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Tourist central (West Street) in Yangshuo

Yangshuo (阳朔; Yáng shuò) is a very scenic, small county and city surrounded by many karst mountains and beautiful scenery near Guilin, Guangxi. It is very popular among tourists.

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Understand

Yangshuo is popular for its incredible karst scenery, beautiful mountains, rivers, caves, and temples as well as its laid back cafes and bars. However, as a result, there is no shortage of mainland Chinese tourists, ex-pats, and other foreigners.

Yangshuo isn't your typical Chinese town and does not have the big-city feel as in most other Chinese cities. That means it is relatively air and noise pollution free, (provided you get away from major roadways), very clean (by Chinese standards) and doesn't usually suffer from endless massive traffic chaos. It is much more like a vacation town, with wonderful restaurants and shops and again quite developed by mainland Chinese standards. Yangshuo has a reputation as a foreigners' village in Southern China and is a major stop on the trail of many independent travelers. It's also a nice place to stop and explore the local countryside by bike or even give a try a world class rock-climbing sites.

Orientation

The main tourist area is laid out roughly like a ladder. The two main tourist streets run more-or-less parallel up from the river and end at one of the town's larger streets. There are assorted smaller streets (rungs) crossing between the two larger streets. The street (ladder vertical) on the left seen from the River is West Street (西街 Xijie) and is the older more established tourist street, the real center of things. The other long tourist street is Diecuilu (畳翠路).

There's a small creek that runs down the center of the "ladder", some of the prettiest bars and restaurants in town are on balconies near it. The street there is called Guiha Lu. It has recently undergone heavy rebuilding and now has many new shops, bars and restaurants. Toward the river end, it curves to intersect Diecielu.

At the "foot of the ladder" by the river is an open area with a large number of vendors hawking all sorts of tourist stuff, both from shops and from handcarts. There are also a number of rather nice riverside hotels.

Across the "top of the ladder" is a major street (Pantao Lu) with many hotels. The town's main bus station is at the corner where that main street meets Die Cui Lu. The intersection has a large open area that becomes very busy at night, with dozens of restaurants and hundreds of diners. Do not expect English menus or non-Chinese dishes.

Get in

By plane

Yangshuo has no airport. The nearest airport is Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (airport code KWL) in Guilin serviced by many Asian carriers, with several daily flights from Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzen. It is generally cheaper to fly to Guilin from Shenzen than from Hong Kong, just across the border. There is also a daily flight from Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia.

An easy but comparatively costly way to get to Yangshuo is by taxi. It is far better to have your pick-up arranged by your hotel as local drivers in Guilin will overcharge you and drivers generally don't know anything else in Yangshuo than the bus station where they will drop you off and you need to arrange transportation from there onwards. Expect to pay between ¥260-400 depending on the vehicle, and depending on whether you take the G65 Baomao highway (additional ¥30 for toll fees (but saves about half an hour). Be advised that taking the highway is much faster, less bumpy and better for your blood pressure as you won't have to watch as your driver plays chicken with oncoming traffic while passing all the transport trucks moving at 40km/h on the regular road.

To get to Yangshuo by bus, first take the airport bus (¥20), which makes 3 stops. Get off at the second stop near the train station for buses to Yangshuo. You can also get off at the last stop in Guilin and then take a bus or boat to Yangshuo. Be aware that like most bus services in China, the bus won't leave the airport until full, so you may be faced with a wait.

By train

The nearest railway station is in Guilin. An direct overnight train from Shenzhen (on the Hong Kong border) operates to Guilin (12 hours). Some hotels will arrange pick up from the train station. Minibuses to Yangshuo conveniently depart from the square in front of Guilin railway station (¥18, 80-90 minutes).

Train ticket can now be bought in yangshuo, from ticket office setup inside the hua-rong hotel(next to sunshine 100 building complex, die-cui road) 5 yuan surcharge per ticket. note: it is the official outlet of nanning train station ticket office, instant issuing of ticket. Most travel agent in yangshuo will still charge 40 or 50 yuan commision.

By bus

From Guilin, there are frequent minibuses and express buses to Yangshuo. All buses terminate at the bus terminal in Yangshuo. Minibuses depart from the square in front of the Guilin railway station (80-90 minutes, ¥18 - buy tickets on the bus once it is underway. Invariably touts will try to sell you a more expensive ticket before the bus departs, even coming onto the bus. The best approach is simply to ignore them. Express buses (¥15, buy tickets from counter inside terminal) depart every half hour from the Guilin bus terminal off Zhongshan Zhong Lu and take about one and a half hour.

In Yangshuo, wait for minibuses at the exit of the bus terminal at Die Cui Lu. The first bus to depart will be at the head of the queue. Express buses depart half hourly starting at 7AM from their allotted bay inside the terminal. Buy tickets from the glass counter.

Scam Alert - On the bus from Guilin, unscrupulous hawkers frequently stop the bus before the center of town (near the service station) urging you to get off while claiming this is Yangshuo and the bus will continue to another place. The bus conductor will often be complicit in the scam and even tell you that you've arrived at the bus station. The tout's goal is to get you to pay them to take you to the centre of town and to their hotel. Note: Buses from Guangdong really don't go to the bus station; they just let you off in town, a ten-minute walk from the main tourist area following the signs to West Street.

From Guangdong, overnight sleeper buses run direct to Yangshuo from Shenzhen (near Hong Kong), from Zhuhai (near Macau), and from Guangzhou. These cost around ¥100-250 depending on which station in Shenzhen you want to depart from and how new of a bus you want to travel on. Some sleeping buses from Shenzhen are quite uncomfortable. The buses from the border in Shenzhen are the most expensive.

From Nanning, there are 3 buses per day. The journey costs ¥120 and buses leave at 8AM, 10AM and 12.30PM. Tickets can be bought inside the bus terminal.

By boat

There are also boats that travel down the Li River from Guilin, slower and more expensive (¥400+) than buses, but a very scenic journey. You may be able to travel for about ¥100 by joining a tour group. You will pass by what is considered some of China's most famous scenic views, including a mountain view that can be seen on all ¥20 bills. Do check with your travel agent or hotel which boat you will be on as standards can vary a lot. Ask for a picture to be sure it's what you had in mind. Do not go with the CITS travel agents that approach you just when you get off the train and will either overcharge or sell you devalued trips in their 'office' inside the train station.

In the winter time, which is the dry season, the boats often only travel starting halfway down the Li River from Guilin. A tour company should inform you of this. It is still worth taking the journey. You will then travel part of the way by bus or private taxi, then join the boat where the water is deep enough (this may vary).

In case you do not come on a Li-0river cruise, numerous boat trips on motorized rafts can be booked anywhere in Yangshuo. It is also very nice to hike the most scenic part between Yangdi and Xing Ping.

Get around

By bike

Renting a bike and taking off into the countryside, with or without a guide, is one popular strategy for exploring the area. There are several places around the main street catering for short-term rentals charging from 10 to 30Y.

