Bus Group Day Tour: Best Value Li River Cruise
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Stop At: Li River, East of Guangxi Zhuang China
This is a join-in bus tour so you will share the tour with other travelers. There will be about 20-40 people in a bus. If there are Chinese passengers, the tour guide will speak both Chinese and English. If there are only English-speaking ones, the guide will speak English only.
7:30 to 8:10am, You will be picked up from your downtown hotel in Guilin with fellow visitors. The exact pick up time will be informed the night before and the guide will contact you via hotel reception.
Note: 1) If your hotel is on a small street where our vehicle can’t access, you will need to walk out to the main street; 2) If your hotel is outside of the city center, supplement charge will be required for hotel pick up and drop off.
It is an approximately 45 minutes ride to Mopanshan Pier where you will board the boat. The check-in process will take about 10 minutes up to 30 minutes in peak season, when your passport is required. Seats in the boat are pre-assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis at time of your booking for this tour. The cruise boat sails downstream and will arrive in Yangshuo at 1:30-2:00pm.
While sitting in the comfortable cabin of your cruise boat, you will enjoy classic watercolor painting like scenery of lush bamboo forests, rolling Karst hills, and steep cliffs along Li River banks as well as the authentic Chinese countryside filled with rice fields, farmhouses, water buffaloes, fishing boats, cormorants, mountain goats, and school children on local ferry.
A simple lunch will be served on-board. You may choose to try some fresh catches from the river at your own expense.
Upon arriving in Yangshuo in the afternoon, you will have 30-50 minutes free time to explore The West Street, which is the largest souvenir market in China. You can choose to join in our optional tours to Shiwai Taoyuan (Shangri-La Park) or Silver Cave. The cost for the optional tours are not included and will be paid to your guide in cash. If you choose not to take the optional tours, you need to wait for the bus to return to Guilin. Your guide will advice you the detailed meeting point and time. As an alternative, you can take the local public bus (RMB 30 per person) at Yangshuo Bus Station to Guilin Bus Station and then take a taxi to your hotel if you prefer to go back Guilin earlier. The bus and taxi fee will be on your own expense.
At around 6:00pm, you will be transferred back to Guilin south train station via coach service for about 1.5 hours. The exact returning time is subject to change based on traffic conditions.
If you will stay in Yangshuo overnight, please bring your luggage with you when you leave your hotel in the morning. You will need to bring the luggage with you onto the boat. Due to the traffic control in Yangshuo, our bus can’t take you to your hotel. If your hotel in Yangshuo is located in the town, you need to walk or pay RMB15 for shuttle car to your hotel. Otherwise, please contact your hotel for instruction that how to get there.
Our service will end here.
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: West Street, East Side of Li River, Yangshuo County 541900 China
Go shopping or just walking around.
Duration: 40 minutes
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Fuel surcharge
- Hotel pick-up and Guilin south train station drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Li River
- Optional Tours in Yangshuo
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- The simple lunch on Li River Boat is set-menu uniformly. If you have any dietary restrictions, you will need to order other dishes at your own expense.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- We offer complimentary drop off service to your hotel located within arctic square in the north, wayaokou in the south and GuiLin BaiYue Hotel in the east.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
The other aspects of the tour weren't the greatest. Our tour operator "China Educational Tour" gave us an expected pickup time of 8am several days before and said they'd "double-confirm" the night before. Well at 9:55pm the night before they told us the time was now 7:40 and our pickup spot was a hotel a 10 minute walk away. So we lost a half hour and wouldn't have time for hostel breakfast as we originally planned. The guide did a lot of peddling on the bus of various products and an optional tour in Yangshuo. She discouraged us from using the free time in Yangshuo to explore by bike and steered us into the optional tour of "Shangri-La / Shan Shui cultural village" which was inauthentic and a waste of time and money. Yangshuo itself is overcommercialized and herds you through unending rows of touts. The meeting point for the optional tour was confusing to get to in time. My advice is to enjoy the beautiful karst on the boat ride, decline any optional tours, and get of Yangshuo by rental bike or scooter to see the countryside by land.
The rating of the trip is absolutely negative. The local agency contacted by Viator cannot guarantee an adequate service we paid US170, 2 Travelers. Here's the history: At 11:00 pm we get a call .The agency informes us that picking at the hotel paid in advance is not guaranteed and explains us where the new meeting place is. During the boat trip the guide communicates the obligation to make an extra visit this means: to be paid, not included in the 170US to a theme park Chinese Wonderful, or something like that. We refuse to participate to this trip because of the absolute lack of scenic and cultural content and we are abandoned. They arrange a ride by bus after 4 hours and they draw a map asking us to take a picture in order to find the picking place attached, Please dont laugh. To be alone without guidance paid! for 4 hours in a nasty and desolate village Yangshuo represents a shame for any tour operator. We decide to arrange the return to Guilin by ourselves and we pay in addition to the US170,00 paid to Viator the taxi to the bus station, the bus to Guilin and the taxi from the bus station to our hotel. I forgot: the included lunch on the boat was low low low-level. Shameful. Especially if you have paid US 170 1.170,00 rmb in China We enclose the coupon so you can check the program of our trip and delete this local tour oprator from the list of your suppliers. China is a wonderful country populated by wonderful people. Make sure you do not facilitate the villains