located in northeastern par of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Region, lies south of Guilin and is under the jurisdiction
of the city of Guilin. Yangshuo County covers an area
of 1,428 square km and has 20,000 hectares of land used
for agricultural cultivation. It has a population about
300,000, making up of different ethnic groups such as
Han, Zhuang, Yao, Hui, etc. The weather in Yangshuo
is subtropical, with sufficient rainfall, sunlight,
and heat around the whole year. On average each year
the temperature is 19 centigrade, the amount of sunlight
is 1,465 hours, the rainfall is 1,640mm. There are about
300 days per year without frost. In general, the weather
is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter.
YangShuo has a long history of 1400
year in which the people there have created their
own culture, such as long drum dance, song gathering
Cai Diao opera, dragon and lion dance, the natural
scenery there are gardens mrelics and sites in
the history, ancient bridge and other architectures
and stone carvings.
the old saying goes , "Guilin's scenery is the most beautiful
in the world, Yangshuo 's scenery is far more superior to
that of Guilin's". From this, one can know that the natural
scenery of Yangshuo is unique and like none other in the world.
In Yangshuo County alone, there are over 20,000 hill and over
250 scenic spits. The clean and clear Li River winds through
Yangshuo for 56km. On both sides of the river, magical peaks
and push green bamboo trees reflect off the mirror like surface
of the water to paint beautiful mountain and water murals.
The most notable scenic spots of Guilin are in Yangshuo, i.e,
Nine-Horse Painted Hill, Yellow Reflection Point, Xingping
Village, Lotus Cave, Young Scholar Hill, Snow Lion Ridge,
the Big Banyan Tree, Moon Hill, and Dragon River. Moreover,
many consider the land scape of the plains and the villages
to be like a beautiful picturesque poem. Amongst the mountains
and waters are old buildings and old bridges that reflect
the rich cultural heritage of Yangshuo. Just by observing
these, One can learn much about Yangshuo's history. Yangshuo
was one of the first counties to be appointed as a national
tourism area. Each year 1.5 million visitors come to Yang
Sceneries in Yangshuo
Town: Bridge the Centuries on the Yulong River
The "Meet the Dragon" or Yulong River,
which begins in Zouzai Village, is the largest
tributary running into the Li Rive. The excellent
composition of water, ancient bridges and mountains
along this waterway is one of the favorite choices
of photographers and artists coming to the area.
For those who are looking for a fabulous hike,
start at Baisha's Yulong Bridge and stay on the
path down river to Gao Tian. You'll pass six unforgettable
ancient bridges during the 5-hour walk.
Fuli: Home to the "Third Sister"
Those who know Chinese cinema, will immediately
recognize Fuli's distinctive wharf as the backdrop
for shooting parts of the now famous film, "The
Liu Family's Third Sister".
Like Xing Ping, travelers can experience
the lovely "mountain-water" scenery
of the area by taking the 50-minute boat ride
on the lower reaches of the Li River down to this
quaint spot. In the town, visit some of the best
local artists and their shops or just sip some
tea on the wharf at "Three-Sister's"
Gao Tian: Retreat to the Country
most popular route for 1-2 day biking trips is the road to
Gao Tian. Gao Tian, a predominantly Zhuang minority area,
offers some of the most memorable sights and experiences for
those who want to encounter China "off the road" Moonhill,
a large mountain with a cavity that appears to "change phases"
as travelers pass by , is the centerpiece of the area. On
a day trip, bikers will usually go first to the Big BanYan
Tree, and perhaps do some caving. Many then opt to stay overnight
in the county at a farmer's home or better yet, rent a room
at the "Riverside Retreat", a very welcoming bed and breakfast
run in a renovated mill house beside the "Meet the Dragon"
Xingping: Take me home country roads
The cruise form Yangshuo to Xingping is a "must
do" for many adventurous travelers who want
to see the mountains and Li River from another
vantage point. The fascinating shapes and coloration
of the limestone mountains sometimes tell a story.
River men eagerly point out such sights as "Nine
Horses Painted Cliff", "Monk and Nun's
Peak", and "Snail Hill". With bikes
loaded onto small riverboats, energetic tourists
travel up, enjoy the serenity of the magnificent
hills surrounding the town, and then bike back
by way of winding country roads.
"Fish Village" of Yangshuo County-a "time capsule" you
During the boat cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo,
travelers often stop near the halfway point to
visit the famous "Fish Village". From
the start, visitors notice the authentic and well-preserved
structures, which reflect a way of life that has
continued for nearly 500 years. What is striking
as well, is that this is not a museum, locals
still eat, sleep, and work out their lives there.
Historically, the village has enjoyed
its moments. Kang Youwei, a Qing Dynasty reformist,
publicized his progressive ideas of reform there.
Sun Yat Sun visited Fish Village when he made
preparations for the war against the warlords
of the north.
Elegant, sloping rooftops, ornamental
eaves, and narrow lanes set among the famous mountains
of Yangshuo, have attracted scholars and notable
persons for years. On July 2,1998,American President
Clinton and delegation visited Fish Village to
enjoy its history and architecture.
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