Yangshuo River cruises (Li River Park)

There are several different Yangshuo river cruises to do on the Li River. Let’s see what we recommend. The most popular is without a doubt the Guilin Yangshuo cruise but this is not the only one. The best part of the Li River is renamed: Li River Park

Guilin – Yangshuo river cruise

The river cruise from Guilin starts not in Guilin itself but at the Zhujiang wharf, which is a 40 minutes drive south of Guilin city center. Here you will board one of the many cruise ships.

The Guilin Yangshuo river cruise
The Guilin Yangshuo river cruise

Boats depart at 9:30am, it takes 4 to 5 hours on for the cruise which include lunch on the boat. you will arrive at Yangshuo wharf around 1:30pm. The closer you come to Xingping and later to Yangshuo the more spectacular the scenery becomes.

During high season it can be very busy on the river. It’s why we recommend the Yangdi – Xingping river cruise.

Of course we can help you organizing your Guilin to Yangshuo cruise,click here to ask Jessie.

Early morning at the Li River from Yangdi to Xingping
Early morning at the Li River from Yangdi to Xingping

Yangdi – Xingping river cruise (the Li River Park

The Yangdi – Xingping river cruise does partly the same part of the Li river as the Guilin –  Yangshuo cruise boats do. The difference is that you leave in the very early morning before the cruise boats from Guilin come in. You will have the whole river for yourself except some locals who are fishingand water buffaloes having a bath.

Water Buffaloes have a bath in the Li River
Water Buffaloes have a bath in the Li River

Our tours include a half day boat cruise starting at 6AM with a taxi ride to Yangdi where you board a small boat. Apart of some fishermen and farmers you will see no one either on the water or on land.

Close to Xingping at the Li River
Close to Xingping at the Li River

The boat rides takes about an hour and a half. In this time you will see slowly the early morning mist moving for the light of day. Buffaloes may have a bath, fishermen catch their fish for the day and you drift to Xingping.

Of course we can help you organizing your Yangdi to Xingping cruise,click here to ask Jessie.

Xingping – Nine Horse Fresco Hill

The one hour return trip from Xingping to Nine Horse Fresco Hill is a short trip one one of the most beautiful and dramatic parts of the Li River Park. The trip takes, as said one hour, and is certainly worth the effort.

Yangshuo – Puyi river cruise

The Li river from Yangshuo to Puyi is largely unexplored by most travelers. Still, this part of the Li River has much to offer, from spectacular sceneries to villages worth to explore.

Liugong on the way from Yangshuo to Puyi
Liugong on the way from Yangshuo to Puyi

Although you can get a motor raft in Yangshuo, these rafts will never go as far as Puyi. The rafts going that far will only leave from Mushan jetty. And in Yangshuo there are no boats doing this trip.

Yangshuo to Puyi

Thus you have to take a taxi (or cycle) to Mushan and board here. You have to arrange in advance as there are seldom motor rafts or boats immediately available. The trip can take a few hours and it is worth to get off the boat or raft to explore some places along the way.

Of course we can help you organizing your Yangshuo to Puyi cruise,click here to ask Jessie.