Keep in mind that most times you get what you paid for. Be sure to check brakes and gears before you set off so not to get your day spoiled by mechanical problems that could be avoided. Generally the SPX, Giant's and Hunter's are the brands to go for. Expect to pay 50Y for a TREK-bicycle, the best ones to be found here. (If you want to play it safe, some places will get you a helmet for extra.)

Beware of robbers who operate on a motorbike and will try to snatch your camera, rucksack or handbag from the basket behind if you leave it open. Try to one that closes and lock it with your bike lock.

By taxi

Taxis in Yangshuo are among the most expensive in China. They will all refuse to use the meter if they have any. Nonetheless there are very few compared to in bigger cities because they are limited by the government. Expect to pay at least 15-30Y for a ride from 100m to 3km. However, there are numerous open air three wheel style taxis and motorbike taxis. Agree to a price before getting on and bargain hard. If you are staying outside of the main town, try to arrange transport in advance if you want to avoid haggling or being ripped off. Most of the actual taxis don't have meters, or the meters will be turned off. The price for a trip about 5km outside of town is at least 30Y.

By foot

Yangshuo is a small place; the town can easily be covered on foot. There is an electric minibus network consisting five routes covering most parts of town. ¥1 per ride.

If you're planning on walking around the many streets and caves around Yangshuo, a map is recommended. Artistic tourist maps are available for sale for around ¥5-10 at tourist shops all over town, but the free maps are better for finding your way.

For those who want to wander a little further afield, or to check the attractions in the area, there are several options.


By boat

There are boat tours up or down the river.

By bus

Local buses serve some locations. From Yangshuo's bus terminal, minibuses (xiao mian bao or "little bread loaves") go to Gaotian (for Yueliang Shan/Moon Hill), Jinbao via Baisha (for Yulong Qiao/Dragon Bridge), Shazhi (for Fuli village), Xingping (for the Xingping-Yangdi scenic area) and further afield.

By car

It is possible to hire private cars for others.

  • Uncle Wang's Car Hire, (), [1]. A professional service designed to provide tourists with efficient and safe private transportation while visiting Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng.

Tour Guides

Most hostels or hotels can arrange transportation and a guide if you want one. A guide may be very helpful for things like cycling tours. Guides can also be found at 'Expat Services' on Chenzhong Rd, next to 7th Heaven.At the entrance of west street,guides will be found there too.

Alternately, you can choose your own tourist guide by working out a deal with one of the many who will accost you on the street. Some local guides are simply savvy street wise individuals trying to make some money, whilst others are registered and take government examinations. Expect to pay around 100Y a person. Whilst some of the unlicensed guides can be very good at what they do, be careful that you are not simply being taken on a 'shopping' tour where you feel pressured into spending money you do not wish to.

If you want to go and see a larger region or even start a tour to the rest of the province or the neighboring provinces, you can get in touch with one of the local foreigner-run travel services. They can give you good advice or organize an authentic-orientated private tour for you with your own car/driver and experienced tour guide.

lots of tour guides in yangshuo ,most of them speak good english,wan is one of freelance guides.his website:www.wanyangshuo.wordpress.com.

See

View of Yulong River valley from Yulong Qiao (Yulong Bridge)

Karst landscape

The area around Yangshuo is renowned throughout China, if not the whole world, (even making it into the backdrop of Star Wars Episode 3), for its karst landscape where there are hundreds upon hundreds of limestone hills dotting the countryside. The beautiful scenery here is a common subject of Chinese paintings as well as the inspiration for poetry. There are several popular areas for karst landscape sight-seeing which can be covered by river cruises, bamboo-raft cruises, cycling, trekking and combinations of the various modes.

  • Yangdi-Xingping scenic area, (Catch a direct river cruise from Yangshuo or get to Yangdi (90mins, ¥8.0) and Xingping (45 mins, ¥5.5) by minibus from Yangshuo bus terminal, or cycle out there and then take boats or rafts to reach the scenic area.). This stretch along the Li River is probably the most renowned and popular. The traditional bamboo rafts along this stretch have been replaced by rafts made of plastic pipe and 2 stroke motors. The "raft experience" is now a boom industry and hundreds of these small rafts cruise this route when the big tour boats have passed. The rafts are safe and the better operators provide life jackets. Touts in Yangshuo advertise prices as low as ¥88 for this trip, but equilibrium price is about ¥150 per trip. Expect incredibly aggressive hawkers when you arrive in Xingping. The more common Guilin-Yangshuo boat ride passes through this area. There is also a 24km (5 to 6 hours) track for easy hiking along the Li river.
  • Yulong River valley, (Turn west into a small road from the main Yangshuo bypass road just south of the Sinopec petrol station at the junction of Pantao Lu (there are road signs in Chinese). Or, use the road to Jinbao from Baisha town 9km north of Yangshuo on the main road to Guilin. Minibuses from Yangshuo bus terminal to Jinbao go near Yulong village). The pretty Yulong River valley is said to rival the Yangdi-Xingping stretch in terms of beauty. Besides rafting down the river on bamboo rafts, another popular way of seeing the valley is by cycling along riverside tracks. The journey will bring you through many farming villages and past several stone bridges across the river such as the Yulong Qiao and Fuli Qiao. Be warned though that the track is complicated and it is easy to get lost; using a local guide will ensure you stay on track.
  • Moon Hill, (Take a Gaotian minibus Yangshuo bus terminal. If you plan to cycle, Moon Hill is located about 8km south of Yangshuo on the road to Wuzhou.). Another popular scenic spot south of town. The main attraction is a hill with a huge hole in the shape of a moon. The hills here can be climbed for spectacular vistas from the top.
    Getting there: There is a ¥15 entry fee. It's not an incredibly long trek to the top but the gradient and strange angle of the steps can do something strange to your legs on the way down. The Moon Hill Cafe at the base of the hill sells fairly mediocre food at ridiculously high prices, and you may need something after the trek up and down. Alternatively there are a few other places to choose from in nearby Moon Hill Village, and plenty of hawkers selling cool drinks. If it is a slow day, don't be surprized if a hawker follows you up the mountain to make a sale when you are thirsty. The hawkers are mostly harmless old farm women, but they are aggressive. ¥5 is a fair price for two bottles of cold water. They will try to sell it for triple that price. On the road back to Yangshuo, not far from Moon Hill, is the 'Big Banyan Tree' scenic area. A ¥18 entry fee gets you into this popular park by the Yulong river, featuring a 1,400 year old banyan tree. Be sure to use the official entrance (ticket offices at the front), as hawkers will attempt to lure you into an alternative entrance that is lined with dozens of souveneir stalls.
  • Cormorant Fishing. Local tourism companies offer evening boat trips to watch fisherman using a traditional night fishing technique that employs cormorants.
  • People’s Park, (just opposite the bus station). A great place to observe the locals playing cards, a national pastime so it would seem. You’ll also see groups of women sitting around talking whilst doing their knitting, some even walk along the street whilst knitting and chatting.

