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Li River, one of China's most famous scenic areas, was listed as one of the world’s top ten watery wonders by America National Geographic Magazine. It was even picked by CNN as one of "World's 15 best rivers for travelers".


Originating in Mao'er Mountain in Xing'an county northeast of Guilin, the Li River winds its way southeast for about 437 km, passing through Guilin, Yangshuo, Pingle, Zhaoping and finally meets Xi River in Wulin. It boasts the largest and most beautiful scenic area in China and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The 83-km-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is like a masterpiece. The landscape is decorated with rolling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, leisurely boats and is lined with bamboo. A poem says: "The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hair-pins".


Li River Cruise - The Best of Guilin and Yangshuo Highlights

Cruising on Li River is always a pleased thing. You can breathe the fresh air, feel gentle breeze and appreciate the fabulous landscape on both sides of Li River. In spring, tourists may stand on the front of a boat and let the mizzle falls onto their faces. It is really a wonderful experience.

"I have visited more than 80 countries and over a hundred cities. I have found that no city can surpass the beauty of Guilin. Guilin is really a bright pearl in China." said the former US president Richard Nixon. Besides, former US president Bill Clinton and George Bush, Comrade Deng Xiaoping and former Chinese president Jiang Zemin ever cruised on Li River.

Mostly the cruise starts from Zhujiang Wharf. It is about 40 minutes drive from Guilin city. And then 4 to 5 hours cruise will take you to a beautiful and sedate ancient city - Yangshuo.

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Explore Li River with Fun

Hiking along Li River:Li River Tour Route No.1Drive to Caoping Village and Hiking to Xingping, end up in Xingping.

This is kinds of adventuresome tour need to have enough energy; the one way trip will takes 7 hours totally, tourist can rent a car or taking the shuttle bus from Guilin Bus Station to Caoping Village, then follow the countryside path start your hiking trips. One the way to Yangdi, you will surrounding by Green Krast Mountains, and pass through a small village at the road side it is a good opportunity to get up close to the locals, and acknowledge about their life, if come here in the harvest season, you will see a picture of the whole family busy farming, some of them is cutting rice, and the other is working on threshing machine or take care of the rice stock which they will use as fertilizer in the coming season. Two hours later, your will get to Yangdi, a hill shapes like the horn of goat that present in the other side of Li River, than continue your trip, it will takes 5 hours from Yangdi to Xingping Village, more beautiful scenery is constantly present will feast your eyes and totally exceed expect. The terminals is Xingping Town, which is well-known for the Fishing village, walking around the town or refreshes yourself in the local restaurant with a cup of coffee or cold drink, than take a bus to Yangshuo or back to Guilin, enjoy your time there.
The 83-km-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is like a masterpiece. The landscape is decorated with rolling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, leisurely boats and is lined with bamboo. A poem says: "The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hair-pins".


Bamboo Boat Rafting from Yangdi:Li River Tour Route No.2Drive from Guilin to Yangdi, then to Xingping by Bamboo Boat.
There is an old saying-that Guilin scenery the is best in the world, especially for Li River, it totally length is 437km, and the most beautiful part is from Yangdi to Xingping, people can choose to hike or take the bamboo boat get to Xingping Town, it will cost 3hours by boat. You can take a shuttle bus from Guilin to Yangdi, and get off in last stop village, flowing the road which is leading to the deck; you will find out there are many bamboo rafts boarding at the riverside, find out one of the motor boat and negotiate price with the boatman, and than it’s time for enjoy the tour. The renowned site along the way to Yangdi is Yangdi Hill, Langshi Scenery, Nine Horse Painting, and Yellow Cloth Shadow; the boat can stop at any time in part of river at your request and find out a best shooting angle to take photos. When get off in Xingping and take the shuttle bus to Yangshuo or Guilin.


Boat Ride of Li River Downstream:Li River Tour Route No.3Yangshuo to Fuli Town by Boat.

The Li River which flows from Yangshuo to Fuli is in the down stream, some of the people prefer to enjoy this part of scenery due to the river is peaceful and clam, without too many engine noise. Tourist can take the shuttle bus from Guilin Bus Station to Yangshuo, it departure in every 20 minutes, then get off in Yangshuo Station, flowing West Street walk to the end, you will find difference size of boat boarding by the river bank, There are two types of boat, one is deluxe boat running by the local government, and the other is bamboo boat which is own by the local people. Choose one of your favorite transportation and start the trip. It will takes 2 hours with round trips.




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