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One-Day Yangshuo and Li River Highlights Tour

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Yangshuo & Li River
FromUS$119
Yangshuo & Li River
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  • Guilin DepartureStart Time: 08:00
  • Yangshuo DepartureStart Time: 08:30

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Availability : Depart on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Max People : Max. 6 people in a group
Trip Overview

“East or west, Guilin’s scenery is best”, while Yangshuo’s scenery is the best of the best! The key, however, is finding the best way to see all the beautiful landscapes, and that’s what we will show you on this day trip. 

You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the amazing landscape of hills and river from the top of a mountain and you’ll drift along the beautiful and clear Li River, enjoying the natural scenery. What’s more, you’ll have a bicycle ride into a local village where rivers are flowing, birds are singing, and flowers are blooming. Just forget the hustle and bustle of the city, lose the burdens of everyday life, and pretend you are staying in paradise.

Highlights of the Day Trip

A view of the beautiful scenery of Yangshuo and the Li River from every angle.

  • Stand on a mountaintop and have a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking landscape.
  • Take a boat and drift along the Li River to admire the beautiful scenery.
  • Take in the sights along a picturesque country road when you enjoy a bicycle ride.
  • Walk into an ancient town on the Li River, the hometown of Chinese painted fans — Fuli Town — where you’ll discover this disappearing traditional Chinese handicraft.
The Design of the Day Trip
  • This well-designed itinerary makes full use of your day to fully enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
  • There is no shopping, there are no tricks, and no queueing to endure. Six participants take part in this mini group tour.
  • You can depart from Guilin or Yangshuo so there are no issues relating to hotel collection and drop-off points.
  • Our local professional English-speaking guide from Guilin will show you around, using his/her professionalism and passion to make sure you have a wonderful day.
Detailed Itinerary

The Day Before Your Day Trip

You’ll receive a telephone call from your tour guide before 9:30pm to let you know the exact collection time for your trip the next day.

If, for any reason, you don’t receive our email or get a telephone call from your guide, which has never happened before, please call our 24-hour hotline in Guilin at +86-18807734970, and we will rectify this.

Please Note:

The listed itinerary might be adjusted by your guide due to the weather, transportation or other reasonable situations based on your agreement.

8:00am–10:00amHotel Collection and Drive to Xianggong Hill

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 . He/she will hold a Trippest banner so that you recognize him/her immediately. 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, your tour group will head to the first destination — Xianggong Hill. It takes about 1½ hours (60 kilometers) to get there from Guilin while it only takes about 50 minutes to get there from Yangshuo County.

 Details about Your Transport:
  • If you stay in a hotel in Yangshuo County, the departure time is at about 8:30am–9am. The exact time will be given to you by your tour guide the day before your departure. Your driver will collect you from your hotel and drive to Xianggong Hill where you will meet your guide and the other tour members.
  • The free hotel collection and drop-off areas will be within the urban areas of Guilin and Yangshuo. For further distances, you can hire a taxi to the appointed hotel, please provide your hotel information in the booking form. For detailed pick-up and drop-off area, please read our FAQ.
  • Our drivers are licensed and have at least 5 years’ driving experience. This ensures you have a safe trip. Our vehicles are comfortable and spacious, being equipped with a safety belt on every seat, air conditioners, and an unlimited supply of bottled water.

10:00am–10:50amHave a Bird’s-Eye View of the Hills and the Li River from the Peak of Xianggong Hill

When you arrive at Xianggong Hill, your guide will get the entrance tickets for you.

After hiking along the steps for about 15 minutes, you will climb up to the peak of the hill where you’ll be taken aback by the amazing view of the beautiful karst landscape set as countless hills around the Li River. If you are a shutterbug, you can‘t miss this place. Tens of thousands of award-winning pictures were taken there. If you are lucky, you‘ll see the sea of clouds around the hills and rivers — it’s a wonderful view.

Details about the Hill Climb:

It is quite easy to climb this hill all the way to the peak, even for young kids. However, if you have trouble with climbing or if you have to use a wheelchair, it might be a bit challenging for you.

Steps to the top of the hill

10:50am–12:40pmEnjoy a Bicycle Ride in Yangshuo’s Countryside

After traveling for about 1 hour, you’ll arrive at the rural paths near the Yulong River.