Do

Rock Climbing

Yangshuo has over 300 climbing routes ranging in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.13. There is a lively climbing scene in town, so experienced climbers will have no problem finding a partner, just ask in the climbing places and they should know other climbing travelers you can hook up with. For beginners and climbers traveling without their own equipment several climbing companies offer equipment rental, one/multi-day trips and places to hang out chatting about potential routes or to find a partner. The "Yangshuo Climbing Guide", a guidebook showing route topos, grades, etc. can be purchased from any of the climbing companies. Climbing shops in Yangshuo:

  • Spiderman, (marked with a conspicuous sign), on Xianqian Road (the first cross street off West Street as you come up from the river).
  • Karst Cafe, on Xianqian Road, [2].
  • Insight Adventures (中国桂林阳朔县前街45), Xian Qian Jie (off West Street), +86 773 8811033, [3]. Has a bar and a bouldering wall. Insight Adventures guides and other climbers hang out there in the evenings. (32.1524903,119.9376365)
  • Terratribes, on Fu Qian Road (府前巷12号), +86) 773-8822005, [4].
  • Xclimber, on Guihua Road (a right turn then a left turn before the start of West Street), [5].
  • Blackrock, on Guihua Road.

Other outdoor activities

  • Bike riding. Wandering through the countryside on a bike and getting lost is one of the best things about Yangshuo. The villages often have dramatic mountain backdrops, and the people are generally friendly. Another popular trip is to take a boat ride with a bike, then bicycle back to town. Bike hire starts at ¥10 per day, and tandems are a bit more. The bikes tend to be poorly maintained, so be sure to check brakes and gears before you set out. For travelers craving reliability, Bike Asia [6] (on Guihua Rd, above Bar 98) has well-maintained specialized mountain bikes for ¥50. Bike Asia also has free bike maps of the area, and can advise on where to cycle. Find an farmer woman for ¥100 per day to give you a guided tour of the local paths. This may include lunch at her place if you're lucky. From ¥10 per day.
  • Yangdi - Xingping. This walk is a far more peaceful way to enjoy the Li river and mountain scenery than a loud noisy boat down the river. It takes you along the pebbly shores of the river, through many small villages, fields and bamboo forests. To do the walk, you must purchase a ticket (¥16) from the ticket office (look for the sign in English) right near the wharf in Yangdi; this covers the first two (of three) river crossings, and access beyond a checkpoint about halfway along the walk. The first ferry crossing departs near the end of the wharf (i.e. downstream), and is a blue boat with a yellow "<--->" sign on the roof. If you get tired during the walk, you can always rent a bamboo raft to float down the river; don't worry about availability - you will be turning down offers of 'Bamboo? Bamboo?' the whole way. Typically this walk is done Yangdi -> Xingping, however vice-versa is possible. There are plenty of people selling food and drinks along the way, ranging from single sellers to sit-down cafes.
  • Exploring caves. There are an abundance of caves riddling the limestone hills. Guided tours are available. More serious cavers should talk to the staff at the various climbing shops (listed above) for information about possible cave climbs.
  • Swimming in the Li River. During the summer, the water and temperature is good for swimming. Locals swim from the docks on the Li Jiang (Li River) a short way upstream of the town centre. The water is generally clean and crystal clear but you may want to avoid a main waste drain near to the dock. Keep walking up to the north from the dock for around 20 minutes to find out a popular swimming spot, nicknamed "the secret beach". Pay extra attention on strong currents which can be experienced in many parts of the river, especially if you are not good enough at swimming. Also tour boats that travel the Li Jiang coming from Guilin are a hazard. The Yulong River is also good for swimming, offering some quality swimming spots, e.g. near dragon bridge, although some parts of the river are crowded with bamboo rafts.
  • Bamboo Rafting. Rafting along the Yulong river is particularly popular in summer, but travelers should take care not to go rafting if the water is brown and turbulent. In 2005 there was a fatality during high floods.
  • Hot Air Ballooning. Unfortunately after a fatal accident with a Dutch family aboard, hot air ballooning trips are no longer available.


* Water caves. Make sure which water cave you are visiting since there are at least two of them about 15km south of Yangshuo. The Moon Water Cave (GPS N24.70627 E110.43942) is 2km west of GaoTian town, but the ticket office (N24.72372 E110.47441) is 2km north-east of GaoTian town, on the road to an other cave called Water Cave. Both above mentioned caves state on fliers that they have hot spring baths but the one in Moon Water Cave appears to be artificially heated (ticket price 90Y).

Shows

  • Impression Liu Sanjie. Every day but closed in Jan or Feb for maintenance. 70 minutes long. The show, set to the music from the movie of the same name and produced by the same person that did the Beijing Olympic games opening ceremony, is grand and impressive, but not particularly entertaining. It features a cast of 600+ wearing traditional Zhuang, Miao and Yao dress, and a highly impressive light show. Liu Sanjie translates as Third sister Liu, the heroine of an old Chinese story. You can see the show cheaply from a boat on the river, or even from across the river, but far the best view is from the official seating area. Tickets only sell out in the very height of the summer tourist season. Seats are assigned. ¥188 face value, travel agents sell at about ¥150 for the cheapest seat.

Learn

Martial arts

Prices in Yangshuo tend to be higher than those in the rest of China.

  • Budizhen International Kung Fu, Tai Ji & Qi Gong School, (at the top of West Street), +86 13977350377 or +86 13677862400 (), [7]. Master Mei teaches classes in Taichi, Qigong, Kungfu, Taekwondo, and other martial arts. Lesson: ¥40.
  • Carpe Diem Tai Chi & Kung Fu School, Shi Ban Qiao village,35 (On the rooftop of Trippers Carpe Diem Countryside Hostel), +86 (0)773-8822533 (), [8]. 08.00-23.00. Master Kim is the current president of the Guangxi Chen Style Tai Chi Union and a favorite with long-term foreign tai chi students in Yangshuo. Also teaches Shaolin Kung Fu to a high level. One of the few masters who speaks fluent English
  • Green Lotus Kung Fu Classes, (West Street).
  • LongTouShan Taichi School, (half an hour walk from West street), [9]. Taichi, Qigong and Yoga classes in a beautiful spot located in the country side
  • Yangshuo Tai Chi and Kung Fu School, (in the picturesque village of Shi Ban Qiao, a short walk along the Li River from Yangshuo), *86 773 8820866 (), [10]. Master Fu has won 17 gold medals and 9 silver medals in Tai Chi Chuan, sword, broad sword and push hands and the school he established in 2006 is the largest and best equipped in Yangshuo.
  • Taiji with Master Huang, 13558136725, [11]. Sufi "Henry" Huang a deeply knowledgeable master deep into Taoist philosophy and able to teach all forms, from meditative Qi Gong through restorative Yang to the potentially deadly Quan. ¥40/hour.
  • The People's Park Tai Chi Classes. 8:00AM Daily.
  • Yangshuo Tai Chi School, [12]. Tai Chi Teacher Training Courses
  • Wang Zhi Ping Tai Chi Training Centre, (behind the park on Baoquan Road), [13]. once off lessons, weekly and monthly rates, plus professional training in various forms of Tai Chi

