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Best of Guangxi in 6 days tour

By Minjun Xu

August 26

The karst landscapes, varied ethnic customs and beautiful islands make Guangxi one of the best destinations on China’s southern coast.

The karst landscapes, varied ethnic customs and beautiful islands make Guangxi one of the best destinations on China’s southern coast.

In China there’s a saying, ‘east or west, Guilin’s landscape is the best’. But there’s more to Guangxi than its captivating northeastern prefecture. Besides its other regions, its beaches, and its sprawling rivers, the autonomous region on China’s southern border has plenty of cultural attractions too.

Day 1 The Li River 漓江

The Li River [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liao Zuping]
The Li River [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liao Zuping]
The Li River flows 83 km from Guilin to Yangshuo in Guangxi. Surrounded by karst landscapes, the area boasts green mountains, clear water and spectacular caves. Take a cruise and try to find the place featured on the fifth edition of the 20RMB note.

Entry: 190 yuan/person (December – March); 210 yuan/person (April – November)

Opening hours: 08:40 a.m. – 10:40 p.m. (April – November); 08:40 a.m. – 09:40 p.m. (December – March)

Day 2 Silver Cave 银子岩

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Silver Cave [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Bo]
Silver Cave in Lipu County, Guilin, is about 18 km away from Yangshuo. Running below 12 mountain peaks, legend says that during the reign of Emperor Kangxi during the Qing Dynasty, a rebel army hid their treasures in this massive cave while fleeing to safety.

Entry: 80 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 05:30 p.m.

Day 3 Xingping Ancient Town 兴坪古镇

Xingping Ancient Town [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Xingping Ancient Town [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Xingping Ancient Town, 25 km northeast of Yangshuo County inspired the pattern on the back of the 20RMB note. Besides the natural scenery, the town’s ancient buildings are a must-see.

A small fishing district in the ancient town has received notable visits from Sun Yat-sen, the first president of the Republic of China, and Bill Clinton, the former US president.

Entry: free (ancient town); 10 yuan/person (fishing village)

Opening hours: all day

Day 4 Yangshuo West Street 阳朔西街

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Yangshuo West Street [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Shaomin]
Don’t be surprised if you hear an elderly Chinese women speak English on Yangshuo West Street, the center of Yangshuo County and draw for thousands of foreign visitors annually. With a history of over 1,400 years, it is the oldest and busiest street in Yangshuo and a place where eastern and western cultures cross. Numerous bars and shops line this marble-paved 1km long street.

Entry: free

Opening hours: all day

Day 5 Eight Villages of Chengyang 程阳八寨

Eight Villages of Chengyang [Image Credit: china.com.cn]
Eight Villages of Chengyang [Image Credit: china.com.cn]
Situated in Sanjiang County, Liuzhou, the Eight Villages of Chengyang are home to more than 10,000 people of the Dong ethnic group (侗族). These villages are home to folk customs like the Baijia Banquet (百家宴), something like a community-wide buffet where all households try each other’s food, and well-preserved Dong-style buildings, among which the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge (程阳风雨桥) is the most famous. Built without any nails or rivets, only dove-tailed supports the structure.

Entry: 80 yuan/person

Opening hours: 07:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Day 6 Weizhou Island 涠洲岛

Weizhou Island [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Fan Hong]
Weizhou Island [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Fan Hong]
Weizhou Island in the Beibu Gulf (北部湾), is the largest island in Guangxi Province and the youngest volcanic island in China. Ranked No. 2 on Chinese National Geography magazine’s 10 most beautiful islands in China list, this island is famous for its turquoise sea water and sandy beaches. The unique rocks formed by volcanic ash during the early Pleistocene are also must-see for people interested in geology.

Entry: 115 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

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