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How to Plan a (Day)Trip to Yangshuo from Guilin

Not so clear about how to travel to Yangshuo from Guilin? We are here to help you, and tell you how to plan a(day) trip to Yangshuo from Guilin, including all things you need to know. The below are useful information and travel tips about your day trip to Yangshuo from Guilin.

how to plan a trip to Yangshuo from Guilin

How to Get to Yangshuo from Guilin

Guilin to Yangshuo transport map

Yangshuo is a county of Guilin, located in the south of Guilin. From Guilin to Yangshuo, the distance is 65 km, and it takes 1.5 hours of driving. For getting to Yangshuo from Guilin, you could make use of public transport.

1. Guilin → Guilin South Bus Station

Take No. K 99 public bus or No. 12 public bus. From Guilin Railway Station to Guilin South Bus Station, it takes 30-40 min.

K 99 public bus: 

  • Passes through:  Guilin North Bus Station, Shizijie(Zhengyang Pedestrian Street), Guilin Centre Square, Guilin Railway Station, and its terminal is Guilin South Bus Station.
  • Operation time: 06:30-22:00, every 10-15 min.
  • Ticket: 2 yuan

2. Guilin South Bus Station → Yangshuo Bus Station

Take bus from Guilin to Yangshuo:

  • Distance/time: 57 km/ 1 hour 10 mins.
  • ticket: 35 yuan.
  • Operation time: 07:00-20:30, every 20-30 min.


Yangshuo Tour Highlights

Yangshuo tour highlights map

Yangshuo is a famous tourist place, and well known to western tourists for a long time thanks to its gorgeous natural scenery and countryside sightseeing. So what does Yangshuo actually have for tourists?

1. Li River Bamboo Raft & Hiking

how to plan a trip to Yangshuo from Guilin

Li River flows from Guilin to Yangshuo, and its highlights are in the section from Yangdi to Xingping. The two are towns of Yangshuo, and great attractions are Mural Hill, Huang Bu Dao Ying(Reflection of Yellow Cloth), and Yuan Bao Mountain, etc.

Yangdi pier (motor- driven bamboo raft):

Operation time: 07:00-10:30; 12:00-16:30 (17:00, May to August).

Yangdi → Mural Hill: 118 yuan, 4 persons for a bamboo raft. (Bamboo raft from Yangdi to Mural Hill-40 min, free tourist bus to Xingpng-10 to 15 min).

Yangdi → Xingping bamboo raft: 216 yuan, 4 persons for a bamboo raft (1 hour).

Yangdi → Xingping hiking

Yangdi → Mural Hill → Xingping: 4-5 hours for this hiking route (2 hours from Yangdi to Mural Hill).

2. Xingping Ancient Town

Xingping Ancient Town is a beautiful town with a long history along Li River, and tourists could go to visit well-preserved historic buildings and enjoy its beauty. Xingping Ancient Street is a famous stone-paved street, over 1 km long, and along the street, there are well-preserved historic buildings of stone-tile structure.

3. Yangshuo West Street

how to plan a trip to Yangshuo from Guilin

Yangshuo West Street is the famous street in Yangshuo, and also a pedestrian street, commercial street, and the best place to buy Yangshuo special goods, eat delicious food, drink coffee and beer, and enjoy yourself for a serene leisure time.

4. Yulong River Bamboo Raft & Hiking

how to plan a trip to Yangshuo from Guilin

Yulong River is the biggest river in Yangshuo with spectacular scenery, being the essential part of Yangshuo scenery. Yulong River Bridge is the place where you could capture beautiful pictures. There are several piers for Yulong River bamboo raft, and different sections for cruise. 

Yulong River bamboo raft: 

  • Jinlongqiao-Jiuxian: 270 yuan for 2 persons, 2 hours.
  • Shui'e'di-Gongnong Bridge: 170 yuan for 2 persons, 60 min.

Yulong River hiking: 

  • Jima Pier-Gongnong Bridge: 6 km, 2-3 hours.
  • Jiuxiu Pier-Gongnong Bridge: 8 km, 4-5 hours.

5. Ten-mile Gallery

Ten-mile Gallery is another highlight attraction in Yangshuo, and also the best place for countryside sightseeing and bike tour, and the best place for interesting outdoor activities. Ten-mile Gallery consists of several parts, Tuteng Gudao, Butterfly Spring, Big Banyan Tree, Julong Deep Pool, Moon Hill, Yulong River and Gongnong Bridge.

Operation time: 8:00-18:00.

Sightseeing ways: tourist bus (20 yuan), bike (10-20 yuan), and electric vehicle (30 yuan for half day). Most tourists would like to take tourist bus or ride a bike for Ten-mile Gallery sightseeing, and tourists in a tight itinerary usually take tourist bus.

Ticket: No entrance ticket, but tickets to attractions like Big Banyan Tree(15 yuan), Moon Hill( 10 yuan).


