2013 Guilin, China Tour

GUILIN, CHINA

(7 Continents Gallery Photography Tour – Contact at email address:  ctheworldnow@earthlink.net)

Karst climbing with wonderful reward!

Karst climbing with wonderful reward!

Hello and welcome to one of my new 7 Continents Gallery Photo Tours.   My name is Richard Schoettger and I have been travelling the world for over 30 years gaining knowledge and experience with those special places that are remarkable and totally unforgettable.   In addition, I have taken up photography for many of the past few years and have now created these tours to accomplish three things.  First, to provide photographers locations that holds special appeal and offering opportunities to capture unique and special moments, whether it is a special location or special time of day.  Two, there are many photography tours offered today that offers tours to many of the same locations, therefore saturating these environments.  With tours from 7 Continents Gallery, I try to find locations still yet truly undiscovered in order to provide the chance to capture images not offered elsewhere.  Finally, I strongly believe in travel as a way of life but as with many tours today, prices are getting more and more unaffordable, so with many, they become a “trip of a lifetime”.   Therefore, in all honesty, as I am still employed outside the travel industry at this time, I am not in this for a way of supporting my income, therefore I am passing these savings on to you.

I currently live in Singapore and for the last 2.5 years, I have travelled specifically in this part of the world to not only experience these wonderful places and cultures, but work with local operators to find excellent services in supporting travel.  All the tours offered in this site I have fully experienced and am now working with those to secure the best opportunity that can be provided for fellow travelers, especially photographers.  You can view my images at my photography website:  7continentsgallery.smugmug.com and/or visit my photography tours at http://www.7continentsgallery.wordpress.com.  Take a look and see if these are places that may appeal to you.  If so, let me know and we hopefully can share experiences that you will never forget.

Below is truly a unique and affordable place to somewhere diverse and unforgettable: Guilin, China.  Hope to see you there!

13-Day Guilin Photographic and Discovery Tour 

Preview: 

Guilin is considered to be one of the most scenic cities in China, during China’s 5000 years history, many poems , painting and articles were made praising this city–Guilin, its natural beautiful beauty (limestone peaks, caves, Li River , ancient villages , countryside views) and colorful minority culture have attracted millions of visitors from both home and abroad. This tour will not only take you to witness the regular attractions in Guilin, our professional guide will also take you to explore the villages in depth, it will certainly be hard for you to select the best photos from thousands of good ones.  Chinese has a famous saying that goes:  “When I have time, I have not money, when I have money, I have no time, when I have both, I am too old to climb the beautiful hills of Guilin!”  So please just do it and leave it no regret when you have both!

Small Fisherman and Comorands

 

Tour Itinerary: Guilin Adventure 13 days /12 nights

Price : USD $2600/Person for land portion only (not including flights)

(Meals are specified as B, L, D, which means Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.)

 

Saturday, September 14, 2013 (Day 1):  Arrive in Guilin (D)

Welcome to Guilin—one of the most scenic city in China. Today after your arrival, you will be met by our guide and escorted to your hotel.  At night, we will enjoy our introductory meal and discuss the upcoming trip.

Note:

A: The transfer is for the majority of the group only, any member intend to leave earlier or later need to take taxi by themselves.

B: As you will stay 3 nights in local villages (Day2 Day4 night), so you may leave some heavy luggage in your Guilin hotel, and carry just a light backpack with you, it will be very hard to carry a heavy bag when you are hiking from one village to another.

Accommodations:  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel (3-star)

Tel:(0773)3834300

Website: http://www.glosm.com/eindex.htm

Sunday, September 15, 2013 (Day 2):  (BLD)

Guilin  /  Longsheng  (Pingan village)

Today you will drive 2 hours to the Pingan village of Longsheng county, from where you will see the famous rice terraced fields and local Zhuang & Yao minorities. Afternoon you will leisurely walk 1 hour or so see to the Longji Ancient village with local Zhuang minority wooden buildings .  Stay overnight in local guesthouse of Pingan village

Accommodations:  Pingan Hotel —local guesthouse

 Small Four Ladies of Pingan

Monday, September 16, 2013 (Day 3):  (BLD)

Pingan village   

Today your guide will escort you to Longji Ancient Village which is 40 minutes walking away, you can shoot the rice field’s views and the views of local minority buildings. And you will also ascend to the top of the mountain for the panoramic field’s view—-Nine Dragons and Five Tigers.  Rest of the day is free on your own.