Cooking

  • Yanghsuo Cooking School, 13788437286, [14]. Run by an Australian living in China. Single and multi-day classes in traditional Chinese cooking. 2 different menus depending on which day you go (morning/lunch or afternoon/dinner classes), and typical dishes include beer fish, stuffed pumpkin flowers, egg-wrapped dumplings and stir fried pork with vegetables and oyster sauce. A tour of the local market and hotel pick up is included.
  • Cooking Classes @ Cloud 9 Restaurant, (0) 13507838851. Run by Linda Liang and William Lu


Language

  • Chinese Language Institute (CLI), [15]. A branch of Guilin's Guangxi Normal University (GXNU) that expands upon GXNU's program to provide all students with 5-20 weekly hours of one-on-one lessons, options of home-stays and immersed housing with Chinese graduate students, weekly activities and monthly travel excursions, 24-hour emergency assistance, pre-arrival assistance, and visa and housing assistance. CLI offers classes ranging from a few days, to a few weeks, to a semester, to an academic year. CLI benefits from being operated by an international staff.
  • Janie's Immersion Chinese Courses and Exchange Program, +86-13657832132 (). Professional Mandarin classes. Whether you are new to Chinese or have studied before, the fun immersion courses will teach you to comprehend and speak Chinese, or improve your current skill level. The exchange program gives you the opportunity of work exchange, language exchange and even homestay possibilities. It will help you to understand Chinese culture and business with the aim of immersing you in a Chinese environment.


  • Mandacentre, 13878374343, [16]. Study Mandarin in small groups, with a private teacher or online. Specialized in long-term study programs through an efficient approach to achieve long-lasting results. Chinese and Western owners. Established in 2006.
  • Omeida Chinese Academy, +86-773-8812233 (), [17]. Chinese language programs that meet the needs and goals of students at all levels. Survival Chinese course is specially designed for those backpacking around China. Travelers may take the course and be equipped with essential Chinese phrases.
  • Yangshuo Cultural Centre, Guihua Lu #69 (Behind Famous West Street), 13878374343, [18]. Study Mandarin or join a two-week Chinese Painting Holiday.

Buy

There are a number of banks located in town. On West Street there is the Bank of China, Agricultural Bank and ICBC. On Pantao Lu there are a few others, including the China Postal Bank and another near the fresh food markets. Be aware that not all banks have ATMs, and not all ATMs will handle foreign card transactions.

Beware of the fresh market. If you are sensitive, then cages full of dogs waiting for the slaughter may just upset you enough to put you off your food. There are plenty of stalls out on the streets where you can buy lots of fruits, no need to face the grim meat market.

Tourist stuff

There is a huge amount of touristy stuff available:

  • Pashmina scarves (Cashmere by a different name).
  • Silk products: ties, kimonos, scarves, dresses.
  • Pottery, bronze, stone carvings, bracelets, and knickknacks of all sorts.
  • Scroll paintings, fans and embroidered cloths.

Much of this stuff is lovely, really very tempting. However, quite a bit of it is fake and nearly all of it is available all over China and cheaper outside of Yangshuo.

Asking prices for such stuff in Yangshuo are horribly inflated. Here is a table based on some travellers' experience:

ItemAsking price, in yuanPrice paidA local says it is worth
elsewhereYangshuoYangshuo
silk ties10-2075-12050 for 3
small silk scarves80-10020
large scarf/wrap60-80120-20050
old silver dollars, nearly all counterfeit2080-1506-10
large tapestry1505530-40
Wooden dolls with minority style clothesup to 50620 CNY for 10-12 dolls
Half-meter (18") wooden Buddha400100less

Getting the prices shown took hard bargaining, often based on knowledge of prices elsewhere. Of course, even those may not be the best possible prices.

Unlike other touristy places in China, shops in Yangshuo is notorious for overcharging not just because you are a tourist. They do it because you're a foreigner.

Many tourists, having no idea of the real Chinese price, are grossly overcharged. After all, even ¥120 (about $17 US) would be a great price for a nice pure silk tie back home.

Being rude at haggling usually gets you into nowhere and basic ask-first-and-walk-away strategy will more likely work.

Advice for tourists who have no idea what the Chinese price should be:

  • Compare different offers first but don't haggle until you're ready to buy.
  • Ignore the offered price and throw out the price you thought it is. You can usually get more price cut on clothing, silks and pottery, but don't expect much on ginger candy.
  • Walk away if the vendor will not meet your price. They often follow after you with better prices.


See also How to haggle.

Local goods

There are also a few things not usually available elsewhere:

  • Postcards and picture books of the area, in stores or hawked by older women on the street.
  • Chinese paintings of the local Karst scenery.
  • T-shirts
    • Chinese characters with different slogans, such as "I have no money", or "Foreigner coming" on the front and "Foreigner going" on the back.
    • Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts are common. There has never been a real Hard Rock Cafe (part of the chain) in Yangshuo, though at least two now defunct places used the name.
  • Silver and embroidery pieces by local minorities.
    • Prices for large pieces are high, but some pieces may be worth them.
    • Small pieces, such as embroidered Zhuang minority love balls, are also available.

You should also bargain on these, of course.

Other interesting things

  • Nature House, On Die Cui Lu about half a block from the river. Sells various rocks, some are interesting geological specimens while others are carved and/or painted. Fascinating.
  • The Chopstick Shop, on West Street. Their factory is in Guilin and they sell wonderfully gift wrapped chopstick sets.
  • Used Bookstore, 13321730517, ([19]). There is a used bookstore and reading room (with a large selection in English and some books in several other European languages) at Cafe Too at 7 Cheng Zhong Road. Prices are higher than at used bookstores in Western countries, but cheaper than new books. You can buy coffee, or a meal, and read them free. WiFi here is free and Philip, the owner, is a great source of local news and information. It is great for people living in China and missing Western books.

CDs and DVDs - Available at several stores on West Street or nearby. Nearly all such products in China are unauthorised copies, but many in Yangshuo look real. General quality, especially the packaging, is far better than the usual. Many come with booklets of lyrics or artist biography. Some have full-colour advertising printouts for the label's other offerings, I cannot imagine a "pirate" duplicating that. Selection is also good, the English music is not all Backstreet Boys and the Carpenters. Prices are also higher, ¥15-25 versus ¥6-8 for the cheap copies all over China.

Eat

Yangshuo has a lot of restaurants but in this touristy place, prices tend to be more expensive. You can eat cheaply in the markets with the locals or you can try comfort food in many cafes.

Local specialties:

  • Grapefruit or Pomelos (sha tian you) - locally produced, they are very sweet and juicy and can be bought everywhere for ¥1-2. Ask the vendor to choose one with a small top and cut it up for you.
  • Beer fish (pi jiou yu) - A local specialty, something most Chinese tourists try.

