters and farming villages.

Day 5: Yangshuo to Guilin to Longji (B,L,D)
Today, travel with your guide to Guilin to see the Reed Flute Cave and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The Reed Flute Cave is a fascinating gallery of limestone cave formations. Marvel at the astonishing shapes formed by natural rock formations. Then, head to the centerpiece of Guilin's riverside park, Elephant Hill. Nature created this marvel some 3.5 million years ago and its shape resembles an elephant drinking water through its trunk. After lunch, enjoy private transport to Longsheng County to see the Longji Rice Terraces (Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces). These ingenious, large-scaled rice terraces are built to make the best use of arable land and water resources. Hear the history of this magnificent creation from your guide. Don’t forget to take pictures of this clever piece of art! Then, visit one of the county’s Miao villages and learn about their splendid ethnic customs and cultures. Spend the afternoon with your guide acquainting yourself with the local people’s colorful way of life. Stay in a guesthouse at the village for the night.

Day 6: Longji to Hong Kong (B,L,D)
End your 6-day journey with a guided hike to Da Zhai in Longji. The hike will take between three and four hours, depending on your own pace. Admire panoramic views of the surrounding rice terraces, forests and mountains; explore more ethnic villages; and experience the diverse customs and traditions of these different cultures. In the afternoon, you will be driven back to the Guilin airport to catch a flight back to Hong Kong.

5-night accommodation
Private vehicle and all necessary transportation to all locations
Entrance fees to all attractions listed in itinerary
Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
English-speaking guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities (optional)
China entry visa
Single supplement. Tour prices are based on twin share ( 2 pax share one room), and extra charge for single occupancy is US$260.00 per single room.

Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.


Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 


Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.


Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.


What to Expect on Tour


Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 


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Laura C, May 2014
We feel like this trip was a very good introduction to China. We got to see some highlights of the cities and experience life in the country. We appreciate our guide's flexibility when we wanted to change our itinerary (as in ending the bike ride due to traffic, and skipping Reed Flute Cave for hiking.) As a private tour, we had a choice of what we wanted to see and do with the expertise of our guide's, Bin's, knowledge of the area. The food was delicious. We like that we ate in nice restaurants as well as local places and that we got to go to the local markets and cook a meal in a class. The hotels were comfortable (3 and 4 stars). We enjoyed the quiet scenic private boat rides, both along the Pearl River and the Li River. We liked being away from the touristy areas, so our hike from Dazhai to Ping’An was very special. Waking up in Ping’An was beautiful with mountains all around us. We especially want to thank our guide, Bin, for taking care of our daughter's other travel arrangements and accommodations. We enjoyed good conversations with Bin. We wish you many good travels and good health to Bin and the rest of Viator.

Anonymous, Jan 2013
China was amazing, so were my guide. He became my Chinese friend now. We managed to see so much cultural and historical sites, while experienced local life and cuisines we would never got a chance to have if we go by ourselves. Thank you Viator!

Garth Brian O, Jan 2013
We had a fantastic time despite hard Chinese beds. The guide was lovely and helpful and spoke excellent English. We went to some amazing places, including a village in the mountains to see the paddy fields. Food, overall, magnificent. We did a fair bit of walking so don't do this trip if unfit!

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