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Li River (Li Jiang) Tours

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Li River (Li Jiang)
Along the banks of the Li River (Li Jiang) 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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Theater, Shows & Musicals

Private Tour-Yangshuo Impression Sanjie Liu Show

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. 
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Guilin to Yangshuo Luxury Li River Cruise

Discover the beautiful Guangxi Province during this half-day Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Relax in a comfortable seat and sail past lush rice paddies, Karst peaks, local fisherman’s boats, and beautiful scenery. Sit down to a delicious lunch onboard complete with local fish from the Li River. This is the perfect way to reach your final destination of Yangshuo and see the countryside on the way.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours

Day Trips

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

Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this day tour of Yangshuo and the Li River from Guilin. With a dedicated guide in the lead, you'll follow a curated itinerary tailored to your private party's interests. Get riverbank views on a cruise down the Li River, then explore the villages of Yangshuo with insightful commentary from your guide.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Ports of Call Tours

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Li River Cruise with English guide/Hotel pick up to pier

In the morning about 7:40am,your guide will escort you to Millstone Hill Pier for a picturesque Li River cruise. Along the cruise, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of towering limestone peaks of various shapes, limpid waters, thriving groves, rice paddies and locals working in fields. After reaching Yangshuo at about 1:30 pm, you will roam around the West Street, The tour ended in Yangshuo. also we can free driven back to Guilin.Please Note ★The time listed on the itinerary is for reference only. They may be little changes.★Luggage can be took on the boat or leave it to driver guide who can take it to Yangshuo directly if customer prefer stay in Yangshuo at night. ★lf you are on the same day to return to Guilin. Please tell the tour guide in advance.★above 1.2 m - below1.49 m children is Half price. below 1.2 m is for free.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

Guilin Highlights Group Day Tour

Travel with a local expert guide to discover the elegant mountains and waters in Guilin on this day trip. Described as The Best Landscape under Heaven, Li River is the most famous and important natural attraction that people must visit when touring in Guilin. What’s more, you will check out the tranquil countryside of Yangshuo and immerse yourself in its peaceful atmosphere.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Day Trips

Guilin Highlights Private Day Tour

As one of China's top tourist destinations, Guilin Li River is honored to be the largest and most beautiful karst gallery of the world, the essence of the Li River is well represented in the section from Guilin to Yangshuo, which makes it a must see in the city. This trip brings you the highlights experience of cruising along the Li River, viewing the gorgeous Karst peaks and breathtaking scenery, and strolling along the West Street in Yangshuo.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Lunch Cruises

Private Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Sightseeing from Gullin

Enjoy personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on this private tour, which combines a Li River cruise with sightseeing in Yangshuo. As you travel, learn about the cultural and historical significance of the attractions you visit. Round-trip private transportation from Gullin and traditional Chinese box lunch included.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

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1 Day Relaxing Li River Cruise Private Tour With the English Speaking Driver

Enjoy stunning scenery along the Li River with beautiful hills and gorgeous Karst peaks that gives you a new surprise at every bend from Guilin to Yangshuo. This tour provides English speaking driver and private car and The 3 Star Luxury Boat river cruise ticket and packed Chinese Lunch.
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  • 8 minutes
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  • 8 minutes
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Day Trips

Full-Day Group Tour of Guilin Li River Cruising And Yangshuo

Regarded as 'Paradise on Earth', Guilin presents you its elegant mountains and waters. On this join-in tour you will travel along Li River on a cruising boat to admire Guilin’s unique natural landscape, stately peaks, luxuriant forests, colorful pagodas and ancient villages, then walk through the enchanted streets of Yangshuo village and immerse yourself in its peaceful atmosphere.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

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Guilin Private Day Tour of Li River Deluxe Cruise

This tour is on private basis, with private transfers and professional local tour guide, offering high quality service. One night before the tour day, the guide will call to your hotel to inform the pick up time. Then our private car and guide will meet you at your hotel lobby in time and transfer to cruise terminal. Our experienced English speaking guide will escort you on board during the cruise. Lunch is included for your. The cruise will arrive at Yangshuo about 13:30-14:00. You will have a free time strolling along the famous West Street. We can have a break with a cup of coffee at a local cafe. Then we will go to the parking lot to catch our vehicle and back to Guilin. As a private tour, the tour can be arranged flexibly. Therefore, we can customize it according to your personal requests and interests.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Day Cruises

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Li-River Cruise group Day Tour with the 4.5 star Shengjing Hao Boat

Put simply, The Shengjing hao boat--this is your best option for cruising the Li River. The interior of the boat facilities and overall cleanliness are at an excellent level, with larger, comfortable seats as well as clean bathrooms. The number of person's on-board is approximately half the Standard Cruise and there is minimal microphone usage compared to the other boats. The Luxury Li river Cruise option is a more comfortable and enjoyable experience compared to the other Boats.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trips

Guilin & Yangshuo Kayaking Private Day Tour

Kayak along the Li River or Shazi river(one of the Branch of the LI-River) as it winds through the karst mountains of Yangshuo County. Enjoy a paddle along one of China’s most beautiful rivers with a private guide and round-trip transfers from Yangshuo Town or from Guilin center area.Highlights:1.Kayak the picturesque Li River or Shazi river.2. See rural riverside life in serene surroundings.3.Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the karst mountains
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Lunch Cruises

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.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Full/Half-day Xingping Photographic Sunset tour with the Fisherman

Experience the beautiful Li River on this sunset or sunrise cruise with a traditional cormorant fisherman. After a convenient hotel pickup, climb aboard the bamboo raft and marvel at the lush scenery while your guide practices this ancient type of fishing that involves no bait or hooks—just his trusty cormorant.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

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From Guilin: Li River Cruise Ticket & Pier Transfer

Spend a relaxing day cruising down the picturesque Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. Upon arrival in Yangshuo in the afternoon, you'll have time to explore the bustling local market and West Street on your own. Hotel pickup and a Chinese lunch on board are included in this full-day excursion.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

1 day Guilin Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside Cycling Private Tour

Take a cruise along the Li River and enjoy the stunning and picturesque scenery along the way on this full-day tour from Guilin. Then, bike through paddy field and orchards surrounding the mountains, and get a fascinating insight into life in rural China. During this tour, you can: 1.Enjoy a relaxing and picturesque cruise along the Li River on this full-day tour from Guilin 2.Hop on a bike and take a wonderful cycling tour through the beautiful Yangshuo countryside3. Has more than 7 options Yangshuo tours for you after the Li-River cruise tour.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

1 Day Relaxing Li River Cruise Private Tour with the 4 Star Luxury Boat VIP Room

Experience the nature and culture of beautiful Guilin Province on this all-day luxury cruise. After a convenient hotel pickup, marvel at the bamboo groves, karst hills, and pretty villages of Li River. Enjoy a complimentary meal and drinks on board, and explore historic architecture and shop for traditional handicrafts on West Street in Yangshuo’s old town.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Cruises

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.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Multi-day Tours

8 Days China Tour of Small Group to Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, No Shops

Discover the history and culture of Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai on an 8-day China tour that takes in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Li River and modern attractions. Highlights include the Terracotta Warriors, Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque in Xi’an; the stunning scenery of a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; and Yu Gardens, the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang in Shanghai. Learn about the history and culture of China from your knowledgeable guide and travel in comfort with the inclusion of accommodation and two flights.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Multi-day Tours

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.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days


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