Yangshuo Travel Guide
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- YangshuoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2
This small town is nestled among the karst mountains - the impossibly steep, lush mountains made famous in paintings in Chinese restaurants around the world. The town itself is very laid back, with lots of great, open air restaurants with menus in English and Chinese. From here you can go hiking to some cool caves, or take a boat ride up the river and soak in the scenery.Recommended for:
- YangshuoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure Travelers
Probably the backpackeriest place in China, the town of Yangshuo is the place to base yourself for exploring or climbing the surrounding karst limestone peaks. It's visually impressive, and if it's a bit of a tourist ghetto, English is also widely spoken, there's a slew of good restaurants, and it's cheap.Recommended for:
- YangshuoMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsAdventure Travelers
Yangshuo is a great place, and even though it has become very touristy it is still a good plce to base yourself while exploring the countryside. Famous West Street is now a long row of shops and restaurants, and in the evening it tours into Yangshuo's party zone.
Hotels range from guesthouses to a few five star options and high-end(ish) restaurants have also moved in now. Unfortunately the great night market has been dissolved but you can still find good local bbq food along Kangzhan Road.
Naturally you come here to get out of town and enjoy the beautiful scenery and there's bike and scooter rental in many places. Try to find one of the back roads out of town for a much nicer ride there than along the main road.
Outside of town along the Yulong River there are a number of nice hostels and hotel that are great for families with children or people who want to get away from the hubbub of Yangshuo.Recommended for:
China expect the unexpected
The purpose of this trip for me was the usual, to see a total solar eclipse. This one was in the far north of Queensland, Australia. I am now addicted to following these events around the planet. This is the fifth time I have travelled around the world to attend one.
I grew up in Australia but have lived in London for the last five years. I always use the excuse of breaking up the long flight to visit somewhere on the way. It is this stopover that I will be focusing on in this story. I could have chosen anywhere and I thought I should go somewhere I hadn't been before. In the end I could not resist coming back to China for my third time as I just love it here so much. The first and second times I visited were both for solar eclipses and this time I wanted to show my friend James this amazing place.
James had come with me to Australia based solely on what I had told him about my previous adventures chasing eclipses round the world. I don't like to plan my trips too much and the only destination I had in mind was Yangshuo. I wanted to show James the crazy, beautiful karst scenery that dominates this landscape. After that I knew that China would offer up many opportunities, as to what would happen next, “expect the unexpected” is my approach here. Yangshuo is a good starting point as it eases you into traveling in China. Here you can get all the creature comforts you would find at home, any western or Chinese food you like and plenty of locals who speak English and are more than willing to start to teach you some Chinese. Basic greetings and numbers are a must if you get off the beaten track and a big advantage everywhere.
Although the tourist scene in Yangshuo is already very established, there is a lot of fun and adventures to be had. Climbers from all over the world come here to scale the amazing limestone landforms that seem to just appear out of the ground. You can also go mountain biking, river rafting, hot air ballooning, hiking, visit caves and hot springs or just rent an electric bike and explore the many small villages and farms that surround Yangshuo. Just be careful not to spend all your time here, as I did last time, it is a very easy place to be but there are so many more adventures to have and things to see in vast China. This visit to Yangshuo I stayed for five days. During this time I met Ying Dun, an English student studying in Yangshuo and Ruth a German girl who had just ridden 2000km by herself across China on a bicycle. Both inspirational and wonderful people with whom I am sure I will remain friends.
- YangshuoMember ofFoodiesBackpackersAdventure Travelers
It's really no wonder backpackers flock to Yangshuo. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. And since it's such a mecca for backpackers, there's tons of cheap accommodation and a variety of decent restaurants including good Western ones. Rent a bike and ride a short ways out of town and you'll be in the gorgeous countryside. It's also a great place for rock climbing.
- YangshuoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
This is the place where people ooh and ahh over the natural beauty of China. You have clear blue skies, clean waters, a pastoral setting set between many, many karst hills. There is a abundance of activities here. Rafting, bicycling, rock climbing, caving. The hostels and guesthouses will point you in the right direction if you want to do any of those.
Beautiful part of a beautiful country. This is the area with those iconic mountains seen in so many Chinese paintings and drawings. Much less congested than the major cities we have visited in China in the past. A relaxing change from the urban parts of this populous nation.
I traveled to this town twice during my year long residency in the north, and I'd go back tomorrow if I could. Imagine stepping into an ancient Chinese scroll painting of a river winding through rolling green hills...Yangshuo was the inspiration for those paintings. Rent a bike, wander far from town, and ride down the river on a bamboo raft at sunset with a local guide. This is my favorite place in China.