• Location: Guilin, China
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Cruise along the impressionable lush green rock formations of the Li River
  • Enjoy Lunch onboard, local favorites and fresh catches from the Li River
  • Stroll through the colorful bustling markets and local street vendors from the ancient town of Yangshuo
  • Pickup some real bargains in pearl, jade or fine Chinese paintings
  • Bus journey back from Yangshuo to Guilin
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Informative and friendly guide

What You Can Expect

Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo

Li River Full Day Cruise to Yangshuo from Guilian

Depart from your Guilin hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and climb aboard your awaiting boat to commence your 4-hour cruise upriver. Sink into a cushioned seat in the main cabin or capture fantastic photographs of the scenery from the open-air viewing platform as you sail. Marvel at the luscious landscapes that have inspired Chinese artists for centuries and scour the scenery for rare wildlife and fascinating flora. 
Pleasure your palate with a flavorsome and fulfilling lunch served onboard; feast on freshly caught fish from the Li River and disembark at the village of Yangshuo to stroll amid the bustling local market place. Inhale enticing aromas of street food stalls then climb back onto your comfortable coach for the return trip back to Guilin. 
On arrival, visit some spectacular shopping spots to peruse boutiques selling precious jade artifacts and refined Chinese paintings. Opt to remain in Yangshuo if you wish and partake in some exhilarating activities at your own expense. If you wish to stay, please note that you will need to make your own way back to Guilin.
Please see the Itinerary section below for a pricelist and description of each activity.


Customer Reviews

Keith C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Beautiful cruise down the Li River!

Helen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I very much recommend this tour - a must if you go to Guilin!

Lucy Romania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was one of my best Tours , the best one in China . Even if it was a foggy day , the magic atmosphere made it more interesting . The photos below are illustrating the reality . When in China , this Tour is a must !


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is likely the most touristy I have ever felt. The process of getting to the river and on the boat was ok. These boat cruises are very big business and you will be on one of about 15 very large boats. Despite the not so ideal process of navigating the masses to board, this is still an experience to do! The views from the boat were absolutely amazing and the cruise is quite long so the hubbub up front is worth it. I would vigorously suggest bringing some snacks/lunch as the meal served on the boat was pretty gross and I'm not that picky in foreign countries. We did an after tour in the village that was pretty touristy as well but we enjoyed it and would do it again. Get your snacks and water and go for it!

Peter M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Well worth doing - at almost any price actually about 79. Viator gave an almost immediate response either tour is available or not, and used Tang Tours. They were excellent. In particular they provided details of pickup times quickly. Guides were knowledgeable and very helpful

Richard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

If you have a chance to go to Guilin, do it. The Li River Cruise provides you with river views that are as amazing as anywhere on the planet. The views change with every twist and turn of the river too. Our tour began with a bus ride from the Shangri-La hotel -- picked up a few minutes late -- to the dock. The cruise started at 9:30am, and we had time to stroll around the grounds at the port first. The guide spoke mostly in Chinese, but she spoke directly to us in English -- we were the only English speakers on the tour. She answered our questions in English on the cruise too. We paid extra for the Shangri-La Theme Park tour in Yangshuo, and it was worth it. We enjoyed the folkloric atmosphere there that showed scenes of old Chinese farming architecture and culture. On the ride back on the bus, they dropped everyone off near downtown Guilin, but our guide put us in a taxi for free back to our Shangri-La Hotel in Guilin north of town. An excellent and memorable day.

Richard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

First, this is a must do if you are able to make it to Guilin, China. Views change with every twist and turn of the river, so for anyone who enjoys photography this is especially fantastic. The tour bus arrived a few minutes late, but no problem. The tour guide spoke mostly in Chinese -- we were the only English speakers, I think -- but she came to us and spoke in English every chance she got. They arrived at the dock early, as the cruise begins at 9:30am. On the boat, the guide answered all our questions in English and pointed out a few of the main highlights. We also paid for the separate Shangri-La Theme Park tour, and felt it was worth it. That park is attractive and it's nice to see how Chinese farmers lived in the past. When the bus took us back to downtown Guilin, we informed them that we were from the Shangri-La Hotel north of town. Our guide put us in a cab for free back to our hotel. Excellent service and a great day.

Ana Filipa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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.

Christa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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)

Sherry V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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