Yangshuo is a picturesque tourist destination near Guilin, China, in the heart of beautiful mountain ranges. Situated on the banks of the world-famous Li River, Yangshuo has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Yangshuo, China
Li river karst mountain landscape in Yangshuo, China

How to Get There

By Air – There is no airport in Yangshuo; the closest airport is Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, located in Guilin. Daily flights from Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing will make visiting Yangshuo easy for a peaceful getaway.

Taxi From Guilin – Another method of traveling to Yangshuo is to take a taxi from Guilin. This can sometimes be a rather costly method of travel, but if you arrange with your hotel’s concierge to have a driving service pick you up, you may get an affordable rate.

By Bus / Train – There are many bus services between Guilin and Yangshuo, and they are typically very affordable. Just be sure to check the bus schedules, and remember that buses traveling from the airport very often don’t depart until the bus is completely filled up. If you are traveling from Shenzhen, you’ll find it easy to hop on an overnight train for a 12-hour ride to Guilin.

River Cruise From Guilin – Enjoy the majestic Li River by taking a boat from Guilin down to Yangshuo. Boat rides can be much more expensive than bus services and take much longer, but the scenery offered along the trip is unmatched in beauty.

Zhujiang Wharf
The Li River Cruise typically begins at Zhujiang Wharf
River Cruise to Yangshuo

Best time to visit Yangshuo

The best time to visit Yangshuo is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather with mild temperatures and less rainfall, allowing you to enjoy the area’s natural beauty fully.

During Spring – The landscape is adorned with blooming flowers and lush greenery, creating a picturesque atmosphere. The temperatures are comfortable, ranging from around 59°F to 77°F (15°C to 25°C).

In Autumn – The weather is also mild, and the foliage turns vibrant with autumn colors, providing stunning views of the surrounding karst mountains and the Li River—temperatures during this season range from approximately 59°F to 82°F (15°C to 28°C).

Both spring and autumn are popular among tourists for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cruising along the Li River, and exploring the scenic spots in Yangshuo. It’s advisable to check the weather forecast and plan your visit accordingly to ensure the best experience.

View of Yangshuo from the top

Things to do in Yangshuo

Explore West Street

Visit the vibrant and bustling West Street is a bustling hub filled with shops, restaurants, and bars. You can stroll along the vibrant street, browse for souvenirs, sample local delicacies, and experience the unique fusion of Chinese and Western influences.

Just arrived in Yangshuo

Take a bike ride through the countryside

Rent a bike and explore the scenic countryside, passing by rice paddies, karst mountains, and charming villages at your own pace.

Tam Coc, Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Bike ride through the villages

Enjoy an evening performance of Impression Liu Sanjie

Watch a spectacular outdoor performance that showcases local culture, music, and dance on the Li River.

Cultural Performance in Yangshuo
Yangshuo, China
Evening shows in Yangshuo

Take a bamboo rafting trip on the Yulong River

Float along the peaceful Yulong River on a bamboo raft and enjoy the picturesque landscapes and tranquil atmosphere.

Li River, China
Bamboo rafting starting point in Li River

Where to stay in Yangshuo, China

The Bamboo Leaf Yangshuo

Located in Yangshuo, The Bamboo Leaf Yangshuo offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Popular points of interest near The Bamboo Leaf Yangshuo include Yangshuo West Street, Impression Liu Sanjie, and Li River. Yangshuo Bus Terminal is a 10-minute drive from The Bamboo Leaf Yangshuo. Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is a 90-minute drive away. Among the various facilities are a terrace and a shared lounge. Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine in the on-site restaurant.

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Surrounded by impressive Karst mountains, Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is located at the edge of the Yulong River. Free parking space is offered. Guests can rent bikes for free at the property. Furnished with timber framing and bamboo furniture, each unit has air conditioning, a safety deposit box, and a mini-bar. You can enjoy a mountain view from the room. Sum up the day with a nice walk in the garden or explore the city with travel advice from the tour desk. Mountain Retreat offers a complimentary shuttle to town three times daily.

My Opinion and Last Word

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