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    The brief of Yangshuo
Are you bored of the hustle and bustle of city life, or want to have a breath of natural fresh air, or are you curious about diverse cultures and exotic flavors in China? Please come to Yangshuo, a small county in southern China full of what you want. In the 1980s, many foreign backpackers were drawn here by the introduction of the county in the Lonely Planet. Now, the county greets its guests with more charms and attractions.
Yangshuo lies in the northeast of Guangxi Province and to the southeast of Guilin City. The special geography gives it breath-taking beauty while over 1,400 years of history bless it with a deep traditional culture. The diverse ethnic minority groups including Hui, Zhuang, Yao and others, enrich it with special folk cultures represented by their various festivals; while many foreign residents add exotic flavors to its fascination.
The famous Li River traverses the county and brings it the most beautiful scenery. Along the extremely pure river, thousands of hills stand in different poses and with different expressions, such as Moon Hill, Mural Hill and Schoolboy Hill which is the natural stage of the world famous opera Impression on Sanjie Liu. Sanjie Liu is a fairy singer in the legend of the Zhuang minority group. Big Banyan, a huge tree with a history of over 1,400 years, is said to be the place where her love story happened. The Little Li River- the Yulong River – is a paradise for a cruise because of its green hills, silky water and ancient bridges. You can also go to Xanadu, a primitive minority village full of folk culture and tranquil rurality.
Streets in Yangshuo are well kept in the original style, presenting the simple and primitive atmosphere of the ancient town. West Street is the most exciting one that locals call the Global Village. There are not only many foreign tourists, but also quite a number of foreign residents managing cafes and restaurants. The exotic flavor, combined with the traditional culture, make the West Street world famous.
Yangshuo also attracts tourists with its delicious specialty foods, such as Beer Fish, Niang dishes and special snacks including rice noodles and various glutinous rice cakes. You can taste them in most streets of the county. The local specialties such as the Shatian Shaddocks, the kumquats and the Chinese chestnuts are worth tasting as well. If you want to buy some souvenirs, painted fans, embroidered balls, and painted shirts are all good choices. You can buy these articles both in the tourist spots and in the malls of the county.
Yangshuo is one of the most famous tourist destinations of China. It boasts breath-taking natural sceneries, mysterious ancient local dwelling houses and an insight into a diverse range of cultures. There are several areas offering different forms of enjoyment in and around the area.
Urban Scenic Area
In the center of the region, the West Street (Xi Jie) attracts so many tourists from all over the world that it is called the Global Village. People from different countries manage stores, cafes and restaurants creating an exotic flavor in the street. Along the Li River that winds across the town, there stand hills of various sizes. The most famous are the Green Lotus Peak (Bilian Peak) and the Shutong Hill (Schoolboy Hill), named according to a ten meters (33 feet) high stone representing a figure of an ancient school boy on the hill. The Shutong Hill is the most exquisite and delicate hill along the Li River.
Moon Hill Scenic Area
To the south of the county, there is a romantic place where you can see the wax and wane of the moon (refers to a moon-like hole on the top of the Moon Hill). Various locations in close proximity to one another allow the sight to be viewed from different angles. Such a location and atmosphere is perfect for enjoying the love story of the fairy singer Sanjie Liu. The opportunity also exists to sit under the 1, 400 year old Big Banyan or to take a mud bath in the Moon Village. Between the Moon Hill and the Big Banyan, three large limestone caves wind along three stone hills and converge at a deep pool. It presents the image of three dragons assembling to drink in the pool, hence the pool’s name Assembling Dragon Cave. Two miles from the city, the Butterfly Spring provides the opportunity to view thousands of kinds of butterflies. A magnificent place for the butterfly enthusiasts.
Above-water Scenic Area
Along the lower reaches of the Li River lies the Sanjie Liu Above-water Park, where the film Sanjie Liu was made. This is a picturesque environment consisting of pure water, green hills and farm houses. You can roll a bamboo raft and catch fish in the water, or you can act as Brother Aniu and sing a musical dialogue with the performer of Sanjie Liu. This area also provides you the opportunity to enjoy the famous performance Impression on Sanjie Liu that takes the natural environment around the Li River as its backdrop.
Apart from the areas mentioned above, there are also other special places worth visiting. Xingping, the most ancient town of the area, is famous for its most spectacular scenic spots along the Li River. Rolling a bamboo raft in the emerald water of the Yulong River, the so called Little Li River, is also a wonderful way to relax. To the east, the Hometown of Painting Fans- Fuli will no doubt satisfy your desire to find traditional handicrafts. Xanadu provides the opportunity to escape the city life. Located approximately nine miles away from the city center, this mysterious village is full of fantastic buildings, primitive rurality and the diverse cultures of ethnic groups. It provides the perfect opportunity to bring you back in touch with nature.
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