Yangshuo County is famous for its picturesque landscape including the beautiful Karst limestone hills and the Li River and Yulong River with clear water. Located in the Southeast Guilin, it is 65 kilometers far from the city center of Guilin.
Scenic limestone peaks, green rice fields, traditional towns and villages and calm clear-water rivers create a fascinating picture around the county of Yangshuo. Below are some of the spots one shouldn’t miss when visiting the area.
Crystal clear and calm, with no rapid currents, the waters of Yuolong River (the largest branch of Li River) are ideal for drifting, offering the visitor a chance to relax while enjoying the scenic views of dramatic limestone peaks and green farmlands.
Located in Longman Village, 16 kilometers away from Yangshuo, this underground cave is the largest in the area. Visitors enter the cave by boat and have the chance to take a mud bath and then shower under a waterfall. One can get to Longman Cave by bus or bike and the entrance fee costs 168 Yuan (26.65 US dollars0.
TIP: Strong artificial light can damage the internal of the cave so it is going to be pretty dark inside. Bring along a torch; it is allowed and essential in order to enjoy your visit.
In the outskirts of the city of Yangshuo lies a fascinating winged world. The butterfly Cave, where you can admire stalactites shaped like butterflies, along with the butterfly waterfall, the butterfly lake, the butterfly bridge and the butterfly garden (home of more than 200 different butterfly species) will have you believe that you were magically transferred to fairyland!
Lotus Peak is a green limestone peak that, as the name clearly states, looks like a lotus flower emerging from water. Chinese inscriptions can be found on several parts of the rock. Lotus Bridge offers a great view of the Lotus Peak.
Classes and Courses
For the ones looking to indulge in Chinese culture, short time classes of traditional cookery, martial arts and the Chinese language are available in Yangshuo.
• LANGUAGE: Omeida Chinese Academy offers two week classes (20 hours) to foreigners under the cost of 1000 Yuan (158.66 US dollars).
• COOKING: Yangshuo Cooking School organizes traditional cooking classes that include visits to the market for fresh traditional ingredients. Cloud 9 Restaurant also hosts cooking classes for 150 Yuan (23.80 US dollars) per person.
• MARTIAL ARTS: Kungfu classes for foreigners are held by the Budizhen International Kungfu School and Taichi classes are available at Yangshuo Taichi Health Center.
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