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How to Spend 3 Days in Yangshuo

How to Spend 3 Days in Yangshuo

With three days in Yangshuo, it’s possible to enjoy the highlights in town and the surrounding countryside. You also have time to enjoy outdoor activities and learn about local culture. Here are some ways to see and experience the best of Yangshuo in three days.

 

Day 1: Scenic Highlights

Rent a bike or a scooter, and head out to explore the countryside surrounding Yangshuo. Check out Ten-Mile Gallery and stop at highlights such as Moon Hill, Big Banyan Tree, Butterfly Spring Park, and Totem Ancient Trail. Afterwards, explore one of the many caves in the area, including Silver Cave or Longmen Water Cave.

 

In the afternoon, explore Xingping ancient town, and then take a motorized boat down a stretch of the Li River. Stay for sunset and watch the ancient practice of cormorant fishing, or climb up Laozhai Mountain. Spend the evening back in Yangshuo, exploring West Street, the oldest and most famous street in town. Shop for souvenirs, and eat a dinner of local favorites such as Guilin rice noodles or Yangshuo beer fish. Enjoy after-dinner drinks at one of the many bars on and around West Street.

 

Day 2: Active Explorations

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out for an active morning or day. Try your hand at rock climbing—the limestone walls around Yangshuo are world-class. Alternatively, go hiking or biking around the vast countryside. Guided options are available to help with route finding. For a quieter day, stay in town and try a cooking class, calligraphy class, fan painting class, or Chinese class. Afterwards, head to the Yulong River and enjoy a leisurely cruise on a bamboo raft. See famous bridges such as Yulong Bridge and Fuli Bridge.

 

Head back to Yangshuo and spend some time exploring the attractions in town, such as Yangshuo Park and Green Lotus Peak. End the evening watchingImpressions Sanjie Liu, a show directed by Zhang Yimou. The theater performance uses the Li River as a stage and the mountains as a backdrop.

 

Day 3: Mountains and Tea Plantations

Get an early start and head out to Xianggong Mountain for views of the karst-dominated countryside. Afterwards, head over to Seven Faeries Peak Tea Plantation, where you can pick tea leaves and kumquats (in season). Then enjoy tea and learn all about Chinese tea culture. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to Shitoucheng ancient stone village, a mysterious centuries-old village made out of stone that's perched on top of a hill. Finally, head to Cuiping Hill for a magical sunset. Join a guided tour for a hassle-free experience and to maximize your last day.

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Private Tour-Yangshuo Impression Sanjie Liu Show

Private Tour-Yangshuo Impression Sanjie Liu Show

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Experience an enchanting performance of the extravagant ‘Impression Sanjie Liu Show’ on the shores of the Li River in Yangshuo on this spellbinding tour. Depart from your hotel in a luxurious private vehicle and take your seat in a large, open-air theatre on the beautiful banks of the Li River. Gasp, as performers appear to float along the river while portraying myths and legends of the Yangshuo culture. Be hypnotized by Zhang Yimou’s dreamy interpretation of the show set against the stunning natural backdrop of mountains and rivers. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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$149.00
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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
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$170.00
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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
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$80.00
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$80.00
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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
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$84.27
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$84.27
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Small-Group Yangshuo Rock-Climbing Adventure

Small-Group Yangshuo Rock-Climbing Adventure

Experience the thrill of scaling Yangshuo’s famous peaks with this exhilarating 4-hour rock-climbing experience, suitable for all ability levels, including first-timers. With a small group limited to six people, you’ll receive plenty of attention from your expert guide as you master the basics, then put your skills to the test as you tackle one of the region’s many climbing routes. Looking for a challenge? Upgrade to a full-day tour and get the ultimate adrenaline fix, climbing up to 131 feet (40 meters) high.
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  • 4 hours
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$56.42
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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
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$108.00
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$108.00
Price varies by group size