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Guangxi and the best of China

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,895 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore Guangxi and the Li River on this 11-day tailor-made best of China tour


  • Explore icons including the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors
  • Float down the Li River through a timeless landscape of limestone karsts and cormorant fisherman
  • See the sunrise over the Longji rice terraces

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Beijing
  • 2 Nights Xian
  • 2 Nights Guilin
  • 1 Night Longsheng


Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | River cruise

Guangxi is the very soul of rural China. It’s a romantic region that’s been the subject of many paintings, which capture a landscape of soaring limestone karsts, rising out of blue-green rivers, while conical-hatted farmers work in the lush green paddy fields and fishermen in small wooden boats, wait patiently with cormorant birds perched next to them.

This tailor-made China holiday takes in the best this spectacular region along with some of the other iconic highlights of this fascinating country, including Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, making this a truly unforgettable holiday.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Board an overnight flight from the UK to Beijing.

Days 2-3

Arrive in China's capital, Beijing where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Take the afternoon to relax or explore at your own leisure. The next morning enjoy a full-day tour of the city. Visit the famous Tianamen Square and the 600-year-old Forbidden City, the world’s largest collection of halls and palaces, which was closed to the public until 1949. In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace with its beautiful lakes and gardens. During the Qing Dynasty, this was the summer resort of China’s emperors.

Stay: Park Plaza Hotel

Meals: B L

Day 4
The Great Wall of China

Enjoy a full-day tour to the Great Wall of China, built to ward off invasions from the Mongolians and Manchurians. Visit the excellent museum explaining the history of the wall and climb its steep undulating pathways, providing panoramic views over the hills and surrounding, rugged countryside. Return to Beijing in the evening and enjoy a traditional Beijing Duck Dinner.

Stay: Park Plaza Hotel

Meals: B L D

Days 5-6

Visit the Temple of Heaven followed by a Hutong tour where you'll see how Beijing's locals live. Take an afternoon flight to Xian where you'll have time to explore the city at your own leisure. The following day is given over to the remarkable Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The warriors were built to guard the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who unified China over 2,000 years ago, each warrior is life-size and has a unique facial expression. You'll also get to visit the old City Wall, the Big Goose Pagoda, which dates back to the 7th century and experience a Tang Dynasty Dinner show.   

Stay: Grand Mercure

*Dinner is included on day 6

Meals: B L

Day 7

Fly to Guilin, famous since Tang times for its scenic location among rocky hills. Explore the city and see sights such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Shan Peak, which affords great views over the city, the stalactites and stalagmites in Reed Flute Cave and Seven Star Park.

Stay: Grand Bravo

Meals: B L

Day 8
Li River

Enjoy a breathtaking cruise down the beautiful Li River to Yangshuo, through lush vegetation and striking green limestone karsts, which rise majestically on either side. Visit Big Banyan Tree Park, a beautiful and tranquil place that’s home to a giant Banyan tree, which stands 17 metres tall and is seven metres wide. The tree has become known as a symbol of love and lovers who come here to make wishes, are reputed to have them granted. It is also said that singletons who come to have their photos taken beside the tree will soon find love. Afterwards, take a trip to Moon Hill, a natural archway formed in a limestone karst. In the evening see a spectacular light show on the beautiful Li River, directed by the man who created China’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in 2008 before returning to Guilin by car.

Stay: Grand Bravo

Meals: B D

Day 9
Longji, Longsheng County

Travel to Longji to see a number of Zhuang and Yao minority villages. Then visit the famous Longsheng ’Dragon’s Backbone’ Rice Terraces, some of China’s most dramatic.

Stay: Lian Lodge, Longji

Meals: B L D

Days 10-11

Wake early to witness the spectacular sunrise over the rice terraces before heading back to Guilin for your overnight flight home, which arrives in the UK on day 11.

Breakfast & lunch included



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,895 incl. flights


Low Season

from £2,895 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,225 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return International flights between London, Beijing & Guilin
  • Domestic flights
  • Private transfers throughout
  • 8 nights accommodations staying in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
  • Private touring with local guides including lunch and dinner as per itinerary

Touring highlights include:

  • City tour of Beijing
  • Visit the Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors of Xian
  • Li River Cruise

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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