Li River Tours

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Along the banks of the Li River as it winds south from Guilin, dramatic karst peaks, dense vegetation, and the winding river itself create magical vistas that loom large in the Chinese imagination, having inspired art and verse for centuries. From Guilin to Yangshuo, there’s never a dull stretch along China’s most beautiful river.

The Basics
For many visitors, a Li River cruise between Yangshuo and Guilin ranks as a highlight of any trip to the area. While it’s possible to transfer between the two towns along the river, it’s also a popular option for a day trip from Guilin; you might combine a Li River cruise with a bamboo raft excursion on the Yulong River and a tour of picturesque Yangshuo, with its old-style houses along West Street. Come nightfall, the Li River serves as a stage for Zhang Yimou’s dreamy Impression Sanjie Liu show in Yangshuo.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Li River is a must-see for first-time visitors and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • A typical Li River boat trip lasts four hours, while a full-day tour to Yangshuo from Guilin lasts upwards of eight hours.

How to Get There
While the Li River is much longer than the 52-mile (83-kilometer) length connecting Guilin and Yangshuo, these two towns represent the most popular access points. Cruises depart from Mopanshan Dock in Guilin and Xingping Dock in Yangshuo.

When to Get There
One of the best times to see the Li River is during autumn (September to November), when the weather is cool and dry. Cruises during the summer rainy season might be slightly shorter due to faster flowing water.

Sights Along the Li River
The stretch of river between Guilin and Yangshuo is packed with notable attractions, including several natural landmarks. Rice terraces where water buffalo roam are punctuated by named karst formations like Elephant Trunk Hill, Nine Horses Painted Hill, and Yellow Cloth Shoal. Beneath the karsts lie fascinating cave systems, including Reed Flute Cave and Crown Cave.
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Impression Sanjie Liu Show with Private Transfer from Yangshuo

Experience an enchanting performance of the extravagant ‘Impression Sanjie Liu Show’ on the shores of the Li River in Yangshuo on this spellbinding tour. Depart from your hotel in a luxurious private vehicle and take your seat in a large, open-air theatre on the beautiful banks of the Li River. Gasp, as performers appear to float along the river while portraying myths and legends of the Yangshuo culture. Be hypnotized by Zhang Yimou’s dreamy interpretation of the show set against the stunning natural backdrop of mountains and rivers. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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USD90.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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One-Day Li River Cruise with Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo

If you only take one day trip from Guilin, make it a cruise along the Li River. This full-day cruise includes a delicious buffet lunch on-board, a visit to the picturesque town of Yangshuo, and a thrilling bamboo rafting excursion along the Yulong River. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD163.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with Liusanjie Show

Take the scenic route to Yangshuo with this full-day Li River cruise from Guilin. Glide past the dramatic karst mountains and rural villages of the Li River; tuck into a delicious buffet lunch on-board; and visit the picturesque town of Yangshuo to enjoy the spectacular Liu Sanjie light show. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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USD173.00
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Li River Sunrise and Cormorant Bird Fishing Private Tour from Guilin

Enjoy a truly unique experience while in Guilin that’s well worth waking up early for. This Li River private sunrise tour takes you by bamboo raft onto the Li River. Not only will you catch sight of the stunning sunrise over the Guilin area, but afterward, you’ll also watch as a traditional cormorant fisherman shows you his trained bird’s skills. Finish the morning with a breakfast of Guilin rice noodles. Round-trip transport is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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USD112.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Guilin and Yangshuo Day Tour with Li River Cruise and Reed Flute Cave

See some of the top attractions of Guilin on a full-day tour that begins with a Li River sightseeing cruise. Travel upstream through a spectacular landscape filled with dramatic limestone cliffs and lush greenery. Have lunch on board the boat, then disembark at a small village where you meet some locals. Continue to Yangshuo and have time to walk through the charming town before driving back to Guilin. Top off the day with a visit to Reed Flute Cave, millions of years old and brilliantly illuminated with multicolored lights.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Yangshuo Bike Adventure including Tai Chi Lesson and Chinese Massage

