Guilin, China
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clock-o1 day (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Li River cruises are a popular activity among visitors to China’s mountainous Guangxi region. On this cruising tour of Yangshuo, discover the region’s history and culture while watching it unfurl around you thanks to your private guide. Enjoy your guide’s uninterrupted attention while cruising down the Li River, walk through the otherworldly Silver Cave and shop where you want on Yangshuo’s West Street. End the day with VIP seats a spectacular outdoor performance on the banks of the Li River.
  • A complimentary boxed lunch is provided on board your river cruise
  • No delays at the ticketing office: all your entrance fees are prepaid
  • An early morning transfer from your hotel to cruise boat is included
  • After the night show finishes, catch a transfer back to your hotel in Guilin

Reviews

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, Oct 2016

Would like to break this down into 2 parts:- 1 The tour itinerary 2 The appointed tour guide

1 The tour itinerary
- It was good, no complains on this as it was quite a fruitful 1 day trip
- Only comment was - Why wasnt the cost of the tram ride from the jetty when we disembark from the Li River cruise to the carpark included in the tour package? We each had to pay additional to the operator for this - its quite a far walk honestly to get to the carpark where our driver was waiting for us

2 Tour guide
- There was almost close to zero commentary throughout the entire journey. Guide was suppose to converse with us in English but upon realisation that we understood mandarin, started conversing with us in mandarin throughout the entire journey.
- There was no introduction of the Guilin shared and we very much had to 'ask' before she would 'tell'
- She was acting more like a companion - making sure we get from place to place - rather than a 'guide' tell us more about the place of interest or the culture, etc..
- During the entire cruise journey and on the car ride, she was also very pre-occupied watching her video on her mobile phone, or texting away - minimal interaction with us.
- not sure she had the impression we weren't interested? Cos we were dozing off very much in the morning during the car ride we started rather early and had a long day in the previous day and I guess she very much took it that we werent interested and thus decided to stop all commentary?
- Despite some questions posed to her, she was also unable to sustain conversation or share more with us other than a 1-2 line reply
- She also did try to get us to add an additional place of interest to visit into our itinerary - looking at the time we have on hand, we are not sure how its possible but she was quite persistent on that. We finally ignored her recommendation and she stopped pressing. Thinking back, we were relived we did not take her advice to add on to the itinerary with 1 more place of interest to visit because it would have been SO RUSHED.
- The last part of the itinerary before our Impression Show was to walk the Xi Street. She had wanted to accompany us which we thought was rather awkward to walk down the street yes, we clarified with her and she said she will JUST WALK with us since its part of the itinerary together. What's the point of my guide walking the street with me? Was expecting some sort of explanation of the architecture, etc.
- Final straw, on the way back, she mumbled something along the line of her living far from the city and would need to drop off before us along the way which is fine. However atlas, when she arrived at her designated bus stop, she just got off from the car hurriedly without bidding us goodbye and went after her bus.

That's how our night ended with our guide.

The 4 of us in the group had used Viator in alot of our travel globally and are thus very appalled with the quality of the guide that we received on this trip. Itinerary was perfect, but not sure about the choice/qualification of guide that was assigned to us. Perhaps she is really new in this line of service.


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