Yangshuo is one of the most beautiful parts of China with lush green mountains and sparkling blue rivers.
Yangshuo lies in the northeast of Guangxi Province and to the southeast of Guilin City. The special geography gives it breath-taking beauty while over 1,400 years of history bless it with a deep traditional culture. The diverse ethnic minority groups including Hui, Zhuang, Yao and others, enrich it with special folk cultures represented by their various festivals; while many foreign residents add exotic flavors to its fascination.
The famous Li River traverses the county and brings it the most beautiful scenery. Along the extremely pure river, thousands of hills stand in different poses and with different expressions, such as Moon Hill, Mural Hill and Schoolboy Hill which is the natural stage of the world famous opera ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’. Sanjie Liu is a fairy singer in the legend of the Zhuang minority group. Big Banyan, a huge tree with a history of over 1,400 years, is said to be the place where her love story happened. The ‘Little Li River’- the Yulong River – is a paradise for a cruise because of its green hills, silky water and ancient bridges. You can also go to Xanadu, a primitive minority village full of folk culture and tranquil rurality.
Streets in Yangshuo are well kept in the original style, presenting the simple and primitive atmosphere of the ancient town. West Street is the most exciting one that locals call the ‘Global Village’. There are not only many foreign tourists, but also quite a number of foreign residents managing cafés and restaurants. The exotic flavor, combined with the traditional culture, make the West Street world famous.
Yangshuo also attracts tourists with its delicious specialty foods, such as Beer Fish, Niang dishes and special snacks including rice noodles and various glutinous rice cakes. You can taste them in most streets of the county. The local specialties such as the Shatian Shaddocks, the kumquats and the Chinese chestnuts are worth tasting as well. If you want to buy some souvenirs, painted fans, embroidered balls, and painted shirts are all good choices. You can buy these articles both in the tourist spots and in the malls of the county.
Accommodation is plentiful and price and quality range from hostels for 20rmb for a bed and shared facilities to hotels of 5-star quality such as the Yangshuo resort from 1000rmb per night.
We stayed in the dragon river retreat, a beautiful hotel by the dragon river surrounded by hills and mountains. The rooms were spacious and well kept; the shower even had a sit down massage facility. Staff were courteous and friendly and more than happy to let you serve yourself beverages from the bar.
Rooms start from 470rmb per night during peak season for a double, and 510rmb per night for 3 beds.
Take an overnight sleeper bus from Lohou bus station for 140rmb each way, the bus takes around 8 hours. Buses leave regularly all day.
Take a flight from Shenzhen airport from 1000rmb return.