Outdoor Activities in Yangshuo

By Viator, September 2013

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With its iconic limestone karst-dotted landscape and winding rivers, Yangshuo is one of the best destinations in China for outdoor adventure. A mild climate throughout the year means there’s no bad time to enjoy the rural scenery of Southern China from a bike, boat or climbing rope.

By far the most popular outdoor activities in Yangshuo involve the Li and Yulong Rivers. If you prefer to sit back and relax as you take in the scenery of Yangshuo’s great outdoors, you can do just that on a rafting trip down either waterway. Motorized rafts on the Li River take passengers past some of the area’s most recognizable karst formations, including the scene depicted on the 20 RMB note. If you’d prefer to experience a slide of rural, riverside life, float down the Yulong River on a pole-propelled bamboo raft instead.

For a more active river experience, take a Yangshuo Kayaking Adventure on the Li River, where a local guide will take you past towering karsts and bamboo forests along a less visited portion of this popular river.

While the river is a great “road” for exploring the surroundings of Yangshuo, there’s a lot of countryside best explored in the saddle of a bicycle. If you’re a beginner or pressed for time, a Small-Group Bike Tour offers a full day of riding through 18 to 24 miles (30 to 40 kilometers) of off the beaten path countryside. Travelers looking for a challenge can saddle up for a 5-Day or 7-Day Yangshuo Bike Adventure.

After you’ve seen the karsts of Yangshuo from the road or the river, you might want a closer look. Luckily, Yangshuo has become a premier spot for rock climbing, with routes suitable for beginners and experts alike. Try your hand at the sport with a Small-Group Yangshuo Rock-Climbing Adventure, where you’ll challenge yourself on a route suited to your skill level and get to see Yangshuo from a very unique and breathtaking perspective.

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Small-Group Yangshuo Rock-Climbing Adventure

Ready for your next adventure? Whether you’re an expert mountaineer or a beginner climber, you will have an experience of a lifetime on this rock-climbing ...  Read more

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

From USD $49.99

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

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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

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

5-Day Yangshuo Family Adventure: Biking, Caving, River Cruise and Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Enjoy an amazing outdoor adventure that’s perfect for the whole family on this 5-day Yangshuo tour from Guilin. Take guided bike rides through scenic mountain ...  Read more

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

From USD $875.00

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