The tour itself was pretty much as expected - awesome vistas even if the weather was overcast and misty. The food on board the boat wasn't great but ok. If there was any real negative point it was the communication (or lack of it) we received from the tour operator the evening before the trip. We arrived at our hotel in Guilin at 7pm expecting there to be a message informing us of the pick-up time the next day but no message had been left. At 9pm I started phoning the number we had been given but the line was constantly 'busy'. After trying to get through about 20 times I had to resort to leaving email messages with Viator to try and get some information. Finally, at 11pm, we were contacted by the hotel receptionist to talk to someone from the tour operator and they finally gave us the pick-up time. 11pm was way too late and created way too much stress for us when we were meant to be on holiday! They need to do better than that!
Wow! Guilin is amazing. You must do this tour in Guilin. We were on the boat for about 3 hours. When we first boarded it was raining and we were seated at tables downstairs. We were not too keen on this and ventured upstairs to find it had stopped raining. We stood on the upper deck for the whole three hours and did not once get tired of the magnificent views. From small bamboo rafts latching on to our boat to try and sell fruit to the beautiful mountain scenery, this was like floating in a dream. Yangshuo was full of little market type stalls all selling the same things, so we decided to do the optional tour. We are so glad we did. We went to a village and sat on a water buffalo, got to watch the cormorants dive for fish, hold the bamboo stick the cormorants were on and visit the Shangri La village. We would strongly recommend doing the optional tour which was RMB200 each. Don't know what we would have done waiting in Yangshuo for four hours. On the way back to our hotel our guide told us the Shangri La Hotel we were staying at was a bit far out for the large coach to drive to, so she got off the bus with us in the town and put us in a taxi to our hotel and the company paid for it. We thought this was incredible customer care.
the tour was really interesting and well organized.Pick up was on time and the guide really professional. The only things the tour was bilingual (Chinese and English) and not just English.
Nice n pleasant trip..
The trip is certainly worth doing if you get the weather. Unfortunately, it was raining for the whole trip we made. We still enjoyed it but it would be much more spectacular on a good day. There was one downside. The cruise came with lunch included. However, as soon as we were settled on board, we were asked if we wanted to order a 'special' meal. It was not made clear at all if this was us ordering our included lunch or if this was an extra. It took a while to figure this was an ‘extra’ out as the waitress did not speak English. The included lunch was basic but still good quality.
Excellent guide and driver of support vehicle, able to be flexible with itenenary. Excellent scenery. Guide chose excellent places to eat and meals, plus accommodation. Arranged tickets and transport to the light show in Yangshuo. Better to choose a cooler time of year though.
A good combination of bike ride, hiking and relaxing time surrounded by the most beautiful karst mountains. Highly recommended for the off the beaten track explorers!
I cannot compare it to other parts of the Li River - the landscape was not too amazing and the ride not too adventurous - good for families though! there was promised to have a guide with us to carry the bags on another boat, so that if we needed something (food/drink etc.) he would be behind us all the time and we can ask for our bags - he just disappeared and waited at the end of the track...luckily I had everything I needed with me...others not. So take everything with you! Otherwise good organisation! Nice and friendly people (Driver, she was really nice!)
Doing what: Yangshuo Kayaking Adventure on the Li River
A great day out. It was a bit of a surprise when they told us that we'd have to fork out more cash to partake in the afternoon's activities, but we did and had a great time.
No shopping stops either, outstanding!
Enjoyable tour. Guide informative and helpful.
The tour was great. Everything was well organized. They gave us the opportunity to book an extra tour for 25 euros which was well worth it.
One of the must do trips in China - amazing scenery. There were about 6 boats doing this trip at the same time. To appreciate the scenery you need to be on the top deck rather than looking through glass windows - but no seats, and it's a long cruise. Lunch was inconveniently served early, just before we reached one of the most picturesque parts of the river, so interrupted by dash on deck to get better view. Food rather poor but sufficient. Yangshuo disappointing as highly commercialised shopping trap, but recommend optional (extra cost) tour into countryside and a restful river trip on small bamboo boats, similar to the English punts.
Very good tour, the guide arrived on time and spoke excellent English. This was the first time I have used Viator and everything worked well.
Lovely scenery, good weather on this trip.Guide was good. Buffet lunch on boat was average. Relaxing way to spend part of the day
The river cruise was very enjoyable and got to take great pictures of the beautiful landscape. The optional cruise on the bamboo raft was fun too!
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