Traveling in Yangshuo, you can not only have a fantastic time with the surrounding Guilin Karst mountains like mushrooms dotted on the lush land, however, you can also free yourself to enjoy diverse kinds of outdoor activities along its rivers to experience of the joy closing to nature. Among all the options including riding a bike or scooter, simply walking along the countryside paths, laying back in relaxation on the sightseeing buses, and so forth, taking a bamboo raft is truly a highly recommended way to have a real close-up to the hills and waterscape. And since there are many choices free to choose, bamboo rafting along Yulong River and Li River is more enjoyable for your Yangshuo tour! Check the popular Yangshuo bamboo rafting routes, highlights along the way and more practical tips before your floating!
Yulong River bamboo rafting is the most favored for Yangshuo visitors, as you can appreciate the comparatively more serene countryside view and authentic life style of local residents. Furthermore, taking the most traditional non-motorized bamboo raft steered by the boatman, you will catch the more enjoyable moments to lay back and immerse into the infinite joy and peace! There are several interesting bamboo rafting routes with different docks and highlights along the whole Yulong River from Fuli Bridge, Jinlong Bridge, Xiangui Bridge, Jiuxian County, Jima, Shuiedi to Gongnong Bridge. Check the detailed top 3 recommended routes and select your favorite one!
This 3-kilometer long one is the most classic bamboo rafting route of Yangshuo Yulong River. Within the 50 minutes, you could admire the most beautiful natural sightseeing of this river. Float down to see the layers of ripple kissed by the breeze, merry fishes chasing just beneath the water surface, slowly move from one reflection to another of the rising Karst mountains on the narrower and mysterious mirror-like stream, sail through the hundred-year old stone bridges, hear the local folk song of the sailor “A Ge (阿哥)”, experience the exciting seconds passing the weirs, etc.
Docks: Shuiedi Dock - Gongnong Bridge Dock
Sailing Route: Shuiedi - Mountain Retreat - Gongnong Bridge
Duration: 50 minutes
Price: 160RMB/raft (for 2 people)
Yulong River bamboo rafting route between Jima and Gongnong Bridge is comparatively longer, with a total experiencing length of about 6 kilometers. It includes the most enchanting Shuiedi - Gongnong Bridge, therefore, you can not only see views of the most popular part, but also encounter with a series of charming poetic sceneries of the lower half section of Yulong River. While you are steered down, appreciate the typical emerald mountains and their lovely inverted images, listen to the pleasant song of birds and domestic animals, say hello to bikers and hikers passing by on the banks, and get real relaxed with the peacefully functioning waterwheel… Let the small raft take you sail from the wide to the narrower and gradually wider parts of the fascinating Yulong River.
Docks: Jima Dock (Chaoyang) - Gongnong Bridge Dock
Sailing Route: Jima - Waterwheel - Shuiedi - Mountain Retreat - Gongnong Bridge
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: 320 RMB/raft (for 2 people)
It floats around 6 kilometers from Jinlong Bridge to Jiuxian County Dock. Located at the upper reach of Yulong River, it offers quite different sightseeing and feelings for your joy. On the way, you can enjoy a nice time sailing through the famous and hundreds-year ancient Yulong Bridge with vigorous scene of multiple colorful bamboo rafts, beautiful Xiangui Bridge to see the wide river with lovely countryside view, and get close to the appealing Jiuxian County to see the very old folk houses and local farming fields, etc. Moreover, there are 9 weirs from Jinlong Bridge to Jiuxian County, and you can freely experience the exciting moments when the rafts splash and also admire the diverse shapes of mountains on both sides.
Docks: Jinlong Bridge - Jiuxian Dock
Sailing Route: Jinlong Bridge - Yulong Bridge - Xiangui Bridge - Jiuxian County
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: 255 RMB/raft (for 2 people)
All those docks used for Yulong River bamboo rafting are not far away from Yangshuo West Street, which can be arrived by biking, or local sightseeing bus. Please check the detailed info of their location and transportation.
Jima Dock (骥马码头): About 15-20 minutes driving from West Street; 35 minutes biking from West Street;
Shuiedi Dock (水厄底码头): Drive about 15-20 minutes to Jima and take Sightseeing Bus Line A to Shuiedi for about 10 minutes; or bike from West Street for about 45 minutes;
Gongnong Bridge Dock (工农桥码头): Take Ten-mile Gallery Sightseeing Bus to Fengming Tourist Service Center and transfer to Yangshuo Bus No 801 to West Street for about 1 hour; or bike to West Street for about 35 minutes;
Jinlong Bridge Dock (金龙桥码头): Bike from West Street for about 1 hour;
Jiuxian County Dock (旧县码头): Drive from West Street for about 30 minutes; or bike from West Street for about 35 minutes.
Compared to the classic Li River cruise, Li River bamboo rafting experience is more of fun, joy and excitement. It not only enables you to savor the picturesque landscape of the best part of Li River and surrounded rising hills at a largely different angle of view, but also presents you time for interacting with the loved water and the local featured rafts. Through the time to appreciate the well-known Xingping Town, Nine Horses Fresco Hill, Yangdi, and other Karst mountains, you will understand why Li River is so attractive to get the fame of “Hundred-mile Gallery”!
