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No.61 Zhongshan South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang, 541002, China
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Avoiding crowds on the Li River

by danchatman

I and some friends will be visiting Guilin in 2-3 weeks, and of course we're looking to experience the landscape, presumably from the river. However, we would prefer a more personal experience than being crammed on a huge tourist boat with a large number of people.
To experience the landscape, how necessary is it to sail the river? Is there a way to have an equal (or greater) experience by doing a land tour?

Also, I've heard that starting in Yangshuo and sailing east from there (not north toward Guilin) provides a comparable (if not better) view of the landscape. Has anyone done this?

Finally, is it possible to hire a boat and driver for an entire day? I'm interested in photographing the area, but I would prefer not to be confined to the tourist boat, and have plenty of freedom to go off the beaten path.

Thanks in advance,


Re: Avoiding crowds on the Li River

by Paolo-Italy

It will be a great experience... i did about 4 years ago, and have still thise images in my mind...

You'll find in all this small town agencies for the river tour, and i'm sure they will rent you a personal boat that would be a good experience...

See my Guilin page, i put there some photos :)

Have a nice trip,


Re: Avoiding crowds on the Li River

by mad4travel

From Yangshou you can do individual raft trips down the river, or get a small boat to one of the old nearby villages. Most hotels in Yangshou should be able to help you arrange this

Re: Avoiding crowds on the Li River

by tremendopunto

Between Xingping and Yangshuo you find the best part of the Li River. Try to avoid the big tourist titanics and choose the small boat for only 6 people.

On a bike tour around Yangshuo I took a float that you can hire along the branches of the Li River. I dont remember if this was the Jinbao?
But I enjoyed it very much because it was soooo quiet. And the landscape is magnificent, like everywhere around Yangshuo.

You certainly should do bicycle tours around the countryside of Yangshuo. You get bikes for 5 to 10 Yuan a day (at least during springtime). No need for guides because they will get you to tourist spots like the fake butterfly grottoe, which is completely artificial, made out of concrete;-)
Just get a map and go on your own exploration!

Happy Travels!

Re: Avoiding crowds on the Li River

by neverstoptravel

The highlight of Li River is between Xingping and Yangdi, you may rent a private van for a day from Yangshuo, then hike or take a boat/raft along Li River. More freedom!
Alternative way is hike, bike or raft along Yulong River in Yangshuo.

Re: Avoiding crowds on the Li River

by albaaust

I agree about hiring a guide. I would recommend that you spend the bulk of your time in Yangshuo. We hired a local guide and then discovered she had a pretty impressive resume. I have included her email on my travel page (Yangshuo)so you can organise it beforehand if you wished. I am sure that if you wanted to have a boat and driver to yourselves she could organise it. However, I would also suggest that you include some other forms of travel as part of your tour as well. I have included some of the itinerary we did on our travel pages so you if you have a look you will get the general idea.

Travel Tips for Guilin

Checking out the view from Duxiou Feng!!

by herzog63

After a great steep hike up the 152 meter Duxiou Feng (which means Solitary Beauty) you will be rewarded with some wonderful views of the area. You can tell that the land is quite flat and except for the many limestone pinnacles that rise out of the land. You can reach Duxiou Feng from from a bus outside the train station or if you're somewhere in the middle of the city it's not to bad of a walk to get there. 45 minutes to an hour.

70 000

by solopes

I don’t know if the announced number of 70 000 people descending Li river each day is correct or not. What I know is that we feel like being part of a long caravan, always with a couple of boats ahead and behind us.

70 000, with 100 people per boat makes 7000 boats, which seems too exaggerated, but, anyway, never count on a calm and lonely presence in the river.

Guilin - The Li river

by Luchonda

Guilin is located in the valley of the Li Jiang river - the north east part of the autonomous region Guangxi Zhuang and at the borders of Vietnam.
The Li river is a joy for the eye and my camera !

Seven Star Park

by SLLiew

This is part of the standard tourist itinerary in Guilin to visit the Seven Star Park.

There is a series of rocks called "Camel Rock" because it looks like an camel. The park has several grottos. The Seven Star grotto is a very touristy with color lights inside the cave to shine upon stalactite formations which resemble animals, plants or people depicting Chinese history legends, heroes or folktales.

Solitary Beauty Peak

by Willettsworld

Solitary Beauty Peak is regarded as the king of the all the Guilin Peaks and is located within the walls of the Jingjiang Princes City to the north of the city centre. Standing 152 meters above the ground, this peak has been a major scenic site in Guilin since ancient times and is renowned as the 'Sky-Supporting Pillar in the South'. Composed of limestone from the shallow sea sediment biochemistry about 350 million years ago, the peak got its name from the famous line in Southern Dynasty (420-589 A.D.) literature, 'none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty'. A stone stair of 306 steps will lead you to the top of the peak, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Guilin City. Here, you will also find the famous Solitary Beauty Pavilion. There are a number of caves on the mountain slopes, the inner and outer walls of which are covered in inscriptions from the Tang (618-907) and Qing (1644-1911) eras.


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