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Independent Li River Cruise

Guilin is one of the most popular destinations in China with stunningly beautiful natural scenery. In China a saying is that "East or west, Guilin landscape is the best".
Guilin Li River cruise
The best recommendation is to take a Li River cruise to fully appreciate the natural scenery. Journeying on the river is quite a treat either for the eyes or for the mood. Here you will see incomparable scenery with crystal clear river, various shapes of hills, and farmers and ox working in the fields. If you appreciate traditional scroll paintings you will find a reflection of them in the water.

First, let's start with buying a cruise ticket. This is quite easy; you can either buy by yourself at one of the service stops with advertisements in English and Chinese, or you can ask the hotel staff to purchase tickets for you with some additional service charge.

Please note that the service starts at 9am, you may not join the cruise immediately after buying a ticket, and therefore you must buy tickets the day before the cruise.
Cruising on the Li River, Guilin
There are two kinds of tickets available. You either pay CNY275, including a set-menu lunch or CNY285 including a buffet lunch. Generally the ships can hold about one hundred passengers.

It takes about 40 minutes by taxi from Guilin downtown area to Zhujiang Pier, which is dedicated to foreign guests. The taxi fare is around CNY100.

Usually the cruise starts from Guilin at around 9am and arrives at Yangshuo at around 2pm. There is no cruise ship available from Yangshuo back to Guilin. You can take a bus back to Guilin from Yangshuo on the same day or just stay one night at this beautiful town.
Please retain ticket as it needs to be shown when boarding the ship. A river guide is available for explanation on the ship. There are bewitchingly natural sceneries for you to enjoy and many wonderful legends for you to listen to. If you have any questions, please ask for help from the guide.
Li River Scenery in Yangshuo
If you look at a 20 Yuan note, you will see that a miniature representation called Yellow Wall Shadow. The detailed explanation will be presented later.

The Li River journey is in three parts. The first part is from Guilin to Yangdi, the second from Yangdi to Xingping, and the last section is from Xingping to Yangshuo. Now let's get this journey started!

The first section consists of various scenic spots such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Gamecock Hill, and Father & Son Rock. It is quite easy to get their names from their natural appearance. For example, the Elephant Trunk Hill looks like a giant elephant drinking water, and the Gamecock Hill looks like two cocks having a contest with each other.
The second section is the soul of Li River. The charming sights in this area include Wangfu Rock, Guanyan Rock, Banbian Du, the Carp's Image on the Rock Wall, Kowtow to Goddess of Mercy, the Eight Immortals Cross the Li River, the Nine Horses' Images on the Mountain, the Reflections of the Green Peaks and the Charming Landscape of Xingping. Beautiful and impressive fairy tales endow those sceneries.
For example, Wangfu Rock is the symbol of the pure love of a wife to her husband. This couple was stranded on the bank of the river and almost starved to death. So the husband climbed to the top of the mountain to check whether there were any other boats that can take them back. Unfortunately he fell down from the mountain and died. When the wife found this, she killed herself next to her husband. Their bodies became stones and one of the stones is always staring at the other. Here comes the name of this spot.
The Nine Horses' Images on the Mountain is the expression of stunning beauty. It was told that nine heavenly horses secretly slipped to Xingping, attracted by its beauty. They lingered on without any thought of getting back, so the lord of heaven sent another fairy to look for them. In order to avoid this, the nine horses went into the mountain forever, making this beautiful scenery. Visitors are happy to see if they can count nine horses while cruising.
There is a similar beautiful story about the Yellow Wall Shadow. It was said that the lord of heaven has seven beautiful daughters. These girls were attracted by the picturesque scenery and had themselves turned into mountains. When the weather is fine, you can see the shadows of these beautiful mountains clearly. The wall color is yellow and when it is reflected in the water, it seems as if there is a wide yellow cloth covering the bottom of the water, which is quite gorgeous.
Beautiful rural scenery of Yangshuo
Guanyan Rock is about a magic hat conquering an evil dragon. The entrance of the cave is the mouth of the dragon. This cave is famous for the gorgeous Karst landscape.

You will also see one of the mountains as the portrait of the Goddess of Mercy at a distance, the image of one carp on the mountain and so on.

The last portion of the river is famous for the combined harmonious beauty of rural life and nature, especially in Xingping. You will see green mountains, bamboo rafts, dense forests, small fishing villages, orchards and cormorant fishing. If you take a cruise in summer, you may frequently see the farmers working in the farmland and buffalo drinking water at the riverside.

Words are not enough to fully present its beauty, so we hope you will have a chance to experience it for yourself.
The ship will stop at Yangshuo. After disembarking, we suggest you wander along the famous West Street, which has a history of more than 1,400 years. Shops sell local items covered with strong native features at a reasonable price. Cafes and western style bars line the street. People here are honest, very nice, and some of them speak English quite well, so communication will not be a problem. It is a perfect mix of western and oriental culture!
You may choose to stay overnight in Yangshuo so that you can have more time to appreciate this breathtaking natural countryside scenery. Actually it is quite easy to rent a bicycle either from hotels or stalls along the streets. You can ride to visit Moon Hill, the Big Banyan Tree and some other famous scenic spots there more freely at your own pace.
If you prefer to get back to Guilin on the same day, there are buses available from Yangshuo bus station every 15 minutes, starting from 08:00 in the morning and ending at 18:00. The fare is CNY20. It is quite easy to find your way to Yangshuo bus station. The locals are happy to help if you need.
 More Related Tours:
Yangshuo Bicycle Routes: Biking along Ten-Mile Gallery.
One-Day Tour to Rural Area: Li River cruise from Yangdi to Xingping, Xingping Town, Silver Cave, West Street.
Yingxi Mountain Forest: 2 days, Feixia scenic spot, Yingxi Mountain Forest, The Third Tribe Ancient Yao House.

