With a combined 26 years experience in providing tours in Yangshuo, Curry and Richard (Owner/Operators) guarantee to provide the best local English speaking Chinese guides, or recommendations for you to adventure out on your own. The Tea Cozy team knows many secret gems. Here are there to wet your appetite - we would be happy to share many more with you as we welcome you to stay with us.
Our driver will pick you up at a hotel in Guilin at about 8:20am and take you to Guilin Zhujiang pier for a 4 hours boat trip to Yangshuo. After your arrival at Yangshuo pier, our hotel driver will meet you there and take you directly to Tea Cozy. It costs 420RMB p/p including boat ticket, pier transfers and buffet lunch on boat. Please call us or email us to let us know which hotel you are staying at the latest on the day before if you would like us to make this arrangement for you.
Taking a bike ride is the best and most popular way to enjoy Yangshuo and the surrounding karst peaks. The best places to ride your bike are on country roads away from cars and buses. Take in the beautiful scenery, as you ride past many rice fields, small villages, farms and karst hills.
Kayaking is an excellent option get on the water in the summer. The trips go downstream from Fuli to Liugong village, or Fuli to the town of Puyi. These river trips vary in length from 1.5 to 3 hours. The water of the Li River is very smooth and clean, and these particular parts of the Li River are very peaceful. During the trip, you will see fishermen, water buffaloes, and flocks of ducks. All the time you will be amazed by the majestic beauty of the surrounding karst peaks.
After you have sampled the delicious cuisine of Yangshuo, why not take a cooking class and learn how to make the dishes yourself? Morning and afternoon classes are available ,Call start with a tour of the local market to learn about the ingredients, followed by demonstrations by skilled and friendly teachers, and finish the class by feasting on the results of your efforts and taking home recipes to impress friends and family.
To truly appreciate the peace and beauty of Yangshuo's natural landscape, nothing beats a night under canvas. We will take you away from villages, set up camp by the river front, make a bonfire for barbeque and share stories under the stars. We provide tents, sleeping pads and other equipment, so all you need to do is enjoy the scenery. After experiencing the wild, you will be delighted to return to the Tea Cozy for a well-deserved bit of luxury.
Surrounding Yangshuo are many kilometers of top-notch hiking trails. Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll by the river, or a strenuous circuit around the karst peaks, we can help you experience the best of the local area on foot. We can provide you with maps and directions, or with a knowledgeable local guide who will explain the various sights on your hike. And remember, hiking can even be combined with a river trip for a memorable day out.
Amazing "Sun Rise" and "Tea Plantation" Tour
Wake up at 4 a.m. The drive to Xianggong Hill takes about 50 minutes. We walk up the steps to the top of this hill (which takes about 20 minutes) to get a great view of the sun rise over the Karst mountains and the foggy sea. The sun usually rises between 5:30am and 6:30am. We have some fresh, hot coffee at the top of the hill and eat some fresh fruit and toast for breakfast. We descend around 7:30 a.m., then we drive to Qixianfeng Tea Farm and walk up the mountain to see the tea trees. We get a basket to harvest our own tea leaves. At the tea factory, a tea master will teach us how to process tea and during a traditional ceremony you can taste the tea. After, we drive to a Ming Dynasty village called Jiuxian, explore the old buildings and visit a farmer's family. We get back to the hotel at around 2 p.m. and have time to relax.
What's included: Transport, English speaking guide, a simple breakfast on the hill, Xianggong hill and tea farm entrance fee.
What to bring: Water, camera, tripod, sunscreen, hat.
Horse Riding "Off the Beaten Path". "Not available at moment"
Your starting point will be the ancient Xingping town, you'll be driven here from the Tea Cozy which will take approximately 1 hour. We will then take a ferry across the Li river where a horse will be waiting for us to start the journey. We will then ride along the Li river to Snail Hill, on the way you will pass beautiful pomelo and orange groves, and local farms. We will then visit an ancient Buddhist temple build in Snail cave. We will then continue to ride up the mountain to Xianggong Hill where we will have a delicious locally cooked meal waiting for us at the bottom of the hill. We will then walk 10 minutes up the mountain for an amazing view of the karst rock formations and Li river. You will then get back on your horse and be delivered directly to a bamboo raft that will take you down the Li river for about 1 hour back to the Xingping old street where a car will pick you up to go back to the Tea Cozy.
Time Allocation: Full Day (9:30am - 5:00pm)
Riding Level: All levels (children 8+ years old)
What's included: Round trip transport, horse, English speaking guide, ferry fee, lunch, riding helmet, and Li River raft boat ride.
What to bring: Horse treats (apple, pear, sugar cane....), long pants, sunscreen, water and camera.
"Off the Beaten Path" Adventure Mountain Bike Tour.
Starting at Tea Cozy by 9:30AM, we'll ride to see the Ming Dynasty village of Jiuxian with historical houses, buildings and the village temple. Then cycle along the Dragon river to the old stone Dragon Bridge. We'll cycle along beautiful country roads surrounded by rice patties and farm land to Moon hill. We'll stop for lunch at a local farmer's restaurant. Following lunch we'll walk up Moon hill to see the great view from top. To finish our cycling adventure, we'll follow small footpaths along the dragon river. We'll stop to have a swim next to a small stone dam, then back to the hotel, to shower and freshen up, before you enjoy a Chinese body massage.
Time Allocation: Full Day (9:30am - 5:30pm)
Fitness Level: high
What's included: Mountain bikes, helmet, English speaking guide, local lunch, Moon hill entrance fee and massage.
What to bring: Sunscreen, water, swimsuit and camera.
Relaxing bike ride + Bamboo rafting.
Starting at Tea Cozy by 9:30AM, we'll ride to see the Ming Dynasty village of Jiuxian with historical houses, buildings and the village temple. Then cycle along the Dragon river to the old stone Dragon Bridge. We'll follow the Dragon river upstream to the 600-year-old Fuli stone bridge. Next, we'll take a 2-hour bamboo raft ride and then end the day by cycling back to the hotel.
Time Allocation: Full Day (9:30am - 2:30pm)
Riding Level: Easy
What's included: Mountain bikes, helmet, English speaking guide, and bamboo raft.
What to bring: Sunscreen, water, and camera.