Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo - Reviews

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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 !

Stacey

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!

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.

G P

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.

Nick

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.

ROBERTA R

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!

123gabyn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

The tour was great. Everything was well organized. They gave us the opportunity to book an extra tour for 25 euros which was well worth it.

ABIOLA A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

The river cruise was very enjoyable and got to take great pictures of the beautiful landscape. The optional cruise on the bamboo raft was fun too!

Burton B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

Great trip.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

The Li River Cruise is lovely and Yangshuo is so beautiful with breath-taking scenery. It is definately underrated and undeservedly placed in the shadow of the more famous Guilin. My big criticism was that this is a full day tour yet when we arrived in Yangshuo, we were only given 1 hour to browse round or we had to pay extra for activities to fill the afternoon. This is extremeley cheeky bearing in mind the amount of money we had already spent on the trip. Because we chose not to pay extra, our tour was cut short and we were taken home earlier. I thought that was terrible.

Michelle C Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2009

This was the first day of 3 in Guilin, and it definitely set the tone. We loved the cruise, our tour guide who was both hilarious and knowledgeable, and the visit to Yangshuo. Even the bus rides had great views. You will stand in awe the entire day. This day alone made us fall in love with Guilin. Seeing the exact view that's on the 20 Yuan was surreal. I couldn't say enough about this trip. If you get a chance to take a country tour while in Yangshuo, I recommend it.

MITALI S

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2017

This was a MUST do tour. It was just amazingly scenic as one drifted along the Li River. Lunch provided was good. Transportation was fine too. However, I realized that people who bought the tour in Guilin just the night before paid 60 while I paid 109 on Viator much in advance. My advice would be to buy your tour there. I didn't purchase the optional tour 22 in Yangshuo though it sounded really good because I was angry at having paid so much more than everyone who had booked it locally. That optional tour should have been given to me for free given I had already paid so much more than other people...

Amy R

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2017

The boat cruise was great and the scenery amazing. The guide was nice but somewhat disorganized. Overall, I really enjoyed the day.

Wendy.ogden

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2017

The cruise was worth the actual chaos that was the pick up and the waiting to board. Be aware that you will be offered an upgrade for 50 yuan, this gives you seats on the upper level which is not as busy as the lower deck. We spent most of our time out on the front observation deck or you could go to the upper observation deck - both free to access. We took up the extra option to go to the Shangrila Park which was very touristy but quite good fun if you accepted this. Cerri, our guide, was amazing and worked very hard looking after us all and providing interesting local information.

Ronald B

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2017

Worthwhile trip
Great scenery
helpful guide

Al M

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2016

Worthwhile trip, too bad it was so hazy, don't know if that is unusual or not.
The passengers tend to be segregrated, English speakers all at the same table, might be a good idea, but if you want to sample other culture's food not so good. Cabin's excellent

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