We decided to experience the Karst Hill landscape with the motorised bamboo raft ride from Yangdi to Nine Horse Mural hill ( 45 mins, ride before 9.15 am ) on the Li River. It costs 90 yuan per person. As there are only two of us, we can choose to share our raft with another two persons or paid extra 60 yuan for the whole raft to ourselves. The life jackets provided are very new. it was a peaceful ride as there was no other raft in the Li River at that time. Our hotel, Yangshou Mountain Nest, was so wise to arrange a driver to pick us from Aroma Tea House in Guilin and alighted us here to do the ride and brought our luggages back to Mountain Nest. After the ride, we hike from Nine Horse mural hill to Xingping walking along the Li River (about an hour). It is a scenic and shady path. The next day, we hike from Mountain Nest to Jinlong Bridge, breaking the journey twice by eating breakfast at Tea Cozy and taking a ride from Feihong bridge to Yulong Bridge (30 yuan). We also paid for a car ride( 30 yuan) to view Fuli Bridge from Jinlong Bridge before taking the non-motorised bamboo raft at Jinlong Bridge. The bamboo raft rides from Jinlong bridge on the Yulong River are punted slowly by a man with a pole. We paid 255 yuan for the two seater raft and it is one way from Jinlong bridge to Jiuxian Bridge. As we took the ride at 12 pm, it was a very quiet and peaceful ride on Yulong river with the karst hill scenery on one side. The weather was great that day. It was fun going over the nine breakwaters. It felt very safe and the boatman was very skillful in manoeuvring the raft. This ride is not allowed for anyone under seven years old or over 70 years old. We alighted at Jiuxian dock and could easily get transport back to our hotel (40 yuan) for lunch.
We love taking both types of bamboo raft rides as the rides are not too long and it was focused on the the most scenic sections of the Li River (from Yangdi to Nine Horse Mural Hill) and the smaller Yulong River.