Enjoy a memorable introduction to Yangshuo with this private 5-6 hour bike adventure, including hotel pick-up. Start the day with a tai chi lesson on the banks of the Li River, then hop on your rental bike and glide along the riverside. Enjoy an easy, scenic route through the forests and farmlands around Yangshuo, then stop to tuck into a delicious home-cooked lunch (included) at a local farm. After cycling back to Yangshuo, indulge in a 45-minute Chinese foot massage and head back to your hotel feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Full-Day Tour in Guilin and Yangshuo with Li River Cruise

Enjoy a Li River sightseeing cruise on a full-day tour from Guilin. Admire the incredible river and limestone karst scenery on the way to Yangshuo and hear onboard commentary about the sights. Enjoy lunch served on board your vessel, and disembark at a village to see local life. Have free time to explore Yangshuo and West Street with a guide when you arrive. Then relax as you return to your Guilin hotel by road at the end of your tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Guilin 3-Day Tour with Li River Cruise

This 3-day tour of Guilin includes transport to make things easier on you when planning your trip. Visit Red Flute Cave, and see Elephant Trunk Hill to understand how this landmark got its name. You’ll also see Sword Cut Cliff and Flower Vase Hill as you cruise Li River on a boat.
  • Duration: 3 days
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USD267.00
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Li River Day Tour Including West Street

The karst landscapes and countryside charm of the Li River make a Li River cruise a Guilin must-do. Spare yourself the crowding of public transport and coach tours with a private driver and discover the stories behind the karst as you cruise with a private guide. Enjoy time in Yangshuo’s notorious West Street before your driver returns you to your hotel.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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USD105.00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Guilin 2-Day Culture and Nature Tour

This 2-day tour of Guilin includes transport to make things easier on you when planning your trip. Visit Red Flute Cave, and see Elephant Trunk, Sword Cut Cliff, and Flower Vase Hill. Cruise Li River on a boat, and take in sights of the beautiful scenery. Stop by Yangshuo, and wander around the melting-pot area of West Street. 
  • Duration: 2 days
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USD161.00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Guilin Day Tour: Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Fubo Hill, and Elephant Trunk Hill

With its unique mountain landscape and Li River, Guilin continues to mesmerize travelers worldwide. This private Guilin one day tour will take you to the city highlights including Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Fubo Hill, and Elephant Trunk Hill.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD123.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Group Day Tour from Guilin

Enjoy a full-day tour that includes a 4-hour Li River sightseeing cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Take in the dramatic landscape along the Li River while listening to informative onboard commentary about the region. Enjoy a Chinese buffet lunch served on board your vessel, then disembark in Yangshuo and have free time to explore independently. Either remain in Yangshuo on your own, or meet the provided car transfer service at the designated time to return to Guilin where your tour ends.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD95.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Guilin Half Day Tour including Li River, Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Hill

Take in the major sights of Guilin on a private half-day tour that showcases the geographic and cultural highlights of Guilin. Visit landmarks such as Elephant Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fubu Hill and the Li River, learning about their history from your informative guide. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and admire some of the most beautiful terrain in China. This tour can easily fit into your Guilin sightseeing schedule, perfect for those with limited time.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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USD63.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Guilin Private Tour: 2-Day Li River Cruise and Longji Terrace Fields

Visit Guilin’s top attractions over two days on a private tour that features a Li River cruise and Longji Rice Terraces. On the first day, set out on a Li River cruise, passing through gorgeous landscapes en route to Yangshuo. See West Street and local villages before returning to Guilin. Then head to Longji Rice Terraces, a scenic place where rice is cultivated on mountain slopes by Zhuang villagers. Your private guide shares informative commentary throughout your tour, which includes transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 2 days
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USD193.00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Tour: Daxu Village and Crown Cave Along Li River from Guilin

Get a glimpse into local life as you explore the traditional villages and striking caves around Guilin on this 4-hour tour, including hotel pick-up. Watch the villagers go about their everyday lives as you tour the pretty village of Daxu and learn about local culture from your private guide. Then, keep your camera handy as you journey along the scenic Li River and stop to see one of Guilin’s natural wonders – the Crown Cave, famed for its dramatic stalagmites and stalactites.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD42.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Day Tour: Best Value Li River Cruise

Spend a day discovering the pristine Chinese countryside on this Li River Cruise experience. Avoid the stress of language barriers when organizing transport by having round-trip transfers from Guilin included. You’ll board a boat and enjoy a peaceful journey along the Li River to Yangshuo. The boat ride will reveal incredible photo opportunities of mountains, bamboo forests, rice fields, and native wildlife. You’ll also get a glimpse of quaint local riverside villages that you wouldn’t see otherwise.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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5-Day Small-Group Yangshuo Bike Adventure with Rock Climbing, Hiking, Kayaking or Cooking Class

