, coming into a county in the 10th year in Sui Dynasty (A. D. 590), is situated to the South of Guilin city, 65 kilometers away from Guilin
by land and 83 kilometers by water. Under Guilin's jurisdiction, it is a county covering an area of 1428.38 square kilometers with a population of 298,000. There are 10 little towns with all together 114 villages in the whole county.
The well known saying, "Guilin is the most beautiful city of natural scenery in the world, but next to Yangshuo" manifests the importance of Yangshuo's natural landscape in the world tourism. Yangshuo has the sub-tropical monsoon climate, with temperate weather all the year round. It has the most typical karst topography, with abruptly standing hills spotted everywhere within the county. The hills are of various shapes. Some look like utensils, some like men or animals. The hills are covered with evergreen forest of trees and bamboos. Each hill has caves, and each cave is fantastic with sparkling and crystal-clear stalactites taking peculiar shapes. The rivers in Yangshuo are green and clear in dreaming flow.
The river is a blue silk ribbon, the peaks are hairpins of jade.' This is the best description of Yangshuo's scenery written by Han Yu, the famous literary writer in Tang Dynasty.
What to See in Yangshuo
The landscape in Yangshuo is famous for its green hills, clear waters, peculiar peaks, and fantastic caves. It is the essence of the beautiful Guilin scenery. Yangshuo is a large garden county possessing rich natural and humane tourist resources.
There are more than twenty thousand hills and 16 rivers winding through them, with the world famous Li River inclusive.
In the traditional sense, Lijiang starting point is the source of Guijiang River Yuecheng Mountain Range Cat Mountain, and the end point is Pingle Sanjiang River. Lijiang river section is164 km long.Along the riverbed, there are most of water quality pebbles, the river has small sediment loads so the water is clear. On both sides of the river is karst landform. Li River is rich in tourism resources, and the famous landscape of Guilin is in Li River.
【Yangshuo West Street】
West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. It now becomes a place that mixes the eastern and western culture harmoniously.
Yangshuo West Street, is a pedestrian street of Yangshuo county, Guilin city, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is located in Yangshuo town center, about 8 meters wide, 800 meters long, slightly presents the east-west orientation, the east side is to the Binjiang road, west to Pantao road, and meets the Xianqian street, Chengzhong road in the middle. After 1400 years, it is the busiest and the oldest street in Yangshuo, and also one of important tourist attractions in Yangshuo.
Moon Hill, a great limestone peak with a naturally created moon-shaped cavern passing through just below its summit
The Moon Hill was a spectacle of Yangshuo, and it is located in the aside the Fenglou Village of Gaotian Township, up to more than 380 meters high. Moon Hill is located in end of the Ten-Miles Gallery Scenic Spot. Here the beautiful scenery is simple but elegant of primitive simplicity, quiet and comfortable.
【Big Banyan Tree】
It is said to have a history of nearly 1,400 years and has survived centuries of wind and rain. Yangshuo Big Banyan Tree is located in the Moon Hill Scenic Area of Yangshuo County and it is a thousand years old tree. Its circumference is unexpectedly 7 meters long, 17 meters high, leafy with thick shade, and its leaves can shade more than one hundred square meters. Big Banyan Tree is a famous scenic spot of Yangshuo, Guilin.
Yulong River is as beautiful as Li River. A lot of other places of historic interest and scenic beauty, together with all the above-mentioned, contribute to the worldwide fame of Yangshuo as a scenic spot.
Yulong River is a river in Yangshuo county, refers to the section of Baisha to the Big Banyan Tree Gongnong Bridge, about 16 kilometers long, 38 to 61 meters wide, 0.5 to 2 meters deep. On both sides of the Yulong River, the mountains and peaks are delicate and pretty remarkable, stretching for miles with all shapes. The riverbank is green like grass, lush bamboo, and numerous shady trees. The water in a river is like a green jade, clean and bright.
What to Do in Yangshuo
【See the show – Impression of Liu Sanjie】
Located at the confluence of Li River and Tianjia River
1 hour (daily 20:00)
Show time: it is starts at 20:00 in daily time, but during weekends and the golden week vacation (Labor Day and the National Day Week), the first show will begin at 19:40, and the second will be 21:10. And during golden week vacation there might be three performances. In general during the Spring Festival, Impression of Liu Sanjie will be suspended for a month.
