The Yangtze River Cruise of course is very famous and takes a few days; but most people do not know about the Li River Day Cruise which is 4 to 6 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo. A narrow and shallow river, the Li River cruise is through some of the most beautiful countryside and hay stack like hills in all China. Once the bottom of the ocean millions of years ago, this area has become one of the best river cruises in China. You are bused through the countryside form Guilin to the boat docks to board one of the river boats complete with lunch during the cruise. Be sure to take plenty of film as this cruise is a photographers dream. You can take the short cruise that goes directly to Yangshuo or you can take the cruise that stops at Crown Cave. Crown cave is included on some of the itineraries and is a great example of carst caves of this ancient area. Arriving at Yangshuo, you will find an old village that has now become a tourist destination for the fantastic evening show on the river with hundreds of local people involved in the entertainment. It is one of the best shows in China. Once a small village, Yangshuo has become a wonderful place to spend a few days relaxing, biking, hiking, shopping for bargains or just enjoying country life here. Many street restaurants serving both Chinese and western food along with great people watching are just part of the attraction to this area.