Hong Kong and Guilin Tour with Rice Terrace

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Take a look at our Hong Kong trip with Guilin arranged for you. As a famous tourist city in China, Hong Kong has always attracted many tourists. This itinerary includes Hong Kong and Macau tour which allow you to visit all the must-see attractions in Hong Kong and Macau at one time. When you arrive in Guilin, you will take a cruise on the Li River to Yangshuo. The unique scenery awaits you to explore. In addition, you will also enjoy the beautiful terraced fields and the unique Zhuang Nationality culture. You will have the opportunity to take pictures next to the terraced fields with the sunset, or learn a few words of the Zhuang dialect. This will be your unforgettable trip to China. What are you still hesitating about? Hurry up and join us.

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Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival
Arrival in Hong Kong

When you arrive in Hong Kong, you will meet your guide at the airport. And then you will be transferred to your hotel. You can have a good rest today. 

Option: Do you travel with your parents or your kids? Do you need special care when we arrange the airport pick-up service or the hotel check-in? We can prepare a wheelchair, luxury cars, or VIP hotel check-in for you. If you need connecting rooms or want to add an extra bed in your room, those are also available. And maybe you are a vegetarian, or you are allergic to some food, or you need gluten-free food, all of these are not the problem. Just tell us your needs, we will tailor your trip as you wish. That would be a stress-free tour for you.

Day 2 Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin Temple, Victoria Peak, Peak Tram, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market

In the morning, we will visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple. This is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. Wong Tai Sin is respected by everyone for curing diseases and saving lives. Later he became immortal, and people built a temple for him. People think that Wong Tai Sin is a god responsive to every request, so many people come here to make wishes every day. After that, we will visit Victoria Peak. Victoria Peak can be said to be a symbol of Hong Kong tourism. It can also be said that when you come to Hong Kong, you must visit Victoria Peak. There is a Peak Tower on the top of the mountain, which is a good place to overlook Hong Kong. You can also eat, shop, and watch photo exhibitions here. If you want to reach the peak, you need to take a Peak Tram. The Peak Tram is the main means of transportation to climbing Victoria Peak. It travels between Central Garden Road and Victoria Peak. The track is built on the top of the mountain. The steepest angle of the cable car is 27 degrees. The Peak Tram combines transportation and sightseeing. The scenery that passengers can enjoy along the way, whether day or night, has its own characteristics. After lunch, we will visit Repulse Bay. This is one of the most famous bays in Hong Kong. There is a pleasant climate and beautiful scenery. And here the beach is wide and clean. Therefore, it is also a high-end residential area in Hong Kong. In addition to the natural scenery, there is also Zhenhai Tower Park. There are statues of Tianhou Empress and Guanyin Bodhisattva in the park. Because the fishing industry was dominated in Hong Kong at the beginning, the people here believe that Tianhou Empress can bless the fishermen without danger on the sea. After that, you will go to the Stanley Market. Stanley Market has always been popular with tourists. In a restaurant or bar full of European style, you can chat with friends while enjoying the sea view. It is a leisure afternoon. You can also buy souvenirs and small gifts here. And then, we will drive back to the hotel.

Option: Bruce Lee, the famous Kung Fu actor, was born in Hong Kong. Therefore, you can find the statue of Bruce Lee here. Are you the fans of Bruce Lee? Do you also want to learn some Chinese Kung Fu? We can arrange the Kung Fu Class. You will meet a Kung Fu Master, and learn one or two moves. He will teach you how to use your leg or your arm to protect yourself or beat the enemy. That will be very cool. Contact us in advance so that we can make an appointment with the Kung Fu master for you.

Option: Chinese people first discovered tea, and there is a long history of drinking tea in China. You will find morning tea here in Hong Kong that is between 7 o'clock and 10 o'clock in the morning. It is usually a pot of tea with traditional Hong Kong dim sum. Drinking tea has become a part of Chinese people’s life. With the development of tea culture, tea ceremony has gradually stepped onto the stage. The tea ceremony performer wore traditional Chinese costumes and showed the guests how to choose tea and how to choose tea sets. You will also see the process of making tea and the correct way of tasting tea. Do you also want to enjoy such a tea ceremony? We are happy to arrange it for you.

Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak
Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay
Day 3 Hong Kong
Lantau Island, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Polin Monastery, Tai O Fishing Village

After breakfast, we will drive to Lantau Island. Lantau Island is far from the city center of Hong Kong, and the environment is quiet. It is a good place for people to relax and vacation. There are also many people who love hiking and choose to hike on Lantau Island. You can take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to reach the Bronze Buddha Statue there. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is the longest cable car system in Asia and is a unique experience not to be missed when visiting Hong Kong. Ngong Ping 360 cable car is divided into two types: standard cable car and crystal cable car. The standard cable car is transparent glass on all sides. Compared with the standard cable car, the bottom of the crystal cable car is also transparent. That makes the tourist experience more exciting. And then you will see the largest seated bronze Buddha statue in the world. The Buddha sits south and faces north, with the five fingers of his right hand stretched out, which represents that removes all the pain; the left-hand droops, which means to give happiness. There is an exhibition hall at the base of the statue. After that, you will visit the Polin Monastery. Polin Monastery is a famous monastery in Hong Kong. Its archway is facing the big Buddha statue which you just visited. Entering the monastery, you will see the main hall enshrining three golden Buddhas representing the past, present, and future lives. In addition, there are 40 rooms in the monastery for tourists to stay overnight. The vegetarian food here is also very delicious, if you are interested, you can taste it. After that, we will visit the Tai O Fishing Village. Hong Kong used to be mainly fishing. Tai O Fishing Village retains the traditional fishing village style of Hong Kong. Here you will see sheds built on the water. There are also some fishermen living here. After that, we will drive back to the hotel.

More information you may interest in: Many people like to buy Buddhist beads at the souvenir shop in the temple or monastery. A string of Buddhist beads has 27 beads, some 54 beads, and some 108 beads. Among Buddhist believers, they move the beads while reciting the Buddhist scriptures. As more and more people like and wear Buddhist beads, the Buddhist beads become a cultural symbol beyond the religious meaning. Many people nowadays are not Buddhist believers, and they also wear Buddhist beads to pray for health, happiness, and inner peace. 

Vegetarian Food: Many tourists come to the Polin Monastery to eat vegetarian food. If you want to have a taste, it is also a good choice. Buddhist believers eat vegetarian food because they do not kill. Now many people who are not Buddhists have begun to choose a vegetarian life. Because they believe that a vegetarian diet is good for health and can reduce the burden on the human body. You can eat delicious vegetarian food in the cafeteria of Polin Monastery. For example, shiitake mushroom noodles and assorted tofu are very popular dishes. If you are a vegetarian, you can tell your guide. There are many good vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong, where you can enjoy your lunch or dinner.

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
Tai O Fishing Village
Tai O Fishing Village
Day 4 Hong KongMacauHong Kong
Macau Tower, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Monte Fort, A-Ma Temple

In the morning, we will take a ferry to Macau. Today you will get one day Macau tour. We will first visit the Macau Tower. Macau Tower is a famous attraction in Macau, a new landmark in Macau, and one of the top ten sightseeing towers in the world. If you are looking for excitement, you must try the skywalk here. The bungee jumping project here is on the 61st floor, which can jump down from an altitude of 223 meters. There is a 360-degree view restaurant on the top floor, overlooking Macau. And then you will visit the Ruins of St. Paul’s. It is a landmark building in Macau. It is the site of the front wall of St. Paul's Church in Macau. This church was built in 1562 and was destroyed by fire. This was once the largest Catholic church in the East. What we see so far is the only remaining site. Now you can clearly see the carvings with oriental culture, such as chrysanthemums and peonies. After that, we will visit the Monte Fort. The Grand Fort there is the largest and oldest among the many forts in Macau. It was built in 1617 and completed in 1626. The fort was originally owned by the church to prevent pirates and was later converted into a military facility area. There are huge cannons around the fort, which are the ancient cultural relics and historical testimony of Macau. After that, we will visit the A-Ma Temple that is one of the earliest Taoist temples in Macau. It was built by a Fujian businessman. Legend has it that this businessman encountered difficulties at sea and Mazu helped him. Later, the merchant built this temple to thank Mazu. Most local people in Macau believe in Mazu. They think Mazu can bless the sea to be calm and without danger. After that, you will take the ferry back to Hong Kong.

