Yanghsuo has one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. 20,000 karst mountains surround this area and make it magical. If you are in China, visit this place is an absolute must. The best way to enjoy these unique hills is through a Yangshuo bamboo rafting!
Yangshuo bamboo rafting: choose the Yulong River
Forget the Li River tour from Guilin to Yangshuo. This option is the most overused. It has an average price of 420 RMB per head and lasts up to 6 hours. There you will not enjoy the sounds of nature, since you will be surrounded by the noise of the numerous motor boats that ply the river full of tourists.
What we suggest is to go directly to Yangshuo in shuttle bus (or taxi but much more expensive) from the airport of Guilin. Average price is 60 rmb. In case there are no shuttle available, or in case you do not want to pay 300 RMB for a taxi (but if you are 3 or 4 it may be worth it), the only solution is to go with a local bus to Guilin (20RMB). Then from there go to Yangshuo with a local bus from the bus station (14 RMB).
Once in Yangshuo just go to one of the many travel agencies that you will find throughout the city. For an average of 200 RMB you can book a bamboo rafting for two on the Yulong River.
Attention! This is not the Li River, but a tributary that offers the same view! There you will ride the original bamboo rafts used for fishing with cormorants, without the noisy caravans of tourists. What a deal!
To reach the Jinlong Pier, where rafts are moored , just take the bus that stops at Jinbao Town from north station.
And to come back? bicycle!
That’s right, because rent a bike is the only option available to come back to town, since taxi are not so common. A tandem costs 30 RMB, and in 40 minutes you are in Yangshuo. You have to leave a deposit of 100 RMB, that will be returned to you at the bike office in Yangshuo. Remember! write down the Chinese address of the place where you have to leave the bike, or take a picture of the map they have!
The distance to Yangshuo is quite short, and the bike is the second best way to enjoy the karst nature at 100%. Definitely recommended!