Yangshuo, located in northeastern par of Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region, lies south of Guilin and is under the jurisdiction of the city
of Guilin. Yangshuo County covers an area of 1,428 square km and has 20,000 hectares
of land used for agricultural cultivation. It has a population about 300,000,
making up of different ethnic groups such as Han, Zhuang, Yao, Hui, etc. The weather
in Yangshuo is subtropical, with sufficient rainfall, sunlight, and heat around
the whole year. On average each year the temperature is 19 centigrade, the amount
of sunlight is 1,465 hours, the rainfall is 1,640mm. There are about 300 days
per year without frost. In general, the weather is neither too hot in summer nor
too cold in winter.
YangShuo has a long history of 1400 year
in which the people there have created their own culture, such as long drum dance,
song gathering Cai Diao opera, dragon and lion dance, the natural scenery there
are gardens mrelics and sites in the history, ancient bridge and other architectures
and stone carvings.
As the old saying goes , "Guilin's scenery
is the most beautiful in the world, Yangshuo 's scenery is far more superior to
that of Guilin's". From this, one can know that the natural scenery of Yangshuo
is unique and like none other in the world. In Yangshuo County alone, there are
over 20,000 hill and over 250 scenic spits. The clean and clear Li River winds
through Yangshuo for 56km. On both sides of the river, magical peaks and push
green bamboo trees reflect off the mirror like surface of the water to paint beautiful
mountain and water murals. The most notable scenic spots of Guilin are in Yangshuo,
i.e, Nine-Horse Painted Hill, Yellow Reflection Point, Xingping Village, Lotus
Cave, Young Scholar Hill, Snow Lion Ridge, the Big Banyan Tree, Moon Hill, and
Dragon River. Moreover, many consider the land scape of the plains and the villages
to be like a beautiful picturesque poem. Amongst the mountains and waters are
old buildings and old bridges that reflect the rich cultural heritage of Yangshuo.
Just by observing these, One can learn much about Yangshuo's history. Yangshuo
was one of the first counties to be appointed as a national tourism area. Each
year 1.5 million visitors come to Yang shuo.
Baisha Town: Bridge the Centuries on the Yulong
The "Meet the Dragon" or Yulong River, which begins in
Zouzai Village, is the largest tributary running into the Li Rive. The excellent
composition of water, ancient bridges and mountains along this waterway is one
of the favorite choices of photographers and artists coming to the area. For those
who are looking for a fabulous hike, start at Baisha's Yulong Bridge and stay
on the path down river to Gao Tian. You'll pass six unforgettable ancient bridges
during the 5-hour walk.
Fuli: Home to the "Third Sister"
Those who know Chinese cinema, will immediately recognize Fuli's distinctive wharf
as the backdrop for shooting parts of the now famous film, "The Liu Family's
Like Xing Ping, travelers can experience
the lovely "mountain-water" scenery of the area by taking the 50-minute
boat ride on the lower reaches of the Li River down to this quaint spot. In the
town, visit some of the best local artists and their shops or just sip some tea
on the wharf at "Three-Sister's" Restaurant.
Tian: Retreat to the Country
The most popular route for 1-2 day biking
trips is the road to Gao Tian. Gao Tian, a predominantly Zhuang minority area,
offers some of the most memorable sights and experiences for those who want to
encounter China "off the road" Moonhill, a large mountain with a cavity
that appears to "change phases" as travelers pass by , is the centerpiece
of the area. On a day trip, bikers will usually go first to the Big BanYan Tree,
and perhaps do some caving. Many then opt to stay overnight in the county at a
farmer's home or better yet, rent a room at the "Riverside Retreat",
a very welcoming bed and breakfast run in a renovated mill house beside the "Meet
Xingping: Take me home country roads
The cruise form Yangshuo to Xingping is a "must do" for many adventurous
travelers who want to see the mountains and Li River from another vantage point.
The fascinating shapes and coloration of the limestone mountains sometimes tell
a story. River men eagerly point out such sights as "Nine Horses Painted
Cliff", "Monk and Nun's Peak", and "Snail Hill". With
bikes loaded onto small riverboats, energetic tourists travel up, enjoy the serenity
of the magnificent hills surrounding the town, and then bike back by way of winding
The "Fish Village" of Yangshuo County-a
"time capsule" you shouldn't miss
During the boat cruise from
Guilin to Yangshuo, travelers often stop near the halfway point to visit the famous
"Fish Village". From the start, visitors notice the authentic and well-preserved
structures, which reflect a way of life that has continued for nearly 500 years.
What is striking as well, is that this is not a museum, locals still eat, sleep,
and work out their lives there.
Historically, the village has
enjoyed its moments. Kang Youwei, a Qing Dynasty reformist, publicized his progressive
ideas of reform there. Sun Yat Sun visited Fish Village when he made preparations
for the war against the warlords of the north.
rooftops, ornamental eaves, and narrow lanes set among the famous mountains of
Yangshuo, have attracted scholars and notable persons for years. On July 2,1998,American
President Clinton and delegation visited Fish Village to enjoy its history and
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