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 forms of enjoyment in and around the area.
Ten-Mile Gallery (Shili Hualang)
Moon Hill & Big Banyan
Impression Sanjie Liu
Assembling Dragon Cave
Butterfly Spring Park
Green Lotus Peak
Sanjie Liu Above-water Park
Urban Scenic Area
In the center of the region, 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.
Moon Hill Scenic Area
To the south of the 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.
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.
Yangshuo Cultural Relic Landscape Garden
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.