The Li River’s reputation as the most beautiful in all China rests on a stretch totaling less than a quarter of its length; the 60-odd miles (100 kilometers) starting in Guilin and heading south. Here dramatic karst outcrops, dense vegetation and the clear, winding river itself create magical vistas which loom large in the Chinese imagination, having inspired art and verse for centuries.
Outside of the main cities, the painters and poets who so prized the river would find life going on here much as they remember it; water buffalo tilling terraced rice paddies, fishers angling off bamboo rafts, vendors in market towns selling the bounty of this fertile region.
The river is a year-round delight, just as stunning under blazing blue skies or wrapped in winter mists. From Guilin to Yangshuo there’s never a dull stretch, but most agree that the scenic high point comes about two-thirds the way along, at the area between the towns of Yangdi and Xingping.
Get the most out of the Li River with a cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo. You won’t want to rush the scenery, so stretches can also be covered on romantic bamboo rafts.
Tours & Tickets
Take a day trip from Guilin along the impressionable Li River, twisting and turning through lush Chinese landscape that will have you 'snap happy' with the ... Read more
Duration: 8-10 hrs
Enjoy the most popular way to explore gorgeous Yangshuo – on a bike! On this private half-day or full-day bike tour, customize your adventure based on your ... Read more
Short on time? Then this half-day sightseeing tour of Guilin is perfect. Visit the hot spots of Guilin and its magical surroundings in a short but sweet 3 - 4 ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)