Favorite thing: Most of the roofs of the houses and shops along West Street and other areas in Yangshuo are tiled. They looked so typical of the olden days Chinese houses. Most of the tiles are of grey colour while some are of brick red.
Oranges - sometimes you can get them real sweet and sometimes it slightly sourish. Its about 2yuan for a kati (about 4 oranges)
Turnip - You will see lots of stalls selling tiny looking turnips which are really crunchy and sweet. The flesh is white and you can just peel the skin off by pulling it from the top to the base of the fruit (you don't need a knife to peel it).
Groundnuts - we bought them in a "little net" for 2yuan. It's not roasted but it tastes fine - slightly raw but i guess it's really nutritious since it's almost like "fresh from the ground"
Yangshuo Quay is nearer to the town centre. This is the place where most raft rides are stationed. It has a nice arch gate and if you are on the upper portion, you can have a good view of the activities along the Li Jiang river. There are also some steps where you can sit and relax. Oh yes, there's a small waterfall nearby too. The Quay is near to the Green Lotus Hill and the Mountain View Garden Restaurant .
See more pics of Yangshuo Quay and its surroundings.
This Quay is on the upper part of the Li Jiang river where passengers disembarked when they arrived at Yangshuo from their river cruise of Li Jiang from Guilin. The road leading to this Quay is heavily trafficed and lots of stalls are lined along the road as you move in/out of the Quay. You can be having a shopping spree here as there are really many many things to buy. Near to this Quay is the tram/electric bus station where you can board little pink trams or electric buses to the town so that you do not have to lug your heavy luggage.
See more pics on stalls along road leading to the Quay.
Get a map of Yangshuo. It's pretty concise and it shows you the bicycle route to the various sites if you are interested to take bike rides. The map also shows you the nearby villages of Fuli and Xingping. It is written both in Chinese and English. You can get the map in any guesthouses or at the stalls along West Street.
Price : 6 yuan
The only problem with the map is that the paper quality makes it crumpy and tears easily when folded and handled frequently.
Persimmon - a fruit that looks like the tomato. When it is unripe, it is greenish yellow and turns into a deep orange colour when it's really ripe. The taste is really sweet and juicy and the flesh is tangy and soft. You can eat the persimmon in a dried version - it's brown and flattened. Taste is equally sweet. You can find the fresh persimmon and the dried ones in the fruit stalls along the West Street and the Pantao Road.
Fresh persimmons - about 3-4yuan per kati (about 3 medium sized persimmons)
See 1 more pic attached on dried persimmon sold in packets.
This is famous in Yangshuo and as such you will be able to see many outlets showing you how the ginger sweets is being made. There is a big "wok" (Chinese big pan) where the ginger and sugar and being boiled into a syrup. Stirring constantly is required until the syrup becomes thicken. When this cools down, it becomed sticky and the "manufacturer" will then hang the whole piece of thicken syrup, pull it and then cut them into pieces.
Fondest memory: There are two types that I have seen :-
1) the original brownish type which gives you stronger flavour of ginger
2) the white coloured ones which are usually minted.
Most stalls will sell you in prepacked form. 10yuan for 3 small packets
Favorite thing: Scroll paintings are great souvenirs to buy as they are light and compact and depict the cultures of China. They come in different sizes - some are really very big. Prices differ and as such use your bargaining skill. Most paintings are of Chinse brush paintaings while some are oil in canvas. The motifs are usually of mountains, rivers, pines and cranes. Some are of flowers like peonies and chrysanthemums.
Favorite thing: In many of the restaurants along West Street, their dinning area will be hung with many, many of these recommendation notes and little , little drawings. These are written by people who have patronised the restaurants and have found the food to be good. They will write pieces of notes or do some drawings to express the goodness of the food. Some are quite funny and interesting to read. There are a few shops which really have the whole dining area filled with these little notes on the wall - looks like a good piece of wallpaper! Hmmmm...wonder how many of these are really written by customers..ha..ha..
Huge Fans are sold everywhere in Yangshuo. These are great souvenirs and deco items to take home though they are slightly bulky. The fans are hand made in home industries and are hand painted with beautiful sceneries of Yangshuo/Guilin - most are of mountains, rivers, pine trees and the cranes. Some are of beautiful flowers of China especially the peonies and the chrysanthemums. There are also smaller hand fans which are also beautiful. Different prices are charged and you need to negotiate.
See another pic attached.
Favorite thing: The pomelo - a kind of fruit that has a thick yellowish green or light green skin. Its flesh looks slightly like the grapefruit but it is sweeter (sometimes a tint of sour) and bigger in shape. During the hot weather, pomeloes are a good thirst quencher. They are sold as a whole fruit and not in slices. The pomelo trees can be very high or very low. See more pics on the pomelo trees - one high and one low..
Favorite thing: Yangshuo bus station is strategically located within the town centre - next to the West Street. Besides the long distance buses that will ply the rest of provinces of China, the intercity smalll buses are also stationed here. You can catch the small buses (more like mini vans) to towns like Fuli and Xingping here. Prices for these mini buses ranges from 2.50yuan to 6yuan or more..
I put this in for Guilin so apologise if you read this twice. It is relevant for both places!!
I only realised this when I got home. Travelling through such breathtaking scenery you get so "blown away" as you click that you don't see the finer details!!
As you take the photos be aware of minute things which afterwards you'll be saying "I wish I had noticed that!!" eg some of my mistakes...other people taking same photo and somehow they end up in your photo which could have won a prize!!(and you cannot edit them out?##).....power lines....poles in the corner...not allowing for light/sun at the camera..
See my "beautiful photos"
Favorite thing: Take a walk around the streets at night. You'll find some street foods to have a try. This "Lao Yu" is special for kinds of sweet soups. I went twice during two nights' stay in Yangshuo. It's on a branch road from West Street along the lakeside.
Hiring a local guide is a good idea. There are many local guide looking for business in Yangshuo, only RMB10 per day, some of them good, some not. My first day guide was a hassle, keep bringing us to those tourist spots, caves etc with high extrance fees. 2nd day we met Sophia, she is VERY GOOD. She know what we want, show us around "off the beaten path" around Yangshuo, explore the montains, villages & fields. She speak good English too! I attached her contact info here, in case you need guide, you can call her to pick you up at the station:
Tel: (86) 0773-8777271
Mobile: (86) 13507838357