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Exploring the vibrant town of Yangshuo in China

An insight to activities, street food, secret spots, drinks with a view and playing games with locals in Yangshuo

by phoebe-brookesAbout Me:I'm Phoebe from England, I live in a small county called Rutland in the East Midlands and I went to University of Leeds to study Fashion Design. I'm 23 years old and I have travelled many parts of the world, but there is still so much that... read more

AsiaChina15 days / March 2018

Highs & Lows

The secret beach! (it is by a river not the sea, but that's what the locals call it)

Language barrier can be difficult

Itinerary Overview

We arrived on the 5th March and spent 2 weeks in the same hotel in Yangshuo as there is so much to explore and so many activities to do in and around the town. There are so many types of amazing food that we tried, from dumplings, stir fries, beer fish, the delicious fresh fruit and a vast amount of all the local Chinese sweets and treats. Each day we did a different activity or simply just explored the town to see the beautiful colours, Chinese architecture, lanterns and decorations, and locals going about their day or playing cards in the park. In terms of activities, we went to the famous Yangshuo Light Show, took cooking classes, went rock climbing (the most famous spot for rock climbing in the world), rode on the traditional bamboo boats and hiked some of the accessible karst mountains in town. During our stay we had booked for an English speaking local to help us get around and she helped us to organise activities. This was really helpful and something I would highly recommend if you do not know Mandarin. 

  • 14 Nights: Yangshuo County
    Karst mountains and Chinese food
  • 1 Night: Shangzhen
    Traditional Chinese village house and natural setting

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Tried another accommodation for the second week, preferably a home-stay with a family

  • How was the food?

    Demo Bar

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Hire a moped/motorbike and explore the mountains

  • Packing tips?

    Take a waterproof if you go March-May time

  • Transportation Tips?

    Pre-book your transportation from the airport to your accommodation

  • Booking details?

    Book through Booking.com, usually get better deals