Code: GL09

1-Day Li River Essence Hiking Tour

This hiking route leads backpackers to enjoy the essential section of the Li River. Besides the symbolic karst landscape of clear water and isolated hills, the refreshing rural scenery along the way can be another highlight of this one-day independent Guilin tour.

Hiking Route: Xianggong Hill - Laocuntou Village - Lengshui Ferry - Mural Hill - Yellow Cloth Shoal - Arhat Hill - Xingping Town


Xianggong Hill


Laocuntou Village


You may take a bus from Guilin Bus Terminal to Yangshuo and get off at Putao Town in the midway. Then charter a minibus at the town to reach the Xianggong Hill and start your hiking there. Follow the country road northwards to Laocuntou Village. Then head for Lengshui Ferry and take a raft to the other bank of the river. Trek southwards along the river to finally reach Xingping Town.


Mural Hill


Xingping Ancient Town


After visiting the ancient town, you may get on a bus at Xingping Bus Station to reach Yangshuo Railway Station in around 10 minutes; then take a high speed train back to Guilin and it takes you less than one hour on the way. Alternatively, you can extend this one-day independent Guilin tour to Yangshuo by bus.

Cost:
Guilin - Putao Town bus ticket CNY10
Minibus from Putao Town to Xianggong Hill CNY 80 per car
Admission Fee of Xianggong Hill CNY 60
Raft at Lengshui Ferry CNY 10
Xingping - Guilin Bus ticket of Xingping - Yangshuo Railway Station CNY 5
Second-Class seat of a high speed train from Yangshuo to Guilin CNY 20
Xingping – Yangshuo bus ticket CNY 7

Highlight of this One-Day Li River Hiking Route
Xianggong Hill It is praised to be the best viewing point of the Li River and the surrounding rolling hills. You may spend about 15 minutes climbing to the top to capture the most beautiful scenery of the river and hills.
Mural Hill The cliff is so smooth that it seems like being cut by a sharp knife. It serves as a natural 'canvas' with plants drawing out the profiles of nine horses.
Yellow Cloth Shoal There is a large yellow slabstone beneath the river, which looks just like a yellow cloth laid flat on the riverbed. This scene is one of the essential spots along the Li River and was selected to be the background image of the CNY 20 note.
Xingping Ancient Town It is a historical township by the clear Li River and in the arm of green hills. White walls, grey tiles, and flagstone-paved lanes there well present the original looking of the town.
Along the main street, you can find many shops selling various kinds of souvenirs. There are also restaurants providing authentic local cuisines. You may have a taste of them before leaving the town.
Tips:
1. Don't do it alone. Find yourself some companions.
2. Although you don't need to go along mountainous road, a pair of comfortable shoes is still necessary, and it had better to be waterproof and prevent slippery.
3. It is suggested you prepare some food, snacks, and bottled water in advance to replenish strength during the hiking. Besides, you can also find a farmhouse along the way to have a short rest and a simple meal.

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