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    Hiring a Guide

    by vigi Written Jan 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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:

    Sophia
    Tel: (86) 0773-8777271
    Mobile: (86) 13507838357
    Email: xuchun_lan@hotmail.com

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    Moon Hill

    by extrajoce Written Feb 25, 2003

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    View from Moon Hill

    Favorite thing: Yangshuo is a famous place to relax, and the only one in China where I found I could lay back away from the crowd by just heading out in the countryside. The karst landscapes are amazing here because of the constant mist which gives any landscape a great sense of mystery and intimacy. moon Hill is one of the more famous places to catch a view from.

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    Li River scenery

    by extrajoce Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Li River and hills

    Favorite thing: To see the karst hills from a boat is another great way to experience the landscape. The river is a lifeline across the region, and offers splendid views of rural life (children, buffaloes), amazing bamboo forests, and the obvious mirror effects of the hills in the water.

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    Blooper Photographs

    by albaaust Written Jan 21, 2007

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    Where did he come from? stuff up my prize photo##*
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    Favorite thing: 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"

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    Ginger Sweets - nice aroma of ginger

    by myspices Updated Oct 27, 2007

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    Ginger sweets - very orginal!

    Favorite thing: 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

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    Restrooms Available

    by John195123 Written Mar 4, 2008

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    Toilet building

    Favorite thing: Public restrooms are available, though they can be a bit hard to find. Look for signs (there's one near Minne Mao's and one closer to the river, near a decorated bridge.). They aren't always the cleanest, but when you gotta go...

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    Fresh Lotus Seeds - healthy food

    by myspices Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    Lotus seeds - good for health

    Favorite thing: Lotus seeds, young and old, are sold along the streets of West Street, Pantao area or along any streets in Yangshuo. The young lotus seeds are packed in little leave cones while the old ones are sold together with the stalk of lotus pod. Eating the lotus seeds is said to be nutritious and good for the complexion. For the young lotus seeds, all you need to do is peel off the outer skin of the seed, split the seed into half and remove the stem that is inside (as this is slightly bitter) and pop it into your mouth. For older ones, which are still inside the pod, you just remove them from the pod, and do likewise. The older ones are crunchier and stronger in taste while the young ones are sweeter and of course, more tender. Can't remember how much they cost but it''s pretty cheap.

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    Tour Operators and Pedlars

    by myspices Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    A woman selling souvenirs along West Street
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    Favorite thing: Yangshuo's West Street and surroundings are full of these. They can be selling you tour packages, small souvenirs, packets of foodstuffs and flower halos......Most of them are ladies and they start their day as early as 6.30am (especially those who sell tour packages for Li Jiang river) and they finish their day late at night. They usually carry a bag with them and wear a cloth cap or a cone/straw hat. They are not really aggressive people - if you do not want to buy any of their goods, just smile and say "Sie, sie, pu yao" meaning " No, thanks"

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    First Time Asia

    by aukjejetty Written Apr 14, 2003

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    Walking Home

    Fondest memory: The landscape and the villages are one of my most enjoyed moment of my first time in Asia. It was so much fun to bike around. We had a few bad moments (flat tires), but it doesn't make the memory any less. I would love to do this again sometime!

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    Li River Cruise - Karst landscape

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: So what is a Karst landscape? Well, it's all due to limestone that has been dramatically eroded. The warm wet climate in the southwest of China speeds up the weathering of limestone by acid rainwater and chemicals in rotting plants. Surface streams lose water to cave systems developing in the limestone. Surface drainage is diverted down sink holes to below the water table. Peaks then start to develop from the land left after erosion by the streams. The cave system gets larger as fast-moving subsurface streams bore through the limestone and the water table drops. Much of the limestone has eroded past the caves down to a layer of shale whilst the limestone peaks remain, such as the one's found in the Guilin area.

    There are two types of Karst features: Fenglin karst is characterised by peaks that rise near vertically, like trees, 100 to 250 feet (30 to 80m) above the surrounding flat ground. The other type is known as Fengcong karst. Their peaks are more cone-shaped and one hill meets the next across a depression or doline and are clustered together. If you travel down the Li River on a cruise, it starts with Fenglin karst before gradually giving way to the dense Fengcong as you reach Yangshuo.

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    Green, not concrete...

    by John195123 Written Mar 4, 2008

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    Peaceful Paddies

    Favorite thing: Peaceful outside the main tourist part of town, Yangshuo is a growing place that may soon not resemble the quiet, small-town village it strives to be, falling, of course, to the glowing commercialism of tourist dollars. Yet, away from the city, toward smaller villages, it still is local, still serene, beautiful and rural.

    Fondest memory: Walking the dirt roads outside of town, easily accessible and quiet. When you've lived here a while, the glitz of the cities wears off (I wasn't ever really drawn to them) and places of real quiet become increasingly important.

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    The lake (?)

    by solopes Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    Yangshuo - China
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    Favorite thing: I didn't find out if we were in a hotel by a public lake, or if the lake was part of the hotel. Anyway, the integration was perfect, composing one of the prettiest spots of the city.

    Lake, I said! But I saw the raft used at night with cormorants, preparing near the hotel. Now I think that it is really a natural or artificial bay in the river. Beautiful, anyway!

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    The real life

    by solopes Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    Yangshuo - China
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    Favorite thing: Though carefully carried from beautiful urban development to beautiful rural display, we could have a side view of real rural life.

    It looks as hard as expected. China grows at two different speeds, and there are millions far behind the splendours of the progressive big cities.

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    Map of Yangshuo

    by myspices Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    Part of the Yangshuo map

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Painted Little Bottles - Unique Art

    by myspices Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    Hand painted inside the bottle - a panda!
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    Favorite thing: If you want to get something really unique, this is what you should buy. The little bottles are hand painted - not on the outside, but painted from the inside. The artist skilfully, using a fine brush, draws and paints the picture inside the bottle. Now, can you imagine ... how unique the art is..... whatever that you draw has to be a "reverse" so that when the picture is seen from the outside, reflects the correct form of the picture. You can either buy the ready painted bottles on display or request the artist to paint whatever you desire on the chosen bottles. Prices vary and you can bargain for a price. Here, you can see that she has completed the "inside job" of painting the little panda .... Beautiful, isn't it?

    Attached another picture to show the artist in full concentration when she's doing the "inside job"

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