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Li River Tours

Along the banks of the Li River as it winds south from Guilin, dramatic karst peaks, dense vegetation, and the winding river itself create magical vistas that loom large in the Chinese imagination, having inspired art and verse for centuries. From Guilin to Yangshuo, there’s never a dull stretch along China’s most beautiful river.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with Liusanjie Show, Guilin, null
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Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with Liusanjie Show

Enjoy this full-day tour from Guilin to Yangshuo. See the Liu Sanjie Show, the picturesque village of Yangshuo, and sail along the Li River. Tour concludes in ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $173.00
Private Li River Day Tour Including West Street, Guilin, Lunch Cruises
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Private Li River Day Tour Including West Street

Take this Li River Cruise for eye-feasting picturesque scenery of bamboo groves, towering peaks, water wading buffaloes and villages that frequently graces ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Private Day Tour of Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Sightseeing From Guilin, Guilin, Day Trips
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Private Day Tour of Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Sightseeing From Guilin

With its charming landscape of a verdant river and soaring mountains, Guilin continues to attract and mesmerize travelers from all over the world. Take this ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Private Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Sightseeing from Gullin, Guilin, Day Trips
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Private Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Sightseeing from Gullin

Apart from China's history and heritage, how about seeing something different yet still an outstanding element of China? Something intoxicating awaits you in ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
One-Day Li River Cruise with Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo, Guilin, Lunch Cruises
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One-Day Li River Cruise with Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo

Visit some of the most popular attractions on the water in Guilin with this guided, 1-day Li River cruise and bamboo rafting adventure. From the Yulong River, ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00
Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo, Guilin, Day Trips
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Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo

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Take a day trip from Guilin along the impressionable Li River, twisting and turning through lush Chinese landscape that will have you 'snap happy' with the ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.99
Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Day Tour from Guilin, Guilin, Day Cruises
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Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Day Tour from Guilin

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This small-group tour leads you to experience the classic and unforgettable cruise along Li River for 4 hours. It is one of the must-do highlights in ...  Read more

Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Guilin and Yangshuo Day Tour with Li River Cruise and Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, Lunch Cruises
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Guilin and Yangshuo Day Tour with Li River Cruise and Reed Flute Cave

Enjoy an upstream cruise on the Li River and be exposed to the indescribable beauty and scenery surrounding it through this day trip tour. Twisting and turning ...  Read more

Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Impression Sanjie Liu Show with Private Transfer from Yangshuo, Yangshuo, Private Day Trips
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Impression Sanjie Liu Show with Private Transfer from Yangshuo

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Experience a spellbinding performance of the 'Impression Sanjie Liu' show directed by the world-famous director, Zhang Yimou. With the stage set right on the ...  Read more

Location: Yangshuo, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Full-Day Tour in Guilin and Yangshuo with Li River Cruise, Guilin, Theater, Shows & Musicals
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Full-Day Tour in Guilin and Yangshuo with Li River Cruise

Take a day trip from Guilin along the impressionable Li River. Twisting and turning through lush Chinese landscape that will have you happy with the camera for ...  Read more

Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.00

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