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Little Li River (Yulong River)
Little Li River (Yulong River)

Little Li River (Yulong River)

Yangshuo, Guilin

The Basics

Cruising down the Yulong River in a bamboo raft with poles offers an experience that’s serene when compared to the motorized rafts and boats used on the Li River, but you also bump over weirs, or small dams. Historical points of interest include the villages of Xiatang and Jiuxian villages, and Yulong, Fuli, and Xiangui stone bridges.

While cruising on a bamboo raft is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the Yulong River, many enjoy hiking or biking along the river. Try all three over a course of a half-day or longer guided tour and enjoy the river and countryside without worrying about navigating. For multi-day tours, additional activities such as rock climbing or a cooking school can be added.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Yangshuo

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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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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 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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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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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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Gary was a fabulous guide. He was...
Laurie N, Nov 2015
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
Gary was a fabulous guide. He was friendly, informative and funny. Gary's English was very good. I would highly recommend.
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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.
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I was very impressed with the Li...
Eileen F D, Nov 2014
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
I was very impressed with the Li River Tour in Guilin. It was well organised and we had a very good tour guide by the name of Susie. I like all Viator tours as they ensure pick up from the Hotel and return to the Hotel. This is now my fourth tour taken with Viator and if I return to China I will always tour with Viator. Your Sincerely, Eileen Duron.
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The tour was very very nice and Alan...
Emily K, Jul 2014
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
The tour was very very nice and Alan the tour guide was very kind and helpful.. The bamboo raft cruise on the river was amazing
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The boat trip on the Li River is...
Diego D, Aug 2014
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo including Lunch
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.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hiking, biking, or rafting the Yulong River is a must-do for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and photographers.

  • Check individual tours for age restrictions on riding on a bamboo raft.

  • Grab a bite to eat or a cold drink at one of the floating restaurants along the river.

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How to Get There

The Yulong River connects to Li River just south of Yangshuo and is easily visited from Yangshuo. Most of the Yulong River is within the newly created Yulong River Park, which restricts motorized traffic. Those entering other than on foot or bike will have to exit their transport and purchase tickets for a shuttle bus that runs within the park.

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When to Get There

The Yulong River can be visited year-round, but it’s most popular April through October due to the sunny, warmer weather. Some people may find the heat uncomfortable for hiking or biking at the height of summer (June through August). Rafting runs year-round.

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Popular Rafting, Biking, and Hiking Routes

The three most popular rafting routes along the Yulong River are from Jinlong Bridge to Jiuxian Village (about 2.5 hours), Chaoyang Wharf to Gongnong Bridge (about two hours), and from Chaoyang Wharf to Shui edi Dock (about one hour). Most bike tours along Li River take between two and four hours. The most popular section for hiking is between Yulong Bridge and Gongnong Bridge, and takes about two hours.

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