The Li River, in my opinion, is the absolute best landscape in China. The Li River winds through the mountains in the Yangshuo valley, surrounded by small villages and lots of hidden corners to explore. I'd suggest sailing down the river on one of the traditional bamboo boats, especially if you can do it at sundown.
It was one of the most interesting places during my trip to China. The boat trip along the river, watching the typical Chinese landscape with mountains. The experience on the ship, including the food, was great. Although the traditional circuits of China don't always include it, it's still totally worth it.
Driving through the back country roads at night from Guilin airport to Yangshou I could not see them.
Rising with a rooster's crow and stumbling from my room in a traditional yet restored farmhouse – now the lovely Outside Inn – I see they loom everywhere. My eyes adjust slowly to a panorama they’ve never before seen. Some resemble thick bull horns, others some kind of granite vegetable. They rise conspicuously from the ground and dot the topography of lush rice fields and slow moving rivers. Formed over millions of years ago by the earth’s crustal movements, the Karst peaks are composed of limestone sediments. Each one’s unique body a result of endless erosion and whipping winds – nature always proves to be the best artisan.
I stay in the farming community of Cho-Long a mere 4 kilmometres from the more well-known Yangshou - that famed ‘town’ sitting on the Li River. Yangshou is no longer a town: tourism and industrialization have transformed the sleepy hamlet into a thriving and bustling city. Although the city itself is pleasant to stroll through and many other excursions require a visit, Cho-Long breathes and breeds more tranquility.
One gets the impression that Cho-Long mirrors what Yangshou was: a farming community in one of the prettiest corners of the world. The narrower and quieter Yulong river – compared to the bustling Li River and its ferry boats - flows past Cho-Long through pancake-flat rice fields to even more serene and time-less villages. Concrete paths dissect the farmlands, ideally suited for bicycles or intrepid legs (bicycles may be borrowed from the Outside Inn). An idyllic swimming hole rests not 10 minutes from the Outside Inn where you can bathe and gaze adoringly at each soaring, oddly-shaped peak. In Chinese, ‘Yulong’ means ‘meeting a dragon’ and it is not difficult to imagine a row of karst peaks resembling the back or torso or head of such a mythical creature. Along the river, entrepreneurial locals try to convince you to take a ride on rafts made from striking bamboo pieces – a reminder of tourism’s growing impact.
For my money, simply meandering along the river, past farmhouses and rice fields and over ancient bridges is the best way to enjoy this slice of Guangxi province.
One of the best parts of my trip to China was Yangshuo. We were tired of the bustle of the cities and decided to rent some bikes and visit the outskirts of Yangshuo. We got a map of the area and did a few routes from the countryside and some of the small towns. It's a highly, highly recommended experience.
One of the best experiences of our trip to China was in Yangshuo. Tired of the chaos of the cities we decided to rent a bike and discover the surroundings of Yangshuo. We were looking for a map of the area and took a tour of many villages and fields. The experience was fascinating.
The Lijiang River is the essence of the beauty of Guilin. It is a marvellous lace that you must visit if you are going to China. It feels like you are in a Chinese film because of all the high mountains full of vegetation that calm your mind. We went on a boat trip for 4 to 5 hours, through different landscapes and villas on the banks of the river which was an unforgettable experience. A boat trip down the Lijiang River through one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited in China. It was an experience to let your imagination wander through high mountains and villages on the banks of the river. Highly recommendable experience
Longsheng rice fields (near Guilin, China) are a feat of engineering made over countless generations,which have expanded, inch by inch, up the side of the mountains. It is a strenuous hike up the mountain because of the difficulty of the terrain, but it pays dividends when you arrive at the extraordinary views to be taken in from this place.
In Lake Hu Shan, there are two Buddhist pagodas in very good condition. You can visit them and even climb to the top floor. The strange thing, though, is that to get from one building to the other we have to go through a tunnel submerged in the lake. They have similar structures, but the height and decoration are different. The golden on is the Sun Pagoda and the silver one is for the Moon.
This small stretch of street is off of Yangshuo to the north and along the river just left of the bank. Every day they mount a small antique market and the many things that are sold in China that catch your eye but if you think about it have no use. By having direct access to the river, you can find herds of Chinese who disembark to shop around the area. Tourists aren´t usually here. Call it a flea market. The winding road, roof and columns in yellow, are well worth a little visit with bicycle.
In Yangshuo you must visit West Street . It is easy to find as it is in the heart of town. It is full of restaurants and stores of all kinds. It is a busy zone. If you want to visit Yangshuo you can find many bike rental places at a reasonable price. Before, check that your brakes work.
