Xingping (兴坪) is one of the ancient towns along Li River, about 27km north of Yangshuo (阳朔) and 91km southeast of Guilin (桂林). Most tourists would choose to visit Xingping from Yangshuo by bus. The buses leave from Yangshuo South Bus Station. The current Yangshuo South Bus Station is about 5-minute’s walk from the roundabout at the southern end of Kangzhan Road (抗战路) in Yangshuo. Many local buses stop at the south bus station.
The buses going between Yangshuo and Xingping are plentiful (every 15 minutes) and you don’t need to buy your ticket at the ticketing office. You just pay your bus ticket on board due to the short distance. The 40-minute’ bus ride allow you go through villages and one town flanked by the farmlands with the background of the karst hills, an interesting chance to look at the authentic rural life. Bus fare: 8 yuan.
On the way
Arriving at Xingping Bus Station, you exit from the gate and turn right, and you will be on the old street of the ancient town of Xingping. It is a two-street ancient town in the shape of “T”, flanked by the well preserved two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style with flagged stone streets.
Two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style
Xingping Ancient Town
The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood.
Most of the houses in the old towns are protected and preserved with the money generated from their house rental. These old houses are usually renovated and decorated into fancy and trendy bars, restaurants, boutiques, shops and even bike repairs to serve the even increasing number of cyclists.
A restaurant offers the local flavors
At the end of the street, you will see a bar restaurant known as ” The Old Place”. This pretty bar offers sandwiches, pizza and local flavors. You may come back for lunch here.
Xingping Old Street
The Old Place
Now you are at the T-conjunction and you are recommended to turn left on the way to the old opera stage. The well preserved ancient opera stage dates back to Qing Dynasty with ornate carvings
The entrance to the old stage
The ancient opera stage
Backtrack and exit from the ancient street, you have two choices – 1) Go straight and cross the bridge, then walk for 8 minutes and get to the viewing platform to see the landscape printed on the back of the 20 yuan renminbi note; 2) turn left and walk to the Xingping Pier either for bamboo rafting or take the “President Tour” for a 2-hour boat tour including the visit to Fish Village.
Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note
Xingping Dock for President Tour
Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting
Xingping is the highlight of Li River cruising with the mesmerizing river running 20km within Xinping.
Highlight of Li River Cruising
You may take the bus back to Yangshuo or continue to go to Guilin. Guilin Qintan Bus Station operate the bus service between Guilin and Xingping.
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