Questions & Answers
Asked by flori from ITALY | Nov. 20, 2019 06:51Reply
Bus from Xinghuicheng, Guilin to Liberation Bridge or Zhujiang Port (PIer)


please can someone help us with an advice?
We will be in Guilin for the Li River Cruise.
As far as we undertstood from internet, we need first to get to the Liberation Bridge or Zhujiang Port (Pier) in order to get on boat.

We will be statying at Xinghuicheng 5栋1单元904, Guilin.
Do you know there is a bus service from our place to the Liberation Bridge or Zhujiang Port (Pier)?
And wehere will the most convenient bus departure ?
From where will be the best to take the boat? we we can take it (closest bus stop)?
what are its schedule?
how much will cost per person?

Thank you so much,
Kind regards,
Answers (3)
Answered by Lee | Nov. 20, 2019 16:48

As I know, the 3-star Li River cruise departs from Mopanshan Wharf, and 4-star Li River cruise departs from Zhujiang Wharf.

If you want to take 3-star Li River cruise, you need to go to Mopanshan Wharf. Out of Xinghuicheng, walk about 800 meters to Xi Cheng Nan Lu Bei (Hua Sheng Tang) Station to take bus k2. After 18 stops, you will arrive at Fu Xing Lu Kou Station. Then transfer to bus no. 9 to Qi Feng Lu East Station (19 stops). The bus fare is about CNY 4 per person. The operating time of bus k2 is 7:20 - 19:10, and bus no. 9 is 7:20 - 17:30. From Qi Feng Lu East Station to Mopanshan Wharf, the distance is about 3.2 km. There is no bus between them, so you need to hail a taxi. The taxi fare is about CNY 12. As Mopanshan Wharf is at remote area in Guilin, the public transportation is not convenient for foreigners, so I suggest you take a taxi from your hotel to the wharf. The taxi fare will be around CNY 80.

If you decide to take 4-star Li River cruise, you need to go to Zhujiang Wharf. Taking a taxi is the best choice as bus no. 9 Zhujiang line was closed. The taxi fare from your hotel to Zhujiang Wharf is around CNY 80.
Answered by flori from ITALY | Nov. 21, 2019 14:40

Hi Lee,

thanks for your detailed replay; much appreciated!

What about taking the curise from Lijiang River Cruise Ticket Center (漓江游船售票中心), address Binjiang Rd, Xiangshan, Guilin, Guangxi, China (广西壮族自治区桂林市象山区滨江路), 779W+Q8 Xiangshan, Guilin, Guangxi, China?

Is there any bu(es) to this address from our flat?

Answered by Lee | Nov. 21, 2019 16:27

As I know, there is no Li River cruise port in this area.
Asked by Yeng from MALAYSIA | Nov. 18, 2019 03:59Reply
Winter Li river cruise
Hi, for winter Li River Cruise, is the trip shorten to 2 hours between yangdi and xingping? If yes, how to go from Guilin downtown to yangdi to take the river cruise? Are there any pier at yangdi? Is the price the same as 4 hours river cruise?

Also, how do I get back from xingping to guilin downtown?
Answers (3)
Answered by Mila | Nov. 18, 2019 17:58

The bamboo raft cruise from Yangdi to Xingping is around 2 hours, and the fare is CNY 216 per person which is lower than the 4-hour Li River cruise. The time will not be shortened in winter, it is the same all years. From Guilin, you can take the bus from Guilin south bus station to Yangdi Wharf directly. After arriving at Xingping Wharf, you can go to Xingping bus station and take a bus to Guilin downtown directly.
Answered by Yeng from MALAYSIA | Nov. 18, 2019 21:30

Thank you very much, Mila. If I take the 4 hour cruise in mid December, do I have to go to the Yangdi Wharf as well?
Answered by Mila | Nov. 19, 2019 19:46

The 4 hours Li River cruise stars from the wharf south of Liberation Bridge in Guilin downtown area, it does not start from Yangdi Wharf.
Asked by sherry from PAKISTAN | May. 30, 2019 16:30Reply
how i can get get cruise ticket by myself ?what is the price.of 4 star cruise ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sherry | May. 30, 2019 17:35

As I think, the best way to buy Li River cruise tickets is to book online in advance. However, you can also buy it at Lijiang cruise ticket sales hall upon your arrival in Guilin. The price of the 4-star cruise is around CNY 360.
Asked by Rebecca from CHINA | Jan. 05, 2019 18:08Reply
3 starGuilin to Yangshuo cost per person
Hi, how much is a ticket on the 3star cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo? My hotel has quoted me 400CYN per person on a 3 star boat. I saw on here it is from 275CYN. This is a huge difference.

Please help.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jan. 06, 2019 21:57

The price on this page is the original price of Li River Cruise ticket. It will add a service charge if you book through travel agency or hotel. The ticket fare is $59(around CNY400) per person including the service charge for 3 star cruise ship with lunch box and we will deliver the tickets to your hotel in Guilin if you book with us. Our booking website is If you have any further question, please feel free to contact us. Thanks for your attention.
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