Yangshuo Tour Itinerary

1. Day trip to Yangshuo from Guilin itinerary:

 ► Option 1

  • Guilin to Yangdi →  Yangdi-Xingping bamboo raft →  Xingping Ancient Town →  Yangshuo West Street → Yangshuo to Guilin.

Option 2

  • Guilin to Yangshuo →  Ten-mile Gallery →  Yulong River bamboo raft/ Yulong River hiking →  Yangshuo West Street →  Yangshuo to Guilin.

 ► Option 3

  • Guilin to Yangshuo →  Yangdi-Xingping bamboo raft →  Ten-mile Gallery →  Yangshuo West Street →  Yangshuo to Guilin.

Due to bamboo raft not available at 10:30-12:00, you could arrive Yangdi before 12:00, then take Yangdi-Xingping bamboo raft and back to Yangshuo (3 hours needed), and then you only have 2-3 hours for Ten-mile Gallery( end at 18:30), and have a short stay at Yangshuo West Street, and go back to Guilin. The latest bus from Yangshuo to Guilin departs at 8: 30 PM.

If you start this tour in early morning, and arrive Yangdi at 9:30 AM (Guilin to Yangdi at 7:00-7:30 AM), you could take Yangshuo-Mural Hill bamboo raft, and the whole itinerary won't be so tight.

►  Option 4

  • Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo →  Ten-mile Gallery →  Yangshuo West Street →  Yangshuo to Guilin.

You could go to Guilin Pier before 08:30, and take Li River Cruise to Yangshuo at 12:30-13:00, and visit Ten-mile Gallery and Yangshuo West Street in the afternoon, and go back to Guilin from Yangshuo before 20:30.

2. 2 days trip to Yangshuo from Guilin itinerary:

Option 1

  • Day 1: Guilin to Yangdi → Yangdi-Xingping bamboo raft Xingping Ancient Town  Yangshuo West Street.
  • Day 2: Ten-mile Gallery Yulong River bamboo raft/ Yulong River hiking Yangshuo West Street + Yangshuo to Guilin.

 Option 2

  • Day 1: Guilin to Yangdi  Ten-mile Gallery Yulong River bamboo raft/ Yulong River hiking camping.
  • Day 2: Yangdi → Xingping bamboo raft  Xingping Ancient Town  Yangshuo West Street  Yangshuo to Guilin.


Top things to Do for Yangshuo Trip

how to plan a trip to Yangshuo from Guilin

Yangdi-Xingping bamboo raft/ hiking

Yulong River bamboo raft/ Yulong River hiking

Yangshuo West Street:

  • Stroll along Yangshuo West Street and do some shopping.
  • Have a seat at the riverside of Li River and enjoy its beauty.
  • Have cups of coffee and taste local gourmet.
  • Drink beers and have a chat with friends to spend a night.

Ten-mile Gallery:

  • Countryside biking. Rent a bike and have a good bike tour, and enjoy yourselves on those countryside paths.
  • Rock climbing. In the area close to Butterfly Spring, there are outdoor climbing bases, and you could enjoy yourselves in this fitness program.
  • Helicopter tour. In Gongnong Bridge, here is a helicopter program with 2 flight courses, and you could have a helicopter tour and enjoy the beauty of Ten-mile Gallery from high places.
  • Horse-riding. In areas close to Butterfly Spring, there are horse-riding activities for you.
  • Camping. Camping in countryside area, you could have barbue, and hold a music party and make some games for fun.


Where to Stay & Comfortable Accomodation

For staying nights in Yangshuo, you could choose to stay in Yangshuo downtown or in Ten-mile Gallery. Here we recommend you some good accommodation in this two places.

Accommodation in Yangshuo downtown

Yangshuo downtown has so many hotels for tourists, star-level hotels from economy to luxury, hostels, and homestay. Yangshuo downtown is so not big that you could choose a hotel in anywhere, but the popular area for accommodation is close to Yangshuo West Street and Li River.

Comfortable hotels: Green Lotus Hotel, New West Street International.

Accommodation in Ten-mile Gallery

Ten-mile Gallery has resort hotels, guest houses, and homestays for tourists, and it is the best place for camping in Yangshuo. Popular area for accommodation is close to Li River, and villages in Ten-mile Gallery.

Comfortable hotels: Yangshuo Resort.


What to Eat & Gourmet Restaurants in Yangshuo

Guilin rice noodles

What to eat in Yangshuo? Tourists could eat local food, western food, and also Indian food in Yangshuo.

► Delicious local food: Guilin Rice Noodles, Yangshuo Beer Fish, Lipu Taro Looped Meat, Tian Luo Niang.

Restaurants: Xie Da Jie Beer Fish, Da Shi Fu Beer Fish.

► Western food: fast food, pizza, beef, coffee.

Restaurants: KFC, Mcdonald's, Pizza Hut, Rosewood Restaurant, German Beer Balcony.

► Indian food: Naan, Pepper Chicken Curry, Basmati Rice.

Indian restaurants: Ganga Impression Indian Restaurant, Kali Mirch(Black Pepper) Indian Cuisine.

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If you are interested, please feel free to contact us or you could make a tailor-made tour.