The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River become one of China’s top tourist destinations.
The trip starts from the dock south of Liberation Bridge in Guilin downtown area. Otherwise some agencies will transport tourist to by a one-hour bus ride to catch the cruise. The river trip is over eighty kilometers (52 miles) long and is estimated to take seven to eight hours. The eye-feasting landscape and country scenery will never disappoint you.
It is a Chinese tradition to divide the long trip into sections (just as the Three gorges along the Yangtze River) and give each peak an imaginative name. Although some take much of your imagination to see what it is like, listening to tour guide’s legendary stories behind them is a delightful experience when you are appreciating the landscapes. Most are mystical fairy and love stories. The writer choose some of the peaks and places to illustrate below. (They are presented in order of location along the River. You can also refer to our Li River Map to follow them)
Only 3 steps reserve your cruise tickets.
Step 1: Choose cruise type here.
Under each cruise type you can choose “number of people” and “enter your expected tour date”. Then click “Book NOW” button.
In peak season our cruise tickets with free pick-up service are in short supply. We suggest you make the reservation as soon as you confirm the arrival date of your flight/train.
Step 2: Pay the deposit.
After we clear your deposit payment you will be redirected to “Payment Successfully” page. There you will get the information about how to get free pick-up service and etc.
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Step 3: Get your ticket and enjoy Li River.
You are required to pay your tour balance when you get picked up on your expected cruise date. Our tour bus will pick you up from your hotel to the cruise wharf. (check the pick-up time here)
Luxury Cruise: the pick-up service starts at 8AM, cruises depart at about 9:30AM and arrive in Yangshuo at about 2PM;
Bamboo Boat: the pick-up service starts at 8AM, bamboo boats depart at about 10AM and arrive in Yangshuo at about 1:30PM.
Important information about our pick-up service: We provide our valued customers with free transfer to our cruise wharf from your hotel in Guilin’s urban area. We need pick up many tourist from many different hotels starting from south of the city to the north, hence it very hard to give you an exact time of arrival of your hotel. For faster and efficient service, we prefer you to wait in your room. When we are near your hotel our tour guide will call your either room phone or cellphone.
Luxury cruise: Guilin-Zhujiang Pier by bus, Zhujiang Pier-Yangshuo by cruise;
Bamboo boat: Guilin-Yangdi by bus, Yangdi-Xingping-Yangdi by cruise, Yangdi-Yangshuo by bus;
The most beautiful part of Li River is from Yangdi to Xingping.