How to Visit Daxu Ancient Town

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Guilin is a picturesque city, aft-lauded as “Guilin’s Landscapes is the best under the Heaven”.  The city is surrounded by rivers and lakes, and dotted with karst hills, a cityscape typical of a mesmerizing Chinese painting.

But Guilin’s fame doesn’t totally rely on its natural beauty, it also boasts several sites of historical importance and cultural value. Daxu Ancient Town (大圩古镇) is one of them, which used to be off-beaten path. Now Daxu Ancient Town has become a popular travel destination which attracts those who are interested in Chinese history, traditional buildings and culture.

So if you are planning Guilin tour, you may consider adding Daxu Ancient Town on your Guilin travel schedule. Basically a trip to Daxu Ancient Town from Guilin city center takes about 3-4 hours. It is located about 19 km southeast of Guilin city center.

The 40-minute public buses leaves from the back gate to Guilin General Bus Station (桂林汽车总站), heading for Guanyan (冠岩) and stopping at Daxun Ancient Town. Pay 10 yuan bus fare on board and the ticketing office doesn’t sell the tickets for Daxun Ancient Town. No entrance fee.

“Daxu” literally means “a big market”. Daxu Ancient Town used to be one of the four ancient market towns in Guangxi Province. The ancient town developed from Song Dynasty ( 960 -1279),  prospered in Ming and Qing dynasties ( 1368 -1911) and reached its peak during Republic Era of China ( 1912 – 1949 ).

Daxu Ancient Town’s only street runs along Li River for 2 km (on the east bank of the river), flanked by traditional one- and two-story wooden houses. Walking on the stone-flagged street brings you back to the past when it was a busy trade and market town. Today, the town is well-preserved and still inhabited by the locals from generation to generation.

Now follow me to have a glimpse of the ancient town.

The ancient town attracts more and more foreign tourists nowadays and I happen to meet some of them,  a busload of tourists from Spain.

a busload of tourists from Spain.

a busload of tourists from Spain.

They are talking and laughing, every much intrigued by the ancient Chinese houses and handicrafts.

every much intrigued by the ancient Chinese houses and handicrafts .

every much intrigued by the ancient Chinese houses and handicrafts .

The large original stone paved street tells us a historical past.

The large original stone paved street tells us a historical past

The large original stone paved street tells us a historical past

The two-story wooden house has ornate wood carvings and western style of handrails.

The two-story wooden house has ornate wood carvings

The two-story wooden house has ornate wood carvings

You will see some local food culture, herbal medicine and crafts arts are still preserved till today like distillery, bamboo craft and many more.

The traditional distillery

The traditional distillery

It is a leisurely place. Most of the inhabitants are seniors and kids with doors open, living an easy and slow pace of life.

 living an easy and slow pace of life.

living an easy and slow pace of life.

The Longevity Bridge is a single arch stone bridge, originally built in Ming Dynasty and rebuilt in 1899. The bridge is firm with many stone steps at the confluence of Li River and Ma River.

The Longivity Bridge is a single arch stone bridge

The Longivity Bridge is a single arch stone bridge

The 2 km stone flagged and cobbled street is interesting for a two-hour stroll,  immersing yourself into the traditional Chinese life – its historical culture and traditional buildings.

The 2 km stone flagged and cobbled street is interesting for a two-hour stroll,

The 2 km stone flagged and cobbled street is interesting for a two-hour stroll,

There used to be 13 docks along the street on the water edge at its peaks when it served as the local trade and commercial hub. Today, you can see some of them alive with water transportation and bamboo rafting activities.

There used to be 13 docks along the street on the water edge

There used to be 13 docks along the street on the water edge

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

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

Guilin City Bus Tour RMB 470 p/p
Guilin City Half Day Bus Tour RMB 350 p/p

Guilin Li River Yangshuo Cruising Bus Tour RMB 480 p/p
Guilin Longji Terrace Bus Tour RMB 490 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

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4 Responses to “How to Visit Daxu Ancient Town”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Hi,

    I came across this post which made me want to include visiting Daxu Ancient Town. what is the best way to get to this town if I am travelling independently to Guilin and the rough cost of the transport there.

    Thanks

  2. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    1. The cheap way is to take a public bus ( less than 10 yuan ).
    The 40-minute public buses leaves from the back gate to Guilin General Bus Station (桂林汽车总站) and heads for Guanyan (冠岩) and stops at Daxun Ancient Town. Pay 10 yuan bus fare on board and the ticketing office doesn’t sell the tickets for Daxun Ancient Town. No entrance fee.

    2.The comfortable way is to arrange your transport – hiring a car or van ( You have to negotiate with your taxi driver ). The reference price is about 150-200 yuan.

  3. gloria alvarado says:

    Hello. I want to know when is the market day in Daxu.

    Gloria

  4. Daniel says:

    Dear Gloria Alvarado,

    Traditionally the dates in each month with the numbers “2”, “5”, and “8” will be the market days. People from nearby villages will get together on Daxu Town for the lively markets. But now, I’m not quite sure if they still carry out the tradition.

    Thanks for your inquiry! Much appreciated!

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