Yangshuo Things to Do

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    Bicycling through the countryside

    by mikelisaanna Written Aug 15, 2012
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    One of the best things to do in Yangshuo is to rent a bicycle and go for a ride through the countryside surrounding the city. There are a number of places to rent bikes. It will take about 10-15 minutes to ride out of the city, which is the hardest part due to the chaotic traffic. Once you are into the countryside, things get more fun due to less traffic and great scenery. You can ride for hours through rice fields and small villages that fill the valleys between the area's jagged mountains.

    There are a number of places along the way where you can stop for drinks and snacks. We had lunch at a rural bed & breakfast about 10 km outside the city. You can also stop and do some hiking (but bring a bike lock).

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    The Liu Sanjie Impressions Water Show

    by mikelisaanna Updated Aug 15, 2012
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    The Liu Sanjie Impressions Show is a huge river-based theatrical performance staged every night in an outdoor ampitheater on the banks of the Li River in Yangshuo. The show has a cast of hundreds and was choreographed by Zhang Yimou, who also choreographed the performances for the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. It is based on the legendary story of Liu Sanjie, a local girl from a river village who is fought over by good and bad young men. The performance uses the local mountains and river as background. Many of the actors are on boats, in addition to the land-based cast. We loved the way that the show blended music, costumes, scenery, actors, boats, lighting, and fabric to create interesting scenes and visuals.

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  • Study Chinese

    by saminchina Written May 11, 2012

    There's a language school called Omeida that has really good, flexible Chinese classes. They offer intensive programs where classes are held in the morning and afternoon or just regular half day classes. The classes are all really small -definitely no more than 8, but often as few as 3 allowing students plenty of opportunity to ask questions and practice.

    The school connects students studying Chinese with the students studying at their English college as "language buddies," which is helpful for one on one pronunciation. They also do weekly social nights and activities on the weekend (rock climbing, kayaking, cycling) making it easier for students to get out and enjoy the surroundings.

    I did the intensive program for one month and found it really worthwhile. I came in knowing no Chinese and by the end was able to hold a basic conversation. This made the rest of my traveling much easier and way more of an experience. I could actually talk to the people around me and that was really cool.

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    City Stroll

    by solopes Updated Apr 1, 2012

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    Yangshuo is not a big city (by Chinese standards) and, despite being surrounded by steep peaks it's easy to walk around, or to rent a bike.

    Some nice spots in the rural area close to the city do deserve a look.

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    Longji Titian,Dragon's Spine Rice Terrace

    by SirRichard Written Jan 15, 2012

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    This a full day daytrip from Yangshuo. Though you can go there by public buses you'd have to change buses a few times and is complicated. So you better book one of the many tours at hotels and agencies.
    The minibus leaves early and arrives there in about 1 hour. Then you visit some ethnic minorities, see some mountain villages, have lunch and in the afternoon you visit the famous terraces taht make unbelievable landscapes of ebdless rice terraces.

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    Jiuxian

    by SirRichard Written Jan 15, 2012
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    This is a rural tiny town in the rice fields north of Yangshuo. You can only get there by bycicle or walking and it's a really interesting visit, as you see how peasants really live in those rural towns, in a kind of community and small houses around the big landowner house.

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    Tour on a bamboo boat at the Yulong River

    by SirRichard Written Jan 15, 2012

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    This sailing tour is more relaxed and on a softer landscape than the main and more famous LiRiver tour. Mountains are not so high and close but rice filds make a wonderful scenary. You can take the bamboo boats at the Dragon Bridge and go sailing for an hour or two.

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    Cycle around the rice fields

    by SirRichard Written Jan 15, 2012
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    This is a classical half day tour here. Though you can hire the bike for the whole day and have lunch on the fields.
    Though in fact you can do it on your own (hire the bike and look at the map) I recommenn you to hire a guide that will take you to the best places and, most important, will be able to read the signs and ask local people in case you get lost!
    What I did was hiring the guide at the hotel and she hired the bikes. Take a good hat and sun cream as it gets really hot on the way.
    You can go cycling along the rice fields, visit the village of Jiuxian and reach the Dragon Bridge. Then you can continue or just go back to town.