When you buy fish, the price on the menu is customarily quoted per 500g, called 斤 (jin). A larger fish may cost you well over ¥100. For 3-4 people, a fish with 2 jins (1kg), along with 3-4 more other dishes, is usually enough.

There are more than one species of fish cooked with beer. Each with its own unique texture and taste. For example, MaoGu fish (毛骨鱼) has the least amount of bones.

The local cuisine can be spicy and contain MSG but you can request keeping them out. However, for a big fan of chillies, local dining place, including an Indian restaurant, tend to assume westerners can't take any real spicy food no matter how you insist it.

Western food

Many cafes in Yangshuo offer burgers, shepherd's pie, and a Western breakfast, however authentic western foods are still rare. The quality of Chinese foods in those western restaurants are hit or miss, sometimes regarded as "Chinese foods in a western style", an euphemism for weird tastes among local people. Prices in those places are also higher than average Chinese standard. 15-40 Yuan for a coffee, 40 for a pizza and 30 for a slice of cake is common. A general guideline is that the best Chinese restaurants do not serve Western food, the opposite counts too.

Most of the staff in these places speak reasonable English, a few excellent. Free wifi is usually provided and several also have a computer terminal available.

  • Festina Lente, (next to karst climbers and accross from MC Blues), 0773-8825784. Best value for money. European breakfast cafe with a real European chef. If you're looking for some real western style food this is the place to be.
  • 7th Heaven Cafe, Cheng Zhong Road. Western and Chinese cuisine.
  • Balcony Bar, Xianqian Jie. Fairly decent French food and crepe, movie every night at 9 and free internet.
  • Buffalo Bar, Xianqian Jie. It Closed January 2011
  • Minority Cafe, Guihua Lu (A few doors down from Backstreet Cafe which is run by the same people). Friendly staff and tasty food with decent size portions. The burrito and the chocolate and banana pancake are particularly good. Wireless internet and two computers available for customers. Regular expat hangout. western food around ¥25, Gin and tonic ¥10, Beer ¥6.
  • Cafe China, on the corner of West Street and Xianqian Jie. Great coffee, great cheesecake, packed most nights, wireless internet, and good chocolate milkshake (though small). Brandy: ¥7.
  • Cafe del Moon, West Street (near center of West Street). all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet: ¥32 Excellent value if you are hungry or want a lot of coffee. Ghastly croissants but the rest is good..
  • Cafe Too, 7 Cheng Zhong Road. Has English books to read, buy or trade.
  • Green Lotus, 100 West Street (next to Youth Hostel). Expensive.
  • Dosa U.K., 110D Yang Guang, 1-89-3480-9877. 11:00-14:30, 17:30-22:30. Excellent, authentic home made south indian food in brand new spot. Attentive service and very good prices. Kind of a hole in the wall and the decor is a bit over the top. Menu is limited but has the south indian basics and a very good crispy dosa. cheap.
  • Indian Restaurant, Guihua Lu. Great Indian food. Indian owned.
  • Karst Cafe, Xianqian Jie. Climber hangout with good pizza (if you've been in China long - but don't spring for the stuffed crust), comfortable sofas, and wireless internet.
  • Luna ((听月餐厅)), Moon Hill Village (On the rooftop of Yangshuo Village Inn), 86-773-8778189, [20]. 12:00-01:00. Italian restaurant Designed by Yangshuo Mountain Retreat [21] owner, Chris Barclay, Luna offers gorgeous views of Moon Hill and the surrounding village. They also serve gourmet Chinese dumplings and offer a full bar. There's no elevator so be prepared to walk up. $5-6/plate.
  • Kelly's Cafe, Guihua Lu. Great service and food, cheap beer. Foreigners living in Yangshuo often hang out here. Also offers free wireless internet. The Kelly's Cafe on Guiha street is better than the one of the side street. They both have great milk shakes but their veggie burgers are not the best in town as claimed. Also, a nice view and an ample breakfast.
  • MC Blues, Xianqian Jie. Good cocktails, happy hour from 6PM to 8PM, great music, wireless internet, 2nd floor lounge and open late.
  • Red Star Express, Guihua Lu (Turnoffs from both West Street and Xianqian Jie are marked with a flag showing a Red Star.). Excellent burritos and enchiladas.
  • River Bar, Bing Jiang Lu (upstream of Li River). 5PM to late. The only riverside bar and restaurant. Relaxing setting, stunning views. Order a mixed tapas plates, fresh home-made dumplings (both available vegetarian), Chinese banquet by request or order pizza, pasta or Chinese from nearby Rock n Grill.
  • Roof Garden ((屋顶花园餐厅)), Yangshuo Hidden Dragon Villa, Big Banyan Tree scenery zone (Rooftop of Yangshuo Hidden Dragon Villa nearby Yulong River), 086-0773-8816268, [22]. 8:00-23:00. Rooftop of Yangshuo Hidden Dragon Villa in Big Banyan Tree scenery Zone nearby Yulong River. Overlooking the peaceful and beautiful mountains, Yulong River and rice paddies, the Roof Garden Restaurant divides into the open rooftop restaurant and enclose rooftop restaurant, each can accommodate 40 persons at the same time, 80 persons in total. The enclosed rooftop restaurant combines the Restaurant, Wine Bar and Tea Bar together. $3-6/plate.
  • Soul Cafe, Guihua Lu (opposite Kelly's Cafe). A great coffee house.
  • Twin Peaks Cafe, West Street. Standard western fare. Slow service.
  • Valentine, Guihua Lu (on the corner of Guiha Lu and the small bridge towards west street). French Chef Nicolas with a romantic atmosphere. Original first class fusion cuisine. Great desert and best chocolate cake of all the city. A good selection of tapas and cocktails.

Chinese food

Most Chinese restaurants outside of West Street don't have either an English menu or English-speaking staff, but prices are often better than on the Street.

Beer fish, carp or catfish cooked in beer sauce, is the most famous dish in Yangshuo. The price is quoted in Chinese jin (500g) and usually runs ¥20-50 per jin depending on the species of fish. Guilin Rice noodles, local white-color pasta made of rice, is breakfast and lunch dish that costs around 3 to 10 yuan.

