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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

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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

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!

Laurie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Gary was a fabulous guide. He was friendly, informative and funny. Gary's English was very good. I would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great trip and the scenery is stunning

Diego D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The boat trip on the Li River is maybe the best activity in Guilin. If the weather is good, the view is amazing. The boat ride takes all the morning. In the afternoon you will visit Yangshuo. Remember that if you decide not to take part in any of the optional activities, you'll have to stay in Yangshuo for 4 hours. However, this is not a big problem. In Yangshuo you can do some shopping or relax in some pub.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

It was amazing!

JENNIFER K Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Wow! Guilin is amazing. You must do this tour in Guilin. We were on the boat for about 3 hours. When we first boarded it was raining and we were seated at tables downstairs. We were not too keen on this and ventured upstairs to find it had stopped raining. We stood on the upper deck for the whole three hours and did not once get tired of the magnificent views. From small bamboo rafts latching on to our boat to try and sell fruit to the beautiful mountain scenery, this was like floating in a dream. Yangshuo was full of little market type stalls all selling the same things, so we decided to do the optional tour. We are so glad we did. We went to a village and sat on a water buffalo, got to watch the cormorants dive for fish, hold the bamboo stick the cormorants were on and visit the Shangri La village. We would strongly recommend doing the optional tour which was RMB200 each. Don't know what we would have done waiting in Yangshuo for four hours. On the way back to our hotel our guide told us the Shangri La Hotel we were staying at was a bit far out for the large coach to drive to, so she got off the bus with us in the town and put us in a taxi to our hotel and the company paid for it. We thought this was incredible customer care.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

the tour was really interesting and well organized.Pick up was on time and the guide really professional. The only things the tour was bilingual (Chinese and English) and not just English.

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

A great day out. It was a bit of a surprise when they told us that we'd have to fork out more cash to partake in the afternoon's activities, but we did and had a great time.

No shopping stops either, outstanding!

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