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How to Spend 1 Day in Yangshuo

How to Spend 1 Day in Yangshuo

Famed for its breathtaking scenery, Yangshuo and its surrounding countryside is home to dramatic limestone formations and the Li and Yulong Rivers, which offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Here’s how to make the most of one day in Yangshuo.

 

Morning: Mountains and Rivers

If you’ve only got one day, get an early start and join a tour of Xianggong Mountain, the summit of which offers panoramic views of the karst-dominated countryside. If possible, try to make it for sunrise, when fewer crowds are worth the early start. 

Spend the rest of the morning floating down a river on a bamboo raft, and see famous bridges such as the Yulong Bridge and Fuli Bridge. Alternatively, head to Xingping Ancient Town and take a motorized boat down the Li River, where you’ll see the landscape featured on the 20 Yuan note. It’s also possible to hike or bike along the riverbank instead.

 

Afternoon: Villages and Countryside

Head back to Yangshuo and spend some time walking along bustling West Street, the oldest and most famous street in town. With plenty of shops and restaurants, this is a great spot to pick up souvenirs and grab some lunch. 

Afterwards, head back out to the countryside to do your choice of hiking, biking, or rock climbing; a tour ensures your safety and means you won’t get lost on unfamiliar routes. Another highlight to consider visiting is the scenic Ten Mile Gallery, with attractions Moon Hill and Big Banyan Tree. If you’d prefer to relax, stay in town for a cooking, calligraphy, or Chinese language class.

 

Night: Local Culture

Devote the evening to sampling local favorites such as Guilin noodles, steamed Li River fish, or Yangshuo beer fish. End your evening with a performance of Impressions Sanjie Liu; directed by acclaimed director Zhang Yimou, who also directed the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, the show uses the Li River as its stage and the mountains as its backdrop. It’s a natural theater spectacle that you won’t soon forget, so secure a seat by booking your tickets in  advance.

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Private Half-Day Bike and Bamboo Raft Tour in Yangshuo

Private Half-Day Bike and Bamboo Raft Tour in Yangshuo

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Immerse yourself in Yangshuo’s wild and beautiful scenery, and enjoy a relaxing and intimate way to explore, on this private, half-day bike tour. Meet your guide in the morning directly at your Yangshuo hotel; after grabbing your bikes and helmets, you’ll go for an in-depth ride through the picture-perfect landscape. See highlights like the big banyan tree and Moon Hill, pedal along the Yulong River, and admire the lush landscape and karst mountains. Before tour’s end, you’ll even have time for a gentle river rafting experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size

All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour in Yangshuo

All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour in Yangshuo

Whether you’re a racer or a crawler when it comes to hiking, experience the beauty of Yangshuo’s karst pinnacles and rice fields at your pace—and no one else’s—on this private tour. Starting from a traditional village, hike through paddy fields and farmland, surrounded by karst, talking to farmers as you go. Enjoy an authentic local lunch in a farmer’s home before returning to Yangshuo.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.27
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$84.27
Price varies by group size

Private Tour: Yangshuo Bike Adventure including Tai Chi Lesson and Chinese Massage

Private Tour: Yangshuo Bike Adventure including Tai Chi Lesson and Chinese Massage

Enjoy a memorable introduction to Yangshuo with this private 5-6 hour bike adventure, including hotel pick-up. Start the day with a tai chi lesson on the banks of the Li River, then hop on your rental bike and glide along the riverside. Enjoy an easy, scenic route through the forests and farmlands around Yangshuo, then stop to tuck into a delicious home-cooked lunch (included) at a local farm. After cycling back to Yangshuo, indulge in a 45-minute Chinese foot massage and head back to your hotel feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
Price varies by group size
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$170.00
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Yangshuo Country Life Experience with Cooking Class like a Local

Yangshuo Country Life Experience with Cooking Class like a Local

This private hour tour is for you to experience the lifestyles of the locals and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the countryside by tractor. Explore the farmer’s market to buy ingredients and pick vegetables in the garden to make your Chinese lunch in a farmhouse. This one-of-a-kind-experience is perfect for travelers who are looking forward to getting off the city and sampling the delights of country life. • Experience the thrill of riding on a tractor with a friendly and knowledgeable guide • Take part in activities in farmhouses • Lunch included • Small group ensures a personalized experience • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service • Take a panoramic view of the Li River on Xianggong Hill after lunch (if you book the 8-hour tour starts from Guilin)
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.00
Price varies by group size
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$108.00
Price varies by group size

The impression Liu sanjie show and dinner in town 2019

The impression Liu sanjie show and dinner in town 2019

Spend a magical evening at the Impression Sanjie Liu show, performed in a natural theater amid spectacular landscapes, on this convenient private door-to-door package. Directed by Beijing Olympics maestro Zhang Yimou, the cast of hundreds, spectacular costumes, and dramatic lighting are on a scale you’ll only find in China. Start the evening right with an early dinner at Chunji Roast Goose Restaurant, a favorite with Yangshuo locals.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00