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Train trip to Guilin - Sanjiang - Zhaoxing - Guiyang - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-la


Guilin, Zhaoxing, Guiyang, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la are all famous tourist destinations in southwest of China. These picturesque places offer abundant natural and cultural scenic spots and home to many minority ethnic groups. Take a train ride winding through the mountains to enjoy view of karst limestone terrain and terraced rice fields. Step into the villages and discover the rich, distinctive folk customs and cultures of the different minority groups.

Guilin transport

There are daily flights to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) from major mainland cities and from Hong Kong, Bangkok (not regular), Kuala Lumpur, Osaka and Seoul.

Three train stations serve the city – Guilin North Railway Station 桂林北火车站, Guilin Railway Station (桂林火车站), Guilin West Railway Station (桂林西火车站). High-speed trains dominates its connection with major domestic cities - Guilin to Nanning 2 hours, Guilin to Liuzhou 1 hour, Guilin to Beijing 10 hours, Guilin to Guangzhou 3 hours, Guilin to Shenzhen 3.5 hours.

Find trains to Guilin

G421

09:07
  Beijing West

19:47
  Guilin

10h40m

  Second Class Seat $124
  First Class Seat $191
  Business Class Seat $387

G1501

10:03
  Shanghai HongQiao

19:03
  Guilin

09h00m

  Second Class Seat $101
  First Class Seat $161
  Business Class Seat $314

G2902

08:00
  Guangzhou South

10:33
  Guilin North

02h33m

  Second Class Seat $21
  First Class Seat $26
  Business Class Seat $38


Guilin to Sanjiang

Many trains run between Guangzhou and Guiyang stop at Guilin and Sanjiang. So not many tickets leave for train ride between Guilin and Guilin. We suggest early booking especially for weekend travel.

Most of the trains depart from Guilin West, a new station quite far from the city and only one bus line serving currently. Taxi or private transfer is necessary.

If time suitable, choose the trains departing from Guilin Station, which is located right in the city center.

Sample train schedule, seats type and ticket fare

D2804

10:18
  Guilin West

10:49
  SanJiang South

00h31m

Second Class Seat $5
  First Class Seat $5

D3562

10:23
  Guilin

11:23
  SanJiang South

01h00m

Second Class Seat $5
  First Class Seat $5


Sanjiang to Zhaoxing

The nearest station to Zhaoxing is Congjiang Railway Station (从江火车站), with only few minute drive journey. Over ten pairs of trains serve Sanjiang and Congjiang route from morning to late evening.

Recommended trains

D2804

10:51
  SanJiang South

11:14
  CongJiang

00h23m

Second Class Seat $3
  First Class Seat   $3               

D3570

20:47
  SanJiang South

21:07
  CongJiang

00h20m

Second Class Seat $3
  First Class Seat $3


Zhaoxing to Guiyang

Frequent train from Congjiang to Guiyang operating from noon hours to evening.

D2804

11:16
  CongJiang

13:02
  Guiyang North

01h46m

Second Class Seat $13
  First Class Seat $16

D2844

21:49
  CongJiang

23:21
  Guiyang North

01h32m

Second Class Seat $13
  First Class Seat $16


Guiyang to Kunming

High speed railway between these two cities has not opened up yet. Serving on this routes are slow trains named after K, T and Z, taking 9 to 10 hours. Facilities onboard are almost the same and your choices can depend on the availability, preference on daytime train or overnight train.

K875

11:49
  Guiyang

20:47
  Kunming

08h58m

Hard Seat $14
  Hard Sleeper $25
  Soft Sleeper $39

K4505

23:45
  Guiyang

09:58 +1
  Kunming

10h13m

Hard Seat $14
  Hard Sleeper $25
  Soft Sleeper $39


Kunming to Dali

High speed railway in Yunnan area has not opened up yet. Trains serving Kunming, Dali, Lijiang are all K trains. Currently there are only one station in Kunming – Kunming Railway Station (昆明火车站), and one in Dali – Dali Railway Station (大理火车站) which is 20 km away from the Ancient Dali City. Taxi ride or private car rental is necessary.

Flights also available between Kunming and Dali, costing almost 8 times than train.

K9612

09:40
  Kunming

15:39
  Dali(Yunnan)

05h59m

Hard Seat $10
  Hard Sleeper $16
  Soft Sleeper $25

K4505

23:45
  Guiyang

09:58 +1
  Kunming

10h13m

Hard Seat $14
  Hard Sleeper $25
  Soft Sleeper $39


Lijiang to Shangri-la

The train line has not extended to Shangri-la yet. A country road and flight connect this beautiful place with the outside of world through Lijiang, Kunming and Lhasa. Road journey is the only option from Lijiang to Shangri-la, taking 3 hours for the 175km.