Take a bicycle or an electric scooter ride along the beautiful countryside paths next to the Yulong River where the water flows silently, the birds are singing, and flowers are blooming. Watch the local farmers ride their ox carts as they plow the fields. Everything is so peaceful, harmonious, and perfect. Forget all your troubles while you feel like staying in paradise. What a perfect end to your day.

Details about the Bike Ride
  • There are two ways to visit the beautiful rural scenery, either on a bicycle or an electric scooter.
  • We recommend taking an electric scooter, which is the locals’ favorite form of transportation. It saves your energy so you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.
  • Don’t know how to ride an electric scooter? Don’t worry. Your guide will show you how to use one and it is easy to learn.
  • Of course, if you don’t want to use the electric scooter, you can take a normal bicycle, which is also a very interesting way to take in the surrounding scenery.

12:40pm–13:30pmHave Lunch at a Local Family-style Restaurant Named Secrect Garden

After visiting the countryside we’ll have our lunch at a local family-style restaurant named Secret Garden where you’ll have the chance to taste both the famous local’s favorite daily food and western food.

13:30pm–15:20pmDiscover the Traditional Chinese Handicraft of Painted Fans

After having lunch, ride about 40 minutes to reach another ancient town named Fuli. This village has a history of over 1,000 years and is famous for its traditional Chinese handicraft — Chinese painted fans. Discover how the local artists combine the crafts of Chinese painting, calligraphy, and fans together. You’ll even have the chance to make your own fan.

15:50pm–17:30pmTake a Raft Ride on the Most Popular Part of the Li River

After making painted fans, you will then take a 30-minute ride to Xingping Wharf where you will enjoy a private raft trip. You will drift along the most popular part of the Li River for about 1 hour, from Xingping to Nine-Horse Painted Hill and then back to Xingping.

On the raft, you will be close to the most beautiful river in China. As you sit on the raft and feel the cool breeze blowing on your face and see the hills on both banks and the clear river water underneath you, you’ll feel like you are in a Chinese painting.
Just let the time pause in the scenery to experience and enjoy this moment slowly.

If you have a 20 yuan note, look at the illustration on the back of it — it is the scenery that’s directly in front of your eyes.

Details about the Raft Ride
  • You will enjoy a private motorized raft trip along the most popular part of the Li River so that you can have a richer experience. Other groups take a 5-hour trip, which is a boring and noisy cruise, spent either sitting in the cabin or sharing a deck.
  • There are only four seats in each raft boat. Groups of less than 4 people share their raft with their guide. Groups of 4 people take one raft with no guide. Groups of over 4 people take two rafts, only one raft with a guide.
    So, your guide may not accompany you on the raft trip, but you will be accompanied by beautiful scenery all the way. As a consolation, many find words pale in front of such stunning views.

The raft boat and cruise boat

Important Notice:

For the safety reason, for aged people older than 70 years old or young children under 7 years old or under 120cm high or pregnant or handicapped are not allowed to take the Li river boat raft.

17:30pm–19:00pmTransfer Back to Your Hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo

After enjoying the beautiful Li River scenery in Yangshuo, your trip comes to an end.

You will be transfered back to your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo.

If you are staying in a hotel in Yangshuo, we can drop you off at the West Street which is a shopping street that’s famous for its unique combination of both Chinese and Western cultures. you can always browse this street by yourself . There is a huge choice of restaurants around West Street (both Western and local).

If you are staying in Guilin, your driver will take you back to Guilin (after dinner) and drop you off at your hotel. The journey will take about 1½ hours.

A Recommended Evening Show
  • We highly recommend you stay in Yangshuo during the evening and watch the famous performance called “Impression Liu Sanjie”. It is directed by the famous Chinese director, Zhang Yimou, who also directed the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
  • The show starts at about 8pm and lasts for 70 minutes. The ticket price for normal seats is 198 yuan (the tickets for normal seats usually not available due to the very limited seats) while the prices for VIP seats vary from 238 to 320 yuan.
  • If you want to watch this show, please feel free to ask your guide to help you book the tickets. He/she will escort you throughout the whole show before sending you back to your hotel in Yangshuo or Guilin. Your guide can also take you to West Street and find a restaurant for dinner (this isn’t included in the price).
  • Please note that if you stay in Guilin and decide to watch this show that means you agree to give up take our vehicle back to Guilin, there will be an extra coach fee of 30 Yuan for the public transportation from Yangshuo to Guilin.

