Yangshuo Travel Guide

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Yangshuo Things to Do

  • City Stroll

    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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  • Li river banks

    The cruise in Li river from Guilin to Yangshuo has three steps:1 - The excitement of the beautiful landscape "passing" by your boat, in a succession of odd rock formations and life coming to the river.2 - The boring section, when things get repetitive and beauty seems to fade, with empty or abandoned banks.3 - The final approach to Yangshuo, where...

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  • Postcard views

    Around Yangshuo we saw the best views of China, with the sun helping to compose "postcard pictures". Each angle, each detail seemed to be the most beautiful... until the next one...In Yangshuo it is important to go out of town!

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Yangshuo Restaurants

  • West Street

    After some days in China, the chance to eat western food was well accepted by all the members of the group. We went to West street where, it seems, most places sell western food and drinks. We were in a hurry to go see the cormorants fishing and ate... something like western food, with western drinks. I don't remember the place nor the food, which...

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  • Unknown Local Restaurant

    Our first lunch in Yangshuo was fresh water fish steam with black beans sauce and tomato. This was one of the ways locals prepare their fresh fish. It was tasty, no complaint!

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  • Restaurants in Jie Xie street

    In the main pedestrian street you can find many restaurants, bars and even burgers with international food. Not the right place if you are looking for real chinese food though.

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Yangshuo Nightlife

  • Night catch

    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...

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  • Jie Xie street

    The main pedestrian street is the place to go if you want a great nightlife. All jinds of bars, restaurants and pubs line along this populated street.

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  • Cormoran fishing

    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...

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Yangshuo Transportation

  • Electric scooter in Yangshuo highly...

    In July 2013 we hired bicycles for the first day but found them badly maintained and dirty. The daytime temperatures were 34 to 38 Celsius and very high humidity and it was hard going! Then we found Melody's bike hire service in Yangshuo and hired an electric scooter with charger, helmets and wheel clamp for the rest of our holiday at a cost of Y70...

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  • Taxi between Guilin airport and Yangshuo

    As my wife and I arrived at Guilin airport after dark in the evening and at the end of our holiday had to leave our hotel in Yangshuo at 5am to return to the airport, our hotel arranged for a taxi from Yangshuo to take us in both directions at a cost of Y300, very reasonable since the taxi would have had to travel empty one way on each occasion and...

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  • Yangshuo to Guilin by bus

    There are frequent buses all day between Yangshuo and Guilin. The key is to understand and know where to find the 2 different kinds of buses. You have the choice of an express buses or a non-express bus. For an express bus, buy a ticket for 20 yuan at the window in the bus station between the waiting area and the area where the buses sit. This bus...

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Yangshuo Shopping

  • Main Street

    Each square centimeter seems disputed by shops, restaurants, and street vendors in West street. The name was given by the cafes and restaurants selling western food, but everything is quite Chinese, even those "western" establishments. Western food is just a detail in a street market that sells everything from early in the morning untill late in...

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  • Chopsticks

    A delightful, small shop in the main street of Yangshou. Airconditioned and very attentative personel. Great number of chopsticks, beautifully displayed. No bargaining! Hmmm, chopsticks? One pair? Two? Five? All price classes, up to $100

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  • "Minority-Made" Crafts

    It's not a shop, but a string of different stores that sell many different things from crafts such as cloth bags made by hand by the minorities of the area to stores selling modern clothing- precisely why we go there, right? I can't say that I really believe the brands are real... a lot of people wearing what would be really expensive...

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Yangshuo Local Customs

  • Rice harvesting

    The landscape is fabulous, but locals have no time to enjoy it: agriculture is a very hard life, and the use of ancient techniques turn it harder. Rice is the main product, and buffaloes the great help, but men have to struggle!

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  • Women

    I couldn't have a clear idea of the women's role in chinese society, but we saw something significant.In urban places they seem to share all the positions and tasks with men, in rural areas...

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  • Long Sleeves

    In several places we noticed that some people use long special sleeves to drive. I never saw it anywhere else, and don't know the idea. Even the electric car that took us from yhe hotel in Yangshuo to the farming area, was driven by a lady wearing... long sleeves. Curious!

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Yangshuo Warnings and Dangers

  • Conflits

    At first look China seems to be calm and peaceful, everywhere we see organization and progress, while the guides congratulate the government, that "started to fight hunger, and now is opening to free initiatives". Is it really true?It's impossible to hide the tensions growing between the progressive sectors of the population, and the poor rural...

