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.

Practical Info

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.

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Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

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

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8-10 hrs

From USD $108.99

Small-Group Bike Tour: Yangshuo Countryside Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Challenge yourself to this full-day bike ride for a unique way to experience Yanghsuo's gorgeous landscape. With a small group of no more than 12 people, cover ...  Read more

Location: Yangshuo, China
Duration: 6-7 hours

From USD $39.99

5-Day Small-Group Yangshuo Bike Adventure with Rock Climbing, Hiking, Kayaking or Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the unspoiled scenery of rural Yangshuo on a 5-day bike tour, perfect for those with a hunger for adventure! Enjoy several moderate bike rides with ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

From USD $414.99

Private Bike Tour: Yangshuo Countryside Adventure with Family Option

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

Location: Yangshuo, China
Duration: Varies

From USD $29.99

Yangshuo Kayaking Adventure on the Li River

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Looking for a relaxing outdoor adventure in China? Travel by kayak down the Li River from Yangshuo, and connect with nature and the countryside. Paddle along ...  Read more

Location: Yangshuo, China
Duration: 4-5 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.99

Private Guilin Half Day Tour including Li River, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Hill

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Short on time? Then this private half-day sightseeing tour of Guilin is perfect. Visit the hot spots of Guilin and its magical surroundings in a short but ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.99

Private Tour: Daxu Village and Crown Cave Along Li River from Guilin

On this private tour, head from Guilin along the Li River to discover traditional local lifestyle and witness an impressive natural gem. Stroll through ancient ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.00

Private Tour: Yangshuo Bike Adventure including Tai Chi Lesson and Chinese Massage

Enjoy a variety of interesting activities on this full-day guided bike tour of Yangshuo. Begin your day with a relaxing tai chi lesson with the locals beside ...  Read more

Location: Yangshuo, China
Duration: 5-6 hours

From USD $200.00

7-Day Yangshuo Bike Adventure Including Longji Rice Terraces Hike and Li River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Get ready for an adventure-filled week as you explore the rural countryside of Guangxi by bike! Your guided bike tour will take you off the beaten track from ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,254.99

2-Day Small-Group Biking Adventure from Guilin to Yangshuo including Li River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore China’s unspoiled countryside as you travel from Guilin to Yangshuo by bike on this 2-day adventure with your own expert guide. Tap into your inner ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $150.00

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