  • The Alley Yangshuo Beer Bar & Restaurant on Gui Hua Rd. serves only a few selected chinese dishes and they are great, you gotta try the Orange Duck.
  • Riverview Cafe - A restaurant with a panoramic view of the Li River.
  • Cloud Nine — A popular Chinese place on West Street.
  • Dumpling King Just off the walking steet from the bus station. This cheap eatery states 'We may not be in lonely planet but we are good for you' ...It is not, it is awful.
  • Julies Moon Hill View Chinese and western delicacies served in a peaceful environment, just by Moon Hill. more info
  • Snow Lion A great place just outside of town. Eat on the terrace by the river. Well known for its Crispy Duck dishes with fresh plum sauce.
  • Carpe Diem restaurant address="Shi Ban Qiao, 37" directions="follow the river upstream (north) from West Street for about 1,5km" > This charming restaurant with a great outside deck offers a fine selection of the local cuisine as well as a variety of international dishes in a quiet and relaxing setting with great views. Breakfasts, brunches, lunch and dining with generous portions. Weekly barbecue and Chinese buffet nights. Cozy bar with a nice selection of Belgian Beers and South-African wines. Belgian-Chinese management.
  • Ganguoyu (干锅鱼) — A "dry pot" fish restaurant very popular with the locals. It is located beside the pond on Jiefang Lu (between the petrol station and the tunnel).
  • Yangshuo Ren (阳朔人) — A Chinese restaurant very popular with the locals. It specializes in beer fish and other hot pots. It is on the market street between Sunshine 100 and the 99 supermarket.
  • Beifang Jiaozi Guan (北方饺子馆) (Note: sign also reads in English "Dynasty of Dumplings") — This "northern dumplings" restaurant on Xianqian Jie near the intersection with Die Cui Lu and right around the corner from the Magnolia Hotel has fantastic North-East Chinese cuisine.
  • Huang Jin Lian — This is a good restaurant on Diecui Rd (parallel to West St) serving the local delicacies. The local shrimp dish is interesting as you eat them whole so they have a bit of crunch. Be prepared to pay ¥1 for the provision of the shrink wrapped dish set and ¥1 for a bowl of rice. This restaurant is quite close to the market that runs along the river and service is friendly.
  • Gan's Noodles, (this noodles shop is located about a 20 minute from the main bus station, down the road toward Guilin, on the right). Specializing in handmade noodles, this tiny shop is an out of the way treasure most tourists will never visit. For 8 rmb you get a great spicy beef noodle bowl. With a beer to wash it all down, this little 4 table shop had excellent service, while the servers don't know English, the menu has pictures and English names, and whatever you end up with will be amazing.


  • The night market — Used to be located near the bus station, now head into the markets across the road or down to Gui Hua Lu. There is quite a variety of food, much of it at low prices (although still more expensive than elsewhere in China). They even serve dog, rat, oysters, mussels, rabbit, duck, shrimp, frog, the local mud snails and a variety of other surprising dishes! Make sure to haggle. WARNING: Take very good care of your belongings -- there are some very accomplished sneak thieves and pickpockets specialising in wallets, phones and passports.
  • Sichuan Restaurant A great Sichuan Restaurant on FuRong Rd. Maybe 100m along Die-cui lu travelling away from the water then right (big sign). The fish flavoured eggplant is great as are the fried green peppers (not on menu - just hope someone has them and point). Menu with English and pictures.

Vegetarian

  • Pure Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant (暗香疏影 素菜馆) [23] — Down near the river end of Die Cie Lu. Word of caution though: If you are absolutely strict about not wanting to come into contact with meat, be the reasons morally or religiously, know that the staff of this restaurant uses the kitchen to cook their meat in the same pans as the vegetarian dishes. Very yummy food - XO "steak" and vegetable balls and carmelized tarro. The stuffed tomatoes are not good, and neither is the spicy tofu.

Drink

Cafes

There are Chinese tea shops where you can sample ‘ten year’ old tea, or even ’fifteen year’ old tea. It looks very black, but produces a very mild light looking and tasting tea, all served from miniature teapots into miniature teacups. But beware many tea houses are ridiculously over priced. One of the most popular scams in China is the standard, "Do you speak English?, Do you have time? I was about to go get some tea, want to come with me?" and out goes hundreds of kuai. It is a scam; do not fall for it. They are not your friends.


Clubs

Yangshuo has a boisterous nightlife but nightclubs are packed with shy and lumpy dancers and some music, such as Old McDonald Farm, may look weird to western tourists.

There are also several clubs located near the bus terminal, which sometimes stay open until 5 or 6AM and other nights are shut by midnight. They often change the opening and closing hour from days to days so better check it up by yourself.

Entrance fees are not common but in special occassions they may have minimum charge for each table.

Bars

As with Guilin, the local drink is Guilin Three-flower Wine, although most residents seem to prefer a glass of Tsingtao or Baijiu.


  • Bar 98. Wireless internet and a pool table. Run by one Australian, has Aussie meat pies and good burritos. The mixed drinks are real - a lot of Chinese run places have very weak drinks that aren't worth the price. Also, just a nice bar feel with out the too-loud pop music.
  • Buffalo Bar, Xianqianjie #50 (Just off West St), [24]. Australian run bar in the town centre and popular with westerers. Has a pool and fussball table. Run table quizs and pool competitions and have WiFi. ¥8 local beer.
  • Cafe le Votre. Set back from the street with a courtyard in front, is a brew pub with its own beer. They have two brews, a wheat beer and a dark beer, both are rare finds in China. They also have French and Chinese food. Their courtyard is a great place for people-watching, but unfortunately it is also convenient for touts to find you.
  • Kaya, Guihua Lu 47 (Next to Dr Lily Li). A reggae bar, with a larger range of music though, often has good live music (permanent open mic) and very laidback atmosphere. Also has a branch in Guilin city. 10 kuai local beers and wide range of cocktails and other drinks.
  • The Alley - Yangshuo Beer Bar & Restaurant, Guihua Road, (), [25]. 5 pm till late. The Alley Yangshuo Beer Bar is located right in the centre of yangshuo's nightlife area in a pedestrian zone and is a great place for a few drinks and good western and chinese food (pizza and steaks are excellent, so is the Orange Duck), very nice music selection. This bar offers a great variety of imported beers (Duvel, Leffe, Stella and Erdinger...), and plenty of cocktails (you gotta try their home made strawberry rum) as well as harder stuff (absinthe, single malts etc.) They have a foosball table and every wednesday competition. Great coffee, free wireless, European football live, heated in winter, nice outside sitting area, good service, very good english . 10 Yuan for a local beer.

Sleep

There are many places to stay in Yangshuo from ¥20/night for a dorm room through US$100/night for a luxury bungalow. Hotel touts are to be found around the main bus station but best avoided. Prices are very negotiable in the off season, and the asking price will be many times lower than that advertised on signs in the hotel lobby. Don't be afraid to negotiate! Know the name of your hotel in Chinese, and best also the name of the location in Chinese, e.g. name of the street. It will be helpful for non-Mandarin spakers, bear in mind even local Chinese may get the name wrong due to the sound in pronunciation, a writing is better than thousand words....

One word of warning, any place within a block of West Street will likely be very loud, as apparently every bar on West Street turns up their sound systems to the max until 2AM. One can assume any at accommodation on West Street it will be nearly impossible to sleep until after the bars close.