Option: The House of Dancing Water Show premiered at the "House of Dancing Water" theater on September 17, 2010. The show was performed by about 77 international actors from 18 countries around the world after two years of rehearsal. If you think the House of Dancing Water Show is just acrobatics, you are quite wrong. It tells a love story that travels through time and space. With this story as the mainline, it combines ballet, high-altitude diving, and acrobatics. It will take you into a wonderful fantasy country and experience a heart-stringing adventure. Have you ever seen an aquatic performance venue equivalent to the capacity of 5 Olympic-standard swimming pools? And this water stage can be changed back to a land stage within 1 minute. Have you ever seen a diving performance from a height of 26.5 meters? This exciting performance is waiting for you to witness. The House of Dancing Water will reopen with a re-imagined new spectacular. If you want to enjoy the performance, please tell us in advance so that we can confirm if it is open at that time. 

Ruins of St. Paul’s
Ruins of St. Paul’s
Macau Tower
Macau Tower
Day 5 Hong KongGuilin
Train to Guilin

After breakfast, you will take the estimated train G408 12:05/15:25 to Guilin. You will meet your guide at the Guilin train station. And then you will be transferred to your hotel. 

The high-speed train from Hong Kong to Guilin opened on September 24, 2018. After the opening of the high-speed train, it only takes 3 hours and 16 minutes to reach Guilin from Hong Kong. It brings great convenience to people's travel and business trips. By the end of 2019, China's total operating mileage of high-speed railways reached 35,000 kilometers, ranking first in the world. In addition, the speed of China's high-speed train can reach 350KM per hour that is also praised by people in the world. This speed is also called the Chinese speed. And on such a high-speed train, passengers will not feel any bumps. Whether you are resting, enjoying the scenery along the way, or working on the train, that will be no problem. 

Day 6 Guilin
Reed Flute Cave, Ronghu Lake and Shanhu Lake, Elephant Trunk Hill

Today, you will get a full-day Guilin Tour. You will first visit the Reed Flute Cave. Reed Flute Cave is a typical karst cave. There are various stalactites in the cave. Coupled with the illumination of light, these stalactites present colorful and different appearances. Some of them look like a flower, some look like a waterfall, and some are stone pillars. There are also some murals leftover from the past. After that, we will visit Ronghu Lake and Shanhu Lake. It is part of the Two Rivers and Four Lakes Scenic Area. There is a white marble bridge on the lake with a total length of 126.25 meters. It is the longest white marble bridge in Guilin. And the bridge is engraved with auspicious patterns full of ethnic style. There are also two towers in the lake called the Sun and Moon Twin Towers. Both of them are beautifully shaped. Especially at sunset, the shadow of the tower is reflected in the lake, and the picture is very beautiful. After lunch, we will visit Elephant Trunk Hill. As you can tell from its name, this mountain looks like an elephant. The elephant's trunk stretched into the river to drink. This is a place where many tourists must take pictures. There is a Samantabhadra Tower on Elephant Trunk Hill, which enshrines Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. The tower is just like on the back of an elephant from a distance. And in Buddhist scriptures, Samantabhadra's mount is a white elephant with six teeth. After that, we will drive back to the hotel.

The story about Elephant Trunk Hill: Elephant Trunk Hill was originally named Li Hill. According to legend, seven fairies came to Guilin to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The youngest fairy saw that the people here often encountered floods and felt pity for them. So she worked with the holy elephant in heaven to help people here dredge the river. Soon after Jade Emperor knew this thing, he brought the fairy back to heaven, and turned the holy elephant into a mountain, and suppressed it with a sword on its back, so that the holy elephant would never return to heaven. One day, Samantabhadra was wandering here and saw the holy elephant being suppressed here by a sword. Samantabhadra was moved by the behavior of the celestial elephant, with compassion in his heart, so he pulled out the sword from the elephant and placed it with his bottle. And then the bottle became the Samantabhadra tower. People were moved by what the celestial elephant did, so the Li Hill was renamed Elephant Trunk Hill. 

