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Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo (Tips, Photos Map)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022
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Yulong River (遇龙河), about 7 km southwest of Yangshuo, is the largest tributary of Li River with a total length of 16 km starting from Jinlong Bridge and Yulong Bridge, ends at Gongnong Bridge, and emptying itself into Li River. The scenery along Yulong River is breathtaking. Yulong River is often regarded as a  smaller and quieter Li River.

Yulong River about 7 km southwest of Yangshuo, Guilin ( Google Map)

Bamboo rafting from Jinlong Bridge and Yulong Bridge through Gongnong Bridge is the highlight of a leisure trip to Yangshuo. The whole bamboo rafting takes about 4 hours, which can also be cut into different boating courses – 1 hour and 2 hours rafting to suit your travel schedule. It is an interesting experience which can enrich your Guilin tour.

Sit down in a chair on a bamboo raft steered by a boatman, you will float with the current passing by the paddy fields flanked by undulating karst hills without any modern buildings; limpid water running down dams makes your rating exciting with a sense of adventure. You will raft under the Yulong Bridge, an over 600-year old built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 -1644 ). You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

Rafting under Jinlong Bridge

Rafting under Jinlong Bridge
Rafting under Jinlong Bridge

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River

Going to pass over the dam is an exciting experience for the bambbo rafting on Yulong River

Passing over the dam
Passing over the dam

Over the Dam with a sense of adventure

Over the Dam
Over the Dam

Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge, an over 600-year old built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 -1644 ).

Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge,
Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge,

So relax and enjoy sitting on chairs rafting passing the beautiful scene.

 relax and enjoy sitting on chairs
relax and enjoy sitting on chairs

One American couple coming afar for the natural beauty and relaxing bamboo raft.

One American couple
One American couple

You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.
You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

How to book your boat tickets

Book your tickets through your hotel for discounts including transport to/from the dock.

Bamboo rafting tickets: 100 – 300 yuan ( 1-4 hours).

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour- Top 10 Things to do in Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill (Tips, Photos & Map)

Friday, February 25th, 2022
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Elephant Trunk Hill Scenic Area

Standing at the confluence of Li River and Taohua River in Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill (象鼻山)is one of the iconic landmarks of Guilin, a big draw for first-time visitors to Guilin.

The location of Elephant Trunk Hill (Google Map)

As far as I could remember, many years ago people could come here for a free glimpse of the hill which resembled an elephant drinking water by hist trunk.

Elephant Trunk Hill Scenic Area is recognized by Google Map as “Xiangshan Scenic Area”. “Xiangshan” here literally means “Elephant Hill”.

Xiangshan Scenic Area Address: No.1 Binjiang Road, Xiufeng District, Xiangshan District, Guilin
Tel: 0773-2235151;0773-2800315
Official website: www.glxbs.com
Entrance Fee: Free of Charge ( starting from Jan 31, 2022)

Best Place for a Bird’s-Eye View of Elephant Trunk Hill

So if you are only attracted only to have a look at the hole in a stone on a river during your Guilin tour, you have a delightful choice to head for the nearby hotel known as Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel 桂林璟象精品酒店 and go up to the roof-top patio for a glimpse of so-called Elephant Trunk Hill over a drink, more relaxing and comfortable. At night the Elephant Trunk Hill looks gorgeous!

Viewed from the roof-top patio at Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel (Image Credit: http://www.jvbhotel.com)

Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin 5-star hotel
Address: No. 8 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin, China
Tel: 0773-2325888

Today, the 55 yuan entry ticket doesn’t only allow you to have a glimpse of the moon-like hole in the rock hill, but also to hike the whole Elephant Trunk Hill along the stairs of stone steps to the top of the hill for panoramic views of Guilin city.

Folded Brocade Hill is a good alternative for a panoramic view of the city with much cheaper entry fee. But if you still want to invent your time, money and muscle at the Elephant Trunk Hill, well it is not a very bad idea though the entrance ticket is a bit exorbitant and the walk takes much longer time due to the size of the park.

Virtual Tour of Elephant Trunk Hill Park

Follow me to walk though Elephant Trunk Hill Park. There are three entrance gates – No.01, No.02 and No.03. Basically you’d better enter the park through the No.03 Gate which is closer to the hill itself, easier for you to climb up. If you only want to see the hole of the hill, you should go through either the No.01 or No.02 Gate.

Starting to hike up along the stone stairs of steps.

Looking at the west from the hillside, you can see Taohua River.

Looking at the west from the hillside, you can see Taohua River.

Looking at the north, you are able to see the confluence of the two rivers – Taohua on the left and Li River on the upper

right.

Taohua on the left and Li River on the upper

Snap some pictures on the summit where you can have clear views of the Li River, karst hills and the city.

The Li River, karst hills and the city

Li River on the south of Elephant Trunk Hill.

Li River on the south of Elephant Trunk Hill.

The apartment blocks below at a distance seen from the top of the hill.

The apartment blocks below at a distance seen from the top of the hill.

You are also able to walk to the north side of the hill on the open top where you have the chance to look at Huo Hill and Folded Brocade Hill to the north of the hill.

Huo Hill and Folded Brocade Hill seen from the north of the hill.

Backtrack after hiking around the hilltop and walk down. Then cross Taohua River along the stone bridge linking the two banks. Continue to walk for a  good spot where you can clearly see the Elephant Trunk Hill protruding from the bank of Li River.

