Yangshuo Travel Guide
Yangshuo Travel Guide has all you need to know about Yangshuo and Guilin. Some people call it: Limestone Paradise.
Find here all the travel secrets for enjoying this beautiful part of South China at its most. As a tourist destination, there are only few places in Asia more popular then Yangshuo.
Even if you have never heard of Yangshuo (or it's neighboring big city Guilin), you may have seen the photos of the spectacular limestone mountains (karst). Later more about Guilin and the transport facilities, it's 65 km north of Yangshuo.
So, where is Yangshuo? It is is located in south China, around 800 km north west from Hong Kong. The nearest big city is Guilin, which is the main transport hub for this area in China.
It is an easy place to reach these days and the Yangshuo Travel Guide will give you all the detailed information you need how to reach the little town by bus, airplane, car or taxi.
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.
Quick Links: What to do in and around Yangshuo
We have a great travel map you can print out and use while going around. Take a bicycle and go! Within 5 minutes you are away from the buzz and enjoy the scenery. For many years Moonhill, the legendary rock a few kilometers south if the town center is a must visit for all travelers.
Other small villages in the area are worth a visit, while the bigger towns like Lipu, Pingle and for example Zhongshan are not worth a visit. However, north of Guilin, there are several towns worth exploring: Longsheng with the rice terraces, Sanjiang with the Dong and Miao minorities and the Wind & Rain Bridge and the Dong village Zhongdian.
Quick Links: other sights in the Yangshuo vicinity
Over the years, in fact since the early 80's Yangshuo was a popular travel destination for mostly backpackers. One could say the backpackers paved the way for the organized tour groups that visit Yangshuo nowadays too.
But even though Yangshuo has developed and West Street is no longer a dirt street but a buzzing street with cafe's, bars and souvenir shops, it is still surprisingly local in feel.
Accommodation and food
This part of China is mostly famous for it's limestone mountains. However, if you travel you would want a good hotel and an exploration of the local cuisine. Some travelers are happy with a cheap hotel and western food, others prefer something more exclusive. Both are possible.
The bus station in 1985, a photo by Wayne Stinson.
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Food is as easy. West Street has many western styled cafe's but if you really want to eat local, Cloud 9 is your best and in fact your only choice and they offer excellent cooking classes. Get in for a good coffee at Cafe China, 7th Heaven or the Orange Tree Cafe.
Local guides, let me introduce Chloe and Ping
Some people find it easy to use a local guide. There is an abundance of local guides but as it goes, many only offer very few tours , some hardly speak English or provide services which personally I don't like.
About 10 years ago I met Jessie Lu, who started as my tour operator in Yangshuo (only on special occasions she does guiding herself). We have several guides working with us. The best are Chloe and Ping. Both ladies are fun company with each their own qualities. Where Ping excells in the direct Yangshuo environment, Chloe is the more adventurous of the two. But in reality, a tour with either of the two means having fun, finding some awesome pictoresque spots and meet some wonderful local people.
Regardless Ping or Chloe, you will have a lot of fun with either of them!
Here is an overview of tours.
So, let's use the Yangshuo travel guide to explore the town and all those other little villages in the area where even today few people come.
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Bicycling to Putao, Jinbao and Gaotian
This is a seldom cycled route mainly because it's a long way (over 70km total). Until a few years ago it was also a bad road but nowadays the whole road is in excellent condition. And it's worth the effort to come here:
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Hiking in Yangshuo
Here's a nice half day hike for those who want to escape the masses and do not like to cycle: