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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.

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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Yulong River (遇龙河), about 6 km southwest of Yangshuo, is the largest tributary of Li River with a total length of 16 km starting from Jinlong Bridge and Yulong Bridge, ends at Gongnong Bridge, and emptying itself into Li River. The scenery along Yulong River is breathtaking. Yulong River is often regarded as a  smaller and quieter Li River.

Bamboo rafting from Jinlong Bridge and Yulong Bridge through Gongnong Bridge is the highlight of a leisure trip to Yangshuo. The whole bamboo rafting takes about 4 hours, which can also be cut into different boating courses – 1 hour and 2 hours rafting to suit your travel schedule. It is an interesting experience which can enrich Guilin tour.

Sit down in a chair on a bamboo raft steered by a boatman, you will float with the current passing by the paddy fields flanked by undulating karst hills without any modern buildings; limpid water running down dams makes  your rating exciting with a sense of adventure. You will raft under the Yulong Bridge, an over 600-year old built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 -1644 ). You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

Rafting under Jinlong Bridge

Rafting under Jinlong Bridge

Rafting under Jinlong Bridge

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River

Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River

Going to pass over the dam is an exciting experience for the bambbo rafting on Yulong River

Passing over the dam

Passing over the dam

Over the Dam with a sense of adventure

Over the Dam

Over the Dam

Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge, an over 600-year old built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 -1644 ).

Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge,

Drifting towards the Yulong Bridge,

So relax and enjoy sitting on chairs rafting passing the beautiful scene.

 relax and enjoy sitting on chairs

relax and enjoy sitting on chairs

One American couple coming afar for the natural beauty and relaxing bamboo raft.

One American couple

One American couple

You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

You will also have a chance to view cormorants catching fishes.

Book your tickets through your hotel for discounts including transport to/from the dock. Bamboo rafting tickets: 100 – 300 yuan ( 1-4 hours).

Any questions,  just drop a line.

Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Friday, August 21st, 2015
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“Shili” literally means “10 li” in Chinese.  The “li” is known as Chinese mile, a traditional Chinese unit of distance. Now one “li” is equal to a half kilometer. The Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo (阳朔十里画廊) refers to the memerrizing 6km-long road starting from the southern end of Kangzhan Road (抗战路) in downtown Yangshuo to Moon Hill in Gaotian Town.

The 6km scenic road is flanked by idyllic fields, weird caves, undulating karst hills, the charming Yulong River,  old Banyan trees, ancient villages, and seasonal flowers, presenting a picturesque corridor which is dubbed as “Shili Scenery Gallery “.

No entry fee for the bucolic sightseeing country road. But there are around 10 pay attractions along the scenic corridor. These attraction sites are the result of the years’ inventment and tourist development by the local governments of all levels and private sectors as well.

The Shili Scenery Gallery has been a bit overdeveloped in recent years with too many tourist groups flocking here by bus during the tourist high season, espceially during summer vacation in July and Auguest. Though the tourist buses may line up closely along the scenic road, it is still worth experiencing the idyllic charm that permeates the whole gallery.

If you are going to visit Yangshuo on your Guilin tour, spend 2 or 3 hours to feel and touch the sightseeing Shili Scenery Gallery. You may cycle or even walk along the Shili Scenery Gallery. Bikes are available all over Yangshuo with a small amout of 10 yuan.

Follow me to feel the Shili Scenery Gallery.

Cycling and Viewing

Biking along Shili Scenery Gallery

Biking along Shili Scenery Gallery

Mother and son

Mother and Son

Mother and Son

Father and son
father and Son
Cycling through the idyllic country road

Bike along the green belt.

Bike along the green belt.

Karst Hills and Lotus Flower

Karst Hills and Lotus.

Karst Hills and Lotus.

Karst Hill and yellow Flower

Hill and Flower

Hills and Flowers

Bike in spite of scorching sun

Biking inspite of the scorching sun

Biking inspite of the scorching sun

Yulong River

Yulong River

Yulong River

Stop and take pictures

Stop and take pictures

Stop and take pictures

Cycling on and on

Cycling on and on

Cycling on and on

Any questions, just drop a line.