Yangshuo travel guide
Getting Here & Away
Road and river are the only ways to reach Yangshuo itself, but Guilin airport and train station are both only a little over an hour away by bus.
There are a number of overnight buses running to Yangshuo from Shenzhen (12 hrs) and Guangzhou (8-9 hrs). Several companies operate these routes and, although standards vary, buses are usually very comfy, spacious and modern. You can buy tickets from travel agents and from the bus station itself.
From Guilin, mini-buses ply the road to Yangshuo throughout the day. It’s about an hour’s drive and the road passes through some breathtaking scenery. It’s worth having your camera in hand, especially as the bus makes a number of stops along the way.
Local buses from Guilin train station run to Yangshuo’s bus depot on Pantao Lu every 10 minutes, or when full. The standard bus fare is ¥15 and it takes about one hour. There is also an express bus (¥18), which is more comfortable but no quicker and leaves from the Guilin bus station every 20-30 minutes.
If you arrive in Guilin after and want to get to Yangshuo that night, you’ll need to take a taxi at a cost of about ¥200 (from either the airport or the train station).
For the three-hour journey to Longji, there are a number of options from Yangshuo. There is a daily tourist bus that departs at , which also includes the entrance fee to the area. It returns in the evening but, if you want to stay overnight there, tell your agent when you buy your ticket and you’ll be given a slip of paper that will allow you to return the following day.
You can also ask to be dropped at Guilin on the return leg of your journey. If you don’t want to take the tourist bus from Yangshuo to Longji, you can get a regular bus to Guilin and then another bus to Longsheng from where you can get a minibus into the hills.
By RiverSee Guilin for the cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
Yangshuo itself is small enough to negotiate on foot and outside of town the road network is improving all the time, making for easy access to the incredible countryside. Most streets around town are clearly labeled in English and signs out on the larger roads will often guide you to the more remote sights.
From Yangshuo, there are buses and electric golf buggies that shuttle people to and from the main sights, but the best way to get around Yangshuo and the surrounding countryside is definitely on foot, by bicycle or bamboo raft, which provide the pace and solitude that this part of the country is all about.
Local buses and minibuses run frequently throughout the day from the station on Pantao Lu out to the surrounding villages. Note that these are very ‘local’ buses and can get filled with people, animals and luggage. But they are certainly worth a try – even if it is only once. Destinations and durations are as follows: Baisha (30 mins); Fuli (30 mins); Gaotian (20 mins); Puyi (1 hr); Xingping (1 hr), Yangdi (1 hr).
Yangshuo has various vehicles that serve as taxis, including official red metered cars. However, the meters are seldom used and you’ll need to negotiate a price with your driver before departure. As a guideline, a one-way trip to Moon Hill should cost about ¥20, although you’ll have to pay extra for them to wait.
Another fun way to get around is by local motorbike taxi, which you’ll find clustered around the junction of Diecui Lu and Xianqian Jie – expect to pay ¥3 around Yangshuo and ¥10 for most of the sights out of town. Most cafés and hotels can pre-arrange both forms of transport and are a good way of making sure you get a reliable driver. If you are traveling in a larger group, mini-vans and buses can also be hired and start from around ¥40 for a six-seater to the Mountain Retreat or Moon Hill.
One of the best ways of experiencing the stunning scenery around Yangshuo is by bike. With a vast network of local routes running along predominantly flat terrain, bicycles offer the perfect way to explore. You can’t walk more than a few yards in Yangshuo without stumbling on a bike rental stall, but note that prices vary depending on the bike’s condition and age.
Expect to pay ¥10 for a standard bike or ¥20 for a mountain bike in good repair. Magnolia Hotel rents bikes, all of which are in excellent condition and prices are a fixed ¥10 per day. Top-quality mountain bikes can be rented from Bar & Café 98 for ¥30 a day – the bikes are provided by Bike Asia upstairs. If your own steam power doesn’t provide enough pace, you can also rent electric bicycles throughout Yangshuo for ¥40 a day, but note that they’ll run out of power after 20 to 25 miles.
By BoatIf you didn’t take the boat from Guilin down here then you should make sure you get out on the water from Yangshuo.
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