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  • Road security

    Security in China seems not to match western standards everywhere: In a river, a bridge less than two meters wide has no lateral protection. I saw no car crossing it, but motorbikes and people shared the narrow space, obliging to additional precautions.

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  • Mosquitoes

    We were alerted to the danger of mosquitoes in China, specially in the night trip to see cormorants fishing. Well, we had some mosquitoes, but were not seriously bothered by them, maybe because, in this trip, following suggestions, we used too much repellent. But they were there, yes they were! Clouds of them, by the lights!

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Yangshuo Tourist Traps

  • Model for photo

    When leaving the boats, tourists are attracted by the presence of a man, with two cormorants, waiting to get photographed. If he gets it, he will ask you for some money. It's a ridiculous amount, so you better assume that you will pay him, don't do it from distance and compose your picture as you like.

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  • Typical House

    We were supposed to visit a typical house of a rural family near Yangshuo. We did! But the house was... a performance of the comunist party. A couple of gentle functionaries demonstrating the use of the displayed stuff under the dominant look of... Mao. Well... it really gave us an idea, it was free, and we were only invited to buy something, not...

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  • The Cormorant Guy

    The famed Cormorant guy, a staple of the area for years, still stands to await tour groups for a paid photo.Kid gets face cleaned, Cormorant guy looks on. I don't want to take away his livelihood, but do you really need a head-on photo of a guy with birds? If so, he's happy to help. If not, or if you don't believe in paying for photos, there's...

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Yangshuo What to Pack

  • Mosquito Repellent or Die!

    Bring layers if you're staying for a while. Expect to be COLD in the winter and hot and sweaty in the late Spring through early Fall. They sell lots of fake North Face, Tommy Hillfiger, Timberland, etc. and it's cheap. Thermal underwear is a must in winter. Bring any medical supplies you think you might need. The availability and variety is very...

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  • A few things

    You will need mosquito repellant - we were in Yangshuo during winter and there were mosquitos in our room!! Polarising lens in case it is misty - don't want to miss out on that fantastic scenery?? We always carry a small jug, cups, tea and packet soup so we can boil water when ever we want and have something warm to drink.If you like reading...

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  • Never Leave Your Hotel Without Them

    Yangshuo has the highest precipitation / rainfall in the spring season. Farmers start to plough and irrigate their land. However, it is also a time when tourists like to visit the countryside and farms. So make sure to begin your day of sight-seeing by biking, trekking or walking, always carry an umbrella or raincoat and wear a water-proof...

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Yangshuo Off The Beaten Path

  • Not Yet

    Once more, I've been in Asia without tasting... Durian. Forbidden in the hotels, in Thailand, I saw it in the streets of Yangshuo, but I decided not to try it, before testing... the smell. And that, once again, didn't happen. I think that we, Portuguese, have a good way to prepare to durian's smell - tasting the delicious cheese from Castelo...

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  • Cormorant Fishing

    Not included in most tourist packages, this is something you should not miss. For 50 RMB you may book it in advance in West Street, and it only takes on hour, with departure at 7.30 PM. I posted a video of this.Be prepared against mosquitoes.

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  • Wine

    The pretext to visit the fabulous bank of the river was... an invitation to have a glass of local wine.Great. A fabulous convivial moment, in a marvelous site, and the wine... was it important?No! But, to be fair, I must say that it was a decent red wine, with nothing in common with the "poison" that I drunk in a Chinese restaurant in New York, for...

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Yangshuo Sports & Outdoors

  • Swim at the Yulong River

    If you take the tour on the Yulong River you can even swim in the river at some still areas of it. It is a great experience, swimming surrounded by those magnificient mountains.

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  • Rock Climbing

    I did not try this but there are many Rock Climbing clubs in Yanghuo, all along West Street you will find them. If you are a begginer then they will train you then take you out.....if you are a good climber then you will not have a problem to go to the mountains right away. I am also not sure of the cost for this. You can bring your own or use...

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  • Kung Fu/ Tai Chi - a must.

    The Bu Di Zhen Kung Fu school in Yangshuo has a fascinating history and is a must do activity if you are visiting for a short time or staying for an extended period. Located down the little alley way off West Street ( down the left side of 'Kiss bar'). The school is run by Master 'Papa' Gao who is now 79 years old and his twin sons George and...

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Yangshuo Favorites

  • The lake (?)

    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....

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  • The real life

    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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  • Main Street Yangshuo (Jie Xie)

    The main street in Yangshuo is Jie Xie. You will easily find it as it is a pedestrian street filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. Is the place to be if you wanna meet people in Yangshuo or have some nightlife.But avoid the hotels there if you wanna sleep!!

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