The Highlights of Guilin

The Highlights of Guilin

A private photographic trip of landscapes and people.

We've put together an amazing photo tour in Guilin. You'll get to take pictures in stunning rice terraces, with different tribes, and during beautiful sunrises and sunsets over mountains. We'll also capture the traditional cormorant fishing at dawn and visit local families. It's a memorable photo adventure, and you'll come back with a fantastic collection of pictures of landscapes, culture, and people.

Cities Covered: Guilin - Longji Rice Terraces - Yangshuo

Private & Custom
  • Duration 5 days, 4 nights
  • Fitness level Medium
  • Drone friendly Yes


Day 1 - Guilin Arrival

Upon your arrival at the airport or train station, you will be picked up from the airport/train station.

Stay in Guilin overnight and enjoy a night walk by the city lakes to experience the lively nightlife.

Day 2 - Guilin - Longji

Begin the day with breakfast and embark on a 2-hour drive to Longji rice terraces.

Visit a local minority family in Dazhai Village, capturing portraits and scenes within the charm of their old wooden house. Explore and photograph the flooded rice terraces and the minority tribe from various vantage points.

Later, drive to Ping An village for a sunset session. Stay overnight in Ping An Village.

Day 3 - Longji - Yangshuo

Start your day by photographing the beauty of rice terraces at sunrise. Explore the village for more photo opportunities.

Later, head to the countryside to capture photos of a buffalo farmer on an ancient stone bridge in a village, with stunning mountains in the background.

After lunch, visit a family in an ancient town, taking portraits in an old wooden house.

End the day with a sunset session, framing the karst mountains overlooking the Yulong River in Yangshuo. Stay overnight in Yangshuo.

Day 4 - Cormorant Fishermen & Landscapes

Start your day early by heading to a quiet spot along the Li River. Capture beautiful sunrise photos of mountains reflecting in the water, featuring a cormorant fisherman and gaslamp portraits.

Afterward, visit a countryside family, taking candid shots of people at home or working in the fields.

Take a short break at the hotel, and in the afternoon, go to a mountaintop to capture the amazing sunset with classic karst mountain peaks and village rivers.

Day 5 - Landscape sunrise & Departure

Begin your day with an early morning trip to Xianggong Hill or Damian Hill, eager to capture the stunning beauty of the karst mountains and the panoramic bend of the Li River as the sun rises.

Ending the tour, we'll drop you off at the airport or train station for your departure.

Trip Notes

What's included?
  • Photography guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Expenses for people photography and family visits
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in boutique hotels
  • Airport/railway station pick-up and drop-off
What's not included?
  • Flight/train to Guilin
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Tips for guide and driver if satisfied
What's the accommodation situation?

Based on your budget and perference, we can suggest or book budget hostels, boutique hotels and luxury hotels for you.

For your reference, the boutique hotel is USD 80-100 per room/night.

How can I customize this itinerary?

Telling us your requirements, such as adding one more day or making it shorter, or focus on landscapes more. We can easily design a new itinerary by your interests.

What gears should I bring?

Two cameras will be very helpful, it will save your time to change the lenses. Better to have one full frame body with regular lens, and one half frame for zoom lens.

For sunrise, 24-70 and 70-200 are needed; at sunset, 70-200 is more useful.

Besides, if would be great if you have a primary lens with big aperture (1.4 or 1.8) for low light indoor photography.

Tripod is very necessary of course. We prepare at least 2 tripods for backup, you can bring your ball head only and use it on our tripod if concerning about the weight of your luggages.

I don't think you will use polarizer filters or ND filters in Xiapu.

Besides, it will be great if you can bring a mini tripod for your mobile phone, lots of opportunities to film time-lapse when tide coming.

Cancellation Policy

If you decide to cancel your trip a month before the departure date, you will receive a complete refund.

In the event of a cancellation within 30 days of departure, we can retain your payment as credit for your next journey.

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