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Li River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Guilin City Full-Day Private Tour

1. Guilin City Full-Day Private Tour

Situated on the west banks of the River Li, Guilin City has become one of China’s most popular cities for its stunning limestone karst rocks and curious caves. On this full-day sightseeing tour you will explore some of the city’s most fascinating natural landmarks, starting at Elephant Trunk Hill on the confluence of the Li River and Peach River. This symbol of Guilin takes its name from its resemblance to an elephant drinking water from the river. The popular site dates back more than 3.6 million years, and towers more than 180 feet (55 meters) above the green waters of the river. Continue to Fubo Hill. Partially submerged in the river, it was named for General Fubo of the Tang Dynasty, and was the site of his Mayuan Temple. Because of its height, the hill is said to tame the waves and stop surging waters, which then form whirlpools. Climb almost 350 steps for a bird's eye view of Guilin. The steps beside the Sword Testing Stone wind their way to the 1,000 Buddha Cave, site of more than 200 Tang Dynasty Buddha statues. Next, go to Reed Flute Cave to see beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, and stone flowers of various shapes, all glistening in colored lights. Finally, learn about pearl farming at the small South China Pearl Museum, where you’ll find stalls selling craft jewelry if you want to purchase a unique gift, before the transfer back to your hotel.

From Guilin: Full-Day Li River Cruise & Yangshuo

2. From Guilin: Full-Day Li River Cruise & Yangshuo

This excursion starts with a pick-up from your Guilin downtown hotel. Then, drive to the dock to board one of the best cruises on the Li River. Your guide will escort you and give you an introduction to all the different sights along the way. Sitting on the cruise ship, you will enjoy picturesque scenery along Li River. You will spend around 4-hours cruising along the Li River and lunch will be provided on the cruise ship. Upon arrival in Yangshuo, the tour guide will escort you for a stroll along West Street, the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1400 years but now the most modern and fashionable street with a unique mix of cultures. Visiting West Street, you will be surrounded by an array of traditional folk art and amazing international influences. Afterwards, drive back to Guilin and be transferred back to your hotel in Guilin to conclude the tour.

2-Day Guilin Trip

3. 2-Day Guilin Trip

Day 1 At 07:45, your English-speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Guilin and transfer you to Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise. Li River valley is around 47 miles (75 kilometers) away from the city of Guilin and the drive takes about 4 hours. You will join a small group for the Li River cruise and a enjoy delicious lunch on board. After soaking up the spectacular landscape of the Li River valley, you will disembark at Yangshuo and have the opportunity to stroll over the West Street, a 1,470-year-old street with Chinese-style architectures. If you wish to experience more in the area, there are optional Yangshuo local tours, such as bamboo rafting on the Yulong River or a tour to the Silver Cave, available at an additional expense. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Yangshuo which is not covered by this tour. Day 2 You will be collected from your Yangshuo hotel lobby at 08:00 and taken on a 2 hour drive back to Guilin. You will then visit the biggest and most beautiful park in Guilin: the Seven Star Park located at the eastern bank of Li River. Afterwards, you will continue on to the Reed Flute Cave which is over a quarter of mile (600 meters) long and takes about 50 minutes to explore. The cave is the most visited karst cave in Guilin and as you travel through it, you will see fantastic stalagmites, stalactites, stone curtains, stone pillars, and stone flowers. There are also 80 stone inscriptions in the cave covering many years of glorious history of China. Lunch will be provided at a local Chinese restaurant. After lunch, explore the Elephant Trunk, one of the most impressive attractions in Guilin, a huge elephant shaped formation mimicking an elephant drinking water by the river. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel in Guilin.

Guilin Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside Tour

4. Guilin Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Countryside Tour

Begin your day early in the morning as we pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Zhujiang Pier. From there, embark on your Li River cruise trip from Guilin to Yangshuo on our comfortable boat. Relax on the boat and take in the majestic scenery of the Li River. Glide along the water, with the hills and the rugged nature around you on all sides. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, dip your toes into the crystal clear water, see the buffalos swimming or eating water weed in the river, and the fisherman drawing the nets. Along the banks of the river, admire beautiful peaks, bamboo and rice fields, and quiet rural villages. Upon arrival in Yangshuo town, take a short rest before we get starting on our countryside cycling tour. Cycling around the Yangshuo countryside is one activity that is simply not to be missed during your time in Yangshuo. It's the best way for you to relax and enjoy the fantastic views without spending a whole day hiking and walking along the footpaths. This is a perfect tour for any travellers eager to explore as much of this beautiful region as possible! Itinerary: 08:20: Pick up from the hotel in Guilin to the Zhujiang pier 09:30-14:00: On the boat and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Li river 14:30-15:00: Arrive in Yangshuo town and short rest in West street. 15:00-17:30: Yangshuo Countryside Cycling - enjoy the Yangshuo scenery 18:00: Back to your hotel from Yangshuo or stay in Yangshuo

Full-Day Relaxing Li River Cruise Tour

5. Full-Day Relaxing Li River Cruise Tour

Join us on the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo - the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you a surprise at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, and school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery, life on the river is a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis. Your day will begin with a pick-up at 8:20 in the morning from the hotel in Guilin. From here you will travel to Zhujiang pier, where you will board the boat. The cruise lasts approximately 5-hours (from 9:00 - 14:00). During this time you will enjoy stunning scenery of the Li River. Finally, to finish the day, we will enjoy a wander through Yangshuo town and a roam down the famous West Street. Your day will end at approximately 4 pm, when you will be dropped-off back at your hotel.

