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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.

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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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Private Day Tour of Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Sightseeing From Guilin, Guilin, null
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Private Day Tour of Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Sightseeing From Guilin

With its charming landscape of a verdant river and soaring mountains, Guilin continues to attract and mesmerize travelers from all over the world. Take this ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
One-day Private Tour with Li River Cruise from Guilin Downtown and Sightseeing in Yangshuo, Guilin, ... 
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One-day Private Tour with Li River Cruise from Guilin Downtown and Sightseeing in Yangshuo

Apart from China's history and heritage, how about seeing something different yet still an outstanding element of China? Something intoxicating awaits you in ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99
Private Li River Day Tour Including West Street, Guilin, Day Cruises
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Private Li River Day Tour Including West Street

Take this Li River Cruise for eye-feasting picturesque scenery of bamboo groves, towering peaks, water wading buffaloes and villages that frequently graces ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with Liusanjie Show, Bamboo Rafting, or Yangshuo Biking, ... 
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Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with Liusanjie Show, Bamboo Rafting, or Yangshuo Biking

This 8-hour tour starts in Guilin with a sail along the Li River by cruise ship with lunch included. Make a stop to see a local village before heading on to ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00
One-Day Li River Cruise with Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo, Guilin, Lunch Cruises
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One-Day Li River Cruise with Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo

This tour will provide you an opportunity to visit the most popular attractions on the water in Guilin: Li River cruise and bamboo rafting in Yulong River. ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo, Guilin, Day Trips
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Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo

4 star rating: Recommended 43 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
Day Tour: Best Value Li River Cruise, Guilin, Day Cruises
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Day Tour: Best Value Li River Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Enjoy the breathtaking landscape of Karst Mountains, fishermen with cormorants, rice fields, and local villages along Li River during this 3 to 4-hour cruise. ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Guilin and Yangshuo Day Tour with Li River Cruise and Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, Day Trips
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Guilin and Yangshuo Day Tour with Li River Cruise and Reed Flute Cave

Enjoy an upstream cruise on the Li River and be exposed to the indescribable beauty and scenery surrounding it through this day trip tour. Twisting and turning ...  Read more

Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $202.00
Impression Sanjie Liu Show with Private Transfer from Yangshuo, Yangshuo, Day Trips
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Impression Sanjie Liu Show with Private Transfer from Yangshuo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience a spellbinding performance of the 'Impression Sanjie Liu' show directed by the world-famous director, Zhang Yimou. With the stage set right on the ...  Read more

Location: Yangshuo, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99
Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Day Tour from Guilin, Guilin, Theater, Shows & Musicals
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Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Day Tour from Guilin

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

This small group tour leads you to experience the classic and unforgettable cruise along Li River for 3 hours. It is one of the must-do highlights in Guilin, ...  Read more

Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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