Accommodations:  Pingan Hotel —local guesthouse

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (Day 4):  (BLD)

Pingan village  /  Dazhai

Please keep your battery full charged today because you get to take a slow hike of 5-7 hours from Pingan to Dazhai village, along the way are the gorgeous views of the rice terraced fields full of brown paddies, it will be one of the highlights of your Guilin tour. After arrive at Dazhai village, you will check in the local hostel, then enjoy the free time to shoot around. Stay overnight at Dazhai village.

Note:

During today’s hike, if you do not want to carry your backpack, we can arrange the local porter to take your backpacks to your hostel in another village.

Accommodations:  Panoramic View Hotel –Local Guesthouse

 Small Bridge Over Rice Fields Near Pingan

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (Day 5):  (BLD)

Dazhai  /  Guilin

Today you will wake up early and walk 20 minutes up to the mountain top for catching the panoramic view of the fields under morning sunlight, its primitive and natural features will definitely impress every one of the group. After breakfast, you will pack up and start to hike down and around the fields, the fields view today is even prettier and more panoramic, it has attracts many photographers, many of them even stay in this small village long time for photos. Afterwards, you will meet the driver and then drive 3 hours back to Guilin city.

Accommodations:  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel  3-star

Thursday, September 19, 2013 (Day 6):  (BLD)

Guilin   

Today’s early morning, the guide and driver will drive you to the highest peak of the city—Yao Mountain for the morning sunrise and the panorama of the limestone peaks. After the tour, drive back to hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon you will be driven to explore one of the most beautiful Chinese limestone caves—Reed Flute Cave, the cave is all lighted up with different colors of lights, the stalactites and stalactites are definitely the magic work of the nature. Late afternoon you will be escorted to the famous Folded Brocade Hill for the sunset and panoramic view of the city proper. Then drive back to hotel. In the evening, you can walk around our famous city water system which is called—2 Rivers and 4 Lakes, this is a must-go site, the beautiful trees, bridges, fountain, city wall and colored lights attract many locals and visitors , everyday locals dance there, practicing Ta Ji, and it is also a wonderful place for lovers to date, if lucky, you could even witness an English speaking competition around the lakes.

Accommodations:  Guilin Osmanthus Hotel  3-star

 Small Guilin View from Blossom Hill Pano 2

Friday, September 20, 2013 (Day 7):  (BLD)

Guilin  /  Crown Cave Village

Today you will firstly visit the symbol of the city–Elephant Trunk Hill, which resembles an elephant drinking water from Li River.  Then drive back to hotel for rest. After check out the hotel, you will be driven 40 minutes to visit the local Tea Farm for a taste of the local tea, then proceed to the Daxu ancient town, the marble paved path, well lined ancient buildings, local workshops, pharmacies, grocery stores come to form a real Chinese painting. After 40 minute’s stay at Daxu, you will continue 30 minutes to Crown Cave Village, from where you will check in the local resort and then step out walking 15 minutes to the famous Liver nearby, an 1.5-hour bamboo raft trip along the river will be arranged , the river is quite and tranquil with breeze in the afternoon, hazy and sunset lights make the distant peaks layers by layers, local fish men passing by with their cormorants , water buffaloes and ducks swimming in the river, bamboo trees and rice fields on both banks, etc. Is this the original china impression enchanting your mind in your childhood?

Note: please take care of your cameras and other valuable belongings when taking the bamboo raft trip, do not let any of them drop into the water .

Accommodations:  Foggy Resort  3.5-star

Saturday, September 21, 2013 (Day 8):  (BLD)

Crown Cave    /  Xianggong Hill Village

Today’s early morning you will check out the hotel, take 1 hour bamboo raft trip and 40 minutes hike to another photo-taking site—Xianggong Hill, after 30 minute’s walk of the disembarkation, you will check in the local farmer’s house there, then enjoy your time to explore the small village. Later afternoon, you can choose to climb 10-15 minutes to the Xianggong Hill top (you may also do it next day morning for sunrise view). Looking down and around from the top of this hill , you will get a spectacular and panoramic view of the beautiful Li River, peaks, ships, rafts, the farmland and bamboo trees, villages, this will be another highlights of this photographic research tour.

Note:

A: Towers and other tooth brushes are no provided in farmer’s house, you need to prepare by yourselves

B: There is no much protection on the hill top, so please pay enough attention when taking photos there!

C: Xianggong Hill is famous for sunrise, so you may climb again the next day morning for the sunrise view.

D: Keep it simple backpack and leave heavy bags on driver’s car, you will find your luggage tomorrow at Xingping village hotel.

