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Outside of town, which is the reason you will be here, the karst landscape becomes even more surreal and other-worldly. Take a bamboo-raft ride or cycle through the dreamy valleys and you’ll see. And with the best hotels and guesthouses immersed in the surrounding countryside or plonked next to sublime river views, there is less reason to base yourself in Yángshuò town itself.

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Li River Cruise Full Day Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo

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 $40Please 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.

$115 Cultural & Theme Tours

Longji Rice Terraces, Mountain Village Small-Group from Guilin

8 am – 10 am: Hotel pick-up and drive to the Ancient Zhuang Village Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel’s lobby or other appointed location at the agreed time, which is usually 8 am.  You’ll join a group with no more than six members, which is a great size to ensure you enjoy a better travel experience. After collecting all the members, we will head to our first destination — Ancient Zhuang Village of Longji. 10:30 am – 12 am: Visit the Ancient Zhuang Village of Longji Longji Terraced Fields is located in Longsheng county of Guilin city, covering 6 villages with a history of more than 2,000 years. The local Zhuang and Yao people have been farmed this mountainous fields day after days and year after years for their hard living. The Ancient Zhuang Village is the origin of the Zhuang people’s terraced fields. The highest altitude of the village is about 1,300 meters while the lowest altitude here is 350 meters. The terraced fields here look magnificent! 12 am – 13 pm: Hike from the Ancient Zhuang Village to Ping’an Village After admiring the beautiful terraced fields scenery in the viewpoint of Slender Ditch you will hike to another famous village – Ping’an Village from here. This hike takes about 1 hour to complete about 8 kilometers' distance.  13 pm – 14 pm: Lunch at Beidong’s Family Bamboo Rice You will have lunch at a local farmer's family where you'll have the chance to taste delicious local featured food – the bamboo rice and some other minority food. 14 pm – 14:30 pm: Visit the viewpoint of Seven Stars with the Moon After lunch, you’ll start a visit to the most famous village in Longji – Ping’an Village. You’ll see the most beautiful and magnificent terraced fields scenery in Longji! Many world-awarding pictures were taken in this village. 14:30 pm – 15 pm: An interview with a Yao lady wearing long hair After visiting the Seven Star with Moon viewpoint we'll interview an old Yao lady with long hair come from another village nearby to discover another ethnic group – the Yao people with red clothes and their featured long hair culture for women. In their culture girls only allow having their hair cut for two times in their whole life.  15 pm – 16 pm: Visit the viewpoint of Nine Dragons and Five Tigers After interviewing the Yao lady, you'll go to the most beautiful viewpoint – Nine Dragons and Five Tigers. This viewpoint is absolutely the most highlight of the day! 16 pm – 18 pm: Drive back to Guilin or Yangshuo The trip comes to the end after visiting the viewpoint of Nine Dragons and Five Tigers.  You’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo safely.

$88 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Tour: Best Value Li River Cruise

You will be picked up from your downtown Guilin hotel in the morning along with fellow visitors to catch the Li River cruise boat. It is an approximately 45 minutes ride from downtown Guilin to Zhujiang/Mopanshan Pier where you will board the cruise boat. Seats of the cruise are preassigned on a first-come-first-serve basis at time of your booking for this tour. The cruise boat sails downstream from Guilin at 9:30am to arrive in Yangshuo at 1:30-2:00pm. While sitting in the comfortable cabin of your cruise boat, enjoy classic watercolor painting like scenery of lush bamboo forests, rolling karst hills, and steep cliffs along Li River banks as well as the authentic Chinese countryside filled with rice fields, farmhouses, water buffaloes, fishing boats, cormorants, mountain goats, and school children on local ferry.A simple lunch will be served on-board. You may choose to try some fresh catches from the river at your own expense. Upon arriving in Yangshuo in the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the West Street and local market, a good opportunity to shop for souvenirs. There are also optional tours in Yangshuo such as a countryside tour, bamboo rafting on Yulong River, Silver Cave, or Shangri-La Theme Park. Costs for these optional tours are not included.If you choose not to join any of the optional tours, you can just wait for the group in Yangshuo at an appointed time.At around 6:00pm, you will be transferred back to your hotel in downtown Guilin via coach service for about 1.5 hours. The exact return time is subject to change based on traffic condition. If you are going to stay in Yangshuo and not back to Guilin, please bring your luggage with you. Your guide will show you how to go to your hotel on-foot through the walking street or by local shuttle service (shuttle cost is not included). Our service will end here.

