Guided Yangshuo tours - the Yangshuo countryside
Explore Yangshuo with English guides from Mountain Retreat
The Li River originates in the Mao'er Mountains in north Guangxi and flows through Yangshuo down into the Xi Jiang, the western tributary of the Pearl River in Wuzhou.
It is one of China's most famous scenic areas and is famously thought of throughout China as being the most beautiful place in the world. A stretch of the river actually appears on the back of the 20 RMB notes.
The river runs straight through Yangshuo offering ideal places to picnic and swim in the warm shallow water. It is also well stocked with carp which is the famous fish used in the popular Yangshuo beer fish dish.
The gradual retreat of inland seas left thousands of exotic caves and bizarre limestone structures known as karst formations. There are over 70,000 peaks in total covering an area that stretches up to Guizhou and down to Nanning. Yangshuo is surrounded by peaks which make great viewing platforms of the town and Li River.
Green Lotus Peak is one of the more famous karst formations and is located on the banks of the Li River. It get its name simply because it is said that it looks like a giant lotus rising out of the river. It takes approximately 30 minutes to climb and the views are spectacular.
Over the years the nightlife in Yangshuo has also blossomed into a thriving scene. KTV clubs, western style bars and laid back cafes fill the night air with a lively, relaxed atmosphere. Taxis are available around the clock so it's easy to get back to the Retreat whenever you feel like calling it a night!
For more great pictures of Yangshuo go tohttp://www.flickr.com/photos/yangshuomountainretreat/sets/72157603685359150/
An inexpensive way to get from our Yangshuo hotel to the center of Yangshuo town, is to take a public minibus, which is a 20 minute walk from the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat. The minibuses come by every 5-10 minutes and take you into Yangshuo in under 20 minutes for only 2.5 RMB. It's a great bargain if you don't mind sharing with local people and their bundles. If you prefer to take a taxi from the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, we can have a car waiting for you in 15 minutes. Local drivers charge RMB 30 to go to Yangshuo, but it's faster and certainly a better option in bad weather. If prices change, we will update the Yangshuo information in our online guide.
The food markets in Yangshuo are a less well known feature of the town but are great to see nevertheless. The daytime market is near the bus station on the road out to Guilin selling everything from mountains of fresh vegetables to buckets of frogs and tasty morsels of dog meat. This is perhaps not a place for the squeamish but a great way to see an authentic market in Yangshuo.
Night Food Market
The location of the nighttime market seems to change every now and then so please ask at the hotel to check location. The market is a great mix of sounds and smells where you can walk among the stalls watch the food being cooked and pick what you want to eat from the many varieties they have on offer including fresh local vegetables and snake meat.
Qing man yong!