Yangshuo Tours, Guilin & Rice Terraces Tours

The long and diverse list of activities in Yangshuo might seem overwhelming and to ease planning your Yangshuo tours itinerary, we have composed a selection of our own best or most common guided tours in and around Yangshuo, Guilin and the Longji rice terraces.  Our very own Yangshuo tours focus on delivering a cultural experience into the local customs and daily life while taking full advantage of the amazing scenery the Yangshuo countryside is famous for. The tour itineraries below are suggestions in how to combine several activities in Yangshuo into one great day but they can be customised to suit your needs. So do not hesitate to let us know if you would like us to organise a combination of any of the private tours listed here or wish to include other activities. For a most interesting experience have an English speaking guide to go along with you at least on one day of your time here. In addition to showing you the way and avoid getting lost local guides save you energy to complete the tours in a relaxing and enjoyable way. They can also give a better comprehension of the area and answer all the questions that may arise during the tour. While getting lost during countryside tours can actually deliver a very fun and rewarding experience, you do want to get back before dark! So it might be a good idea to take a local guide along with you during a cycling or hiking tour. In times that the demand for good English speaking guides is higher than the supply, during the high season from April to October or on school and national holidays, we advise to book your guide from beforehand. Some Yangshuo tours are already available for instant booking through our booking widget below and we will be adding more of these tours over the coming days and weeks.

Yangshuo Highlights Video

This beautiful video of Yangshuo features some of the most scenic viewpoints at sunrise & sunset, cultural highlights, and fragments of the Yangshuo tours we can organise for you. This inspirational video is a production of Yangshuo Insider directed by Bernardo Salce.

Please note that since the creation of the new Yulong river park in September 2017, there are no direct transfers between the majority of accommodations located near the Yulong river and sights outside of the park or the center of Yangshuo possible. Everyone entering or leaving the park with a motorised vehicle will need to get off at one of the entry gates and buy a ticket for the public shuttle buses to get in or out. Please read this post to make a well informed decision about the consequences before choosing your accommodation in Yangshuo.

Yangshuo Tour A: Our cultural & highly scenic Yangshuo village tour

A unique cultural experience amid great scenery off the tourist trail. Yangshuo Tour Our Yangshuo Village Tour lets you experience authentic village life as it has been for centuries through some of the most amazing scenery of the area untouched by tourism. Along this highly scenic route our culturally knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the local artisans of the villages who will welcome you in their homes. There you will witness firsthand how they still manufacture home facilities and food in the old traditional way with tools dating back several generations. This is our own unique tour. This activity trail can be done in half a day with a local lunch at an artisan's home and you could then either return on a different trail with the guide or combine this with another activity in Yangshuo. Alternatively we can arrange a taxi or minivan for this tour and we have several stretches excellent for walking through the countryside and villages. This Yangshuo village tour is our favourite of all Yangshuo tours and excellent for those on a short time frame and therefore wish to maximise their time in Yangshuo.

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Yangshuo Tour B: Guided Hiking Tour across old Villages to Yulong Bridge

Enjoy the serenity, authenticity and beauty of the Yangshuo Insider Hiking Trail Yangshuo ToursEnjoy our secret guided hiking trail through some of the most impressive mountain scenery of the area. It provides a cultural experience as well passing by small villages where you will gain an insight into the daily life of Chinese as it has been for centuries, untouched by tourism. Our professional guide will come and pick you up and guide you along several great picnic spots along the way with one of the most authentic old villages of the area where you can enjoy your lunch in a true historical setting near Jiuxian Village. The hike ends at the 800 year old Yulong bridge and one of the most beautiful natural swimming spots here where we will drive you back to Yangshuo. This hiking trail is available year-round except between May and July when the water level in the large reservoir we pass would be too high to cross without getting your feet or even waist wet. More information and images of this hiking trail is presented on our Yangshuo Insider Hiking Trail in Yangshuo.

Pricing: ¥270/pp (2p) - ¥195/pp (3p)- ¥160/pp (4p) - 140Y/pp (5-8p) Inclusions: All Transfers - Professional English speaking Guide - Fruit & Drinking Water Exclusions: Local meal & Beverages

Yangshuo Tour C: Guided Photography Tour amid great Scenery and Culture!

Best shots for sunrise in the area with a visit to the ruins of Stone Village Yangshuo TourGet up early for a 1.5hr ride along a winding and hilly road to where we will climb a mountain with great views over the Li-river and its adjacent mountain scenery. We then continue further north through some of the best scenery in the area for a local lunch and head to the ruins of Stone Village. There we will hike along deep forest trails up the mountains surrounding this fascinating Qing-dynasty village, perched on top of a limestone peak, while your guide will explain you the historical importance of this passed garrison town. This tour makes a great day trip for those looking for a real off -the-beaten-track adventure. If the time permits we can also add a visit and tour around the tea plantation on top of a hill as well.

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Yangshuo Tour D: Guided Cooking Tour and Li-river rafting Trip

Local traditional cooking course with lunch and raft on the Li-river. Yangshuo Tours CookingAfter breakfast you will be picked up at your accommodation and join a small group to visit the local market in Yangshuo. You will gain insights into the local cooking ingredients during a market tour and then use them yourself in the dishes you will learn to cook in the renovated traditional farmhouse of the Yangshuo Cooking School. After lunch your private guide will show you around the riverside village of Xing Ping and the old Fishing Village (visited by Bill Clinton in 1998) only accessible by boat. Return to Yangshuo around 18.00 and perhaps watch the Cormorant Fishing Technique on the Li-river or the Light Show in Yangshuo at night.