The show of Impression Liu Sanjie can be regarded as one highlight of Yangshuo tour
. It is a night show which you’ve never seen. The show of Impression Liu Sanjie is directed by domestic famous director Mr Zhang Yimou. This is a virtual scenery performance. The largest difference from other shows is the water & hill scenery theater. The show is created according to a well-known folk tale of Zhuang, about the Queen of Folk Song in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
【Do sightseeing in Yangshuo countryside】
Yangshuo Countryside is so beautiful and peaceful that attracts lots of tourists at home and abroad. Yangshuo countryside tour focus on the area along Yulong River, where is beautiful natural and original river flowing aside the downtown of Yangshuo county. Visiting there, you can enjoy the picturesque Yulong River, you might see the animals along the way, which is so natural!
【Join in the Chinese cooking course】
cooking classroom in the Yangshuo countryside farm house
about half a day
There are a lot of delicious cuisines in China. If you want to try the Chinese dishes by yourself, it is good to take the Chinese cooking course in Yangshuo. People who join in the course will be picked up and you will be taken to the local market to learn about the ingredients that we use in our dishes. Then drive to the school in the local farmer's courtyard and learn how to cook five Chinese dishes. After the cooking, eat the meal together and informally explore Chinese culture and customs.
【Join in the Rock Climbing Activity】
Butterfly Spring in Yangshuo
half-day / full-day
Countryside in Yangshuo is an ideal place to do rock climbing with the challenging topography and appealing vista around. Each person can learn climbing techniques. Everyone has the opportunity to do two or three climbs and a rappel.
【Experience the bamboo rafting on the Yulong River】
Yulong River in Yangshuo
The bamboo rafting on Yulong River is arranged from Yulong Bridge in Baisha town to Gongnong Bridge outside Yangshuo downtown. Yulong River is so beautiful that a person who is rafting on the Yulong River seems like being in a landscape painting. Rafting along Yulong River, you will not only see the essence of the beautiful natural view, you could also find ancient villages, various old stone bridges as well as quaint watermill. Therefore, some experts think Yulong River is the superb natural heritage in the world.
【Transplant Rice Seeds in Yangshuo Farmland】
Farmland in Yangshuo
about 1 hour in the farmland
Transplanting rice seeds in this place, you will immediately find the simple funs in your life. During your Guilin tour, you can join in this interesting activity by informing us in advance. You should notice that this activity only can be held twice a year according to the farming schedule.
What to Eat in Yangshuo
【Guilin Rice Noodle】
Guilin Rice Noodle can be taken as the fourth treasure in Guilin. Guilin Rice Noodles can be either round or flat. Beside the rice noodle, there are various materials putting into this food, voluptuous gravy, fried peanuts or soybeans, scallions and thin slides of different kinds of meat such as beef, horse meat, and pork. You can also add some spice and chili in the rice noodles.
【Yangshuo Beer Fish】
Yangshuo "beer fish", is a famous local specialty. The fish is fresh, spicy and delicious without a trace of the smell of fish itself. The beer with fish smell can up a person’s appetite. Yangshuo Beer Fish is to choose big carp living in Li River, use raw tea oil from mountains of north Guangxi to cook, and then pour into the fine beer made in Guilin, which has a unique crisp tender flavor.
【What to Buy in Yangshuo】
The splendid Guilin landscapes make specialties in Guilin color in Chinese painting styles. The famous souvenirs in Guilin might be fan, landscape paintings, paper umbrellas, and Bamboo and Wooden Carvings, etc. Sanhua Liquor, Chili Sauce and Fermented Bean Curd are three treasures of Guilin, and they are also the representatives’ local specialties of Guilin.
【Yangshuo Painted Fan】
Yangshuo painted fan is a paper fan usually painted birds, flowers, insects and traditional Chinese girls. It is made of either silk or paper with bamboo as the fan support, paint fans is delightfully delicate and colorful.
Guilin landscape painting refers to the paintings that draw beautiful scenery of Guilin as the main performance object. There are a lot of splendid natural landscapes in Guilin and which provides different materials for those artists to paint with green hills and clean rivers.
It has been over 400 years of making paper umbrellas in Guilin. The paper umbrella usually painted with beautiful landscape. And it is a good gift because it is useful and also beautiful.
【Bamboo and Wooden Carvings】
Bamboo and wood carvings are another local specialty which is popular with tourists in Guilin and Yangshuo. Bamboo and Wooden Carving is made of bamboo or wood and carve it into different subjects like landscapes, characters, birds and flowers.