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How to Visit Xingping

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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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

On the way

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

two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style

two-story brick and stone houses of Lingnan style

Xingping Ancient Town
The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood.

The doors and the handrails on balconies were made of wood

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.

Bike Repairs

Bike Repairs

Bike Repairs

A restaurant offers the local flavors

A restaurant offers the local flavors

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.

Photo: Xingping5
Xingping Old Street
The Old Place

The Old Place

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 entrance to the old stage

The entrance to the old stage

The ancient opera stage

The ancient opera 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

Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note

Landscape printed on the 20 yuan note

Xingping Dock for  President Tour

Xingping Dock for President Tour

Xingping Dock for President Tour

Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting

Xingping Dock for bamboo rafting

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

Highlight of Li River Cruising

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.

Further Readings


Top 10 Things to do Guilin
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Li River Cruise
Daxu Ancient Town

Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Any questions, just drop a line.

Cruising on Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo

Friday, December 28th, 2018
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new tourists visiting Guilin and Li River.

If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

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Cruising on Li River is the top thing to do during your Guilin tour. The 83-km long Li River from  Guilin resembles a jade ribbon flanked by idyllic paddy fields and green forested hills, and dotted with pinnacled peaks, yellow shoals, bamboo groves, odd-shaped crags, deep pools and flying waterfalls. Li River is full of surprises which will ignite your imagination to fully appreciate the bestowed beauty.

Book a cruise ticket through the tourist desk at your hotel with a return transfer back to Guilin from Yangshuo. Or you may taxi from your hotel in Guilin to Zhujiang Dock (竹江码头) where most of the cruise boats leave for Yangshuo on a 4-hour cruise including lunch on board. Zhujiang Dock (竹江码头) is about 30km east of Guilin city center with taxi fare around 100 yuan. You can buy your boating ticket on the spot at the ticketing office at the dock.

Luxurious Air-conditioned Boats
High Season ( April – November): 270 yuan;
Low Season (December – March): 240 yuan

Super Luxurious Air-conditioned Boats:
High Season ( April – November): 450 yuan;
Low Season (December – March): 380 yuan

Note:
1. Most boats leave at 9:00 am, 9:30 am and 10:00 am, so try to get up early to catch the boats.
2. The lunch on board is very basic and you are advised to bring some snacks.
3. If you travel independently, you need to take bus from Yangshuo North Bus Station back to Guilin after your cruise and a short trip to Yangshuo.

Now, follow me to have a glimpse of the picturesque Li River.

Zhujiang Dock ( 30 km to the east of Gulin city center )

Zhujiang Dock

Zhujiang Dock

On a 4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo.

4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo

4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts right up along the boats and try to sell fruits.

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks of the forested undulating hills.

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages.

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery.

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery

We are passing by Yangdi Town ( Village). The watercourse from Yangdi to Xingping is the centerpiece of the Li River.

passing by Yangdi Town ( Village)

passing by Yangdi Town ( Village)

Many tourists take the motorized bamboo rafts from Yangdi floating on the most beautiful section of the Li River.

 motorized bamboo rafts

motorized bamboo rafts

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip.

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip

Our boat is passing by the attractions known as “Yellow Cloth Shoal” and “The Painted Hill of Nine Horses”.

"Yellow Cloth Shoal" and "The Painted Hill of Nine Horses"

“Yellow Cloth Shoal” and “The Painted Hill of Nine Horses”

We are approaching Yangshuo.

We are approaching Yangshuo.

We are approaching Yangshuo.

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock.

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock

A busy dock,  leads toward the West Street teemed with bars and restaurants.

A busy dock

A busy dock

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Guilin:

Guilin City Tour from US$69 p/p
Guilin Li River Cruising Tour from US$95 p/p
Guilin Longsheng Guilin Day Tour from US$109 p/p

Guilin Yangshuo 3 Day Tour from US$229 p/p
Guilin Yangshuo Daxu Town 4 Day Tour from US$305 p/p
Guilin Longji Rice Terraces Yangshuo 4 Day Tour from US$369 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Things to do Guilin
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Li River Cruise
Daxu Ancient Town

Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Any questions, just drop a line.

Yangshuo West Street

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
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If you are planning your Li River Cruise on your Guilin tour, your boat will bring you to Yangshuo. No matter where you stay or travel in Yangshuo, you will find yourself ending up here in the West Street (Xi Jie) 西街, a 500-meter vibrant street roughly starting from Yangshuo Dock 阳朔码头 where you disembark from your boat to Pantao Road (蟠桃路), a northeast – southwest street.

This renovated old street has a a carnival feel, full of bars, souvenirs stands, restaurants, shops. Though the commercialization has cheapened its allure a bit, it is still an interesting place for people watching, drinking, eating and shopping. You will find a lot of street food, and souvenirs ranging from tacky gadgets to nice Miao embroidery.

The West Street has sideways and parallel streets too with a lot of restaurants from Hong Kong, to Italian and German cuisines. It is very much atmospheric at night to come here for dinner or drinking. It is very crowded, so guard your money. For a leisurely stroll, come here during the day.

Follow me to have a feel of the hustle and bustle street, a world difference from Yangshuo’s peaceful countryside.

The southwest entrance to the West Street starting from Pantao Road and KFC.

The southwest entrance to the West Street

The southwest entrance to the West Street

The outside dining places in front of the street restaurants.

The outside dining places in front of the street restaurants.

The outside dining places in front of the street restaurants.

The beer fish is the local flavor and you can see almost all the street restaurants offer the dish.

The beer fish is the local flavor

The beer fish is the local flavor

Even lobsters from Taiwan!

Even lobsters from Taiwan

Even lobsters from Taiwan

Some spaces in the middle of the West Street are occupied by vendors and this vendor sells selfie stick.

Some spaces in the middle of the West Street are occupied by vendors

Some spaces in the middle of the West Street are occupied by vendors

A paradise for adults and a hell for babies and small kids. You see the kind covering ears.

A paradise for adults and a hell for babies and small kids

A paradise for adults and a hell for babies and small kids

The West Street is almost fully packed with passengers.

The West Street is almost fully packed with passengers

The West Street is almost fully packed with passengers

Oh, everyone is bunched together shoulder to shoulder with a bit difficulty walking along the crowded street.

everyone is bunched together shoulder to shoulder

everyone is bunched together shoulder to shoulder

A store sells Guilin’s local products like pickled red chili, fermented bean curd, Sanhua wine, osmanthus cakes, osmanthus candies and more.

Guilin's local products

Guilin’s local products

The making of the local osmanthus paste

The making of the local osmanthus paste

The making of the local osmanthus paste

A German bar restaurant

A German bar restaurant

A German bar restaurant

A side lane is full of bars and restaurants.

A side lane is full of bars and restaurants.

A side lane is full of bars and restaurants.

More bars and restaurants.

More bars and restaurants

More bars and restaurants

A side way teemed with vendors selling souvenirs and local products.

A side way teemed with vendors selling souvenirs and local products.

A side way teemed with vendors selling souvenirs and local products.

A quiet back lane has a nice Chinese restaurant with live music.

A quiet back lane has a nice Chinese restaurant with live music.

A quiet back lane has a nice Chinese restaurant with live music.

tacky gadgets and souvenirs.

tricky gadgets and souvenirs.

tricky gadgets and souvenirs.

Any questions, just drop a line.