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Yangshuo Photo Essay Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in architecture and landscaping, environment, food, Leisure, sightseeing, travel

While I recently penned a blog post entitled “10 Reasons Why Yangshuo is Still Awesome” – which should have been enough to convince you that this scenic town in the autonomous region of Guangxi is still worth visiting – it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words. For those who agree that seeing is believing, here are twenty photos to give you a taste of what Yangshuo has to offer:

The town and its surroundings are famous for karst mountain peaks.

The town and its surroundings are famous for karst mountain peaks.

A fisherman chasing a duck on his bamboo raft.

A fisherman chasing a duck on his bamboo raft.

Lose the crowds on two wheels and have places like these all to yourself.

Lose the crowds on two wheels and have places like these all to yourself.

Rock climbing put Yangshuo on the map, and remains a major draw for travelers here.

Rock climbing put Yangshuo on the map, and remains a major draw for travelers here.

Bamboo rafts are in abundance to cruise you around.

Bamboo rafts are in abundance to cruise you around.

The famous Moon Hill, a great place for a hike.

The famous Moon Hill, a great place for a hike.

The view from the very top of Moon Hill. Technically not allowed to visit, but we won't tell ;)

The view from the very top of Moon Hill. Technically not allowed to visit, but we won’t tell 😉

Entrance to one of the many caves in the area. Inside you can soak in a hot spring or a pool of mud.

Entrance to one of the many caves in the area. Inside you can soak in a hot spring or a pool of mud.

The super touristy Butterfly Cave. Best avoided, but the entrance is good for a photo.

The super touristy Butterfly Cave. Best avoided, but the entrance is good for a photo.

The morning mist covers the karst peaks on a Li River cruise.

The morning mist covers the karst peaks on a Li River cruise.

The scenery here was inspiration for the 20 RMB note.

The scenery here was inspiration for the 20 RMB note.

A buffalo hanging out in the middle of the river.

A buffalo hanging out in the middle of the river.

Cruise along the river and take in the stunning scenery.

Cruise along the river and take in the stunning scenery.

The towns specialty - beer fish. Mmmm... beer fish.

The towns specialty – beer fish. Mmmm… beer fish.

The town's West Street is full of vendors, shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

The town’s West Street is full of vendors, shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Hitler or Bin Laden shirt anyone? Or maybe just Jack Sparrow?

Hitler or Bin Laden shirt anyone? Or maybe just Jack Sparrow?

Lazers illuminate the West Street at night.

Lazers illuminate the West Street at night.

Cormorant fishing is more of a show for tourists these days.

Cormorant fishing is more of a show for tourists these days.

Rent a motorbike and cruise to viewpoints like this high above the Li River.

Rent a motorbike and cruise to viewpoints like this high above the Li River.

Views like this alone make the trip worth it.

Views like this alone make the trip worth it.

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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