What to see

Sightseeing in Guilin

Guilin has long been renowned for its scenery of karst topography and is one of China's best-known tourist destinations. The city center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes, making it very picturesque. There are also many scenic places within a short distance to the city including Longji Rice Terraces Fields, Li River, Yangshuo countryside beauty etc.

Suggested routes:

1. Arrival in Guilin.
2. Full day visit of Guilin city including Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Cruise on Two Rivers and Four Lakes.
3. A day Li River Cruise (or Bamboo Rafting) to Yangshuo and visit of Yangshuo countryside.
4. Take morning train from Guilin to Sanjiang.

Li River Cruise

Sightseeing in Sanjiang

Located in north Guangxi, Sanjiang is name after the three rivers in the county, bordering Hunan and Guizhou. Sanjiang is mainly inhabited by Dong people. It is a very good place to relax and to take in unique Dong culture, Drum buildings, Wind and Rain bridges, picturesque landscapes.

1. Arrive Sanjiang by train and stay overnight there. Visit Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge and the old town in the afternoon.
2. Take morning train to Zhaoxing.

Sightseeing in Zhaoxing

Zhaoxing (肇兴) is a very pretty town home to Dong minority people. It's full of old wooden buildings, wind and rain bridges, and drum towers, and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The opening of Guangzhou- Guizhou high-speed railway brings great convenience to reach this mountainous area.

1. Train from Sanjiang to Congjiang takes only 30 minutes. When arrive at Congjiang station, take a taxi or van rent from ETripChina to Zhaoxing. Afternoon visit of Zhaoxing Town.
2. You can spend the morning hours for a side trip to Tang'an village, some 7 km from Zhaoxing Town. Then board afternoon train from Zhaoxing to Guiyang.

Sightseeing in Guiyang



Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou Province, an area inhabited by 48 ethnic groups. Guiyang is an introduction to the history, culture and natural splendor of Guizhou and China's southwest and also the gateway to step into the minority villages.

1. Arrive Guiyang city two hours later. A leisure afternoon time in the city, or short walk at Qianling Park, good place to have close touch of local people.
2. One day trip to Huangguoshu Waterfall. Take overnight train to Kunming.

Sightseeing in Kunming

Kunming is known as the "City of Eternal Spring", due to its temperate climate. The city has big charm for domestic visitors as well. Most visited attractions includes the Stone Forest, Dianchi Lake, flower market and some local parks. Kunming also serves as a hub from which to explore Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Xishuang banna, Jianshui, Yuanyang in Yunnan Province.

Suggested routes:
1. Arrive in morning by overnight train. Enjoy the city essential including West Hill, Flower Market and Yuantong Temple.
2. A side trip to Stone Forest, 90 km from Kunming city. Take evening train to Dali.



Sightseeing in Dali

Dali has a long and glorious history. The most notable cultural relics in the town are the ancient city and Three Pagodas. The town is very scenic with Erhai Lake in the front, dotted with Bai villages and Cangshan Mountain as backdrop.

1. Arrive Dali in morning by overnight train. For the rest the day, visit Erhai Park, Bai Village, Three Pagoda and Ancient Town. Stay overnight in the town.
2. Take morning train or bus from Dali to Lijiang.



Sightseeing in Lijiang

Lijiang is the best preserved old town with ethnic features in China. The snow-capped mountain, stunning gorges view of Tiger Leaping Gorge add charm to this place. Must see attractions include Lijiang Ancient Town, Suhe town, Jade Dragon Mountain, Black Dragon Pool and Tiger Leaping Gorge. Spend 2-3 days there to enjoy the ethnic customs and great landscape.

1. Arrive in Lijiang, enjoy a leisure afternoon in Lijiang ancient town and Suhe Town.
2. A day with highlights of Jade Dragon Mountain, Baisha Village and Black Dragon Park.
3. Drive from Lijiang to Shangri-la, visit Tiger Leaping Gorge enroute.



Sightseeing in Shangri-la

Shangri-la has distinctive Tibetan customs and stunning natural beauty. In a short distance for the city, you can visit Songzanlin Monaster, Pudacuo National Park and old city. It is also a paradise for hiking.

1. Arrive in Shangri-la in the late afternoon. Check in.
2. Full day visit of Somsam Monastery, Pudacuo National Park.
3. Continue your trip to Tibet by flight, or other domestic cities by connecting flight at Kunming.



Booking Tips

1. Bring along camera for this picturesque tour.
2. Southwest of China is home to many ethnic groups including Dong minority villages in Sanjiang and Zhaoxing, Miao minority Villages in Tang'an, Bai minority village in Dali, Naxi minority in Lijiang and Tibetan village in Shangri-la. They all have distinctive customs and traditions. Learn some basic do's and don'ts before getting to this area.
3. Mentally prepare that no luxury hotels in Sanjiang, Zhaoxing, and few in Guilin, Guiyang, Kunming, Dali and Lijiang.


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