$86 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Group Day Tour from Guilin

You will be met at your hotel lobby between 8:00am to 8:30am. Join in a group tour to the pier. Embark on a deluxe cruise and enjoy the picturesque scenery along Li River for about 4 hours.Chinese lunch will be served on board around noon. Just enjoy the delicious food while being amazed by the beautiful natural scene. The cruise will pass by Xingping Old Town at 1:00pm and reach Yangshuo Pier at 1:30pm. Yangshuo is a historical Chinese town of over 1,000 years with Western influences.Upon arrival, you will have some free time to explore Yangshuo on your own. Your local guide will let you know the pickup time and location. You could choose to stroll along the West Street.When the tour is concluded, if you choose to stay in Yangshuo, your guide can provide direction to your hotel in Yangshuo. If you are going back to Guilin, you will be picked up at the designated location and transferred back to Guilin. Estimated time of arrival at 6:30 pm.

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Yangshuo to Xianggong Mountain Private Day Tour with Boat Ride

Xianggong Mountain is located on the west bank of Li River between Huangbu Shoal and Nine-Horse Mural Hill. An ascent of the hill is rewarded with a bird's eye view of the Li River winding through countless peaks. A good number of photographers are attracted to Xianggong Mountain by its light and shadow, a sea of clouds, and amazing morning glow at sunrise. One photographer from Guilin has won a bronze medal at the 10th international Photography Exhibition for his photographic works created here.Yulong River, famed as little Li River, is the biggest branch of Li River in Yangshuo county. Apart from the incredible landscape that rivals Li River, Yulong River especially owns a more peaceful and vivid scenery with ancient villages and bridges along with daily life scenes of local people.Itinerary:9:00am to 11:30am: From Guilin/Yangshuo hotel to Yangshuo Xianggong Mountain11:30am to 12:30am: Visit Xianggong mountain12:30am to 1:30pm: Rest or lunch at Yangshuo West Street2:30pm to 3:40pm: Yulong bamboo boat ride (Children must be 5 years or older. Kids under 5 years can’t take the bamboo boat.)3:40pm to 5:00pm: Back to Guilin hotel or stay in Yangshuo

$525 Day Trips & Excursions

Yangshuo 5-Day Small-Group Bike Adventure with Cooking Class

Day 1:  Arrive in Guilin/ Transfer to Yangshuo. When you arrive in Guilin, you’ll be picked up from the airport or train station and taken to your Yangshuo hotel. You'll meet your guide and we'll discuss the upcoming ride and take you on an orientation around Yangshuo.  Enjoy free time to explore the bright lights and bustling restaurants, bars and cafes in the town centre at your guide’s suggestions. Day 2: Cycle to XingPing (B,L). Guided by a local expert, you cycle north out of Yangshuo through some of the bigger karst mountains in the area. The day starts with winding uphill as you navigate your way from flat land rice plots and bamboo-lined rivers through rice-terraces, tea plantations and orange orchards several hundred metres above the Li River Valley. There’s a great downhill to the banks of the Li River, along which you’ll cycle, before crossing by local ferry to Xingping and your lodgings for the night. Day 3: Cycle to Yulong River Valley (B,L) . Today we cycle from the Li River Valley to picturesque Yulong River Valley.  We’ll visit the 500 year old Dragon and Fuli Bridges before stopping for a local lunch in an ancient village. The cycling takes us off-road again on single track and dirt roads through rice fields and by the Yu Long River. The scenery here is out of this world and everything deserves a photo! With options to head straight for our stay in renovated farmers cottages in the village of Chao Long or a swim in the river.  Day 4: Cycle to Yangshuo/ Optional Climbing, Caving or Cooking Class (B,L). Today we’ll hit the road for a short ride back to the hotel in Yangshuo. Today is devoted to climbing (or the activity of your choice). Yangshuo has a developing international reputation for the quality of the rock-climbing, so we have included a half-day rock-climbing session. It does not matter if you are a novice or professional climber, these guys can and do cater to all levels. Note: If rock-climbing is not your thing, you are most welcome to replace it with either: a hike through one of the caves with a local guide or a half-day course at a cooking school. Day 5: DepartureToday is departure day and you are free to leave at anytime. We’ll organise a transfer to connect with your onward travel. If you wish to stay longer to soak up Yangshuo’s unique atmosphere and activities check out our Yangshuo options page or chat to us about the possibilities on offer.