Accommodations:  Local farmer’s house

 Small Farmers House Fields and Girl Pano 2

Sunday, September 22, 2013 (Day 9):  (BLD)

Xianggong Hill Village  /  Xingping Town

Today’s early morning, you will climb 10-15 minute’s up to the top of Xiangong Hill for the morning sunrise view, the experience will be life-long. After saying goodbye to the local farmer, we will take another 1.5 hour’s bamboo raft trip to the Xingping Fishing Village, this village is famous for it is ancient style buildings, sunset view and the visit of American ex-president –Bill Cliton. You will have time to explore the village by yourselves. In the later afternoon, we will take you to the famous sunset site— Yellow Cloth Reflection for taking the sunset view along the river bank. (This view is also printed on the Chinese 20Yuan bill as a backgroup view)

Note: Today you will meet our driver at the Xingping Village hotel and find your luggage there.

Accommodations:  Local Guest House

Monday, September 23, 2013 (Day 10):  (BLD)

Xingping Village  /  Yangshuo Town

Today you will check out the guesthouse and drive 40 minutes to the world famous Yangshuo town, along the way, you can pay a visit the Fuli Village for the local Fan-Making family and the flea market. After check in your Yangshuo hotel, you will be free to walk around the well-known West Street for shopping or relax.

—-Optional Night Show: There is a gorgeous outdoor real scene show you should never miss, it is named—Impression of Third Sister Liu, the show stage is built on the Li River surface. In the evening, all the beautiful bamboo trees and 12 peaks around will be lighted up with colorful lights, more than 600 local farmers and minority girls will present you a wonderful show of local fishing culture, farmer’s life, minority culture, etc. The director of this show is a famous Chinese director, he also designed the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony. There is not indoor theater at all, seats are all arranged likes terraces. The higher seats are better view, more spacious, less crowded. .

Note: The show is not included as it is subject to the weather, you can pay the guide to arrange if the weather is good and you have interest.

Accommodations:  New Century Hotel  3-star

Add: Near Yangshuo Park, Pantao Road, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi P.R, China.

Tel: +86-773-8829819

Web: http://www.ysxsj.com/index.php?Locale=en-us

Yulong River Sunset Near Yangshou

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (Day 11):  (BLD)

Yangshuo Town

Today you will get up early in the morning, then our guide will walk 10 minutes with you to the dock for taking the rafts to witness the Li River Sunrise, the fish man we hire will show you how the local people use fishing nets and cormorants to catch fish, this is another highlight of the tour, everything in front of you forms a typical Chinese painting.

Later after breakfast, you will have a cycling trip along the famous Yulong River of Yangshuo, this river is smaller than Li River , but the countryside view of it is just fascinating, that is why biking or hiking along the Yulong River is a must during your stay in Yangshuo. You will firstly cycle 30 minutes to the Moon Hill for a photo of this unique full moon shaped limestone formation. And then continue another 30 minutes bike ride to Jiuxian village for photos of old Chinese village, afterwards all the way bike to Ancient Yulong Bridge, which is a typical arched bridge firstly built in 1412AD. After having lunch in the restaurant by the bridge, after the tour, ride 1 hours or so back to Yangshuo. Rest of the day is free for you.

Note:

A: Today’s Lunch and dinner on your own expense

B: Those who could not cycling may stay at hotel or just relax at West Street.

Accommodations:  New Century Hotel  3-star

Dawn and FIsherman Li River

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (Day 12):  (B)

Yangshuo    

Free day to relax and pack up.  We will have plenty of optional tours that are quite exciting, from taking hikes throughout the country side, arise at sunrise for early morning shooting on the Li River and/or climbing up the marvelous karsts to shoot dramatic landscape.

Accommodations:  New Century Hotel  3-star

Thursday, September 26, 2013 (Day 13):  (B)

Yangshuo   /  Guilin / Departure

Transfer via:  Flight arranged by you 

Today you will be driven 1.5 to 3 hours back to Guilin airport for your flight home or next destination, the impressive photographic research tour ends.

Note:

A: Please make sure that your flight departs at noon time or afternoon, early flight is NOT recommended.

B: The transfer is for the majority of the group only, any member intend to leave earlier or later need to take taxi by themselves.

 Sunrise on Li River Yangshou

REMARK’S

Price includes:

A. Professional English-speaking tour guide.

B. Entrance fees listed in the itinerary except the night show on Day9

C. Meals as listed in the itinerary.

D. Accommodation as listed

E. Transportation based on the tour plan above

F. Tips to the guide and driver included.

G. 2 bottles of mineral water for each member and each day.

Price does not include:

A. Flights

B. Sightseeing not specified in the itinerary.

C. Transportation which is not included in the itinerary.

D. Personal expenses.

F. Meals that are not specified with “B”, “L” or “D”.

G. payment transfer fee is not included; the above cost is the money we are supposed to get.

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