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

Duration: 6 days
Destination: China, China, Hong Kong SAR

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  • 6 days
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


Experience the best of Southern China, beginning in Hong Kong and then followed by its famous mainland neighbors - Guangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng - on this 6-day, 5-night guided tour. Explore Hong Kong’s city life as your expert guide takes you to its commercial districts. Learn about the interesting culture and colonial history of Guangzhou, and ride a bike through Yangshuo to see the fantastic natural scenery of the county. Visit the Longji Rice Terraces and hike to Dazhai to appreciate not only the resourceful method of farming but also the breathtaking Chinese landscape.


  • Breakfast included
  • Dinner included
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

Don’t worry about having to book separate trips to the must-see locations in China. With meals, accommodation, a private guide and all necessary transportation included, this comfortable trip will take you to the essential places in the southern part of China.
Please see Itinerary below for a more detailed and specific schedule.
Click on "View Additional Info" to see the meeting point map

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) Activities: Hong Kong, Canton Road, Victoria Harbour, The Peak
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) Activities: Chen Clan Academy, Shamian Island, Pearl River, Canton Tower
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)Activities: Bike ride through Yangshuo, Chinese cooking class, sunset boat ride on Li River
Enjoy the beautiful Yangshuo scenery as you bike through the county’s environmental landmarks. 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) Activities: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Longji Rice Terraces, ethnic Miao village
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) Activities: Hike to Da Zhai
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
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English-speaking guide

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • 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.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
Departure Point

Departs from lobby of West Hotel

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Return Details

Concludes at Hong Kong International Airport at around 5:30pm

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


6 days

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Image - 15 May 2014 -

Laura C

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 La Vacanza Travel.

Image - 26 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 La Vacanza Travel!

Image - 26 Jan 2013 -

Garth Brian O

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!

User's Picture Gallery



Locals in Longji Rice Terraces


Cathy, our cooking instructor

In a class of seven, our cooking instructor, Cathy, took us to the local market to buy the ingredients for us to make lunch. She was good to remind us to respect the locals by not taking pictures w/o permission. We each had our own cooking stations. Lunch was fun and delicious!


Trip down Li River, Yangshoo.

Went on a raft boat down the river to view the mountains.


Raining in Yangshuo

Refreshing rain. It's why Yangshuo is so green!


Yangshuo's Moon Hill

The hike was definitely worth it


View over karst peaks

View unique to Yangshuo


View point in Yangshuo

Karst mountains in the background


View over Yangshuo

Karst scenery and the valley below


Rice in Yangshuo

View of the rice paddies


Rice Paddies in Yangshuo

Walking through rice paddies


Sunset over Li River in Yangshuo



Yangshuo Man

The infamous Yangshuo man


Mud caves in Yangshuo

Crazy fun!


Mudbaths in Yangshuo

Trying out a formation


Mudbaths in Yangshuo

Good for the skin


Strike a pose!

Mud caves in Yangshuo


Mub baths in cave

Enjoying ourselves in the mud caves


Mub baths in cave

Mud baths inside a cave in Yangshuo


Karst Peaks

Break time in the middle of motor biking



Hiking in Yangshuo


Moon Hill Hike

On the way to Moon Hill



Taking the minibus in Yangshuo and having fun while doing so


Lunch break

Lunch break in Yangshuo


Karst Peaks

Photo op with the karst peaks in the background


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