To float into a Chinese painting couldn't have been any easier than taking a slow moving bamboo raft in the middle of the afternoon down the Yulong river in Yangshuo. Yangshuo is a protected heritage UNESCO town, for the magnificent ghostly karst mountains found here (one of seven such places in the world - the most famous of these being Halong Bay at Vietnam), with the Li and Yulong rivers snaking their way around these mountains.
If you have really energetic young kids who cannot be strapped to the raft, the bamboo raft is not really a class act, as it can (and does) drag on for two entire hours, by the end of which, you catch yourself thinking for the hundredth time "are we there yet? are we there yet?" Try and negotiate a one-hour bamboo cruise - the novelty will wear off soon, and the gorgeous karst mountain view will then become your new-normal. That being said, a shorter bamboo cruise is a must-do for a Yangshuo trip, simply for sublime views like this!
Yulong river cruising