Trunks and Caves: a Guilin exploration

Trunks and Caves:
a Guilin exploration

With its location at the Li River, Guilin has become a highly popular place for visiting natural
phenomena of extraordinary beauty. Where the Reed Flute Caves prides itself with
karst magnificence, the Elephant Trunk Hill does it with its myths and tales.


The charm and fabulous exploration opportunities have put Guilin definitely on the tourism map. Outside its economic importance as the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the region around Guilin is blessed with natural wonders, often not comparable with any other destination in vast China, and that should say enough about what to expect when finding yourself in Guilin.

An extraordinary experience to fill just only half a day will last a lifetime. A morning where we both travel in the sunlight as well as entering a sun-deprived region of Guilin yet where light plays an important role in an ‘enlightened’ atmosphere.


Trunks and Caves: a Guilin exploration

09:00 - 13:00

Guilin itself is situated on the western banks of the Li River and has some of the most spectacular karst scenery in the world. It is because of its location that natural treasures are within easy reach of your booked hotel. An early morning departure from your hotel, accompanied by a professional, English speaking guide and driver, and two of Guilin’s recognizable sites, created by the hands of Mother Nature, will pass the revue. We start the morning at the Reed Flute Cave, the most impressive karst cave surrounding Guilin.

Not only is it the largest cave, but also its stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites makes this cave a spectacular sight, reminiscent of the most sight-worthy cathedral or palatial hall. Named after the verdantly-green reeds that grow just outside the entrance and said to be the perfect base material to make melodious flutes and pipes, the real treasure lies when you venture into the deeper sections of the 240-metre cave. Inside this water-eroded cave is a wondrous world of stone pillars, curtains and a myriad other rock formations created by carbonate deposition over millions of years.

Next, the natural symbol of Guilin again is something that has been shaped by nature; the shape of the hill resembles a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk, hence the name Elephant Trunk Hill certainly applies. Right between the trunk and the legs is a semi-round cave penetrated by water called the Water Moon Cave (or Shui Yue in Mandarin). Various stories do exist about how this natural phenomenon came to its existence, but we prefer not to go into further details: your guide for this morning tour will reveal some of the myths surrounding the Elephant Trunk Hill. He/she may also recommend you to come back late at night, when the moon is at its fullest, as the scenery here will be quite an astonishing one.

Sadly, the morning comes to an end, and we drive you comfortably back to your Guilin hotel, just before lunchtime.




  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Guilin. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District, Yangshuo, and Longsheng, train stations, Li River cruise ports and Guilin’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is operated only in the morning.


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