11 Cool Things to Do in Guilin and Yangshuo: Li River Cruise and More!
With the rarely-seen breathtaking natural landscape, China’s off-the-beaten-track destination Guilin with Yangshuo is a curious and compelling place to visit. For the first-timer to Guilin or Yangshuo, here is a list of top 10 fun activities to do, no matter you’re families with kids or looking for relaxing vacations.
1. An exterior visit of Elephant Trunk Hill
It is for saving money and having a full view of the huge elephant trunk.
2. Reed Flute Cave
A wonderland of Karst terrain, the cave is a must-have attraction for visitors. You ought to be impressed by the oddly-shaped stalagmites, stone screens, stone flowers and stone pillars Illuminated by the colorful lighting. Or you can try the Silver Cave in Yangshuo.
3. Li River Cruise (or Bamboo Raft)
Sailing on one of the world’s most beautiful rivers, from Guilin to Yangshuo, the cruise trip offers a wall of Karst peaks in various interesting shapes, as well as the serene Chinese rural scenery of farms, trails, water buffalos and little houses.
4. Ancient Town exploration
Guilin is a famous cultural city in China, and boasts several ancient towns, such as Xingping, Daxu and Fuli, each with unique characteristics. It’s a great fun to hike or bike from Yangshuo or Guilin to these small towns.
5. Yulong River bamboo-rafting
One of the highlights of Yangshuo, the Yulong River is best seen as we ride on a bamboo raft, and flow through limestone hills, bamboo groves, houses, stone bridges, markets, and rice paddies.
6. Cormorant Fishing
The local fisherman still keeps the traditional fishing skill - cormorant fishing on Li River.
7. Yangshuo Rock Climbing
Yangshuo is a paradise for outdoor activities, and committed to promoting rock climbing in China. Rock climbers of all levels are encouraged to challenge the Moon Hill, Muzhi (Thumb) Peak, Leipi (Thunderstruck) Hill, etc. The annual Yangshuo Rock Climbing Festival is held around late October and early November.
8. Cycling around
Guilin and Yangshuo are endowed with unparalleled scenic biking trails that cater to people of all ages. It is a delight to bike along the rivers, past the peaceful primitive villages, through the hills, and lost for while in the wild.
9. Night Show of Impression Liu Sanjie
An important part of Yangshuo nightlife, it is a grand open-air performance with the platform set in the real mountains and waters, offering both audio and visual feast!
10. Yangshuo Helicopter tour
It’s a great idea to have a chopper ride tour in Yangshuo, and have a bird’s-eye view of this picturesque land including Xingping Town, Li River, Yulong RIver from the air.