Yangshuo County ,Guangxi Province, China

Yangshuo

is a small county in southern China, near Guilin. It is like a vacation town, very different from other places in China. Yangshuo is attractive by beautiful scenery around, created by many karst mountains with caves and rivers. At the same time  it is developed touristic destination with beautiful  small streets, hotels, cafés and restaurants.

Famous Yangshuo West Street

Famous Yangshuo West Street

Yangshuo is not a very big place and is very easy to get around. You can walk to most places in Yangshuo, but they have also public transportation, which is cheep and convenient. It has small electric buses that circulate in the main streets, the price for a trip is only 1 Yuan. Don’t worry about bus stops, just stand on the side of the street and wave them to stop. There are no local buses, all the buses you will see are long distance. In every place it’s good to take a business card of your  hotel, so you can show to a driver the address in chinese or ask a people about direction.

Bikes are probably the best way to get around  and also to see some of the small towns, rivers and other tourist attractions in the surrounding areas of Yangshuo. There are many places that offer bikes for hire.

You can spend about a week in Yangshuo and surrounding villages and have a fine vacation. A boat trip on the Li River, a relaxing bamboo raft floating along on the Yu Long River, visiting a Temple.  There are numerous caves in Yangshuo.

Enjoing the bamboo rafting

Enjoing the bamboo rafting

The limestone stalactites and stalagmites formations are quite stunning and come in all shapes and sizes. In some of them you can actually take a boat on an underground stream in the cave as well as do some climbing, to take a mud bath and a hot spring bath. This is a lot of fun and provides some great photo opportunities! We liked trip along the river and spend couple days for fishing and swimming in the river in a silent place that we’ve found and called it “our privet beach”.

Inside  Yangshuo West street  is the most exciting one. There are not only many foreign tourists, but also quite a number of foreign residents managing cafés and restaurants. Western food, good café and colorful market make the West Street famous between foreign and Chinese tourists.

Water buffalo taking a bath

Water buffalo taking a bath

Negotiation with shop owners is an art form that takes a little bit of practice, but can soon lie perfected. You have to remember never ever pay the asked price. Most prices offered to you can be marked up as high as 400%. A good starting point for negotiations is to ask the price of item and then divide it by 4. Offer this amount. The shopkeeper will laugh at you but another slightly lower price will be offered. In your turn offer slightly higher amount etc. In some point you turn around and slowly walk away. The shop owner will try to shout a lower offer. Eventually you should both agree on a price that is about 1/3 of the original starting price.

For lunch we’ve found a restaurant in the area aside from the main streets. It looks like a shed with small kitchen and tables on a street. You can choose fresh vegetables, fish or chicken (they wait for their fate in a cage there). Young cook prepare in place all ingredients. And it is really delicious. We advise to taste local fish in beer and eggplants stuffed with meat.

If you’re traveling in China or plan to do it, you will enjoy for sure this beautiful place after big Chinese cities.

 

 

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