A Cruise Down the River Li

by Poi on October 7, 2010

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It’s been a very busy week or so for us so it’s time to play catch up. We finished off in China by visiting Guilin and booking a tour with our hostel to cruise down the River Li. In order to save money we did not do the entire distance between Guilin and Yangshou but did the middle, most scenic section between Yangdi and Xingping with a bus ride at either end.

We had hoped to stay in Yangshou for a while but due to national day and the holiday period following prices tripled in many cases just for accommodation so we opted to do a runner and head for Vietnam.

But back to the River Li, this place is very popular with tourists because of its incredible views, being from the UK we recognise the scenes from bank adverts on TV and it’s easy to see why they chose this area of the world. As seems to be the case with us at the moment, the weather wasn’t great so unfortunately the pictures aren’t what they could have been.

Bamboo boat Li River cruise

River Li boat cruise lime stone mountains

Scenery li river cruise china

Just chilling down the river li

Kirsty and an even better view

The view on the river li

We decided to have a look around Yangshou for a couple of hours before heading back to Guilin that evening, it looks like it would have been a very nice place to chill out for a few days but the cost of staying would have ruined our budget and we decided there would be plenty more places like this along our journey.

So for now Yangshou is added to the list of places to visit when, not if, we return to China.

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ayngelina October 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Spectacular views!
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Jenny October 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm

So jealous! That looks epic.
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Amanda October 8, 2010 at 12:14 am

Wow! The views look awesome. In fact, I kind of like the foggy, murky look with those mountains. Looks like a good choice of river cruise!
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Candice October 8, 2010 at 4:41 am

Soooo pretty!

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Andi October 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Beyond gorgeous! Ahhh I love China so much. 🙂
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Alex October 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Hey up Chris, photo’s are great. This place looks fantastic. Not missing England yet!!!!! Time seems to be flying by enjoy it you two.

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Sasha October 13, 2010 at 5:30 am

One of my favourite places in China!!! 🙂 The good thing about the Li River when the weather’s not quite perfect is the amazing show of swirling fog you otherwise wouldn’t get!

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Kirsty October 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Thanks for the comments guys, I still wich it could have been sunnier. But it is on our ever growing list of places to go back to!

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Odysseus December 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Wow, those photos are stunning! I definitely want to go there next year. Do you mind telling me the name of the hostel you used?
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Poi December 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Thanks – yeah sure – It was the Flowers Hostel in Guilin:http://www.yhachina.com/ls.php?id=65&hostID=2

Probably one of the best hostels we’ve stayed at for providing services and helpng us out. Very comfy to!

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