Lying on the east bank of the Li River
upstream from Yangshuo, the fishing village has a history dating back more than 500 years. Founded during the Ming Dynasty in 1506, this picturesque village is infused with typical Lingnan or southeastern Chinese provincial culture.
There are 48 traditional residences that have been remarkably well preserved throughout the years. Special features of these residences include blue brickwork, black tiles, sloping roofs, horse head walls, cornices and carved windows. The houses are classic examples of Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynastic architecture.
Natural scenery in the area is eye-catching. A variety of mountains including Liyu (carp), Jinwa (golden tile), Yuanbao and Jiandao (sword and blade) stand aside as if they are bodyguards protecting this small village.
Behind the village is a precipitously hilly site called Tianshui Stockade. Despite its strategic place in military history, it covers an area of only three acres. Surrounded by cliffs, the area can only be traversed by walking though a narrow path.
Historically, this area has been the destination of many predominant figures. In 1921, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the first president of the Republic of China set foot on the Tianshui Stockade and highly praised the beautiful scenery. In 1998, while paying a visit to China, then U.S. president Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton expressed their admiration of the simple and genuine features of the village.
|Fishing Village, Yangshuo || |
|Charming Scenery around the Village |
Traveling in the Yangshuo-Xingping area, you can actually experience the life of local fishermen by going fishing with them. Their fishing techniques are unlike anything you've ever seen. They use bamboo rafts instead of wooden boats and they use cormorants to catch the fish. They do this by tying a noose around a bird's long neck to prevent it from swallowing its catch. After you finish fishing, the hospitable villagers will cook your freshwater bounty.
Take bus from Guilin Chief Bus Station located on no.427, Zhongshan South Road to Yangshuo first. It stops at Yangshuo North Bus Station. Then take battery car to the south bus station and take bus to Xingping. Afterwards, walk to the wharf and take a boat to reach fishing village. Or you can choose to walk along the Li River to get there. It takes around 2 hours.