Crossing Taohua River along the stone bridge linking the two banks.

You should walk across the stone bridge linking the two banks of Taohua River and move on to the place where you can clearly see the hole in the rock – Elephant Trunk Hill protruding from the bank of Li River.

Try to locate a good spot for an iconic photo of the hill.

The Elephant Trunk Hill

A group of foreign tourists come afar for visiting the trunk hill.

A group of foreign tourists

Posed like a fishing man, grasping a bamboo pole with two cormorants and putting on a straw rain cap.

Posed like a fishing man

A complete picture of Elephant Trunk Hill.

A complete picture of Elephant Trunk Hill

The park is more attractive to the domestic tourists due to the added entertainment in the park.

The park is more attractive to the domestic tourists.

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour – Top 10 Things to do Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Daxu Ancient Town (Tips, Photos & Map)

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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Guilin is a picturesque city, aft-lauded as “The Best Landscapes under the Heaven”.  The city is surrounded by rivers and lakes, and dotted with karst hills, a cityscape typical of a mesmerizing Chinese painting.

Daxu Ancient Town (Daxuzhen)

But Guilin’s fame doesn’t totally rely on its natural beauty, it also boasts several sites of historical importance and cultural value. Daxu Ancient Town (大圩古镇) is one of them, which used to be off-beaten path. Now Daxu Ancient Town has become a popular travel destination which attracts those who are interested in Chinese history, traditional buildings and culture.

So if you are planning Guilin tour, you may consider adding Daxu Ancient Town on your Guilin travel schedule. Basically a return side trip to Daxu Ancient Town from Guilin city center takes about 3-4 hours. It is located about 19 km southeast of Guilin city center.

Daxu Town Road Map recognized as “Daxuzhe” by Google Map

“Daxu” literally means “a big market”. Daxu Ancient Town used to be one of the four ancient market towns in Guangxi Province. The ancient town developed from Song Dynasty ( 960 -1279),  prospered in Ming and Qing dynasties ( 1368 -1911) and reached its peak during Republic Era of China ( 1912 – 1949 ).

Daxu Ancient Town’s only street runs along Li River for 2 km (on the east bank of the river), flanked by traditional one- and two-story wooden houses. Walking on the stone-flagged street brings you back to the past when it was a busy trade and market town. Today, the town is well-preserved and still inhabited by the locals from generation to generation.

How to Get to Daxuzhen (Daxu Town)

Take the public bus No.306 and get off at the last stop – Daxu Square ( 大圩广场). At Guilin, basically you have several places to get on the Bus 306, such as Guilin North Railway Station, Guilin East Railway Station and Public Tansport Donghua Station (公交东环车场 – 公交站).

Actually the Bus 306 is operated by Lingchuan County where Daxu Town is located, and the 306 bus line goes from Lingchuan General Bus Station, passing through the city of Guilin along over stops, than back to Daxu Town. So theoretically you have more than 10 bus stops on the way in Guilin for your bus ride to Daxu Town on the Bus Line 306. The Bus Line 306 totally have 52 stops and Daxu Square is the last bus stop – the 52th stop.

Guilin to Daxu Old Town Bus 306 ( Image Credit: gx.sina.cn )

The earliest departure from Guilin is 6:30, and the latest return from Daxu Town is 18:30. Be ready for small amount of cash in coins or notes for the bus tickets.

No entrance fee.
Address: 250 Linjiang Road, Lingchuan County, Guilin
Tel: 0773-2880180

Virtual Tour of Daxu Ancient Town

Now follow me to have a glimpse of the ancient town.

The ancient town attracts more and more foreign tourists nowadays and I happen to meet some of them,  a busload of tourists from Spain.

a busload of tourists from Spain.
a busload of tourists from Spain.

They are talking and laughing, every much intrigued by the ancient Chinese houses and handicrafts.

every much intrigued by the ancient Chinese houses and handicrafts .
every much intrigued by the ancient Chinese houses and handicrafts .

The large original stone paved street tells us a historical past.

The large original stone paved street tells us a historical past
The large original stone paved street tells us a historical past

The two-story wooden house has ornate wood carvings and western style of handrails.

The two-story wooden house has ornate wood carvings
The two-story wooden house has ornate wood carvings

You will see some local food culture, herbal medicine and crafts arts are still preserved till today like distillery, bamboo craft and many more.

The traditional distillery
The traditional distillery

It is a leisurely place. Most of the inhabitants are seniors and kids with doors open, living an easy and slow pace of life.

 living an easy and slow pace of life.
living an easy and slow pace of life.

The Longevity Bridge is a single arch stone bridge, originally built in Ming Dynasty and rebuilt in 1899. The bridge is firm with many stone steps at the confluence of Li River and Ma River.

The Longivity Bridge is a single arch stone bridge
The Longivity Bridge is a single arch stone bridge

The 2 km stone flagged and cobbled street is interesting for a two-hour stroll,  immersing yourself into the traditional Chinese life – its historical culture and traditional buildings.

The 2 km stone flagged and cobbled street is interesting for a two-hour stroll,
The 2 km stone flagged and cobbled street is interesting for a two-hour stroll,

There used to be 13 docks along the street on the water edge at its peaks when it served as the local trade and commercial hub. Today, you can see some of them alive with water transportation and bamboo rafting activities.

There used to be 13 docks along the street on the water edge
There used to be 13 docks along the street on the water edge

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour – Top 10 Things to do in Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.