Sightseeing in Yangshuo
Tourist Attractions in Yangshuo
While the real attraction of Yangshuo is the surrounding countryside, there are a few places worth checking out within the confines of the town itself. See the Yangshuo Activities section for information about things to do in Yangshuo, including popular trekking and cycling routes, bamboo rafting, rock climbing, caving and cooking.
West Street (Xi Jie) (西街)
Yangshuo’s main tourist strip is a frenzy of shops, restaurants, bars and guesthouses. Far from the serenity that the surrounding countryside offers, the crowds on West Street can be overwhelming, especially in the evening… (Read More…)
Directions: West Street is in the center of Yangshuo.
Yangshuo Park (阳朔公园)
This pleasant park on Diecui Lu provides some respite from the tourist hordes of West Street, just one block away. Walking through the park you will see old men gathered to play games, old women gathered to sing and… (Read More…)
Directions: Yangshuo Park and Xilang Shan are on Diecui Lu, directly across the road from the bus station.
Yanghuo’s produce market, only a short distance from West Street, seems refreshingly real compared to the rest of this touristy town. Visitors to the market will be able to see a weird and wonderful… (Read More…)
Directions: The local market is on Pantao Lu, about 100 meters west of the intersection with Diecui Lu. You will smell it when you get there.
Pantao Hill (蟠桃山)
If you don’t mind a bit of a workout, this is the best hill to climb within the town of Yangshuo. While you’ll need to be reasonably fit to go up – it’s stairs all the way – no actual climbing skills are required… (Read More…)
Directions: To reach Pantao Hill, head behind the local market and find the trail. It does a curve and then leads you to the entrance.
Green Lotus Peak (Bilian Feng) (碧莲峰)
Looming over West Street, it will be Green Lotus Peak that most often greets you as you step outside in the morning. Due to its position right beside the Li River, the summit of this hill affords wonderful views… (Read More…)
Directions: The trail up Green Lotus Peak can be accessed from Pantao Lu, east of the intersection with West Street.
Shows and Performances in Yangshuo
Impression Liu Sanjie
This light and sound show, an hour-long extravaganza of color and movement, is a must-see when in Yangshuo. The Li River forms the stage for this production which features a cast of over 500 local farmers and fisherman… (Read More…)
Details: Impression Liu Sanjie is on every night at 8pm. Tickets can be bought from just about any hotel, guesthouse or travel agent and cost ¥188.
This amazing fishing technique has been practiced for centuries in this region. Fishermen head out onto the river with their cormorants, birds which are renowned for their fishing ability. A tie is fastened around the base of the bird’s throat and they are then sent to catch fish which they can’t swallow – instead they cough them up for the fishermen… (Read More…)
Attractions around Yangshuo
Xingping is a delightful and well preserved little village with some buildings surviving from the Ming Dynasty. With the peaks rising all around, Xingping is an exceedingly photogenic place. Indeed, the scene of the Li River that can be seen from here graces the ¥20 note… (Read More…)
Directions: Mini-buses to Xingping (兴坪) leave from the Yangshuo bus station.
Moon Hill (月亮山)
Moon Hill (Yueliang Shan) is one of the few ‘attractions’ in the Yangshuo countryside in the sense that you have to pay to visit it. And, really, there’s not a lot of point when it’s free to explore everywhere else… (Read More…)
Directions: Moon Hill is about one hour’s bike ride south-east of Yangshuo.