Yangshuo Travel Guide

Yangshuo Travel Guide

Yulong River, Yangshuo
Yulong River
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Yangshuo lies to the southeast of Guilin and in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Since being introduced by 'Lonely Planet' in 1980, it greets an increasing number of visitors annually.

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' history and diverse ethnic minorities bless it with deep traditional and splendid cultures. Keeping their original charater, streets there present the simple and primitive atmosphere of the ancient town. Ethnic groups’ special folk customs represented by their various festivals, and exotic flavors added by foreigners make this town more colorful. The West Street in town is the most popular site, attracting a great number of tourists.
 Top 10 Things to Do in Yangshuo
Top 10 Things to Do in Guilin 
Cycling in Yangshuo
There is no airport in this town. But the high speed trains have connected it with Guilin, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Besides, buses to Guilin, Guangzhou, Nanning, Shenzhen, and Xingping Town are available at the local bus station. Those traveling by air can transfer from Guilin, where you can choose a Li River cruise or take a train or bus to Yangshuo.  City-bus and motor tricycles operate within the county. Cycling and hiking are good choices to view the idyllic countryside scenery.

Yangshuo Beer Fish
Yangshuo 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 Shatian Shaddocks, kumquats and Chinese chestnuts are worth tasting as well.

Shopping in West Street
If you want to buy some souvenirs, painted fans, embroidered balls, and painted shirts are all good choices. You can buy in tourist spots or pick up some when wandering along West Street. Bargaining is necessary before paying. If you want to buy some local specialties, you are suggested to go to supermarkets like Ninety-nine Supermarket.

Night Performance of Impression Sanjie Liu
Impression Sanjie Liu, a local performance directed by Zhang Yimou, is highly recommended to enjoy at night. It is performed on the Li River as a natural stage and many folk songs and dances are shown. West Street turns into a bar street at night, where one can relax and listen to some pop songs. Many foreigners reside there. Different kinds of clubs and cafes, as well as plenty of snacks in the roadside eateries will leave you with an unforgettable experience.

Basic facts and practical tips are provided to facilitate your trip or living in Yangshuo.
  • Area & Zip Code
  • Hospitals
  • Festivals
  • Money & Bank
  • Post Office

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- Last updated on Jan. 18, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Yangshuo Travel
Asked by Henss from INDONESIA | Dec. 06, 2019 01:39Reply
How many days (ideally) to spend here? is 3 nights enough?
And which one better, Guilin or Yangshuo? (I will arrive from GZ by HSR, so I can stop in either Guilin North or Yangshuo.) Many thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Kathy from USA | Dec. 09, 2019 18:30

3 nights are enough. I think these two cities both have their features. Maybe you can travel Guilin first, then take cruise to Yangshuo.
Asked by Estelio from PORTUGAL | Jul. 14, 2019 14:39Reply
Is it easy to go from the Li river cruise pier in Yangshuo to the River View Hotel?
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Answered by Hinson from USA | Jul. 16, 2019 23:20

Yes, the distance is around 5 km between these two places. You can take a taxi.
Asked by Lucky from HONG KONG | Jun. 05, 2019 18:57Reply
We are planning to take high speed rail from HK - GZ and then bullet train Guangzhou to Yangshuo
So can you please tell us how much transfer time will we need at Guangzhou south station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Cloris from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 11, 2019 23:16

Just follow the guide in the station and 30 minutes are enough.
Asked by Bruce Thompson from UNITED STATES (US) | May. 12, 2019 10:00Reply
Is it best to take the bamboo rafts in Yangshuo or the cruise from Guilin?
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Answered by Dancy from USA | May. 13, 2019 18:35

The cruise is safer but it is also very interesting to take a raft at Yulong River.
Asked by DOUGLAS KINGSTON from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 25, 2019 16:45Reply
Can you please advise the name of the boat you use for the 4-star Li River cruise?
Answers (1)
Answered by Joe from USA | Apr. 27, 2019 18:03

The Shengjing Cruise is available and its Chinese name is 盛景号.
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