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Li River (Li Jiang)
Li River (Li Jiang)

Li River (Li Jiang)

Free admission
East of Guangxi Zhuang

The Basics

For many visitors, a Li River cruise between Yangshuo and Guilin ranks as a highlight of any trip to the area. While it’s possible to transfer between the two towns along the river, it’s also a popular option for a day trip from Guilin; you might combine a Li River cruise with a bamboo raft excursion on the Yulong River and a tour of picturesque Yangshuo, with its old-style houses along West Street. Come nightfall, the Li River serves as a stage for Zhang Yimou’s dreamy Impression Sanjie Liu show in Yangshuo.

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Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
$109.00 per adult
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Well worth doing - at almost any...
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
Peter M, Oct 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Guilin

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Chillin in Guilin
janemelgar, Nov 2019
Full-Day Guilin Li-River Cruise and Yangshuo Xianggong hill Private Day Tour
This particular private tour suits for people who would like to take their time and enjoy the sights of this part of the country. We were not rushed. Liao, our tour guide was exceptional! We were able to have good conversations with him, his english is very clear and very knowledgeable in so many subjects. I would highly recommend Liao as your tour guide.
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Beautiful and peaceful boatride...
Gary L, Aug 2018
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
Beautiful and peaceful boatride tour. Box lunch was good. If I had more time in China I may have spent a night in Yangshuo. Transportation to boat and back from Yangshuo was well coordinated.
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It was one of my best Tours , the...
Lucy, Jan 2018
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
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 !
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Very nice cruise, the weather was...
Vincenzo P, Aug 2016
Bus Group Day Tour: Best Value Li River Cruise
Very nice cruise, the weather was horrible, showers and wind, but despite this, the experience was great. Very well organized tour guide, excellent English. I recommend!
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Our guide was excellent. His English...
Ildiko T, Oct 2016
Bus Group Day Tour: Best Value Li River Cruise
Our guide was excellent. His English was EXCELLENT! He was helpful and extremely knowledgeable.
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It is a beautiful place to visit. We...
Hardeep S H, Jun 2017
2 Days Guilin Tour with Private Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside Trip
It is a beautiful place to visit. We did both the city tour and the River cruse and both these were beyond our expectation. The lighting system inside the cave adds to the beauty. It is a must if you are in Guilin. The next day was river cruse and this too was equally good. Scenic view of the mountains surrounding the river is breath taking. Our guide Sherry was very knowledgeable and had good command of English. Our flight coming into Guilin was very late a norm for China and to her credit she had been checking with our hotel about our arrival and left us a message that since our flight is late we can have a late start of our city tour. Overall an excellent experience.
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It was amazing go through the Li...
Ana Filipa R, Oct 2016
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
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.
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Worthwhile trip, too bad it was so...
Al M, Oct 2016
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
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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Very nice tour. Relaxing and views...
Marcia W, May 2016
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
Very nice tour. Relaxing and views all around. Tour guide was exceptional and made sure all the highlights of the cruise were pointed out.
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The boat cruise was great and the...
Amy R, May 2017
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
The boat cruise was great and the scenery amazing. The guide was nice but somewhat disorganized. Overall, I really enjoyed the day.
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The boat was extremely nice and...
Christa J, Oct 2016
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
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)
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The landscapes are amazing, and also...
Alejandra Janet C, Mar 2016
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
The landscapes are amazing, and also the silver caves in Yangshuo, but you have to pay extra money to go there. The food and the boat are regular.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Li River is a must-see for first-time visitors and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

  • A typical Li River boat trip lasts four hours, while a full-day tour to Yangshuo from Guilin lasts upwards of eight hours.

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How to Get There

While the Li River is much longer than the 52-mile (83-kilometer) length connecting Guilin and Yangshuo, these two towns represent the most popular access points. Cruises depart from Mopanshan Dock in Guilin and Xingping Dock in Yangshuo.

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When to Get There

One of the best times to see the Li River is during autumn (September to November), when the weather is cool and dry. Cruises during the summer rainy season might be slightly shorter due to faster flowing water.

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Sights Along the Li River

The stretch of river between Guilin and Yangshuo is packed with notable attractions, including several natural landmarks. Rice terraces where water buffalo roam are punctuated by named karst formations like Elephant Trunk Hill, Nine Horses Painted Hill, and Yellow Cloth Shoal. Beneath the karsts lie fascinating cave systems, including Reed Flute Cave and Crown Cave.

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