Share Your Experiences

We welcome you to share your happy experiences of this day with your friends on your Facebook page or via TripAdvisor. This encourages more people to have the chance to see the beautiful scenery of Guilin and Yangshuo. Follow us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/trippest/ for updates and our trip photos. We hope to see you again soon.

Internet Access

Due to the state-controlled Internet security in China, many popular websites and apps are blocked, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and WhatsApp. This means you might not be able to visit your favorite sites and might not receive your emails and other important information. For this reason, we highly recommend you use a VPN service (NordVPN is recommended) before your trip to make sure you can get connected to the global Internet.

Schedule and Pricing
Departure Place Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
Guilin Departure $119 USD $109 USD Free
Yangshuo Departure $119 USD $109 USD Free
Important Notes:
  • This trip is NOT opened during the China National Day golden week from Oct. 1st to Oct. 7th.
  • Due to the cold weather in winter, this trip is NOT opened from Dec. 1st to Feb. 28th of coming year.
  • The listed itinerary might be adjusted due to the weather, transportation or other reasonable situations based on your agreement.
Price Inclusions
  • Admission to Xianggong Hill and Li River motorized raft trip.
  • Electric scooter or bike rental fee in Yulong River.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking local guide service.
  • Lunch at at a local restaurant.
Price Exclusions
  • The tickets for the Impression Liu Sanjie night show and the coach fee of 30 Yuan for the public transportation from Yangshuo to Guilin if you stay in Guilin and decide to watch this show.
  • Airport transfer.
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Your personal expenses.
FAQs

What is the hotel pick-up and drop-off area?

The hotel collection and drop-off areas will be within the urban areas of Guilin and Yangshuo.

In Guilin city, the hotel collection and drop-off area should be within the following area: the north side is Beijiguangchang/北极广场, the west side is West Hill Park/西山公园, the east side is Sanlidian Square/三里店广场 and the south side is Wonderful Plaza/万福广场. Most of the major hotels are located in these areas such as The Sheraton Hotel, The Shangri-la Hotel, The Li River Waterfall Hotel and Guilin Bravo Hotel etc.

For further distances, you need to hire a taxi to the appointed hotel which your tour guide will tell you the day before the trip.

A Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off Area Map of Guilin City

In Yangshuo town, the hotel collection and drop-off area should be within the urban area. For further distances, you need to hire a taxi to the Green Lotus Hotel (碧莲江景酒店).

What is your cancellation policy?

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for canceled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms of cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

What if I want to make a last-minute booking?

In order to make sure we have enough time to arrange your trip and make sure the availability we usually require customer make their booking at least 24 hours in advance and that’s why you can not book directly on-line for a 24-hour last-minute booking.
But that does not mean you have no chance to book a last-minute trip within 24 hours. For urgent booking, please make a phone call to us at: +86-18807734970 to check the availability (usually it is available ) or send an email (not recommended as you may not get the response immediately) at: inquiry@trippest.com

2 Reviews
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Linda H

Group Traveller

What a great day!
We booked One day Guilin and Jangshuo Highlight Trip and it’s a must do in Guilin! You get to see the craziest view, eat really good food in the place they take you (Secret Garden Hotel-omygod what a nice place!). Cycling around rice fields was really great and the cruize spectacular.
Although it was raining quite a lot that day, we had the perfect timing to do everything and our guide Chasen (Jason) made sure everyone was feeling ok. His english and knowledge are really admirable. Recommended!

2018-09-08

Yonca94

Group Traveller

Awesome day trips in a group of 4
I can highly recommend this trip! We booked two day trips in very short-notice and were given seats immediately. Our tour guide Lily was just perfect! She was so kind, caring and such a fun person to spend the days with. She also knew a lot about the culture and history of China/Guilin and taught us alot. The way she handled everything and cared for us showed much passion she put into her work.

Coming to the trips: The first trip to Yangshuo and the Li river was just amazing. It was a whole day trip which was perfectly planned from the beginning to the end of the day. We have seen so much and were amazed by every new place we explored.

The rice fields the next day were also incredibly beautiful. The hike was easy to do and the views were stunning, even when it was raining.
The food from the farmers place was so delicious and Lily made sure I could also have a lot to eat as a vegan.

All in all, these two days were perfect.

2018-08-20