This was our last stop on our 4 week journey before heading to Hong Kong. We picked the perfect place for our last few days in China, we loved Yangshuo with its breathtaking scenery and winding narrow streets lined with little shops and cafes.
Our hotel was a 15 minute walk from the center of town and because of that they offered free mountain bikes that you could use all day which was a nice perk. The hotel owner (Lucy) also has a restaurant in the center of town so we could park the bikes there and stroll around, and the food was very good too. I have to say though that riding a bike in Yangshuo city is pretty treacherous and we had to really watch the traffic and pay close attention to what the cars and motorbikes were doing – I kid you not, I was almost run over a handful of times in the first couple of hours!
We met a really nice couple from India (they reside in Singapore) and we decided to go with them to the light and sound show called ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’. This show is definitely a must see while in Yangshuo. The Li River is the stage with the stunning karst mountains as the backdrop, the entire show is performed on the water – amazing!
The scenery around this small city is impressive and we couldn’t wait to get out and explore. We decided to walk from the hotel since we had a number of near misses on the bikes the day before. The night before Lucy mentioned that we could climb up to the Pagoda in the city park and so we did and the views were great.
The park was full of locals sitting in groups around little tables playing cards and mahjong. It was really nice to see them all having such a good time socializing.
While walking around we kept seeing these little shops advertising everything mango and we just had to try it. We have never seen mangoes this huge, and the mango smoothies were so refreshingly delicious!
Yangshuo has a great walking street that is lined with little shops and restaurants with outdoor seating. It’s a great place to just walk around and enjoy some food and drinks. There’s also a promenade along the river but it wasn’t nearly as busy as the walking street.
Gordon’s souvenir from Yangshuo – a new piece of luggage! Very happy he found a luggage shop because his rolling duffle had quite a large hole in it from the airlines and he had been patching it with hotel slippers until he could find a new one.
On our last full day in Yangshuo we took the mountain bikes out to the countryside even though it was raining a bit. Lucy gave us a little map and some verbal directions and off we went to see the dragon bridge on the Yulong River. As we were riding we matched river crossings and towns to what was on our map and we were convinced we were going in the right direction. We took in the scenery marveling at everything we saw and it was only until we ran into a couple of other tourists that we found out we were way way way off track. We had gone the complete opposite direction from the Dragon Bridge – we were so surprised when they showed us where we were on their very detailed map (I blame our crappy map for this mishap). We rode around for a while longer and then we had to start making our way back to town before it got dark so we never saw the Dragon Bridge but we did see quaint little villages, the beautiful mountains along the Yulong River, and Moon Hill – it was a great day!
We thought Yangshuo was awesome and it’s a destination in China that shouldn’t be missed.
Where we stayed: Lucy’s Hotel
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel