Kayaking was a great way to experience the Li River scenery and this tour definitely counted as a favourite among travellers visiting Yangshuo. The stretch of the Li-river south of Yangshuo, between Fuli and Liugong may not be as renowned as its counter-part up north, but it is still an amazing area to enjoy and renting your own kayak offers the opportunity to be on the water in a less touristy environment without tour boats and only a few bamboo-rafts drifting by. Floating down the river you are surrounded by the true rural riverside lifestyle of Yangshuo. The fishermen sit maintaining their nets, farmers let their water buffalo bask in the sun and enjoy the water while they slumber in the shade of a nearby bamboo tree.
Unfortunately, kayaking has been banned on the Li-river and trips are now organised on the Shazi river, a tributary of the Yulong river, about an hour drive from Yangshuo. While the surroundings are truly stunning and serene, there are several dams along this 2 hour stretch where you’d need to get out of the kayaks to pass the dams. With little current, many interruptions and full grown vegetation along most the shores it resembles a kayaking trip in a lake, rather than on a majestic river. Still worth to consider for young families but perhaps not as appealing for adult adventurers.
The kayaks used are the faster fibreglass versions or wide bottomed plastic canoes of a type suitable for children and beginners so you are not expected to have any previous experience. In addition the river along this stretch is very calm and easy to paddle so you don’t even need to be particularly fit. You should however beware of the sun which even on an overcast day can leave you burnt red as a lobster.
|Getting There: Kayak rental fees include transportation to/from the center of Yangshuo or accommodation near the center of Yangshuo.|
|Times/Duration: Kayak trip takes half a day with about 1.5-2 hours on the river. This depends on the season & current strength and can be done either in the morning (09:00am pick-up) or afternoon (1:00pm pick-up)|
|Cost/Prices: Price for a kayaking trip including transfers is 240Y per person. Discounts are available for groups.|
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