Budget

  • Breeze Inn, #30 Furong Road, +86 773 8815959 , +86 (0) 13977331919, [26]. Situated in a quiet street just 4 min walk from West Street, the heart of Yangshuo. Great mountain views. From ¥80.
  • Double Moon Hotel, 16 Xian Qian St. Offers private rooms with hot showers for reasonable prices in off season. Decent, clean rooms with TV and double bed, helpful staff. There are also several other good budget options surrounding this hotel. From ¥40/night (* but you need to negotiate).
  • Flowers Youth Hostel, 90, Pantao Road (2 minutes from bus station, oppisite Yangshuo Park), 0773 8822538 (). This HI hostel is located beside the bus station and 5 mins walk from West Street. It's a good location for those who like to sleep at night. Probably the busiest hostel in the off season. Internet, free wifi, bike rental and laundry service. Dorm ¥20(¥15 member), twin ¥70-¥100, single/double ¥60-¥90. Free breakfast with twin, single and double rooms.
  • Lisa's Cafe, West Street. The original hostel in Yangshuo, and one with a lot of character, though these days looks a little dilapidated. Dorm beds from 25.
  • Monkey Jane's Hotel & Rooftop Bar, Off West Street (Near the river end, well signed), [27]. Reliable service and friendly English-speaking staff. Best place to meet other backpackers. By day the Rooftop Bar becomes the hostel common area, by night it is a party with the cheapest beer in town during happy hour. Huge flatscreen TV with 500 DVD's, free WI-FI.
  • Moon Resort, Moon Hill village (In front of the mountain. Take the GaoTian bus from Yanshuo station 8 km / 15 minutes to Moon Hill Village (¥2.5).), +86 773 8777688 (), [28]. Great value with good local and Western food, friendly and helpful staff, and a pleasent location with great views of the local karst scenery. Close to the Moon Hill, Big Banyan tree, the Yulong river, and several caves.
  • Peace Family Holiday Hotel, +86 773 8881289 (fax: +86 773 8881289), [29].
  • Riverside Lodge, Government Front Road (Not far from the river, north from west street), +86 773 8824279 / +86 158 7700 3358. The tallest building in Yangshuo with a nice view over the whole city from the rooftop terrace. Slightly hard to find at first, but in a very peaceful area between the police station and the town government office, with only two or three minutes walk to the busiest streets. English-speaking boss who lets you use the kitchen and can reserve cheaper tickets for you to all tourist destinations. Clean and recently renovated rooms with air conditioning, bike rental is also possible without deposit. ¥70.
  • West Lily Hotel, #49, Billian Lane, 541900, Yangshuo (莲西宾馆 阳朔碧莲巷49号(乐途酒店后面)) (If arriving by bus: leave the bus station and turn right on Pantao Road. Then take the second road on your right after the car parking (located between the 'Happy Hotel' and the 'Letu Hotel'). Turn left on Billian Lane and West Lily Hotel is located after 20 metres on your right). The very friendly English-speaking owners Steven and Lily offer a wide range of tours and bus/train/boat/airplane tickets as well as cheap bike rentals (from ¥5-10/day) Twin/Double ¥50-60.
  • Xi Jie House Inn, PanTao Road (Behind the Industrial and Commercial Bank). Should be avoided. Mr. Li will meet you at the bus stop and grab you to take you to XiJie. The place is not very nice, but a very cool design and cheap. Just remember that these guys are really pushy trying to get you to do their tours. They get a cut. If you can speak a little Chinese, just stay here and book the tours on your own.
  • Yangshuo Senior Leader Youth Hostel (阳朔老班长国际青年旅舍), No. 36 FuQianXiang, Die Cui Road, Yangshuo (From the bus station, walk right down Die Cui Road for about five minutes. Turn Left into an alleyway that is directly across the street from Guihua Lu, pass a laundromat on your left.), 0773-6919780, [30]. checkin: 24 hrs; checkout: 12:00 PM. Excellent hostel with spacious lobby, Wi-fi plus free internet on in-house computers, consistently clean rooms and bathrooms. The staff speaks good english, knows the town well, and will help you get the same prices that the locals pay for all the sightseeing spots. If you get up early enough they'll often bring you free coffee. Very social atmosphere, guests often stay up late into the night playing cards and talking. Discounts on Tuesdays if you come wearing orange. From 35 yuan for 8-bed dorm.
  • Youth Hostel, 102 West Street (Near the Pantou Lu end), +86 773 8820933 ().

Mid range

  • 7th Heaven Cafe, 2 Cheng Zhong Road (1 min from West street), +86-773-8826101 (). ,For those that want to have a peaceful place to stay in the center, great restaurant down stairs, Movies every nigth and great service in English. free internet and wifi. Double: ¥120.
  • Blue Lotus, Near middle of West Street. Shower, TV, and western toilets. Single: ¥60.
  • Fawlty Towers, (On the main street (opposite the Bus Station)), [31]. Decent rooms, helpful staff. ¥50 (Private room, off-season).


  • Friend Hotel, No. 2 Chenzhong Lu (Coming down West Street from Pantao Lu, turn left into Chenzhong Lu and cross the bridge over the creek. The hotel is the second establishment on the right.), +86 773 8828696, +86 13807735906. Clean and just far away from West Street to be quiet. Staff are friendly. Rooms with western toilet and hot water shower. ¥80-120 (Twin/double, off-season).
  • Karst Hotel, (Located in the alley directly across from the entrance to China Climb), [32]. Run by the same people who own the Karst Cafe and operate Karst Climbing. For travelers on a budget, the dormitory rooms are clean and comfortable and contain a bathroom with a western-style toilet and a shower. ¥15 (Summer 2007).
  • Lisa's Mountain View Hotel, [33]. Situated in a quiet street just 4 min walk from West Street, Restaurants, Bars and the heart of Yangshuo. Great mountain views.
  • MorningSun Hotel, 4 Chenzhong Lu (Next to Friend Hotel), +86 773 8813899 (), [34]. There is a very nice yard in the hotel, the rooms are very clean, and the reception girls speak good English and they are friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Outside Inn, Chao Long Village, 0773 8817109 / 139773 51571, [35]. Restored farmhouse located in a small village (Chao Long) 4 km from town in a beautiful, quiet setting. Very friendly staff with great advice in multiple languages (Chinese, English, German, French). Relaxed atmosphere, great for families. Restaurant, air-conditioning an option, bicycle hire, free wifi. If you want to take photos of the rural landscape and people at work, book a very gentle trek with the handyman Hong Fa. He will take you through the paddyfields. He doesn't speak much English, but you'll be too busy snapping to notice. ¥120 (room) - 350 (house).
  • River View Hotel, Binjiang Road 15#, +86 773-8822688, [36]. ¥200.
  • Rosewood Inn, 21 Gui Hua Lu (Situated in a quiet alley along a small stream just a few steps away from the West Street.), [37]. Charming wooden decoration and great comfort in a calm environment. The 3-bed room on the first floor is particularly comfortable. Avoid balcony rooms to ensure no mosquitos. ¥100-300.
  • Sihai Hotel, [38].
  • Trippers Carpe Diem Hostel, 35 Shi Ban Qiao, +86-773-8822533 (), [39]. Yangshuo's only countryside hostel in a picturesque village near the Li River, just around the corner of Yangshuo's lively center. Delicious food and a great cozy balcony bar (with heating in winter). Offers weekly barbecue and Chinese buffet nights. Owned and perfectly managed by a Belgian/Chinese family with a very cute little son. Fridge full of Belgian beers (Duvel, Chimay, Orval, Leffe...). All their private rooms have wooden flooring, wifi-access, air-con and heating facilities.> From ¥35.
  • White Lion Hotel, 103 West Street, [40]. US$19-34.
  • Yangshuo Culture House, (walk along Pan Tao Rd towards Guilin until it turns into Xi Cheng Rd, continue past the gas station, about 200 meters past the gas station, look for a yellow sign and turn right into the alley, it is at the end of the alley on the right), [41]. They provide cooked dinner at 6PM (with the other guests, so no chance to practice Chinese in case that is what you were hoping for). Rooms are warm in winter. During the winter, the owner, Mr. Wei, seems to be a bit less active as he does not practice tai-chi with guests. But he is very helpful and friendly with any needs or questions you might have. ¥70.
  • Yangshuo Village Inn, Moon Hill Village, [42]. Yangshuo's first boutique hotel. Close to caves, rivers and Liu San Jie lightshow. Eight beautifully appointed rooms with solar hot water in summer, American Standard fixtures, handmade bamboo beds, private bath and amazing views of Moon Hill and surrounding limestone karst towers. Also great Italian restaurant, bikes to rent and helpful staff.

