Last updated by david at 2013-11-3
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.
Solo Adventure Tips:
Located in South China, close to Guilin, the county of Yangshuo has become a popular destination among backpackers and travelers interested in nature and culture.
How to Get There?
Easy access, by bus or train, from Guilin, dispenses the visitor from the need of travel agents. Buses run from Guilin Main Bus Station (located in front of the train station) to Yangshuo every 20 minutes from 7am to 8pm and the ticket costs 20 Yuan (3.17 US dollars). It is a one hour ride by express bus (no.Y13) and a one and a half hour ride by regular bus. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station.
Not as popular as buses, trains leaving from Guilin Train Station also get to Yangshuo. [TIP: Shops such as cafes etc. can book train tickets charging a small commission. Make sure that you book your ticket 2-3 days in advance.]
Taxi fare from Guilin airport to Yangshuo is about 150 Yuan (23.80 US dollars) and takes around one hour.
Once in Yangshuo though, forget all about buses, taxis and trains; walking and biking can get you in any place that is worth a visit. [TIP: Renting a bike is a must. You will spot bike rentals in almost every corner and rental prices are quite reasonable]
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