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Guangxi (Guilin, Longsheng, Yangshuo area) vs. Yunnan?

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My wife and I are planning a 2-week first trip to China in 9/14 (we have been to Hong Kong). I appreciate the arguments for traveling independently, but for various reasons we will be using Wild China (a local guide in each location). In addition to Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, we will be going to either Guangxi or Yunnan for about 3.5 days. If you have been to both, which do you think is the better choice?

Guangxi itinerary: Longsheng (Li'an Lodge, hiking Dragon's Backbone Terraces), Zhuang and Yao villages on the way to Guilin (Shangri La Hotel), Li River cruise, Fuli Village, hike around Yangshuo area (stay at Yangshuo Moondance Resort outside of Yangshuo for 2 nights), bamboo raft ride, cormorant fishing demonstration, Impression Liusanjie show.

Yunnan itinerary: Lijiang (2 nights), drive to Zhongdian ("Shangri-La") via First Bend of Yangtze River and short walk on Tiger Leaping Gorge, Zhongdian (Songzanlin Monastery, lunch in Old Town, Trinyi Village Community Center, Ecolodge, Tibetan dinner). Hotels are TBD.

We are about 60 years old and have travelled to many countries (mostly independently). We like to walk/hike, but not on scary or challenging trails. My wife does not like to bike. We are interested in culture, uniquely beautiful scenery, and good food. We hope to go back to China again in a few years, perhaps including Tibet. If anything else about us would affect your recommendation, please ask.

Thanks very much!


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