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The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of Guilin tour. Join into a group to take Li River cruise is the best way for free individual travellers. Our English speaking tour guide will pick you up at 8:00 from your hotel and transfer to Zhujiang pier in the morning. The cruise ends in Yangshuo. Free in Yangshuo in the afternoon or you can join Yangshuo countryside tour programs in the after noon. Our tour bus will wait for you in Yangshuo, and come back to Guilin in about 18:00.
   
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Tour Arrangement
 
Pick you up at 8:00 from your hotel and transfer to Zhujiang pier in the morning. The cruise ends in Yangshuo. Free in Yangshuo in the afternoon or you can join Yangshuo countryside tour programs ( price exclude ) in the after noon. Our tour bus will wait for you in Yangshuo, and come back to Guilin in about 18:00.

The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River become one of China's top tourist destinations.

The trip starts from the Zhujiang pier abou 30 km away from Guilin downtown area. The river trip is over 63 kilometers long and is estimated to take more than 4 hours. The eye-feasting landscape and country scenery will never disappoint you.

The follows are the major sceneries:

Half-Side Ferry (Ban Bian Du)

Not very far from the Crown Cave on the western bank, a huge rock descends into the river and cuts off a footpath by the water edge. Villagers have to take a ferry to reach the other side and continue the way. So, this spot gets its name Half-Side Ferry (for usually ferry means to transport people by boat across a body of water and reach the opposite bank)

From Yangdi to Xingping

Down stream from Yangdi to Xingping, the river passes an endless procession of distinct peaks and bamboo groves and the stunning landscape. This part is the highlight of the cruise. Pinnacled peaks pop up and surprise visitors at each bend of the river. Water buffalos patrol on the fields; ducks paddle in the waters; peasants reap paddies in front of village houses; fishermen use the cormorants to catch the fish and return them to the boat and kids go home singing songs. All these create an idyllic and beautiful scene of the life removed from concrete cities.

A reputed attraction is Mural Hill, a 100-meter-high cliff face, which has been weathered and has stratified rock surface in various shades of colors. It is rumored that the colors present nine horses and a person who can identify them out is considered smart. Legendary stories are given to hill rocks and peaks and it is a delightful experience to appreciate the stunning landscape while listening to tour guide's interpretation of the stories behind it.

Fisherman and cormorants

Cormorant fishing was one of the typical traditional fishing method on the Li River. But it becomes a show for tourists. Cormorants are good sized birds who enjoy diving underwater in search of fish. Fishermen use the cormorants to catch the fish and return them to the boat. The fisherman drive the birds into the water where they dive below the surface in search of fish. When the birds catch a fish they return to the boat and the fisherman removes the fish from their throat and places it in the basket. The secret is that the fisherman places a cord around the bird's neck to keep the bird from swallowing the fish.

Water Buffalo

You will see buffalos gazing along the river bank or patrolling on the fields. They seem to be indispensable friends of peasants, especially for kids.

Yellow Cloth Shoal

Boating downstream southward from the Mural Hill about 500 meters, peaks become steep and the river become wide and quiet. A huge yellow flagstone lying under the limpid waters can easily be seen. It is like a cloth piece and people called it Yellow Cloth Shoal. There are seven green peaks standing nearby. A legend goes that the seven peaks are fairy girls from the heaven who took baths in the river. Enthralled by the charming scene, they stayed here and become into the peaks. With verdant bamboos, the green peaks under the blue sky reflected on the quiet waters create a spectacular scene. Sometimes, people doubt they see boats floating on hill tops. Many Chinese paintings and poems present this charming scene and tourists run out of their films for it.

Xingping

The river takes a big turn at Xingping and endowed with beautiful and poetic scenery. It has been reproduced in many Chinese landscape paintings. Even the newly-issued 20 RMB note has the scenery on its back. A photographer once said: 'Shots from any perspective for this place turn to be impressive and stunning'.

A 'village' on the river bank is worthy a visit. Chinese call it a 'village' because of the fact that nowadays it is inhabited by villagers. Actually, it is an age-old castle complex survived from over 500 years ago. Although some courtyard buildings have weathered through ages, the simple but elegant flying-eaves, roofs with colorful paintings, lattice windows and unique timber structures present the folk residence from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The villagers have the same surname of Zhao, so it is rumored that they are descendents of the imperial family in the Song Dynasty. Both Dr. Sun Yet-sun, the pioneer of China's democratic revolution and US president Clinton paid a visit to the village on their visits to Li River.

Yangshuo

Li River cruise makes the small town known to foreigners. Located some 90 kilometers south of Guilin City, this town is the downstream end of the cruise but not the least. The enchanting fairyland of Yangshuo is renowned as the best in Guilin.

The town is very small that everyone will know you after one month. The West Street in the town lined with western cafes, restaurants and hotels is the best choice for people who want to explore Chinese life.

Yangshuo is a great place for hikes and cycling excursions. There's no doubt that taking a close-up exploration to the country villages, you will have a taste of the rural life. One thing surprised us is the one-hour bamboo raft trip along Yulong River. Few poeple expect the scenery to be such a paradise.
 
 
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6 and above 70    
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Inclusions
 
  1. Traffic expenses
  2. tour bus transportation pick up from your hotel and go back to Guilin
  3. Li River cruise ticket
  4. Show in the village
  5. Traditional show of local minority.
  6. Lunch
  7. Lunch on boat.
  8. Guide Service
  9. English speaking tour guide.
Exclusions
 
  1. accommodation: No hotel expense.
  2. Charge of arrival and departure The international or domestic air / train charge of arrival and departure.
  3. Personal Expenses Expenses of a personal activities not indicated, optional activities or country tour expenses in Yangshuo.
  4. Optional Programs Optional programs which are not specified in the above itinerary.
  5. Tips to guides and drivers Suggested tips: USD10-14 to guide per day, USD 8-10 to driver per day, but depending on their service, it's up to you, entirely voluntary.
Note
 
SIC stands for Seat in Coach. Guests who participate our SIC tour will share bus and guide service with other clients. Our coach and guide will go from hotel to hotel to pick up guests who signed up the tour for the day. Only English-Chinese speaking guide provided for SIC tour, our guide will take you to all the scenic spots as what listed in the Itinerary.


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