Little Li River (Yulong River) Tours

The Yulong River, also known as the Little Li River, is the largest tributary of the Li River, and it runs 26 miles (43 kilometers) across Yangshuo county. The river flows past limestone karsts, bamboo forests, rice paddies, ancient villages, and stone bridges. Floating down the river, or hiking or biking next to it, provides up-close views.
 
The Basics
Cruising down the Yulong River in a bamboo raft with poles offers an experience that’s serene when compared to the motorized rafts and boats used on the Li River, but you also bump over weirs, or small dams. Historical points of interest include the villages of Xiatang and Jiuxian villages, and Yulong, Fuli, and Xiangui stone bridges.
 
While cruising on a bamboo raft is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the Yulong River, many enjoy hiking or biking along the river. Try all three over a course of a half-day or longer guided tour and enjoy the river and countryside without worrying about navigating. For multi-day tours, additional activities such as rock climbing or a cooking school can be added.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hiking, biking, or rafting the Yulong River is a must-do for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and photographers.
  • Check individual tours for age restrictions on riding on a bamboo raft.
  • Grab a bite to eat or a cold drink at one of the floating restaurants along the river.
 
How to Get There
The Yulong River connects to Li River just south of Yangshuo and is easily visited from Yangshuo. Most of the Yulong River is within the newly created Yulong River Park, which restricts motorized traffic. Those entering other than on foot or bike will have to exit their transport and purchase tickets for a shuttle bus that runs within the park.
 
When to Get There
The Yulong River can be visited year-round, but it’s most popular April through October due to the sunny, warmer weather. Some people may find the heat uncomfortable for hiking or biking at the height of summer (June through August). Rafting runs year-round.

Popular Rafting, Biking, and Hiking Routes 
The three most popular rafting routes along the Yulong River are from Jinlong Bridge to Jiuxian Village (about 2.5 hours), Chaoyang Wharf to Gongnong Bridge (about two hours), and from Chaoyang Wharf to Shui edi Dock (about one hour). Most bike tours along Li River take between two and four hours. The most popular section for hiking is between Yulong Bridge and Gongnong Bridge, and takes about two hours.
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Address: Yangshuo, Guilin, China
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Private Day Tour of Yangshuo Xianggong Mountain and Yulong Bamboo Boat

The Yangshuo countryside in Guangxi Province is blessed with some of China’s most spectacular and emblematic scenery. During this tour, enjoy the flexibility and personalized attention of your own guide and driver as you explore the region’s highlights. Climb to the top of Xianggong Mountain for views of the surrounding karst landscape before boarding a bamboo raft for a leisurely float down the Yulong River.
  • 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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USD112.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo

Weave your way along the beautiful Li River and explore the luscious Chinese countryside on a full-day tour from Guilin. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, capture fantastic photographs of the spectacular scenery as you sail down the calm river for four hours; feast on freshly caught fish and local specialties on board for lunch; and disembark to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of street vendors in a rustic village. Peruse bespoke boutiques selling fine Chinese paintings and precious jade jewellery and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Guilin hotel.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USD108.99
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Yangshuo One Day Tour

Explore the beautiful Yangshuo region during this full-day private tour from Guilin. Take in the views from the Xiangong Mountain, visit a local farmer’s market, cruise down tributaries of the Li River on a bamboo raft, explore small villages, and more. This tour is a great opportunity to explore more of the natural beauty of the Guangxi province in a short amount of time.
  • Duration: 1 day
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USD120.00
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  • Duration: 1 day
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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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1 Day Yangshuo Countryside Moderate Cycling Private Tour

Famed for its soaring karst mountains and verdant rice paddies, Yangshuo is commonly considered one of China’s most beautiful corners. On this private tour, get up close and personal with the scenery when you explore the region by bike. Meet your guide in the morning at your hotel, and pick up your bike for the day. Wend your way through the countryside and discover charming villages as you go. You’ll even follow in the proverbial footsteps of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who once toured Yangshuo by bike.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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5-Day Yangshuo Family Adventure: Biking, Caving, River Cruise and Cooking Class

Enjoy an amazing outdoor adventure that’s perfect for the whole family on this 5-day Yangshuo that takes in the best of the Guilin region. Take guided bike rides through scenic mountain and rural landscapes, relax on a bamboo raft ride down the Jade Dragon River and enjoy a wide range of activities including cave exploring, a Chinese cooking class, traditional fan painting, hiking and a tea plantation visit. Stay overnight in quaint comfortable hotels in superb rural landscapes and enjoy round-trip transportation.
  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Duration: 5 days
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7-Day Yangshuo Bike Adventure Including Longji Rice Terraces Hike and Li River Cruise

Saddle up for an exhilarating 7-day bike adventure, as you pedal your way from Longji to Yangshuo. Escape the tourist trail as you glide through the Guilin countryside, past lush valleys, hillside rice terraces and looming karst mountains. Stop along the way to hike through the Longji Rice Terraces, explore the region’s Yao and Zhuang villages, take a bamboo rafting excursion along the Li River, or try rock climbing in Yangshuo. This tour includes accommodation, bike rental and some meals. 
  • Duration: 7 days
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  • Duration: 7 days
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