Li River Cruise Full Day Tour Of Guilin And Yangshuo

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
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  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Tour departs from Guilin hotels
    Dates: Daily
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 camera for the majority of the sightseeing tour! After some local, fresh catches for lunch on the way to Yangshuo, you will have the opportunity to indulge in a bit of shopping and maybe pick up some real bargains in pearl and jade, or fine Chinese paintings.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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On this full day sightseeing tour from Guilin you'll be cruising upriver for four hours, sitting in cushioned comfort in the main cabin or enjoying the open-air viewing platform. Bring lots of film because this cruise along the Li River is a photographer's dream, and you'll want to capture the dramatic landscapes that Chinese artists have been painting for centuries.

Lunch will be served onboard, with local favorites and fresh catches from the Li River. Your destination is the village of Yangshuo, where you'll disembark and stroll amid the colorful, bustling marketplace of local street vendors. After you stretch your legs and see the sights, it's a bus trip back to Guilin to see the farms and countryside away from the river. The trip doesn't end here, because you also get a choice of shopping stops and some real bargains in pearl and jade, or fine Chinese paintings.

If you choose not to return back to Guilin right away, you will also have the opportunity to partake in some exciting afternoon activities in Yangshuo (at your own expense):

  • Biking tour: USD $25
  • Rafting tour of Yulong river: USD $35
  • Night tour of the Four Lakes: USD $35
  • Yaoshan highlights: USD $40
  • Rice terrace field tour: USD $70
  • Impression Sanjie Liu night show: USD $40
Please note that if you choose to do any of these activities, you will have to return to Yangshuo on your own. Your guide will be more than happy to help you arrange transportation back to Yangshuo.


Biking tour: USD $25Rafting tour of Yulong River: USD $35Night tour of the Four Lakes: USD $35Yaoshan highlights: USD $40Rice terrace field tour: USD $70Impression Sanjie Liu night show: USD $40


Professional guide

Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo

Bus from Yangshuo to Guilin


Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop off

Local taxes



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants must sit on laps

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

Traveler Reviews

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  • 11-Nov-2019

    Cruise of Li River was enjoyable and relaxed. Tour guide 'Shoppin' (probably spelled wrongly) had a huge amount of organisation to contend with given the multiple nationalities on board … the vast majority being Chinese . The first optional tour to Shiwai Taoyuan was less interesting and more of a gap filler - although it did have cultural routes it was more touristy in nature. The second optional tour to the Sanjie Liu Show was really very good ...only marred by a problem allocating seats at the event. However; we did see the show and enjoyed it tremendously … and the tour operator kindly refunded the cost in its entirety as a gesture of good faith given the issues we had at the event. This more than compensated for the issues and means I have no issue in recommending the tour operator again. All in all a good and busy day .

  • 12-Aug-2018

    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.

  • 31-Jul-2018

    Very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended. Absolutely beautiful scenery.

  • 01-May-2018

    This tour gets five stars from many reviewers but that would be due to the spectacular scenery, not the tour itself. The Li river cruises is big business. There were thousands of people going on boats simultaneously with us and the tickets are expensive. This wasnt even peak season. It became obvious the business is there and the incentive for tour companies to do a good job is not there. People come anyhow.

    1. We were not contacted about pickup until 9 pm the night before and even then it was confusing. The fist caller said we would be picked up from our hotel. A second caller, ten minutes later said we had to go somewhere else to be picked up, so a third phone call finally confirmed hotel pickup, which was on time.

    2. There was a 90 minute bus drive to where we boarded the boat. This time was used by our guide to talk incessantly and loudly in Chinese despite the fact most passengers were not Chinese. There was very little said in English. He talked without break the whole trip and a lot of what he said was promoting merchandise he wanted to sell. I actually saw people with their fingers in their ears to try and escape his talking.

    3. The guide did speak English and very fast but most of what he said was impossible to understand. Those who dont speak English as a first language would have understood nothing.

    4. Even on the boat the loud announcements continued with the ship photographer promoting his services. This was all in Chinese.

    5. There was an add on tour after the boat ride which we told once were were on the ship. It appeared interesting enough but we just couldnt cope the guide talking anymore and opted out, even though the price was not that high. This, however meant that the tour company didnt provide transport back to Guilin and it was up to us to find the bus station which is a 45 minutes walk out of town in order to find and pay for a public bus back.

    6. This 10 hour tour is really a half day tour. If you dont take up the additional tour in the afternoon it is all over by 1.30.

  • 08-Apr-2018

    Beautiful cruise down the Li River!

  • 30-Mar-2018

    I very much recommend this tour - a must if you go to Guilin!

  • 31-Jan-2018

    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 !

  • 14-Jan-2018

    This is likely the most touristy I have ever felt. The process of getting to the river and on the boat was ok. These boat cruises are very big business and you will be on one of about 15 very large boats. Despite the not so ideal process of navigating the masses to board, this is still an experience to do! The views from the boat were absolutely amazing and the cruise is quite long so the hubbub up front is worth it. I would vigorously suggest bringing some snacks/lunch as the meal served on the boat was pretty gross and I'm not that picky in foreign countries. We did an after tour in the village that was pretty touristy as well but we enjoyed it and would do it again. Get your snacks and water and go for it!

  • 29-Oct-2017

    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

  • 28-Sep-2017

    Don't choose this tour! First of all, no hotel pick-up as it was promised. The guide called the hotel a day before of the tour and we had to be at a different place at 8:00am expressing to be there 10 minutes in advance. But we had to wait until 8:40 am! The bus was broken they said. But they could still inform us by a call.
    I trust the reviews but didn't notice they are mostly old ones. Apparently many things changed: it is clearly mentioned a minivan in the tour specifications. But they came with a big touring bus, more than 30 people.
    Also, the lunch is a very simple microwave box while it is written in the text that you will enjoy a fresh catch and nice food.
    In general the tour was not organized at all and we suffered it. For example, they asked us to pay 50 RMB to be on the second floor of the cruise in order to enjoy a better view. We paid and only in the boat, the guide said we either need to sit separate upstairs or we should sit downstairs. We were so angry after all that we asked to call a taxi and take us back to Guilin. However, she finally arranged the seats.

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