Pricing: ¥780/pp (1p) - ¥490/pp (2p) - ¥400/pp (3p) - ¥360/pp (4p) Inclusions: All transfers - Guided Market Tour - 2hr Cooking Course - Li river Boat - English Speaking Driver/Guide and Chef Exclusions: Beverages

Yangshuo Tour E: Guided Hiking and Villages Tour Dragon River to Moon Hill

Guided countryside tour with hiking along Yulong river and farm villages, local lunch and hike up Moon Hill.  Yangshuo Tour Yulong riverStart the day with a great breakfast and meet your English speaking guide who will drive you to the 800-year old curved Dragon stone Bridge. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the valley hiking through charming little villages, bamboo groves, rice paddies and fruit orchards and continue along the banks of the Yulong river to Moon Hill, the iconic symbol of Yangshuo. Relax at the foot restaurant or hike up the 800 marbled steps to enjoy the magnificent views over hundreds of karst peaks dotted around the landscape before a scenic ride back to Yangshuo.

Pricing: ¥290/pp (2p) - ¥210/pp (3p) - ¥180/pp (4p) Inclusions: All transfers - English speaking guide - Entrance ticket Moon Hill Exclusions: Local Traditional Lunch - Extra beverages or snacks - Tip for your guide

Yangshuo Tour F: Guided Cycling/Raft Tour with visit to Fuli

Update July 2018: Unfortunately we cannot offer this tour anymore due to new government restriction which disallows rafts to leave or dock from either Fuli or Liugong. Rafts south of Yangshuo can now only start and end in Yangshuo which kind of ruins any raft and bicycle combination on the Li river.

Guided countryside tour with cycling and Rafting, visit to a local market and painting workshops in Fuli. Yangshuo Li river TourThis is great Yangshuo tour during which you will enjoy the Li-river scenery by raft downstream on the way to Fuli, famous for its fan and landscape paintings. There you can get the best price for a great local souvenir and which also offers the most interesting market of the area on the days that end with 1,4 or 7. After exploring this ancient town you will continue per raft to the sleepy old riverside village of Liugong. In this village you can enjoy a traditional local lunch in a truly fabulous setting on a wooden deck overlooking the Li-river with very few tourists passing by, the ideal place for a refreshing swim as well! Then it is time to get the bikes off the raft and cycle along the shores of the river on flat countryside roads amid farmlands and rice paddies with the green mountains as backdrop. We pass by the stage of the famous Light Show in Yangshuo back to the center or one of our recommended accommodation in the countryside of Yangshuo. (Note that the prices for Li-river rafting trips have increased to 150Ypp under government regulation since 2014)

Tour Duration: 09:00-17:30 Pricing: 300¥pp (2p) - 240¥pp (3-7p) Inclusions: Li-river raft - English speaking guide - Market Tour - Drinking Water Exclusions: Bike Rental (at your hotel or center) - Local Traditional Lunch - Extra beverages or snacks

Yangshuo Tour G: Guided Cycling Tour Yulong river and Moon Hill

Guided tour with cycling and Bamboo Rafting, local lunch and hike up Moon Hill. Yangshuo Moon hill TourStart around 9:00 in the morning with a bike ride to the Yulong river valley across local villages and stunning landscapes. Take a break from cycling and enjoy the scenery on a Yulong river bamboo raft while your bikes will be escorted to the end and continue to Moon Hill where you will have lunch at a good local restaurant. After lunch we climb up the hill and cycle back to Yangshuo. Optional evening activities are the Light Show or the Cormorant Fishing Show in Yangshuo. Update 2016: Unfortunately high government taxes have been applied to the Yulong river area and prices for the bamboo rafting have now doubled.

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Yangshuo Tour H: Private Guilin transfer & Yulong river raft trip

Combine a Guilin to Yangshuo transfer with a river trip along the way!  Yangshuo Tours Yulong riverTake full advantage of your time in Yangshuo and experience the stunning mountain scenery on a more secluded part of the Yulong river valley during your transfer from Guilin airport to Yangshuo. Get off your taxi when entering Yangshuo and float down the Yulong river passed the 800-year old Yulong bridge on a traditional bamboo-raft steered by a traditional gondolier. Your driver will be waiting for you at the end near the historical Jiuxian Village of Yangshuo and take you straight to your hotel in Yangshuo. This Yangshuo tour can be arranged for flight arrivals between 7.00 - 14.30. Time on the water would be 1.5 - 2 hours. This raft trip can also be included in a transfer from Guilin train station to Yangshuo. Unfortunately high government taxes have been applied to the Yulong river area and prices for the bamboo rafting have now doubled.

Pricing: ¥710/pp (1p) - ¥355/pp (2p) - ¥345/pp (3p) - ¥260/pp (4p) Inclusions: Airport transfer to Jinlong Bridge - Bamboo-Raft Tour 1.5-2 hrs - Transfer to hotel Exclusions: Small tip for your local gondolier on the river

Yangshuo Tours Booking

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More distant tours

We also organise day tours to Huangyao Ancient Town and the Longji rice terraces which are located about a 2.5 hr drive from Yangshuo. Please contact us for an overview of the itinerary and pricing. Aside from the listed guided tours above we can virtually combine any of the activities and sights of the area that carry your interests and provide a fully customised itinerary to suit your specific needs.