The Li River originates in the Mao'er Mountains in Xing'an County and flows in the general southern direction through Guilin, Yangshuo and Pingle. In Pingle the Li River merges with two other streams, and continues south as the Gui River, which falls into the Xi Jiang, the western tributary of the Pearl River, in Wuzhou.
The upper course of the River Li is connected by the ancient Lingqu Canal with the Xiang River, which flows north into the Yangtze; this in the past made the Li and Gui Rivers part of a highly important waterway connecting the Yangtze Valley with the Pearl River Delta.
From Guilin and the town of Xingping (photo above), there are Li River cruises that last between 2-4 hours, down the river to Yangshuo. Starting from Bamboo Wharf in Guilin, an official tour boat leaves every morning, cruising down the Li River in five hours to Yangshuo wharf. During the rainy season, the river flows faster so the cruise to Yangshuo may take four hours but in dryer months, the river moves slower, meaning the cruise duration can stretch to six hours.
Yangshuo VIllage Inn can arrange tickets for the Li River cruise, as well as pickup at Yangshuo wharf. To book tickets in advance, conatact us at firstname.lastname@example.org