Day 1: Guilin to the Dragons Backbone Terraces
You will join the Dragon Bus on their arrival into Guilin from Guangzhou. Meeting at a pre nominated hostel, you'll join your Trip Leader & Dragon Bus before heading directly to a small village in the Dragons (no joke) Backbone Rice Terraces. This location is all that you've seen or read about, however we steer clear of the main tourist area as we've found our own amazing place. Here you'll experience these amazing terraces built as far back as the Yuan dynasty. The terraces wind their way through the surrounding mountains, offering unbeatable views and an experience you won't forget. You'll stay overnight in a small rural village home stay, which again could be a highlight!
Day 2: A Sunrise you will not ever forget
Rise early and take in the amazing sunrise from the top of the terraces, as it's something you should not miss and will not forget. While the sunset can be just as good, we believe the sun rising over the terraces is an event worth the entire cost of this Pass. After this it's a breakfast of local foods before the Trip Leader and the group spend the whole day in this magical paradise. The incredible scenery of this picturesque mountain area will surely be hard to beat, but you've still got 5 days to go!
Days 3 & 4: Yangshuo - Limestone Karsts & fresh rivers
Yangshuo is a paradise that's unlike anywhere else in China! On return to Yangshuo we'll stay for a full two days, which is enough time for you to get out and experience its soaring limestone peaks or karsts formed thousands of years ago. The attractions in this city range from bike riding, hanging out in laid back cafes, both indoor and outdoor rock climbing and the best of all we believe is floating down the Li River either in a tractor tyre with a few beers or on a bamboo raft, "It's Your Choice."
Day 5: Lunch with a local family beside a freshwater stream
Today we will join a local farming family who will cook a local lunch for you. This treat will be in a picnic setting alongside a picture perfect freshwater stream. The family is a real farming family, not some packaged culture stop that many others simply provide. Dragon Bus have partnered with the family and hope that we can provide some additional revenue for the family in return for them simply showing us a piece of "Real" China. After lunch we head back to Yangshuo village where you can hire and ride a moped into the countryside, do some rock-climbing or explore underground waterfalls and streams. Being the last night the group joins together for a dinner of amazing local cuisine.
Day 6: Stay on or continue with Dragon Bus as the end is today
So this day had to come, but it's not over as there is much more to see! Continue exploring or head onto the next departing Dragon Bus Pass or take up the Hot Pot train & accommodation packages through to Chongqing & Chengdu! Those heading to the airport will receive assistance from the hostel to help with your transfers. Planning on staying longer? Then you should ensure your bed is pre booked as the hostel does get booked out. Additionally, we can help with Train Fares or Airfares, so make sure you've previously enquired about this with your Trip Leader! The front page of the Dragon Bus website has the C Trip booking engine for the cheapest domestic flights and this fully integrated booking system is a secure site that accepts ALL International Credit cards.