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bad encounter at Xingping river boat ride
By DOFR | 4/28/2014 3:51:24 AM

I was in Xingping early April 2014 and had a very bad encounter with boat touts at the Xingping dock when I arrived by bus before noon. The women touts like triad society members harassing us once we decided to purchase boat rides. Once a woman with a crying child approaches us to the boat ride and we do not take her offer which she wants at CNY180 per pax and we were travelling in 3 pax. We decline her price and walked away and looking for a reasonable price but she kept harassing us and do not allow other touts to speak to us for negotiation. She behaved rudely and scolded us why we approach another person to purchase our boat ride. I have my right to choose who I want to buy my tickets from and who she thinks she is to tell me.
We learn from the boatman that the area there is run by chinese triad society and they use to harass tourists and once a woman approaches you no other touts are allowed to sell the tickets to us. What a behaviour and we are very pissed off by them. Spoils our day when we are harassed and swear never to recommend tourist to go for the boat ride.
We ended up paying CNY300 for the lousy 45 mins ride which is not worth. Please do not go to Xingping for any boat ride.

Li River
By GUNNARF11 | 5/9/2011 6:39:59 AM

We had begun the journey from Zhongshan by bus and train. Tickets for the boat was delivered to a hotel near the railway where even the bus would pick us up.
I had booked a room in Yangshuo, and arranged by Jack at Peace Family Hotel, the
he organized the purchase of tickets for the boat trip on the Li River. These must be purchased days before and we wanted "English boat" this time.

Ferry Tickets
All air-conditioned. The tour around four hours, including meals and guide.
Class A - Super Luxury
Class B - Luxury
Class C - Annual

Peak Season: April to November and Spring Festival
Class A - 450 Yuan
Class B - 270 Yuan
Class C - 210 Yuan

Low season: from December to March
Class A - 380 Yuan
Class B - 240 Yuan
Class C - 190 Yuan

Departures for the boats: 09:30 to 10:30

The boat trip starts in the morning one mil from Guilin and arrived at Yangshuo in the afternoon. The whole trip takes about four hours. The boats are air conditioned. You can stay inside and watch their surroundings
from there, or on the open deck. It has better views out there and get closer to nature. The lunch is served onboard. With local favorites and fresh catches from the Li River will be served. The fish is good and sometimes delivered by bamboo raft. The water is very clear and the boats floating on the 40 cm of water. Lots of fish and I have seen when they caught with a rod part which is quite large. Water buffalo are following the river and feeding themselves with seaweed on the River. Seaweed eaten even by the people and I eat it, but think it is very "chew".
Best time for a Li River cruise is before or after the rainy season.
April, May, September and October are the peak seasons. Be prepared for lots of people at that time.
This river cruise ends in Yangshou. You can take an hour long bus ride back to Guilin.
Or stay and relax for a few days in Yangshuo. Recommended and is a "must".

The Scenic Voyage
The 84-km Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo has three distinct sections.
The journey is full of beautiful places which are too numerous to mention. Therefore I can only name the most notable ones. Guilin City to Yangdi (46 km)
The scenic spots here are a bit away from waterways.
The most famous and surrounding Guilin is the Elephant Trunk Hill.
I'm sure you see it simply because it resembles exactly an elephant
with its trunk in water. It is also Sword Hill and a number of other beautiful peaks.
Yangdi to Xingping (17 km)
This section has Li River's most beautiful landscape of water and mountains.
You cruise along a picturesque waterway. Shapes of the peaks are just miraculous.
A flying waterfalls cancel much of the Erlang Gorge. Here are the two most scenic locations.

From Zhongshan to Guilin.
By GUNNARF11 | 5/9/2011 6:44:51 AM

The trip started with a bus from Zhongshan to Guangzhou. This time the trip was "very planned" in advance. The trip to Guangzhou usually takes about 1.5 hours. My brother was visiting and we would trying to take in a few places in southern China in the 14 days of his visit lasted.
We bought the day before the tickets for trains leaving T38/T39 19:47
3 Hard Sleeper, 2 pc Lower berth, 1 st Middle berth
2 x 215 + 1 x 207 RMB. (I mention prices here for those planning to go on your own).
For those who do not travel in groups, I recommend Willma wizard China, large and thick. Prices of rooms is perhaps not always, but it gives much info and above all is a lot of town names of places to visit in Chinese and help when English is not too widespread. Good when to buy tickets. Look train, which is the file: a must and you get much info to write off. It is good if you have plenty of time for ticket purchase. can be quite a queue,
same at "commit" to the train or bus. Large and many waiting rooms. The snow chaos for a few years ago "lived" about 100 000 at the station, who did not come off due to stopping of all the snow and ice in neighboring provinces.
I had booked a room in Yangshuo, and arranged by Jack at Peace Family Hotel, the
he organized the purchase of tickets for the boat trip on the Li River. These must be purchased days before and we wanted "English boat" this time.
The train comes to Guilin at 6:42 pm.
Departures for boats are: 09:30 to 10:30
There is little time to eat breakfast and on the other side of the square near the railway is lots of little nice places. (We took a breakfast for 6 yuan, about 6 RMB / person
and it was very good. The area reminded a bit of 'China's most breakfastplace "Wuchang in Wuhan, which is considered the best breakfast place in China. However, China is huge. I had arranged to ferry tickets would come to a particular hotel and we had time to go and look at the elegant pensioners morning fitness classes at river edge. image. There is also a "water taxi" to use your mobile phone or waving after transport. Paid previous 1 RMB per person for crossing.
Back to the hotel, where we got the tickets and told that there will be a bus
and collect us. How the bus came in and out again on the street, I had described the
as impossible, but it was possible.
2 Double Bed Rooms, 2 nights 160/rum = 2 x 2 x 160 = 640 RMB

