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“Yulong River Rafting in Yangshuo Country, China”
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

From Guilin Bus Station, there are regular buses to Yangshuo (1.5 hours, RMB18). One recommended activity in Yangshuo is punting along the Yulong River. The journey from Chaoyang Pier to Gongnong Bridge takes about 2 hours. You can rent a bicycle from along the Li River outside River View Hotel to get to Chaoyang Pier (journey takes about 30 min). Alternatively, you can hire a three wheeler to get there. If you cycle there, you can transport the bicycle on the bamboo raft or arrange for it to be sent to your destination. When the raft reaches Gongnong Bridge, you can visit the Big Banyan Tree Park (Entrance: RMB 20). You can then cycle to visit Moon Hill and other attractions before going back to Yangshuo. If you didn't cycle, there are buses along the main road outside of the Big Banyan Tree Park to go back to Yangshuo. Visit my apgclh channel on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXx1Y3Qz5Ms to watch the beautiful scenery along the Yulong River.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We were glad that the hotel arranged the transport and the boats. The small waterfalls along the raft ride provide the where greatest thrill for the children.The views of the karst mountains with rice fields were truly magical particularly on a overcast sky and it briefly drizzled. We got off at the Mountain Retreat hotel to eat on its river side restaurant.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

On the cruise to Yangshou down the Li River, we saw plenty of fake bamboo rafts. Although the experience may not be very different per se, we certainly loved the feel of the authentic ones on the Yulong river. It can get a bit gimmicky at points, like the water buffalo ride or the staged cormorant fishing or [ the silliest bit ] the 50cm drop of the ‘rapids’; but overall the ride is very nice. Also very interesting is the way these rafts are brought in early morning & then packed away at night ~ that’s a great sight to watch! A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, esp in the cooler seasons.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Much more relaxing then the Li River on a raft without a motor slowly drifting down the river through the rapids.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We recently spent a week in the Yangshuo area. We were last in this region over 20 years ago. Like the rest of the country, Yangshuo has changed dramatically. Though the quintessential scroll like pictures of karst hills rising out of the lush fields and misty river can still be found, the Yangshuo area is no longer the laid back and quaint traveler's haven it used to be. Yangshuo the town itself has grown up to be much like many other small Chinese cities, with the chaos, crowds, traffic and complete lack of city planning. Sadly, it retained very little of the rural/village charm. The street known as West Street (Xi Jie) or Foreigner's Street is packed with stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. If you go there during the day before the craziness starts, you can start enjoy the cafes by the small creek, and also watch some of the store people and artisans making a variety of things such as candy, snack, fabric, crafts. Comes night fall, the street becomes packed with Chinese tourists and bars blasting out music.

Outside the town, if you plan wisely you can still enjoy the nature which is just gorgeous. If you are not going there in the peak season or during public holidays, the crowds are probably not as bad. If you happen to be there during the summer time or holidays, here are a few things we did that allowed us to stay away from the crowds.

. kayak: take a car/bus ride or bike to the town Fuli which is about 20 minutes car ride east of Yangshuo. Kayak down the river from north to south from Fuli to either Liugong Village (about 1.5 to 2 hours) or further down to Puyi Town (about 3 to 3.5 hours). Most of the commercial boat traffic including the bamboo rafts, motorized rafts, and tour boats stop at Yangshuo. So the stretch from Fuli to Puli is quiet and uncrowded.
. hike: from Xingping town (about an hour car ride north of Yangshuo) to Yangdi Town, there is a wonderful foot path that meanders along the bank of the river. The whole path takes about 4-5 hours to complete, and it's a really pleasant walk with beautiful sceneries and you walk by some small villages where you can get water, snack or meals. The best part is there is no one on the path. We asked our driver to drop us off at a little town called Nine Horses Mural Hill (Jiu Ma Hua Shan),about 3-4 minutes ride from Xingping to avoid the short stretch of the trail where there is car traffic. From Nine Horses Mural Hill, you take a short ferry ride across the river (a rip off of 10 yuan), from this point on, it's foot traffic only.
. water cave: we did the cave, which was kind of fun for a few hours. The rocks are lit with Vegas style lights. Kind of tacky but fun. The mud bath was kind of novelty fun to try but the mud smells very muddy, and there is also the hot spring which I am sure is nicer during the cool seasons. If you remember to bring a flashlight, you can explore parts of the cave that's not on the guided tour, which can be more fun.
. cooking school: we took a cooking lesson, which if you like Chinese food, and don't know how to prepare it, is a lot of fun.

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