I have seen pictures of the Li River in China and it looks absolutely stunning. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijiang_River Does anyone know some options on how to get here from main transport hubs in Asia?
You might get to GuiLin by flying cheaply to a hub like Singapore or KL and then using AirAsia to get to GuiLin.
If you fly to Hong Kong it might be better to cross the border first and then get a domestic flight. There is often heavy discounting if the last minute flight has empty seats. (If you can cope with the stress!)
By train its 14 hours or so with hard or soft and seat or sleeper options. I have travelled in China by train and whilst the cheaper options might sound good....don't do it. The hard options are well crowded. The soft sleepers we travelled on were excellent. We even had Chinese movies on LCD screens on one train. And take food, especially noodles as all trains seem to have hot water supplied.
We missed the Li River when we lived in China, so its on our Agenda when we return next. almost 10 years ago
You can fly from Shenzhen (2 hours?) or take a train (about 12 hours) to Guilin. Guilin itself is a fairly nasty city though. At the train station or airport you will find minibuses that will take you to Yangshuo, which is where you want to be. It's a little more than an hour drive.
You'll be dropped off in downtown where there are lots of hostels and tour agencies that will book bamboo rafting trips, mountain biking, visits to the rice terraces and local ethnic villages... almost 9 years ago
Yes, just visited the Li River area in September. We stayed in YangShuo. It was the best spot I have been to in ages. The river scenery was stunning! We did 2 river trip on bamboo rafts, some bike riding and some cooking classes. They were all excellent and inexpensive. Lots of good eating there too.
It is, however, a bit tedious getting there. Its a 2 hour taxi from Guilin airport.
I would take the AirAsia flight from KL to Guilin still..... about 8 years ago
Yes, you need to fly or train into Guilin. From there you can go by minibus to Yangshuo as a cheaper option (there are loads of them around the train station) or take a taxi. I've been three times from Shenzhen. Yangshuo is amazing.
Guilin is a dirty city, don't spend any time there. Also sketchy around the train station. I saw a kid pickpocket a lady walking in front of me near there. I called out to make her aware. He looked at me with an expression of, "Who do you think you are Laowai", and even the lady seemed pissed.
If you're up for adventure you can rent a bike and cycle to moon rock, by the river, and some other destinations around there just outside the city. It's quite nice. Just be careful at night, there are no streetlights and the car can get too close for comfort! about 8 years ago