When we visited Yangshuo we did a cycling tour of the surroundings. If you are in the area you must visit the Moon Hill. It is named after the crescent cave at the top of this mountain. To reach the summit you have to climb about 800 steps. The effort is worth it because you can see a panoramic view of the whole area.
While not as amazing as the rice terraces that exist in the region, it is a good choice for those ve are traveling to the area around the time of year when the crop is harvested and there is nothing planted . A few kilometers from Yangshuo, the tour included the taxi ride which does not last longer than 4 hours. Of course the view from the plantation, with mountains in the background, is spectacular and beautiful. The visit comes with a ceremony with tea.
Daxu was one of the most important markets in China, today it is long forgotten with its narrow streets, wooden houses and the very essence of the past, there I could see markets that had smoked dog, had live fish for sale, a medieval market, a way of life rooted in time. The doctor in a small market space sitting beside posts to meet patients, people in beds without mattresses slept on wood, the photos speak for themselves. This village is 3 and a half hours from Guilin - incredible and unmissable. Pay attention to the hairdressing photo with hair piled on the floor, ah eat dog meat in winter because it's hot and they say it is tastier. A Pharmacy in which you find all kinds of animals stuck in liquid that they take to eliminate diseases and ailments. It exudes peace and tranquility, it is like stepping back in a time machine, it seems impossible that such a life still remains. It was a shocking experience for me but at the same time fascinating. I recommend you go to visit Guilin.
They modernized the riverside area in Guilin and has its very charming. Heading there at dusk or after dark to see the city light up is a nice experience. You can see 2 pagodas, one golden (for the Sun) and the other silver (for the moon). There are tea shops along the promenade and, oddly enough, imitations of European-style bridges similar to those in Budapest. There is a boat trip that I recommend; if it rains, you can still enjoy it from inside the boat but if you're lucky and the weather is nice you can enjoy it from the exterior deck. The area is slightly different from what you'd expect of China
And, of course, you're in Guilin so do not miss a foot massage. They're €10 and last 1 hour. They're worth it because not only do they massage you, they wash your feet and massage the rest of your body. For reasons of yin and yang, men usually massage women and women do the same for men. In the photos, you can see some shots from my boat trip over the calm waters and a demonstration of net fishing.
This traditional Chinese town preserve their customs. One of these customs involves a particular fishing technique, which involves the help of a cormorant (a medium sized waterfowl). The fisherman moves on a bamboo raft, shining a powerful spotlight into the water, and throws the cormorant into the sea. It then catches the fish with its beak. Of course, out of the water, the bird can not eat its prey because the fisherman has tied a knot at the neck of the bird that prevents it from swallowing. Following completion of its work, the owner releases the rope from its neck, allowing the cormorant to continue fishing what it needs to feed. This is one of the most curious and strange activities that you can do in the area of Yangshuo, and for me the most impressive.
If you got to Nanning it must be for one of two reasons: you have come from Vietnam, or you are here for business or to explore a nearby area. Nanning is a city with a lot of charm but is a city that has a faithful reflection of the new China as economic superpower, with a city marked by large avenues, and new green areas. One of the biggest attractions of the city is the enormous park, which is a great spot to spend a few hours. There you can enjoy flawless green areas and see how the new Chinese society lives, playing sports, playing cards, practicing tai chi or dancing. And of the long list of activities within the park is the strong Zhenning, which was built by the Germans. There is also a lake where you can rent boats. The boats can take you to the train station which is only about 15 minutes away. It is a peaceful place to read, walk and observe the new China.
After touring Europe through Russia and Mongolia in our explorations, we reached China and the wonderful village of Ping'An. The photo you can see was taken in the summer, when its green rice paddies look more vivid and intense. It was taken near the village of Ping'an in the northern Guangxi Province and located near the town of Longsheng. A wonderful region where you can meet some local Chinese that have been scattered across several villages. The nearest railway connection is in Guillin, from there you have to climb by bus or car to the north. A beautiful route. Highly recommended.
If anything has become famous in Yangshuo, it is the wonderful scenery that surrounds it. In order to admire the scenery, avoiding the tourist lookouts, I recommend you get close to the peak where the TV antenna is. To get there you have to wander round the back of the farmer's market, on Pantao Road, opposite the bus station. If you stay in the How Flowers Hostel you just have to ask at reception, as the road begins thereabouts. The climb is steep, and if you are slow like me it takes almost an hour. But it's worth it: the views are wonderful, fairy tale! By the way, although it is free, there is a guard in the cab of the antenna, be sure to give him a small tip. I gave him 5 yuan and he was more than happy. The truth is that for me just by being up there deserved it. It is very friendly, he may offer to take photos of you, give you some water or if you arrive lunchtime, maybe even invite you to eat.