Y a n g s h u o
Guangxi Province, Southwest China
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Bridge on a tributary of Yulong river
|Yangshuo is a place where I would like to go back
again and again.
What a pleasure to ramble on the trails
while farmers went to their fields and children headed for the
school, in a countryside away from tourists, vehicles, and
With breathtaking, beautifully shaped
hills all around, I listened to the local women chatting with
each other while washing clothes in the river under a
graceful, ancient stone bridge. I even lay down and rested a
while on a bamboo deck chair at a local farmer's home after a
four-hour walk, while the hostess was preparing for me some
delicious dishes with vegetables from her backyard garden.
Never had I enjoyed so freely a
countryside, and seen such an affluence of natural
|Few places in China offer as
many opportunities for adventure as Yangshuo.
cave-exploring, or rafting in the region where famous
Li river and serene Yulong river zigzag among the amazing
limestone pinnacles and green rice fields. Craggy hills rise
vertically two to three hundred meters from the ground,
offering a wide range of choices for rock climbers. ..more
Best time to visit: April, May,
October and November.
Spring is the best season to
enjoy the green rice fields, but there are a lot of
In autumn, Yangshuo remains warm with less
rain than spring and summer. The average temperature is around
22'c in October, and 15'c in November.
temperature is around 10'c, with less precipitation than other
Don't miss the excursion to Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
places in China offer as many opportunities for adventure
The region offers great possibilities for hikers. Easy trails
without demanding much physical effort. Click here to several walking
routes, located in the peaceful
countryside far away from mass tourists.
Bike tours: Yangshuo offers wide-ranging choices
in bike tours. The map
'Around Yulong River' will help you to discover the
region by your own. The classic route from Yangshuo is to
ride for Moon Hill. The scenery on the way is spectacular.
Rent a bike : At the entrance of Xijie, there
are a lot of bicycles for rent. A good mountain bike is
Y10 a day. Ask for a raincoat during the raining season,
it's free of charge. Everybody speaks more or less English.
Find a guide: In Xijie(West Street), there are quite
a few women and young men who would show you photographs
of the bike tours and propose their guide service for around
Y80 a day. Read a traveler's experience for such a guided
bike tour at CNN
Li river cruise: The traditional route from Guilin
to Yangshuo is too expensive and noisy. I took the route
and I would not recommend it to any independent traveler.
An alternative is to take a cruise from Yangshuo to Fuli,
or catch a return cruise in Yangshuo to Xingping and Yangdi.
If you visit the fishing village near Xingping by boat,
you can enjoy the most beautiful part of Li river scenery.
Rafting on Yulong river: From Yulong Bridge to Gongnong
Bridge on Yangshuo-Wuzhuo highway: Worth a try if you are
not tight in money, it offers a different view over the
Yulong valley from walking and biking.
Climbing: Craggy hills rise vertically two to three
hundred meters from the ground, offering innumerable choices
for rock climbers. Yangshuo has been developped to a climbing center in the recent years. One can find numberous climbing clubs in town. I tried it during my last visit in 2009. Click here to view climbing pictures: picture 1 , picture 2.
Buddha Cave and Dradon Cave are close to Moon Hill.
Water Cave is around 6km after Moon Hill.
I am not a fan of cave exploring. Besides, the adventure
costs a small fortune. In Xijie, many people would propose
to you such an adventure with photos in one of the above-mentioned
caves in the region.
In the town of Yangshuo:
Xijie in 2002: One could enjoy a doing-nothing atmosphere, accompanied
by a bottle of beer in a cafe, watch pedestrians passing
in front, chat with a charming waitress.
Xijie in 2009: Noisy. Packed with tourists and shops of local products, Chinese paintings,
Opposite the bus station, near the market, there is an open restaurant which offers
'Sha-Guo-Fan' Rice boiled in a mini earthenware pot. Fresh vegetables, different kinds of tofu,
meat displayed for clients to make their own choice. The chef would sauté what you selected in
a pan, flavor them with different local seasonings, and add them onto the rice. Just for Y 5.
Definitely delicious. I went to this restaurant each time I was in Yangshuo, and the price remained the same.
For breakfast, in west street restaurants offer eastern/western breakfast. Walk away from west street, one can find places frequented by locals offer
dumplings such as Baozi, Jiaozi; noodles, huntun, they are all delicious and cheap.
One week is minimum for exploring the region.
Stay five days in Yangshuo:
-> Hike down the Li River from Yangdi to Xingping
-> Take a boat from Xingping to Fishing village, enjoy the most beautiful part of scenery along Li river. The fishing village still keeps ancient houses with beautifully carved wooden windows and doors dating back several hundred years. Near the wharf of Xingping, take a steep path to the pavilion (Heping Ting), an 40-minute ascent will be rewarded by a fantastic view of the surrounding areas.
-> Hike or bike in the area between Yulong Bridge, JiuXian and Yangshuo Don't miss all those ancient bridges over Yulong river.
-> Bike to Gaotian, visit big banyan tree, ascent moonhill and explore some caves.
-> Hike or bike the upper Yulong river from Putao, Zhouzhai to Shangri-La..
-> Ascent the hills in Yangshuo town.
Save at least two days for an excursion to Pingan. Other itinerary: from Yangshuo to Kaili.
First written in 2003 and modified in 2010 by Suyun.
|First uploaded in Chinabackpacker.com in 2004
Moved to Chinabackpacker.info and modified in 2010