Yangshuo, China

Yangshuo is a small town accessible by boat or bus from nearby Guilin. It is situated on the banks of the Li River and is surrounded by the haunting karst peaks that the area is famed for.

This small country town started to become popular with foreign backpackers in the 1980’s when it was first mentioned in a key travel guide. Since then adventurous travellers have continued to visit in increasing numbers, not only to take in breathtaking scenery but also to take part in a number of outdoor sports and activities that the town offers.

The town is one of the premier rock climbing destinations in China, with around 300 bolted routes, and a number of guiding and equipment hire companies.

The town itself is small and centred along two main streets, Chinese Street and West Street. Most of the hostels, hotels, restaurants and bars can be found on West Street or the pedestrian only Xian Qian Street which runs between the two. For those looking for less of an adrenalin rush, the area also offers bike trails, bamboo raft or river boat cruising and has a number of nearby cave systems to explore. Visitors can also take classes in Chinese calligraphy, take part in tea ceremonies and learn how to cook some of the region’s most popular local dishes.

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  1. Miriam R11:21pm Wednesday 15th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I recommend Li River Retreat - we stayed there in April this year and it was excellent. For those worried about language problems after this show, it's run by an Aussie and his Chinese wife. They really made our stay comfortable. It's about two kilometers out of town but has great views of the river and it's an easy walk into town (which can be quite busy and noisy with domestic tourists). One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen (and I grew up in one - Blue Mountains).

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