Yangshuo Travel Guide

Yangshuo Travel GuideYangshuo Travel Guide has all you need to know about Yangshuo and Guilin. 

Yangshuo is a popular tourist county and city near Guilin, Guangxi. The small city is surrounded by karst mountains,winding rivers and beautiful scenery.Even if you have never heard of Yangshuo, you may have seen the photos of the spectacular limestone mountains (karst). Yangshuo is popular among tourists for its karst peaks, rivers, caves, and temples, as well as its laid back cafes and bars. As such, the city is visited by a large number of Chinese tourists and foreigners alike, and has a relatively big ex-pats community.

Yangshuo is now a relatively large tourist town, different from most typical Chinese towns. The rippling Li River traverses the county and brings it breath-taking natural beauty. The county is regarded as one of the most beautiful counties in China and the local scenery is the essence of Guilin. It is also the termination of a Li River cruise.The special geography gives it amazing beauty while over 1,400 years of history and diverse ethnic minority groups bless it with deep traditional and splendid cultures.The West Street in town is the most popular site, gathering and dispatching a great number of tourists.

The Yangshuo Travel Guide will inform you about everything you can possibly wish for: what to do, what to visit, where to stay, the local guides, cafes, what to buy and, of course the local specialties, food and souvenirs. You will find all kinds of activities in Yangshuo: bicycling, swimming and rock climbing amongst others.

            Yulong River

         Impression Sanjie Liu

                    West Street       

                        Moon Hill

Yangshuo Old Towns and Villages

Xingping fishing village 

Both XingPing and Fishing Village are often confused as being the same but while XingPing used to be fishing village (as all riverside towns used to be really) the real Fishing Village that made its international fame with a visit of Bill Clinton in 1998, is located on the east bank of the Li River, a 30min bamboo ride south from XingPing in the direction of Yangshuo. This ancient fishing village (Mandarin Yucun) was founded during the Ming Dynasty in 1506. In this fishing village all traditional houses have been very well preserved and the special architecture of the buildings make the Fishing Village a very interesting place to visit. The village got its name from what the farmers do to earn a living: they fish. The main characteristics of their fishing techniques include the use of bamboo rafts instead of wooden boats and cormorants to catch the fish.            

Yangshuo Guangxi

Fuli Town

Fuli town, located about eight kilometers east of Yangshuo County, is a quiet old town with a history of 800 years, and particularly known as the artistic town of the area with its typical colorful fans and scroll paintings. Along the cobbled alleyways that connect the center you will find plenty of small factories making painted paper fans. Watch the intricate paper fans being made and hand painted in this sleepy old town set on the banks of the Li River. It is a town with two faces. On one side is the new town which is developed rapidly along the main road, the other side is the old town center located on the bank of the Li River. The old town still has nearly all of its old houses which you can peek into and see the simple lives of the local people.

Huang Yao Ancient Town
Yangshuo GuangxiHuang Yao is an ancient town with a history of thousand years, and reached its prime during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Huangyao is situated in the northest of Zhaoping, Guangxi, China, by the lower reaches of the Li-River about 150km from Yangshuo. The name of Huang Yao came from the family names of the locals who were mainly Huang and Yao. It has been known as a mini-Guilin for its typical development of karst topography, covering an area of 3.6 square km.

Many of the buildings are in primitive simplicity with blue bricks and black tiles. Here you can see more than 30 temples, ancestral halls and pavillions all well preserved. With fabulous mountains, caves, pavilions, temples, ancestor hills, old trees and tablets, every corner of Huang Yao town shows typical Chinese features.
Local specialities in Huang Yao ancient town are the Huang Yao tofu, mushroom fried rice cake, sweet potato as well as tea, are famous around Guangxi Province. People in Huang Yao were very hospitable, if you chat with anyone, most likely they will ask you to their home to eat, if you want to try the rice farm, you definitely can.

Stone Village Yangshuo Putao
Yangshuo GuangxiA visit to this fascinating Qing-dynasty stone village (Shitoucheng), perched on top of a limestone peak, is an unusual foray into the countryside and makes a great day trip for those looking for an off -the-beaten-track adventure. The village was once a garrison town and the ancient gates and walls are mostly still intact. It’s a steep 30- to 50 minute climb up the hill from the village ‘new town’ to the ‘old town’ where the wall begins. Once at the top, it will take another 4-5 hours to walk around to all 4 of the main gates. Locals will show you around the stone ruins for about 30Y but to get a full glimpse of the area we recommend hiring a professional guide.
To get here from Yangshuo, take any Guilin bound bus to Putao (6Y) from where a motorbike taxi (25Y) will take you the rest of the way to Stone Village (Shitoucheng). You should be able to arrange a motorbike ride back to Putao through one of the villagers. From there you can flag down a southbound bus back to Yangshuo.