Yangshuo Attractions - Things to Do

Yangshuo is one of the most famous tourist destinations of China. It boasts breath-taking natural sceneries, mysterious ancient local dwelling houses and an insight into a diverse range of cultures. There are several areas offering different things to do in and around the area.

A corner of West Street
West Street

 West Street (Xi Jie)
 Ten-Mile Gallery (Shili Hualang)
 Moon Hill
 Big Banyan Tree
 Impression Sanjie Liu

 Assembling Dragon Cave
 Butterfly Spring Park
 Fuli Ancient Town
 Green Lotus Peak
 Laozhai Mountain
Rock Climbing Guide
 Sanjie Liu Above-water Park
 Shangri-la Park
 Shutong Hill
 Snail Hill
 Xianggong Mountain
 Yangshuo Park

 Top 10 Things to Do in Yangshuo
 Top 10 Things to Do in Guilin

Urban Scenic Area

In the center of the Yangshuo, the West Street (Xi Jie) attracts so many tourists from all over the world that it is called the 'Global Village'. People from different countries manage stores, cafes and restaurants creating an exotic  flavor in the street. Along the Li River that winds across the town, there stand hills of various sizes. The most famous are the Green Lotus Peak (Bilian Peak) and the Shutong Hill (Schoolboy Hill), named according to a ten meters (33 feet) high stone representing a figure of an ancient school boy on the hill. The Shutong Hill is the most exquisite and delicate hill along the Li River.
Countryside Scenery around Yangshuo
Countryside Scenery around Yangshuo
Li River Scenery in Yangshuo
Li River Scenery in Yangshuo

Moon Hill Scenic Area

To the south of Yangshuo County, there is a romantic place where you can see the wax and wane of the moon (refers to a moon-like hole on the top of the Moon Hill). Various locations in close proximity to one another allow the sight to be viewed from different angles. Such a location and atmosphere is perfect for enjoying the love story of the fairy singer Sanjie Liu. The opportunity also exists to sit under the 1, 400 year old Big Banyan or to take a mud bath in the Moon Village. Between the Moon Hill and the Big Banyan, three large limestone caves wind along three stone hills and converge at a deep pool. It presents the image of three dragons assembling to drink in the pool, hence the pool's name 'Assembling Dragon Cave'. Two miles from the city, the Butterfly Spring Park provides the opportunity to view thousands of kinds of butterflies. A magnificent place for the butterfly enthusiasts.
Xianggong Mountain, Yangshuo
Xianggong Mountain, Yangshuo
Dusk at Xianggong Mountain
Dusk at Xianggong Mountain

Above-water Scenic Area

Along the lower reaches of the Li River lies the Sanjie Liu Above-water Park, where the film 'Sanjie Liu' was made. This is a picturesque environment consisting of pure water, green hills and farm houses. You can roll a bamboo raft and catch fish in the water, or you can act as Brother Aniu and sing a musical dialogue with the performer of Sanjie Liu. This area also provides you the opportunity to enjoy the famous performance 'Impression Sanjie Liu' that takes the natural environment around the Li River as its backdrop.

Yulong River, Yangshuo
Yulong River
Fishing Village, Yangshuo
Fishing Village

More Attractions

 Yulong River

 Lotus Cave
 Yangshuo Cultural Relic Landscape Garden
 Yuzi Paradise

Apart from the areas mentioned above, there are also other special places worth visiting. Xingping, the most ancient town of the area, is famous for its most spectacular scenic spots such as the Fishing Village along the Li River. Located three kilometers (1.9 miles) northeast of Xingping Town, the Lotus Cave is greatly praised for its remarkable Karst spectacle, especially the 108 cave lotuses. Rolling a bamboo raft in the emerald water of the Yulong River, the so called Little Li River, is also a wonderful way to relax. To the east, the 'Hometown of Painting Fans' - Fuli will no doubt satisfy your desire to find traditional handicrafts. Xanadu provides the opportunity to escape the city life. Located approximately nine miles away from the city center, this mysterious village is full of fantastic buildings, primitive rurality and the diverse cultures of ethnic groups. It provides the perfect opportunity to bring you back in touch with nature. Moreover, Yuzi Paradise, a large outdoor art park showing primarily contemporary sculpture and cavern art and Yangshuo Cultural Relic Landscape Garden are also very popular sights there.

- Last updated on Apr. 21, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Yangshuo Attractions
Asked by Diane from USA | May. 16, 2019 11:31Reply
How is the Yangshuo weather in May and what is best to visit in May time frame?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eric from CANADA | May. 17, 2019 00:16

It may rain in the next half of May and May 21 may be a good day.
Asked by 1004223 | Feb. 18, 2019 22:51Reply
is that a bus from Yangshuo to Longji terrace?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ethan from FRANCE | Feb. 19, 2019 23:35

Yes, there are direct buses from YS Coach Station to Longji Terrace. It takes 4-4.5 hours on the way. The ticket fare is CNY70/person. :)
Asked by Apad from USA | Feb. 08, 2018 01:32Reply
Could someone tell me how can I get to Damian Hill (near Yangshuo).
Answers (3)
Answered by Olivia from NEW ZEALAND | Feb. 08, 2018 20:01

You can only take a taxi and it takes about 50mins, CNY80-90.
Answered by Arpad from USA | Feb. 10, 2018 09:43

Could you tell me where is exactly Damian Hill? My hotel is going to be in Xingping not YS.
Answered by Harley from CANADA | Feb. 10, 2018 19:49

It’s in Dahebei Village, about 7k northeast to Xingping Town.
Ask a Question
Question Summary (100 characters)
Details (optional) (2,000 characters)