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Jessica P wrote a review Oct 2020
Tianjin, China4 contributions
It was a fantastic time and one of the best experiences I've had in quite a while. It was busy but not as busy as some of the other areas we went to and the staff did their best to be as efficient as possible. When your arrive at the area your have to take a little bus to where the rafting experience ends where you pick up your tickets and change into a swimsuit if you didn't arrive in one. They have some shops where your can buy some snacks or milk tea. The staff is helpful but don't expect them to be able to speak English, consider it a nice surprise if they can. Then you take another bus to the beginning and get fitted with a life jacket and helmet. They will give a safety demonstration and it will be in Chinese but the rules are pretty common sense. Hold onto the handles, make sure your helmet and life jacket are tight, etc. When you get in your boat you will have to paddle your way through the flat part in the water. There may be many boats there and it can be a little bit of a battle to get your way to the front. The staff aren't interested in things being fair, they are interested in things being efficient so if people are pushing your boat out of the way to get a better position, they will let that happen. Going around the side can be a good strategy but can also easily backfire if you get stuck. My best advice is to be as aggressive as you need to be to get through in a timely manner without being a jerk and ruining someone else's time. There are multiple of those waiting areas along the path which nicely break up the excitement and the wait doesn't take that long. The path lasts longer than one would think and is mostly natural with a couple of man made parts, likely for safety. Staff stand along the path to help push people through and take pictures. You do get very wet, which should be expected, and there are some sharp turns and steep drops. It's very exciting, but also seems very safe. The path ends where you got changed. If you didn't bring a towel or change of clothes, you can buy some stuff there. The prices aren't bad. You can also buy pictures. Prints were 15 per picture or you could do what we did and buy a USB with all of the photos digitally did 80. Overall it was a great experience and I recommend it for everyone going to Yangshuo.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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FannyShenzhen wrote a review Jul 2020
Shenzhen, China26 contributions8 helpful votes
First of his kind for me, we loved it! Great fun with our 2 boys despite the crowd and waiting time we really enjoyed it. In July only 3 departs each day 10;30 / 13:30 / 16;30 It takes around 2 hours to do down Highly recommended
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Date of experience: July 2020
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David B wrote a review Aug 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates51 contributions17 helpful votes
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Yangshuo. Great fun and got totally soaked! My wife is Chinese so this helped with the language barrier. Kids wanted to return for a second time!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Caroline V wrote a review Oct 2018
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The river rafting is a whole lot of fun but it seems more like a very long waterslide built in a river than "real" river rafting in an actual river. But still a lot of fun to slide down in small two person boats even though I expected it to be wilder based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. Also, be prepared that the experience up until the actual rafting can be quite chaotic if you don't speak Chinese.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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GoodOldSpades wrote a review Aug 2018
Toronto,71 contributions20 helpful votes
We’re a (non Mandarin speaking) family of 4 with 2 teenaged boys and this was a great experience. It was exciting enough (even for the teens) but I never felt unsafe. You do really need to be able to hang on tightly. I saw one family with a small child and I’m surprised they even allow it! The practical points: We had booked it through Yangshuo Insider and it was pretty smooth despite us not really understanding what was happening! We were dropped off at the bus in Yangshuo for 9am and had a 45 min drive to the entry. I was given a receipt of some sort on the bus, and once we arrived, changed this in for tickets for the shuttle to the rafts and for the actual entry. There are change rooms and lockers where you leave all your belongings (we paid 20rmb plus 20 for the key deposit, though I’m pretty sure the sign said something different?) I had planned to wear just a bathing suit and flip flops but I would have felt conspicuous without a coverup. I ended up wearing my quick dry dress over my bathing suit, and luckily it lived up to its name and was dry before I got back on the bus! There’s a small risk of losing your shoes if they’re really loose. We only waited about 10 min for the shuttle, and not really any time once we got our helmets and life jackets. There’s a bit of a hold up at the top while you’re floating in your raft, and then you’re off! You’re on the river for about 45 min. We picked up the bus in the same place we’d been let off, and although we had a bit of confusion about what time the bus back was coming (turned out it was 1pm) Again, the driver seemed to have our names already. All in all, a great morning!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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