Yangshuo is a beautiful town set on the banks of the Li-River, based southeast of Guilin and in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Originally a small fishing village, the area's unique karst scenery captivated and inspired a steady stream of back-backers that passed through the area and over the years the town has grown into one of China's highly regarded tourist destinations, welcoming millions of domestic and foreign tourists every year.
Yangshuo owes a lot of its fame to the lush scenery in which it is located, its limestone karst mountains that tower throughout the open countryside, offering stunning views over farm land surrounded by mountains. It also enjoys the beauty of both the Li and Yulong rivers that wind through the many valleys.
The town is also steeped in rich history being a hub for many ethnic minority groups all bringing their own unique cultures and histories to the area. This can be seen in the rich mix of festivals, dress and cuisine. Yangshuo's most famous area West Street has become a lively area where foreigners and domestic tourists come to sample some of yangshuo's unique flavour and enjoy the many entertainments that have sprung up to offer not just a cultural break but an exciting one for all generations of travellers.
Location: in the northeast of Guangxi Province and to the south of Guilin City
Area: 1428 square kilometres (352, 866 acres)
Nationalities: There are 13 ethnic groups in this area such as the Yao, Hui and Zhuang minorities.
Local Specialty: Yangshuo is famous for its rich produce which includes sweet oranges, tangerine, pomelo, persimmon, chestnut and kumquats.