Option: Elephant Legend is a large-scale hypermedia fantasy landscape show. Through sound, light, electricity, and other high-tech new media methods, the Guilin landmark Elephant Trunk Hill is used as a screen to project Guilin's unique landscape marks, the life of Guilin people, and Guilin's historical legends. This is Guilin's first brand-new tourism concept that introduces high technology into scenic spots. With the cooperation of lighting and special effects, the Elephant Trunk Hill Scenic Spot at night seems to be transformed into a wonderful "Avatar" world. From "Ancient Guilin" to the last "Legend of Elephant", the plants and trees in the scenic area seem to have become alive. Through this show, the landscape and culture of Guilin were well displayed. If you want to enjoy the show, we can book the ticket for you in advance. It starts at 20:00 from March to October, 19:10 from November to February. And it lasts 1 hour. 

Reed Flute Cave
Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill
Day 7 GuilinYangshuoGuilin
Li River Cruise, Yangshuo West Street

In the morning, you will take the Li River Cruise to Yangshuo. The beauty of the Li River is unique. Take a cruise tour of the Li River, you will see the Li River from all angles. The water here is quiet and clear. Maybe you will meet a little mist. It will not affect the mood of tourists but will make the scenery on the river more dreamy. On both sides, there are mountains of different shapes. They are like guards guarding the beautiful River. And then you will disembark at Yangshuo. We will take you to visit Yangshuo West Street. After more than 1,400 years, West Street is the most attractive street in Yangshuo. It is also one of the important tourist attractions in Yangshuo. The ancient buildings such as Ming city walls, inscriptions, ancient temples, and memorials are relatively intact. The street is paved with local marble and is lined with low brick houses from the Qing Dynasty. Walking on the street, you can feel the strong ethnic and regional culture. After that, we will drive back to Yangshuo. 

Option: Guilin Romance Show is known as a must-see performance in a lifetime. This show includes four parts. The first part is Singing in Guilin. Guilin is a city where many ethnic groups live, mainly Zhuang nationality. People of Zhuang nationality are good at singing and dancing. Every March 3rd in the Chinese lunar calendar is their grand national festival. On this day, everyone is dressed up and dances with singing to express their expectations and pursuit for a better life. Let us feel the grand singing and dancing performance of ethnic minorities in a joyous rhythm. The second part is the Lingqu Canal. It is the world's earliest artificial canal, and countless boats going north and south on this canal. This part of the performance shows us the moving story that happened here when the Lingqu canal was built. The third part is a love story that took place in Guilin. The last part is about Sanjie Liu. Sanjie Liu is a figure in a legend in Guilin, and also a symbol of bravery and kindness. The performance time is between 13:00 to 21:00. If you are interested, we can book the ticket for you in advance. 

Option: besides the natural scenery, Guilin is also known for rice noodles. According to historical records, Guilin rice noodles have a history of more than 2,000 years. In other words, Chinese people have been eating rice noodles since the Qin Dynasty. Unlike the noodles that people in northern China often eat, rice noodles are not made of flour. It uses soaked rice, beaten it into rice milk, drained the water, and made a dough. Then it will be used to make the rice noodles. Rice noodles must be eaten with thick gravy. Different restaurants make different thick gravy. Some put pork, some put beef, and some put chicken legs or fish. If you are a vegetarian, you can also choose to add vegetables. The local people in Guilin know that you don’t have to go to a luxurious restaurant to eat rice noodles. The rice noodles sold in street shops are the most authentic. If you want to taste the rice noodles, you can tell your guide. 

