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Sanjiang Dong Village (Optional Extension) 1

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INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Admire the spectacular Dragons Back Bone rice terraces • Stay in the atmospheric rural villages of Ping’an and Yangshuo • Cruise on the Li River surrounded by Karst Mountains LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

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Boutique Asia – 5 day Guilin & Longji Experience Guilin • Ping’an • Yangshuo

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Day 1: Arrive Guilin You will be met upon arrival in Guilin and taken to visit the Reed Flute Cave with your guide. The Reed Flute Cave is the most impressive of the karst caverns in Guilin. Not only is it the largest, but its stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites, makes this cave a spectacular sight. After the tour, you’ll transfer to your hotel for check in. Guilin Yi Royal Palace Hotel Day 2: Guilin – Longsheng After breakfast, you’ll travel to Longji (or Dragon’s Back Bone) Rice Terraces, the area is located in Heping Town, Longsheng County, Guilin. Situated 2 hours’ drive from Guilin, these rice terraces resemble great chains or ribbons (or a dragon’s backbone, for the more imaginative among us). They were carved by hand into the hillside over 600 years ago, making the best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in this mountainous area. (BL) Longji Ping’an Hotel Day 3: Longsheng – Guilin Transfer back to Guilin for a morning tour of Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill. One of the most famous natural landmarks in Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill is located on the western bank of the Li River. The shape of the hill resembles a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk. Between the trunk and the legs is a semi-round cave penetrated by water

called Shui Yue Cave (Water Moon Cave). Fubo Hill is an imposing solitary stone pillar that rises 60m alongside the western bank. After lunch you’ll visit Seven Star Park, the largest park in Guilin. Its unusual name is derived from the 7 peaks that surround it. The park itself includes many famous and beautiful sights such as Flower Bridge, Putuo Mountain, Seven Stars Cave, Camel Hill, and the Guihai Stele Forest. (BL) In the morning, take downstream cruise on the Li River (shared basis). Enjoy the indescribable beauty and breathtaking scenery before disembarking at Yangshuo. Explore West Street on foot before enjoying a countryside bicycle ride. West Street (Xi Jie) is situated in Yangshuo, the most beautiful town along the Li River. Offering not only elegant scenery, but also superior dining and Chinese and western snacks, Xijie, is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. Continue by bike past rice paddies, centuries-old farmhouses, limestone karsts, fruit orchards, and of course the stunning mountains before transferring back to your hotel. (BL) Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Day 5: Yangshuo – Guilin After breakfast you’ll transfer back to Guilin for your onward flight. (B) Guilin Yi Royal Palace Hotel Day 4: Guilin – Yangshuo

Sanjiang Dong Village Extension Why not get off the beaten path with a sidetrip from Ping’an village to visit Sanjiang? This Dong minority village is known for it’s spectacular local architecture and breathtaking scenery. Return and overnight in Ping’an before continuing with your tour.

Price per person from £329

TOUR DETAILS

£1099 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 4 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches • Tours and transfers as specified including entry fees, on a private basis (except Li River cruise) in air-conditioned vehicles • Service of English-speaking local guide for all included sightseeing and transfers

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 2 - 4 stars Please note - star ratings are given as a general guide on this tour, in some villages you will stay in good local accommodation that has no official star rating. Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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