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Li River Cruise

Listed under River Trips in Guilin, China.

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A famous saying in China is that "Guilin has the best scenery in China, and Yangshuo has the best of that." It is no wonder then that the Li River Cruise, which goes from Guilin to Yangshuo, is a hugely popular river trip with both domestic and foreign tourists, and with visiting dignitaries. Even Bill Clinton included one back in 1998.

The cruises leave from the Bamboo Wharf south of Guilin from 09:30 each morning and take about 3-5 hours to reach Yangshuo. The duration depends on the water level. Too little or too much and the trip takes longer. Lunch is served on-board.

The cruise passes some truly amazing karst mountains, including those depicted on the reverse of a 20 Yuan note. Visitors can also enjoy life by the river side with plenty of water buffalo, ducks, fisher folk and laundry ladies. Most opt to enjoy these scenes from the uncovered upper viewing deck, so sun (or rain) protection is advised.


Generally all year except:
- if the water is extremely low (often some weeks in December/January)
- if the water is too high (often some days in May)
- during Chinese New Year (two weeks in January or February)

Written by  Ian Ford.

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