Be enchanted by Yangshuo’s misty lakes, looming karst cliffs and winding valleys on this 5-day bike adventure, including accommodation. Cycle a total distance of 75 miles (120 km) both on- and off-road, and stop along the way to snap photos, visit local village markets or cool off with a swim in the river. Finally, get an extra adrenaline kick as you cruise down the Li River on a bamboo raft; try activities like rock climbing and kayaking; or take a cooking class (one extra activity included). This small-group tour is limited to 12 people for a personalised experience.
  • Duration: 5 days
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USD525.00
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Guilin in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air

Journey through Guilin’s enchanting landscapes on this full-day tour of the region’s highlights from Shanghai, including lunch and round-trip flights from Shanghai to Guilin. Keep your camera close by as you journey through the dramatic karst landscapes, stopping to admire natural landmarks like Elephant Trunk Hill and take in the views from the 203-foot (62-meter) peak of Fubo Hill. After lunch, venture underground to view ancient artworks in the Thousand Buddha Cave and explore the beautiful Reed Flute Cave.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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2-Day Small-Group Biking Adventure from Guilin to Yangshuo including Li River Cruise

Leave the tourist trail behind as you mount up for a thrilling 2-day bike adventure, pedalling your way from Guilin to Yangshuo.  Tackle a moderate route, with some challenging and off-road sections, and experience local life as you stop by rural villages like Caoping, Da Xu and Xingping. Ride a ferry across the Li River, take in the views from Moon Hill and cool off with a swim in the Yulong River. This small-group tour includes overnight accommodation.
  • Duration: 2 days
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USD230.00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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4-Day Private Guilin and Yangshuo Essential Tour with Hotel and Airport Transfer

Explore China’s outdoor beauty on this private Guilin and Yangshuo tour. You’ll save time organizing transport and navigating by having an airport pickup and drop-off. Travel between dispersed sites in a comfortable vehicle with a guide, and see many highlights such as Longji Terraced Field, Zhujiang Pier, Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, and Yangshuo. Conveniently, accommodation, breakfast, and entrance fees are all included.
  • Duration: 4 days
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USD639.00
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  • Duration: 4 days
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3-Night Guilin with Li River Cruise and Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin, home to some of China’s most beautiful natural landscapes, begs to be explored. See the highlights of the city and its surrounds on a 3-night tour, which includes pickup and drop-off at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport. Visit Longji Rice Terrace, explore the otherworldly Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), and discover Yangshuo following a cruise on the Li River. All entrance fees and activities, and meals as per itinerary are included, however accommodation costs are not.
  • Duration: 4 days
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USD221.00
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  • Duration: 4 days
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3-Night Best of Guilin Private Tour: Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside

Discover Guilin’s most beautiful outdoor sites on this 3-night best of Guilin private tour. By having a private guide, you’ll get a more personalised experience, and have better access to you guide for questions. Take the stress out of organizing transport, as hotel pickup, drop-off, and transfers are included. Highlights include cruising on Li River, Yangshuo countryside tour, seeing bamboo groves, and stunning scenery.
  • Duration: 4 days
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USD398.00
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  • Duration: 4 days
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2-Day Private Tour: Classic Li River Cruise and Longji Terrace Tour

Visit Guilin’s most famous neighbors on a private 2-day tour that includes the Longji Rice Terrace Fields and a Li River cruise. On the first day, your private guide takes you to Longji Rice Terrace Fields where you learn about the local Zhuang and Yao communities. Return to Guilin for the night, then set out on a Li River cruise the next day, traveling through stunning countryside to Yangshuo. Enjoy the attention of your private guide on your tour, which includes entrance fees, transportation, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 2 days
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USD280.00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Li River Group Cruise tour From Guilin to Yangshuo

Li River is renowned for its incredible natural sights, including the immense karst mountains that tower over the water, and river cruises are a popular attraction in the region. Instead of battling the crowds and rushing to organise everything in Guilin, however, you can book a full-day river cruise that picks you up from your downtown hotel and drops you back in Guilin at the end of the day.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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USD115.00
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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