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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.

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.

Bamboo rafting the Li River
By TIGGERCHIC82 | 7/12/2009 9:42:48 PM

Ask any tour guide in Yangshuo and he will get you on the next bike to the Li River. You are paired up and put onto bamboo rafts, with your own personal "Driver" (for lack of better words) that will guide your raft with a stick (so you don't run into someone else, or the bank). The sights are amazing and, although there are a few small waterfalls, the ride is very smooth.

Yangshuo good local guider
By RECHAN | 9/25/2007 7:25:06 AM

We just returned from a Uniworld tour and were very pleased. However, we took the 10-day tour (Beijing, Xian, Shanghai) which did not include a Yangtze cruise. The hotels were nice, meals were plentiful with a few really good dishes at each meal. They covered all the highlights and gave us a good amount of time at each place. We highly recommend them. After the tour was over we went on our own to Guilin/Yangshou and Hong Kong. I was thrilled with our guide in Yangshou and would not hesitate to travel with him again outside a group. His name is Hamson deng and his e-mail is (; phone (0)13878372314). I can’t say enough good things about this guy. He was fluent in English and had a thorough knowledge of the area. He was competent, professional, and charged very reasonable rates (~50 rmb/per person per day) for his services. He took us on an 1/2-day mountain biking tour of the Yangshuo countryside which was amazing. The tour lasted about 8 hours and included lunch at an elderly couple’s house in an ancient village. At one point, we loaded our bikes onto one of the many bamboo rafts that ply the river, and took a 1 hour float downstream surrounded by amazing scenery. That night, we went to the local show which is a large production set on the river. It highlighted the local minority groups of the area and was quite a spectacle and worth seeing. He also took us commarant fishing at night. Finally, he took us to the Longsheng rice fields.

Yulong River by Bike & Bamboo Raft
By DANIELKENNEDY | 4/7/2007 5:24:31 AM

One of the highlights of my family's trip to China was biking and rafting along the Yulong River. We started off from the beautiful Yangshuo Mountain Retreat where we were staying, and rented mountain bikes. From there we rode through the villages, stopping along the way to take photos and ended up 20km up river an ancient stone bridge. Some of the local kids were jumping off the parapet, which looked to be about 10meters+, into the clear water below. My son got up the nerve and jumped too! We crossed the bridge and biked about half way back on the other side, but the road was really rough in places so we decided to get a couple of bamboo rafts. We were told not to pay more than 20 yuan per person. It took us almost an hour to get back to Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, where after a hot shower we had dinner outside under the stars. Perfect!

Red Star Cafe
By AISA | 11/18/2006 11:15:00 AM

This cafe is almost like the other cafe in the crowded Western Street in Yangshuo. The food is quite tasty and more delicious than the other cafes Yangshuo (I think. However try the others, afterall I did not get to taste <i> every </i> cafe in Yangshuo). The service is fine. The price is acceptable. Oh, try the breakfast menu (and tell me later about it, I didn't get the chance!!). :p At least, it is one cafe you can bet your money on.

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