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Escape to a simpler life seeped in traditions as you voyage through serene Longsheng & Yangshuoin China with the luxury of private guide while staying at two of the quaintest & most authentic properties in the region. Enjoy sumptuous local cuisine, bamboo rafting along the Li River, watching the locals harvesting rice terraces, cooking in a rural farmhouse, guided hikes along Dragon’s Backbone & exploring the lush countryside by bicycle with this exotic private guided journey. Featuring the Li-An lodge & the Li-An Retreat, unique family run hotels in traditional Longsheng wooden buildings, perched on the mountain sides. Due to these lodges’ exclusive locations, a half-hour uphill hike is required before one can actually reach them. Porters are available to relieve some burden & sedans can provide one with a ride. Each of the rooms is artistically unique & built in traditional Chinese architectural style.
Transfer from Guilin to Ping'an Village, home of the Longji Rice Terraces, with a private vehicle and driver. Along the way you will pass local farmers and villages of rural China, before entering Longsheng and the Longji Rice Terrace area. From here you will drive into the mountains toward the village, steadily climbing while passing by local minority villages, flowing rivers, and spectacular rice fields. Upon arrival in Ping'an, you will have a 20-30 minute walk through the village to the hotel. Porters will be available to carry your bags for a small fee, but it is also advisable to pack a small overnight bag to reduce the necessity of hiring a porter.
Please note: the walk to the village is uphill via steps and inclined pathways. A reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required for this excursion. Please speak with your sales consultant if you have any questions or concerns.
The Li-An lodge is a unique facility in a traditional Longsheng wooden building, perched on a mountain side. The Lodge is located in Long Sheng County and is about 50 miles northwest of Guilin; roughly a two-and-a-half-hour drive. Due to the lodge’s exclusive location, a half-hour uphill hike is required before one can actually reach it. Porters are available to relieve some burden and sedans can provide one with a ride. Each of the 16 rooms is artistically unique and built in traditional Chinese architectural style, offering all the western amenities. Dine Chinese specialties or western dishes and have a drink at the bar. Lounge around the hotel, enjoy a photography showing and embark on a guided walking tour, highlighting beautiful scenic spots.
Transfer from Longsheng to Yangshuo with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide. On the way, you can spend some time exploring the rice terraces, vistas, and rural lifestyles of Longsheng before going to Yangshuo.
Enjoy a deluxe local dinner followed by the Sister Liu Show. This spectacle was created by the Oscar winning Zhang Yimou and presents the local culture through a cavalcade of lights and cast of 500 using a private bay as the theatre and local mountains as the backdrop. This is sure to be one of the most memorable activities of your trip.
The Li River Retreat is located about a 25 minute walk north of Yangshuo in a quiet area overlooking the Li River. While there are several conveniently situated hotels in the area, this is the best located one to enjoy a scenic panorama of the local topography while still being able to get to town. The rooms are simple yet spacious, clean and well appointed. The owners are very friendly people and serve some of the finest local and international dishes in the area. Wifi is available.
If you are comfortable on two wheels biking is best choice to get out and experience the countryside up close through surprisingly flat rural trails weaving through farmer’s fields and karst mountains. Attend a boutique local cooking school based in a beautifully restored local farmhouse in a small village. With professional instruction in a hygienic open-air classroom, these well organized classes help you to create your own local delicacies for dinner. Floating on a traditional bamboo raft offers a unique view of the region and the opportunity to see local farmers at work, water buffalo and admire the scenery. Snacks, fruit and bottled water is also included in this tour.
Transfer from Yangsuo to the Guilin airport with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 1.5 hours.
January 15, 2014
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November 19, 2013
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October 10, 2013
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September 04, 2013
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August 30, 2013
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August 02, 2013
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August 07, 2013
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June 21, 2013
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July 11, 2013
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