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    Tour on a bamboo boat at the Li river

    by SirRichard Written Jan 15, 2012
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    One of the main attractions here is the Li River with its famous landscapes of rounded mountains. Though the landscape is very nice in Yangshuo, the best part of the river is between Xinping and Yangdi. If you go to Xinping by bus you can hire there a bamboo little boat that will take you up the river for 2 hours. Boats are foe up to 4-6 persons, but I took it on my own and it was a very pleasant afternoon.

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    Xinping

    by SirRichard Written Jan 15, 2012
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    This is a small rural village located a few kilometres at the north of Yangshuo along the river Li.
    Its main attraction is being the place where there are the bamboo boats to visit the river.
    But the village itself is highly interesting, an old chinese village, not too spolied by tourism (I had to walk about 10 minutes around to find a bar to have a tea) and where you can feel the daily rural life of deep China.
    Take your time to wander around slowly and chat with the people (well, by signs, as nobody speaks english there).

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    See the 'Flood' in Yangshuo Now

    by ug.xiaohei Updated Apr 4, 2011

    It is really exciting for the 'flood' in Yangshuo.

    We can see the ship almost stay on the same level as the West Street here.

    The water flows really fast now and its colour has become yellow.

    It looks a little bit fearful.

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    sailing down the River

    by piglet44 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We did two river trips from Yangshuo. The first was in a bamboo raft with an engine and one other couple (the River Li). We went by bus from Yangshuo to Xingpin and from there someone met us and took us to the boat. We did about a 90 minute sail on the river, and saw cormorant fishers and beautiful scenery and then bus back again to Yangshuo.This was a lot of fun,even getting soaked when it started to rain and having to buy stupid plastic ponchos for 10 Yuan.
    But the following day we did a much better cruise,sailing on the Yulong river from the Dragon bridge, getting off the boat in the middle of nowhere, some little village, and walking through the rice fields to the village. Then a taxi took us back to Yangshuo. This was a trip we booked through Sam Zhuang and it was better because the bamboo raft was with no engine and just for two people so it was more quiet and romantic!

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    Big Banyan Tree

    by myspices Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    This site is along the way to MoonHill (Yueliang Shan). It is a park with the infamous Banyan Tree which was planted some 1400years ago during the Shui Dynasty. The old tree with its spread out branches is the main attraction here. We did not enter this park but took a peek inside at the entrance. Besides the big banyan tree, we can see bamboo trees. It is also famous because most of the scenes in the epitomized Chinese film entitled "Liu Sanjie" were shot here.

    Entrance fee : 18yuan

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  • Rock Climbing!

    by jessipuss Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Alex, me and another dude

    I have recently spent a few weeks in Yangshuo during my china travels. Apart from doing the must do things like hire a bike i went rock climbing. I was on my own so i thought i should do something adventurous! i went climbing with X-climber climbing shop. We went to a place called wine bottle hill. id never been climbing before so was very scared!! my guide called Alex was great and luckily had fluent english thereabouts! i managed to get up two routes! the scenery was amazing and afterwards we went swimming! fruit, water, snacks and all transport was included which was good. Though alex mentioned you can also cycle to any of the climbing places if you want. Price was 180 RMB per person, i think this is standard prices here. other shops like china climb quoted me higher, 250 RMB, but i think they only take school groups so they arent so keen on single customers like me! There are 3 or 4 climbing places the one i went with was on guihua road opposite a pub called "photo bar".HAVE FUN!

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    River activities

    by Stepwalk Updated Jul 3, 2010

    You can go out on the rivers and lakes with local Cormorant fishermen and see how they have been catching fish for hundreds of years. These days its done more for the novelty and tourism rather than being a form of existence although some still do it for their livelihood.

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