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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Li River Cruise
Cruising Li River is a must if you visit Guilin. You can either take the Deluxe Boat or the Bamboo Boat. The Deluxe Boat package includes the bus which picks the tourist at about 8 am from the hotel. It takes 45 minutes by bus to reach the Zhujiang Pier. The boat will leave the pier at 9.30 am. It takes 4 hours on the boat and arrives Yangshuo at around 1.30 pm. You will have a few hours to tour Yangshuo, depending on the water level during the cruise. At 6 pm, the bus will drives the tourist back to Guilin. This package cost RMB 480 per adult and RMB 300 for children which includes bus, boat ticket, Chinese lunch and an English speaking guide.
During my trip, I choose the cruise by bamboo boat which is more interesting and cheaper. Our bus came to pick us up at our hostel at 10 am sharp. The group from our hostel comprises the largest group with almost all westerners except me. Then we also have a family of three Chinese from other hotel. As such our tour guide have to use English explanation followed by Chinese explanation.. After about an hour journey by bus, we arrived at Yangdi Pier. The motor bamboo boat was actually a boat made of PVC pipe.
The bamboo boat cruise along the Li River took about 2 hours from Yangdi to Xingping. It was beautiful scenery all the way with karst hills, caves and scenic spots. The water was crystal clear too. At Xingping, the bus took us to Yangshuo, dropping us at the famous West Street. I pay RMB200 for all. And the service by the tour guide was excellent !