Featured on the back of the 20 Yuan note, Yangshuo has long been famed for its iconic karst mountain landscape. The Yulong River gently winds around these otherworldly pinnacles and both give an abundance of opportunities to explore the outdoors. This once quiet fishing village has transformed into a thriving hub for western tourists and while traditional cormorant fishermen still grace the river edge on their rustic bamboo rafts, you’ll find a German beer garden and cafes selling chocolate brownies in among the restaurants selling authentic local dishes along the ancient West Street. The real reason you’re here though is not for the town itself, it’s for the formidable countryside that greets you at every turn.
Cycling through the rice fields is one of the most rewarding experiences in Yangshuo as you pass local farmers and their water buffalo ploughing their land, so far from the commercial centre of China’s big cities. Well-marked hiking trails also dot the impressive mountains giving visitors spectacular views of the picturesque paddies and still river below. If you want to soak up the scenery from the water, many locals offer tranquil bamboo raft voyages along the Yulong River which feels far more intimate than a river boat cruise.
Whether you’re interested in exploring local villages, cycling the Ten-Mile Gallery or getting a selfie with a cormorant fisherman, our expert team are on hand to help you navigate this stunning region of China.