Sit down on the bamboo armchairs on the motorized bamboo rafts and let it take you to travel between the riverine verdant hills of Li River. this route between Xingping and Nine Horses Fresco Hill takes about 50 minutes to take you sail upstream from the ancient Xingping Old Town to the famous Nine Horses Fresco Hill and then downstream on the same route to Xingping. This popular route will provide fantastic opportunity for your real experience of sailing on the peaks of Guilin mountains, performing as one role of the iconic Yellow Cloth Shoal scenery on back of the 20 RMB note, the unbelievable creation of nature at the Nine Horses Fresco Hill, and countless eye-pleasing sightseeing of Li River water, mountains, bamboo forests, and different view under various weather.
Highlights: Nine Horses Fresco Hill, Yellow Cloth Shoal (image on back of 20 RMB Chinese note), Xingping Landscape, etc.
Docks: Xingping Town Dock
Sailing Route: Xingping Town - Yellow Cloth Shoal - Nine Horses Fresco Hill - Backtrack
Duration: 50 minutes
Price: 80 RMB/person
Xingping - Yangdi - Xingping route is longer and needs about 2 hours to cover more highlights of Li River sceneries, besides the Yellow Cloth shoal and Nine Horses Mountain. Furthermore, you will meet the Writing-brush Peak like Chinese brush, interesting hill like a fog jumping into the river, ideal Yangdi landscape and the old flavor of the countryside at Yangdi. While sailing, forget all your worries and admire the fine reflections on the crystal-clear water and the diverse shaped water blooms. Just use your eyes to frame the best beauty of nature and indulge into the moments of traveling in a painting.
Highlights: Immortal-turning Millstone, Yangdi Landscape, Writing-brush Peak, Langshi Landscape, Xialong Landscape, Nine Horses Fresco Hill, Yellow Cloth Shoal (image on back of 20 RMB Chinese note), Xingping Landscape, etc.
Docks: Xingping Town Dock
Sailing Route: Xingping Town - Yellow Cloth Shoal - Nine Horses Fresco Hill - Apple Hill - Writing-brush Peak - Child-worship Guanyin - Yangdi Village - Backtrack
Duration: 2 hours
Price: 170 RMB/person
Time available: 12:30-16:00
Xingping Dock (兴坪码头) is located at No.5 Dahebei, Xingping Town, Yangshuo County, Guilin (桂林市阳朔县兴坪镇大河背5号). It is at the old town area, so you can walk there from the old town main streets within 10 minutes. Furthermore, if you leave from Guilin, it takes about 2 hours by car. And if you go from Yangshuo, it needs 1 hour by car.
1. There may be no bamboo rafts available sailing Xingping - Yangdi - Xingping, especially during peak seasons.
2. Li River bamboo raft can hold 4 passengers every time. Children less than 1.2 meters and 7 years old and elders more than 70 years old are not allowed to take the bamboo rafts.
3. As Li River bamboo rafts go forth and back along the same route, if you want to experience only upstream to see the view once, you can tell both us and the boatman, and he will dock at the other end ferry like Nine Horse Fresco Hill or Yangdi, and then our local guide and driver will meet you to take you to your next scenic area (bamboo rafting fee remains unchanged).
4. Yulong River bamboo raft can hold only 2 passengers every time. Children less than 1 meter and elders more than 70 years old are not allowed to take the bamboo rafts.
5. Protect your personal belongs including mobile phones, cameras and other electric devices from falling into the river or getting wet.
6. Lift your feet when passing the weirs to protect your shoes from getting wet. You are suggested to prepare some clothes to change.
Bamboo rafting is one of the must-do in Yangshuo for the enjoyment of sightseeing and fun. Usually, most people choose to take the Li River cruise from Guilin down to Yangshuo and spend at least 2 days to experience the idyllic Karst landscape and countryside view, during the time there, you can experience Yulong bamboo rafting at any time during the day. Among the three most popular routes of Yulong River bamboo rafting, Shuiedi to Gongnong Bridge route is chosen by most guests for the most stunning view and not so long time to spend during their short time in Yangshuo, if you got more time and want to enjoy more natural view of the river in leisure, you can select to sail from Jima to Gongnong Bridge. However, Jinlong Bridge to Jiuxian County route offers wider river scenery with more countryside view for your enjoyment. For most visitors to Yangshuo Yulong River, we suggest you experience the bamboo rafting at the lower half reach to see the view of the river and try biking at the upper half reach to have more fun and scenery on the path. For people interested in Li River bamboo rafting, if you have enjoyed the Li River cruise before, you can also directly get to Xingping to try the exciting motorized rafting to appreciate the picturesque landscape of Li River and bankside hills before a high time in Yangshuo.
No matter where and how you want to discover in Yangshuo, such as bamboo rafting along Yulong River, photographing from Xianggong Hill and Cuiping Hill, biking in the countryside path, etc., we China Discovery can make your ideas real and take you to enjoy the best highlights of Yangshuo with professional local guide and private transfer service, therefore, you can worry about nothing to fully enjoy your trip. Furthermore, if you would like to extend your Yangshuo Tour to Longji Rice Terraces, Guilin City downtown, or other hot destinations in China, like Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu, Yunnan, and so forth, we will also be very glad to give our professional suggestions and help you customize your own Guilin Tour, Hong Kong Guilin Tour, or Yangshuo China Tour! Please contact our travel expert if you are interested in or have any question!
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