Yangshuo County | 阳朔县.

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Yangshuo Town (map), a county town 65 km south of Guilin city, is characterized by breathtaking landscape scenery, a holiday atmosphere, and rustic culture. There is a saying that “the landscape of Guilin is the most beautiful in the world, but the landscape of Yangshuo is the most beautiful in Guilin”.

Surrounded by karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River it is easily accessible by bus or by boat from nearby Guilin. In the 1980s, the county became popular with foreign people engaging in backpacker tourism, and organized tours began by the late 1990s.

The history of West Street dates back to over 1400 years ago. Since the street is popular with locals and foreigners alike, signs are written in both Chinese and English.

Yangshuo is not a typical Chinese town and does not have the big-city feel of other Chinese cities. That means it is relatively air and noise pollution free, is very clean (by Chinese standards). It is also a nice place to stop and explore the local countryside by bike or even try your hand on the world class rock-climbing sites.

Yangshuo has a reputation as a foreigners’ village in Southern China and is a major stop for many independent travellers. It is on the Hong Kong to Kunming overland route and the Chinese offshoot of the backpakers’ Banana Pancake Trail through Southeast Asia.

The main tourist area of Yangshuo is laid out roughly like a ladder. The two main tourist streets run more-or-less parallel up from the river and end at one of the town’s larger streets. There are assorted smaller streets (rungs) crossing between the two larger streets. The street (ladder vertical) on the left seen from the River is West Street (西街 Xijie) and is the older more established tourist street, the real centre of things. The other long tourist street is Diecuilu (畳翠路).

In West Street, you will have more choices of what to eat. Besides Chinese restaurants, it is possible to find restaurants serving Western food. There are also restaurants serving vegetarian, Indian, gluten-free, and Muslim food.

Wandering through the countryside on a bike and getting lost is one of the best things about Yangshuo. The villages often have dramatic mountain backdrops, and the people are generally friendly.

Yangdi-Xingping scenic area. This stretch along the Li River is probably the most renowned and popular. The traditional bamboo rafts along this stretch have been replaced by rafts made of plastic pipe with two stroke motors.

Yulong River valley. The pretty valley is said to rival the Yangdi-Xingping stretch in terms of beauty. Besides rafting down the river on bamboo rafts, another popular way of seeing the valley is by cycling along riverside tracks.

Moon Hill. The main attraction is a hill with a huge hole in the shape of a moon. The hills here can be climbed for spectacular vistas from the top.

Huangyao Ancient Town (map) is just over an hour outside of Yangshuo by coach. It is a lovely, rustic old town where the film, “The Painted Veil” was shot.

Your credit card may not work very well there so carry a sufficient amount of cash instead.


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

GETTING AROUND (visitguilin.org)

Yangshuo Railway Station is an intermediate station of the Guiyang–Guangzhou high-speed railway, which connects some important cities, such as Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Chongqing.

BAOLAU.com – transportation network in Asia includes flights, trains, buses and ferries.

The most common direction-finding app used by the Chinese themselves is Baidu Maps, though it is only available in Chinese. Amap is effectively the Citymapper for the whole of China.

Also сheck оut мore info: TransportationTips for Your China Train Trip (chinahighlights.com)

BUS: A coach or bus in rural China is a different experience. City buses vary from city to city. However, if you can understand the bus routes then they are cheap and go almost everywhere.

TRAIN: Train travel is the main method of long-distance transportation for the Chinese, with an extensive network of routes covering most of the country. >> seat61.com  (*Rail travel in China)

AIRPORT: The main international gateways to mainland China are Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport), Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) and Guangzhou (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport).

The Best Things To Do In Guangxi | Guilin, Yangshuo And More!

Follow me on my adventures through Asia. In this episode, I share with you the top 6 things to do in Guangxi province featuring Guilin, Yangshuo and more. Guangxi province is a stunning area of China, unlike anything I have ever seen before. It’s famous for its beautiful green scenery and karst mountains. If you only have a few days then make sure you check out this guide to hit the best spots.

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.


The documents you are to prepare before submission of visa application. Guidelines for Visa Applications. Visa Service Center.


China Highlights is one of the best China tour companies. The website has a lot of useful information about China.

Baidu Maps.

It is one of the most popular digital mapping services in China. Public transportation directions for major cities in China.

China Culture is an official website of the Chinese government that provides information on Chinese culture and arts. It offers articles, videos, and images on topics such as history, literature, calligraphy, painting, and folk customs.

chinahighlights.com – is one of the best China tour companies that specializes in customized and creative China tours.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that provides news and information about China, including cultural events, tourism, and travel advice.


China Sichuan Food: This website is dedicated to Sichuan cuisine.

The Woks of Life is a food blog run by a family of Chinese-American foodies. They share recipes and stories about Chinese cuisine, as well as tips on cooking and entertaining.

Omnivore’s Cookbook is a food blog that offers a mix of Chinese and other Asian recipes.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that offers coverage of Chinese food culture. Its food section features articles on regional cuisine, restaurant reviews, and culinary events.

Migrationology is a travel and food blog run by food blogger and YouTuber, Mark Wiens. He has a section on his website dedicated to Chinese food and street food, where he shares his experiences and recommendations.

Eating Asia is a blog run by food and travel writers, Robyn Eckhardt and David Hagerman. They specialize in documenting food and culture throughout Asia, including China.