Splurge

  • Dragon River Retreat, [43]. A new, beautiful hotel located on the bank of the Yulong River surrounded by limestone peaks and bamboo forests.
  • Giggling Tree, [44]. A guesthouse created from farmhouses surrounding a courtyard in Aishanmen, a village 5 km from Yangshuo. Friendly owners (dutch) and free internet. Restaurant is really good. Costs 30 Yuan to get into the town by taxi. Good atmosphere and great staff. ¥120-250.


  • Li River Retreat, 水岸花园别墅 - 阳朔县双滩村一号 - (龙头山码头往里), [45]. Great views and with great rooms. Free Wifi in all rooms. Just far enough out of town to miss all the late night noise. Large rooms with very good airconditioning +86 (0)773 8828950.
  • Magnolia Hotel, 7 Die Cui Lu (A block from the river and West Street), 86 773 8819288 (fax: 86 773 8819218), [46]. Air-conditioned, centrally located, close to the action, and clean. Perhaps more sterile than classy.
  • Camellia Resort, No.300 Big Banyan Tree,Gaotian town ,Yangshuo , China 541900, +86 15877003366, [47]. The first and largest boutique hotel in Yangshuo, follows the style of architecture in Ming and Qing Dynasties, and boasts plentiful Chinese antique furniture and decorations. ¥180-280.


  • Riverside Retreat, riversideretreatyangshuo@gmail.com, +86 7738826879, [48]. Country-side location directly opposite Yangshuo on the Li River. A 10 minute car ride from the centre, a million miles from the crowds. Beautiful views, English staff and western-style accommodation, an inground swimming pool with poolside bar and grill to relax and enjoy. Family suites and twin / double rooms. Best views in Yangshuo 250 - 350RMB.
  • Snow Lion Riverside Resort, (3 kms out of town.), [49]. Great views, clean, friendly, Wi-Fi. Double/Twin: ¥298-368, breakfast included.
  • West Street River Side Hotel, +86 13635185699 (), [50]. Good location, great views and with great rooms. ¥220.


  • Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, [51]. A hidden gem just outside of town right on the banks of the Yulong River. China expat favorite, spectacular views of karst and river, Wi-Fi, full indoor and outdoor dining and bar ¥250-450.
  • Green Lotus Hotel, [52]. A large, new (built 2009), Western-style hotel set right on the river with most if not all rooms having a river view. Hotel is upmarket but a little lacking in personality.


Contact

The post office is on Pantao Lu, opposite the top end of West Street. It's open from 8AM until 9PM.


Stay safe

Being the first backpackers' destination in China in the 1980s, Yangshuo is a well developed touristy place which, sadly, comes along with many annoyances that are not common in other places in China. Some wikitravelers call Yangshuo the worst place in China for overcharging, persistent touts and tour pimps, and illegal occupancy of a route to extort money from tourists.

On the West street, besides annoying pimps and taxi drivers, prices for clothing and souvenirs could be skyrocketing to up to 100-500%. Unlike other Chinese places that groceries items are usually sold at standard prices, Yangshuo has a two price system - one for local Chinese, another for non-local Chinese and Westerners.

From Yangshuo to Yulonghe, a popular route for biking, you may pass through a Longtan Village (龙潭村) where villagers are known to set up an illegal checkpoint to request Y20 for any entrance. Rock climbers have also experienced similar practices on some hills.

Touts of bamboo rafts for Yangdi to Xingping, a route best known for its landscape printed on the background of a 20-yuan banknote, are notorious for a system to "claim" the ownership of a tourist. Once you talk to the touts on the bus, no one else can discuss the price with you except the touts from their own team. If you want to hassle by yourself instead of reserving a bamboo raft from a travel agency, DO NOT talk to any touts on the bus.

Pickpockets and bag snatching by motorbike are not unheard of although it has not become a phenomenon yet. At nights, Yangshuo is safe but after 1am, the streets are dark and you better carry your torch. In some bars popular with western tourists, boozers can also be disturbing and aggressive. Noise pollution is a major problem in hotels and on streets as in most of China. Pick your location wisely or bring ear plugs if holed up in the entertainment district.

Traffic regulations, if any, are also practiced half-heartedly or not at all as in most mainland China. You should not expect that relentless flow of aggressive and reckless Chinese drivers will avoid you. You should avoid them.

Thanks to seriously enforced regulations on hotels and hostels, accommodation-related tourist traps practically do not exist but be aware of the sudden surge in prices during the Chinese National Day on 1st Oct and the Chinese New Year in Jan or Feb.

Get out

Because Yangshuo is popular with backpacking tourists, you'll find a range of services and agencies not commonly found in China. There are ample places that sell plane tickets to all other provincial capitals and some international destinations. There are also bus and sleeper bus services available towards Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Kunming. Train tickets (which will depart from Guilin) are also available.

There are tickets available all the way to Hanoi in Vietnam. These aren't easily available elsewhere, and can save quite a bit of hassle at the China/Vietnam border. Vietnamese visas can also be obtained in Yangshuo in 2 days (2PM) or picked up in Nanning the next day (7PM). Call +86(0)773-8822533 for more information. They also offer bus tours to Hanoi for a most convenient journey.

  • Nanning - Buses leave Yangshuo at 8:00AM, 8:50AM, and 11:30AM. Tickets cost ¥120. In Nanning, the 8AM bus stops in the Langdong bus terminal while the 8:50AM bus goes to the Jiangnan bus terminal.
  • Hong Kong - Getting a 10-hour direct bus to Shenzhen's border is the most popular way to go to Hong Kong. Tickets cost around Y180-200, depending on which bus stations the buses arrive. For taking a flight, you will need to take a bus to Guilin, change a bus to the airport. When arriving in Shenzhen, you need to take another 1 hour to go to the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border.

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