This is a classical activity for fishermen in the Li River. Though there are nowadays very few fishermen doing this, you can easily see touristic shows in Yangshuo, where they play the roles for tourists as part of the show.
This fishing technique uses cormorans to dive and snorkle for the fishes. After they catch them, they can't swalow them, as they have a rope around the neck. Then the fishermen take out the fishes from their throats. This takes place mainly at nights, so the image of the fishermen with the lamps on the bamboo boats is really an icon of Yangshuo.
Even if you don't go to those sound&light shows, the mountains by night are lightened, and it is a nice view, kind of scenic landscape with all those lights. No ticket fee, just walk around the city and enjoy.
At night there are sound & light shows outside Yangsguo. I didn't go to any as I don't like those kind of shows but you can easily book them at any hotel or travel agency.
It must be a good show with the magic background of the lighted mountains.
It's an experience to all the family, by the beginning of the night, the small trip in a motor boat, flanked by a raft with cormorants at work.
Of course this small trip is performed for tourists, with the possible comfort and security in the boat, but it is something you shouldn't miss.
It is possible to book it in the streets, and don't forget the protection from mosquitoes.
The Alley Yangshuo Beer Bar & Restaurant is a western bar in Yangshuo with a great selection of imported beer (Duvel, Leffe, Stella, Erdinger...) a big flat screen TV and loads of European football to watch. Besides that it has great Beef Steaks, Pizza and Burgers and they do very nice promotions to make it all more than affordable. Great Terrace to sit and watch people, nice music and loads and loads of cocktails.
The only true riverside bar in town... right alongside the Li River with stunning views of the karst mountains and surrounding coutryside. Open every evening from about 6.30pm... sometimes earlier. Close enough from town to walk to, but far enough away so there are no people selling trinkets or souvenirs. A great place to relax in the evenings watching the local boats and fisherman float by. Fresh fruit frozen daiquiris are the speciality, along with great mojitos, imported red and white wines, sangrias, local and Australian ice cold beers and much more. Snacks available, or order from a nearby restaurant Rock'n Grill (best pizzas in town and good Chinese cuisine too). The location is actually Yangshuo Cooking School by day, then in the evenings transforms to a quiet, relaxing bar with great cocktails and generous servings.
Dress Code: Bring your swimmers, you can take a dip in the Li River whilst sipping on a cocktail.
Yangshuo has much more to offer in the way of nightlife than in Guilin. West street is where it all happens with loads of restaurants, cafes and bars that double as clubs and discos. Loud music is played till the early hours so if you're sleeping near it all, it's best to take some ear plugs.
You should probably do this during the day, unless you carry a flashlight with you... the stairs are uneven and sometimes slick and narrow, and, with the impending precipice on either side at times, it's good to be able to see. However, for a decent view of the Yangshuo town and surrounding valley, you can walk up Man (or Lady) Hill. I'm not sure which one it is, but there's a building up top where you can play cards at the table, or just look out. At night you can see the lights from the "Impressions..." light, folk opera and fishing show... I don't know about the fishing show, but there may be fishermen who act in the performance... anyway, it's a nice spot to go to if you have light at night, or during the day to get above the fray.
It's not a long walk- you can do it in under an hour, easily, but it's all stairs.
There are three viewing levels, two located below the summit at a bi-level portico-like structure, and of course, at the top.
Unbelievable. This production is right on the water. There are gorgeous lights and hundreds of preformers. I've never seen anything like it . The performers appear out of no where from across the lake. There are songs by minority children , dancing etc etc. There are 200 rafts with preformers on the water at once. Tickets are $30.00. Starts at 8PM . Bring deet and binoculars!!
July - Sept
Dress Code: casual
Every Wednesday night students walk up and down West Street looking for English speaking tourists to join them in a "quiz night and conversation" at their school.
It starts around 7.30pm and ends around 9pm.
It is a worthwhile venture - bit noisy, the students are excited after all!!
Every night it seems a food market is set up for the local people in the car park along Pantao way. For us at the end of the trip and having been to a number of local food markets it was still a new experience to see some of the items on display to eat eg., a variety of skinned animals (I'll let you guess!!) The sense of smell and sights were on high alert!!
Yangshuo is certainly not a place to party - just a place to gather with your friends and have some quiet (or noisy) drinks....
I was at a noisy pub one day (beside Si Hai hotel - can't remember the name), people watching.. apart from that, nothing exciting.
Drinks are not really cheap - A bit more expensive than Guilin.
A bottle of local beer for RMB25, and Jack Daniels+Coke (bottled) for RMB 35!
Dress Code: Casual.
This is a show directed by chinese mega director, Zhang Yimou (famous movies - Farewell to My Concubine, Raise the Red Lantern and The Hero). Tho location of the show is at Shutong Mountain and the surrounding 12 famous peaks and river are the natural backdrop of this spectacular show. It boasts hi-tech sound and pyrotechnics. There are more than 600 casts which are generally acting on the river using rafts. Buffalos and cormorants are "employed" as their casts too. The story revolves around the legendary love story between Liu Sanjie (a Zhuang minority girl) and Ah Niu.
Some parts of this area are still under construction as it is planned to become a theme park of Liu Sanjie.
Can you imagine how a show is staged on river ? Head to this show and find out the answer yourself... The show is worth watching if you really appreciate performing arts. If you are into interesting story and singing, then you will be a bit disappointed.
Shows are performed on certain weekdays and all weekends usually, 8pm and 9pm. The show lasts for one hour. Be there early to avoid traffic jam and crowd. You can rent a binoculars for better viewing pleasure. The show is regularly edited by the director to accommodate the weather and for improvements and creativity. Watch out for the lead actress who dances on the
Dress Code: Raincoat is provided together with your entrance ticket in case of drizzling. If heavy rain, the show will have to be cancelled and you will get a full refund of your ticket.
Many western tourists like to dine and drink here, chat and mix with the locals. Most cafes and restaurants are abuzz with music and activities until midnight. It's a good place for you to mingle with the locals and also a place for the locals to brush up their English language. As the name suggests, tourists might wonder if they are in an asian or western country !
If you're looking for something to do in the evenings and are dying to speak some English, then check out one of the many western style restaurants/bars. They're a great place to meet other backpackers and just relax. Ironically enough, these restaurants had some of the best western food I've ever had.