Private 5 Days Tour to Yangshuo, Guilin, and Longji

6. Private 5 Days Tour to Yangshuo, Guilin, and Longji

With typical limestone famations, Yangshuo is located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southeast of Guilin City. The 63 km of the Li River that run through it exhibits the essence of the river's scenery. The local private boat tour is the highlight tour of Li River. In this way, you can be very close to the water, the hills and the nature. You can enjoy the picturesque landscape: feel the crystal clear water, see the buffalos swimming or eating water weed in the river, the fisherman drawing the nets. Along the two banks of the river there are beautiful peaks, pretty bamboos, nice rice fields, quiet villages. Located in Longsheng County, the Longji Rice Terraces are about 100 km (2 hours drive) from Guilin. The most popular are Ping An Rice Terrace and Jinkeng Rice Terrace. History of Longji Rice Terrace can be dating back to Yuan Dynasty, but most of the Rice Terrace were built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago. Itinerary: Day 1 Pick-up from Guilin airport and transfer to Yangshuo. Stay in Yangshuo Magnolia Hotel (driver only). Day 2 Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:30. Li-River cruise tour with a local private boat from Xingping--Yangdi-Xingping & Visit the Xingping old town & Laozhai Hill (8:30 to 16:00). In the evening, watch the Impress Liusanjie (18:30 to 21:20, including travel time). Stay in Yangshuo Magnolia Hotel. Day 3 Yangshuo Countryside Cycling tour & Yulong River Bamboo Rafting & Moon Hill (9:00 to 16:00). Stay in Yangshuo Magnolia Hotel. Day 4 Check out and go to Guilin, visit the Guilin Eelphant Trunk Hill & Reed Flute Cave & South Pearl Museum (9:00 to 16:00). Stay in Guilin Lakeside Inn or Riverside Inn. Day 5 Longji rice terrace day tour and drop off at Guilin airport for your flight (which must be no later than 17:00).

Yangshuo Li River Private Kayaking Tour

7. Yangshuo Li River Private Kayaking Tour

Originating in the Mao’er Mountains, the Li River was once one of China’s most important waterways, connecting the Yangtze Valley with the Pearl River Delta. Flanked by green karst hills, your tour today will get you out onto the water on a private kayak tour with an expert guide. The kayak tour lasts approximately 3-4 hours including transfers to and from Yangshuo Town. Once you have collected your kayak equipment, you will paddle along easy routes, traveling downstream. Set off from the ancient and peaceful town of Fuli near Mushan. Paddle your way south to Puyi. Although the karst formations rise less dramatically as the section between Yangdi and Xingping, this stretch of river is beautifully serene and suffers very little traffic. It is also an excellent opportunity to watch rural riverside life as fisherman work their nets and farmers bring their water buffalo to the river to feast on the water and reeds. Split your kayak adventure with a stop in Liugong, where you can pause for lunch and explore the sleepy riverside village, which dates back 800 years and appears untroubled by time. Climb back in your kayak and paddle back to Puyi, where a driver will be waiting for you to take you back to Yangshuo Town.

From Guilin: City Highlights Private Full-Day Trip

8. From Guilin: City Highlights Private Full-Day Trip

Start this Guilin city highlights tour with a pick-up from your hotel at 09:00. Your first stop will be at the most beautiful karst cave in Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave, a fascinating gallery of natural sculptures and rated as one of the top 4 tourist sites in the city. Illuminated by colored lights, the cave looks like a dazzling underground palace. Then, visit the Seven Star Park famous for its oddly-shaped peaks, stunning caves, clear waters and exquisite natural landscapes. Afterwards, the tour guide will be happy to recommend a nice local restaurant for you to enjoy local food. Continue the sightseeing to Fubo Hill, also named Wave-Subduing Hill, with half of the graceful peak of the hill in the river and the other half on land. Elephant Trunk Hill is a landmark of Guilin and highlight of the Li River, which resembles a giant elephant drinking water from the river. And between the elephant’s trunk and its body is a round cave called Water Moon Cave, which resembles a full moon drifting on the water. To conclude the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel or dropped off at the city center as per your request.

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What people are saying about Li River

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 47 reviews

A great Day in a unique place

We have spent a great day with Andy. First we had to drive around 1h to get to the place the Cruises depart and then spent 4h on the boat - fantastic landscape, time flies by with a small after lunch nap. Our boat was not too crowded compared to some others. Once arrived in Yangshou we enjoyed a cold drink before we started to explore the unique landscape around Yangshou. Our choice was for a motor scooter instead of a bike (it was extremely hot) and with Andy who knows every corner for a fantastic picture we were quite flexible also to reach longer distances. You need a guide to see in such short time so much as we did with Andy. The return to Guilin by car took us around an hour so we were back at our hotel around 1800. I can strongly recommend that tour with Andy who knows a lot and is very customer oriented.

Our tour guide Andy was very attentive and helpful, his English was excellent. The tour was perfectly organised, including assistance with fulfilling all the additional Covid19-related regulations The tour on the Li River is wonderful, Andy provided many interesting facts about the sights on the way, which we would have stayed unaware of as all information on the boat was only provided in Chinese. Altogether, a very enjoyable trip!


The tour is very nice, we had an excellent guide, he calls himself Felipe, he is educated, friendly and kind... We had just the right time for this tour since at night we took a flight and Felipe and his company achieved the perfect time, thanks

Very good tour and all perfect done

All important to see from the boat trip to the Xianggong terrace. Expensive but very exclusive and usefull.

Great tour and great guide. Perfect day and lots of useful information and recommendation