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The hotel pickups happen in a large bus which takes everyone to a ferry terminal. Information was a little sparse so we weren't always sure what we were doing or where to go, but river cruse a couple of hours including a reasonable Chinese style on-board meal, was reasonably pleasant despite some of the gestures locals made at us from the banks. The river is motorway like with multiple cruise ships heading the same way, the scenery changes several times and there are areas where many smaller vessels share the waterways. There is free time in the town where the ferries dock, but the instructions as to where to meet up were difficult to follow. The group then boards a bus to be taken for a river gondola ride over a weir, those who are by themselves get paired up for this. Again there was confusion as to what to do next, the gondola's dropped us downstream and we had to work out to walk back to the starting village ourselves before the bus ride back to Guilin. It may be worth bringing a hand held fan for the journey as it gets hot ..... and at least 2 from our group never found there was back to the bus in the village, so we eventually left without them.
The boat was extremely nice and comfortable with a great local buffet. Lots of room on top for taking pictures of the beautiful scenery. Gary was our tour guide and was wonderful. We added on the silver caves excursion as well (however if you already did reed flute then no need....go enjoy Yangshuo)
It was amazing go through the Li river in a beautiful boat, with an amazing guide - Gary - that was very kind with me and my friends and was always with us. Highly recomended tour.
Worthwhile trip, too bad it was so hazy, don't know if that is unusual or not.
The passengers tend to be segregrated, English speakers all at the same table, might be a good idea, but if you want to sample other culture's food not so good. Cabin's excellent
Han Tang Tour China is terrible. They didn't pick me up at the hotel as said in 5 previous emails. I almost lost the cruise. The bus on the way back had no air conditioning while outside was 92 F. They overcharged to visit a sort of Disney sort of park called Shagri-La right there in Yangshuo. Viator has to drop this agency if there is no improvement.
This tour was amazing!
All these tours are very large group tours. would have liked doing in a small group if i had known.
The sights were stunning. Han Tang Tours was awful. Late. Poor English. This comes from someone who teaches Chinese students.
Very nice tour. Relaxing and views all around. Tour guide was exceptional and made sure all the highlights of the cruise were pointed out.
This tour was amazing!
The landscapes are amazing, and also the silver caves in Yangshuo, but you have to pay extra money to go there. The food and the boat are regular.
When we made the booking with Viator, we had assumed that we will be on a VIP boat with better toilet facilities, safety etc etc The cruise offered from our hotel with the newer white boats was only a fraction of the price we paid to Viator. I would recommend future travellors to book the local tour for this cruise for much better value.
Great trip and the scenery is stunning
Gary was a fabulous guide. He was friendly, informative and funny. Gary's English was very good. I would highly recommend.
The tour was good but in talking to other people who booked through other websites, I overpaid on Viator. Also, although lunch was a buffet and I noted that I don't eat pork, there were not a lot of non-pork options. Even the noodles and the green beans had bits of pork in them. We ate lunch on the boat so there wasn't really an alternative. I chose to take the optional tour in the afternoon which wasn't really worth it except for the bamboo raft ride. However, if you're staying in Yangshuo you can easily do this on your own at a later time.
This place is absolutely beautiful. It is a must-see for anyone visiting China however, this tour is not very English-speaking tourist friendly. The initial tour guide that picked us up was very nice and tried very hard to communicate effectively in English and tried to keep things equal between the Chinese speakers and English speakers. After we got on the boat, though, the translator would state 1 sentence in English but then continue the rest of the narration for 10 minutes in Chinese. There were many sights and scenes with significance we would have liked to learn about but because the narration was so poor we missed those opportunities. Additionally when announcing for food, the Chinese were instructed to get food first and after some delay we were told that food was served. By the time we got to the buffet, most of the food was gone. Additionally, when we arrived at the bamboo river rafting, our group with english speakers was bypassed by all the groups with Chinese individuals only even though we were there first. I am not sure how the tour was organized but we were required to tell the tour guide about interests in the bamboo rafting by 10 AM so that she could make reservations early on and it seemed as if she waited till the end to make the reservation. It would be best if there was a separate tour for english speakers.
We were quite disappointed with this tour. There were about 35 people in our group mostly Chinese. When we got onto the boat we joined with another group most probably of a similar size. Although our guide spoke English when we were on the boat the guides there only spoke in Chinese so we didn't learn anything of the history of this incredible scenery. Unfortunately at the time the river was in flood and it was raining at times. During the cruise the guide asked us about an optional tour which cost an additional 300 Yuan for the two of us. This was totally unexpected. We were even charged an extra 20 Yuan each for a can of soft drink with lunch. The Chinese lunch today wasn't very impressive. The little village of Yangshuo was worth seeing. The optional tour for those who didn't want to do any more shopping with English commentary was quite good with a visit to a historical village dating back about 600 years and also the village of Shangri la. From our experience I would not recommend this tour.
Over crowded and un organised.
Cruise was good. Tour leader very good
I was very impressed with the Li River Tour in Guilin. It was well organised and we had a very good tour guide by the name of Susie.
I like all Viator tours as they ensure pick up from the Hotel and return to the Hotel.
This is now my fourth tour taken with Viator and if I return to China I will always tour with Viator.
In my opinion, this trip was amazing. It was everything I hoped it would be. Initially when I found out I was the only person on the tour I thought it would not meet my expectations, however, Tanxi my tour guide was excellent and the people at Bike Asia were very helpful and accommodating. On top of the incredible bike tour I also took advantage of all the extra side activities. I was never disappointed. I will definitely use this service again.
This was a terrific trip. It can be difficult to get away from city life in China, and these guys are experts at taking you out into the Chinese countryside, to explore a more traditional way of life.
The whole trip was very thoughtfully planned, from which routes we took, to where we stopped and ate, to the hostel we stayed in.
If you're not a regular cyclist, make sure you wear cycling shorts, as the roads can be bumpy. But the guides are brilliant at judging the pace of the group and adjusting things accordingly.
Looking forward to booking another biking trip soon.
The boat trip on the Li River is maybe the best activity in Guilin. If the weather is good, the view is amazing. The boat ride takes all the morning. In the afternoon you will visit Yangshuo. Remember that if you decide not to take part in any of the optional activities, you'll have to stay in Yangshuo for 4 hours. However, this is not a big problem. In Yangshuo you can do some shopping or relax in some pub.
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