How to get to Downtown from Guilin Airport
By MISSYBUNNY | 11/22/2010 12:29:16 AM

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is the only airport in Guilin, and is about 30KM from the center of the city. To get to downtown, you can:

1. Take the Airport Bus. There will be an airport bus waiting for the passengers after each flight, at the exit of the arrival hall. It takes about 40mins to downtown, and 20RMB per person. The last stop is Civil Aviation Mansion, after get off you can take a cab to wherever you want to go and normally won’t cost more than 20RMB.

2. Take a taxi. Since the airport is about 30KM to the city center, it costs more than 100RMB to take a taxi. So, if you are solo traveler, I suggest you to take the airport bus, but if you are a group of people, you can split the bill. Lucky for me, my friend gave me the number of a taxi driver, who charges only 80RMB for the ride( it could be a little more expensive at night), so I never have to change at the Civil Aviation Mansion.

3. To leave for the airport, you can also take the bus at Civil Aviation Mansion from 06:30 to 20:00. The buses will depart every 30 minutes and the cost is the same.

Best Pizza and Steaks in yangshuo
By BEERINCHINA | 11/12/2010 5:21:57 AM

After a few weeks in China I was ripe for some decent western food, and I found it at the alley yangshuo beer bar on Guihua rd., pizza is great and the steaks are proper 250 g Sirloins, juicy and tasty, and they sell the cheap local beer and great imported ones (Duvel, Erdinger and many more). The waitress speaks good english and they try to keep the quality of both, drinks and food high. highly recommendable

Riverview Hotel
By JPICON | 7/3/2010 7:04:51 PM

Riverview hotel was a great place and centerally located. The staff was very friendly and helpful to all our needs. They recommended and booked all our tours at a good price. The hotel was clean and the beds were comfortable but the bathroom floor flooded a little when we took a shower. The hotel over looks the river and has a great atmosphere. The food was fairly good and not too expensive and if you are coffee drinker the coffee is great. The hotel felt like home and the staff felt like family and most of the staff are able to speak English. I would recommend the hotel to anyone who is going to stay in Yangshuo.

Tips and Advice for Travelling to Yangshuo
By GUILINANDY | 2/8/2010 9:35:34 PM

. In Summer it is very hot ( about 25 C---30 C ) and the Sun is strong, so sunscream, sunglasses and suncap should be prepaired.
2.In Winter it is cold ( about 0 C......10 C ) and humid, so enough clothes should be prepaired. In Yangshuo big size clothes are available.
3.If you get wet in the rain especially in Spring or Winter, to take a hot water bath and have some hot tea as soo as possible is a good way to avoid having a cold.
4. Drinking enough water to avoid sunstroke. The local people take a kind of Chinese herbal medicine named " 藿香正气水,( huo xiang zheng qi shui )", It is effective, and available in drug stores. The local people take "藿香正气水" if they vomit or diarrhea because of sunstroke or unhygienic food.
5. The local people use a kind of Chinese medicine called "qing liang you, 清凉油" to wipe on the wound if they are bitten by mosquitoes. Qing liang you is available in the drug stores.
6.While renting bikes, don't forget to check the brakes and tyres, and ask for locks.
7. In China, people walk, cycle and drive on the right side along the road or path. It is very important to walk, cycle or drive slowly and carefully.
8. It is common to bargain, except in big supermaket and some shops with the sign of "谢绝还价,( xie jue huan jia )" , which means "no bargain" .
9. If you don't want to buy something , don't offer your price.
10. When someone follows you to persuade you to buy some thing , you can refuse him/her with this sentence: "谢谢, 我不要。( xie xie , wo bu yao )" which means " Thank you, I don't want it/them".
11. Taking good care of your belongs.especially when you are swimming in livers.
12. Telephone Numbers: to policemen.
114.........calling for inquiring telephone numbers. alarm
120.........calling docters. forecast. transportaton accident.
12315......consumer complaints.

new Hotel in Dazhai / Longshen / Guilin / Guangxi opening
By BMLOIDL | 12/30/2009 8:09:54 AM

If you are plan to hike in the rice terasses of Logshen i can recommend to travel to Dazhai, a quiet nice village, reachable in 1,5 hours from Longshen by bus or few direct busses from Yanghsuo and Guilin. Free internet and all rooms with private bathroom - hot+cold water.

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