Li River Cruise
Li River
Yangshuo West Street
Yangshuo West Street
Day 8 GuilinLongjiGuilin
Longji Rice Terrace, Ping’an Village

Today, we will take you to visit the famous rice terrace. After breakfast, we will drive to Longsheng. And then you will visit the Longji Rice Terrace. If you love photography or want to experience natural scenery and humanistic customs, you will not be disappointed here. The Longji Terraces will show different beauty in different seasons and different weather. The outline of the Longji terraces appears indistinctly in the rain and fog. It is like a girl who has just finished bathing. When it is sunset, the terraced fields will turn golden. That is another kind of beauty. After that, we will visit the Ping’an Village. This is a Zhuang nationality village. The costumes of the Zhuang people here are unique. Here you can see the folk dances of the Zhuang nationality, hear the beautiful folk songs, and experience the traditional Zhuang nationality customs. There is also a Zhuang water wine called Oriental Magic Drink. If you are interested, you can also taste it. After that, we will drive back to Guilin.

Tips: Guilin has a humid monsoon climate in the mid-subtropical zone, with a mild climate and abundant rainfall. People comment on Guilin with "all seasons with flowers". The annual average temperature in Guilin is around 19 degrees Celsius. The hottest weather is in July and August, with an average temperature of about 28.5 degrees Celsius, and occasionally more than 30 degrees Celsius. The coldest weather in the year is January and February, with an average temperature of around 8.3 degrees Celsius, and occasionally drops below zero. There is occasional light snow every year. The rainiest season is from April to July, and rainfall accounts for 40% of the year. April to October is the best tourist season.

Traditional Festival of Zhuang Nationality: The third day of the third month of the Chinese lunar calendar is a grand festival of the Zhuang nationality. On this day, Zhuang people will wear festive costumes and hold various activities. People will soak glutinous rice with the juice of different plants to make glutinous rice with five colors of red, yellow, black, purple, and white. According to legend, after eating this kind of rice, people will be healthy. Another interesting activity for young people on this day is to touch colored eggs. Colored eggs are dyed hard-boiled eggs. Boys and girls are holding colored eggs in their hands. If a boy likes a girl, he will use his colored egg to touch that girl's colored egg. If the girl doesn't like him, she will hide her own colored egg. If the girl also likes the boy, she will use her colored egg to break the boy’s colored egg. If they eat the egg together, it means that the seeds of love are planted.

Longji Rice Terrace
Longji Rice Terrace
Ping’an Village
Ping’an Village
Day 9 Guilin Departure
Flight back home

Today's time will be at your disposal. If you want to go around, please let us know in advance so that we can arrange a tour guide and vehicle for you. If you need to pack things, you can spend a relaxing morning by yourself. We will usually send you to the airport 3 hours in advance according to your flight schedule. If you need it, the tour guide will assist you with the check-in procedures. And then fly back to your sweet home.

I am sure you have spent a very nice China trip to Guilin and Hong Kong. If you plan to visit China next time, we are more than happy to serve you again. There are many other holiday destinations in China such as historical Xi’an, international Shanghai, Charming Beijing, wonderful Chengdu, ethnic Yunnan, and so on. 

Option: If your flight is in the late afternoon, then you can visit Seven Star Park in the morning. Seven Star Park is the largest comprehensive park in Guilin, located on the east bank of the Li River in the urban area of Guilin, 1.5 kilometers away from the city center, with a total area of 137.4 hectares. The natural landscape and cultural landscape in the park are combined, and a zoo is included in it. Looking down from the sky, the seven hills of Seven Star Park are like the Big Dipper in the sky. There are three peaks in front, like a spoon handle, called "Crescent Mountain"; on the north, there are four peaks, like a spoon, called "Putuo Mountain." Seven Star Cave is located in Putuo Mountain. The cave is about 1,100 meters long, 54 meters wide at its widest point, and 27 meters at its highest point. It is an ancient underground river one million years ago. There are many natural sceneries such as stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone mantles, stone flowers, and so on in the cave. Seven Star Cave is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in Guilin. The place that can be visited is about 814 meters, and the temperature of the cave is kept at about 20℃ all year round. 

Editor: Betsy He

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