Posted by: 1of10boyz | December 26, 2012

Yangshuo (阳朔县 – pinyin: Yángshuò Xiàn), Guangxi, China

Yangshuo is a town and a county in Guilin. There are 7 levels of bureaucracy in government in most locations in China. It is less complicated than that in the areas set aside as autonomous regions. I won’t go into the whole Chinese Administrative leadership function in this blog but it really does make me appreciate the simplicity of my USA and Wyoming.

It is located at 24°47′N 110°30′E. The town is surrounded by the mountains some of the most unusual I have ever seen. The mountains are really unusual and are called Karst.

Karst topography is a geological formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone or dolomite,[1] but has also been documented for weathering resistant rocks, such as quartzite, given the right conditions. (Wikipedia)

The town is separated from the Karsts on one side by the Li River. It is not far from the toll way and easily accessed by bus or even by boat. The area has been recognized since ancient time as one of wonderment and awe. There are many caves in the area and while Guilin has older rock inscriptions in caves and mountains, the Yangshuo area is, in my opinion, a much more fantastic example of these unique mountains.

Recently the area has seen an influx of rock climbers who come to the area to climb established routes and in some cases to create and document new ones. While we didn’t take time to do any rock climbing I can only imagine the view from some of the mountains we saw.  It is also quite a beautiful bike/scooter ride. We did a day of scooter riding and that will be described in greater detail in another blog posting. It is easy to understand why the town is attracts both domestic and foreign travelers.


  1. I loved Yangshuo! It is one of my travel highlights while in China. We arrived on New Year’s Eve and spent New Year’s Day rafting down the Li River. It was magnificent. We also rode bikes through the countryside, explored a cave and the city. It was marvelous everywhere we looked even with the rainy weather we had. I hope to visit again someday. Next time I want to see the pageant on the river that Zhang Yimo created.

    • I like the show by Zhang Yimo. I blogged about it in the following link

      The whole area is pretty impressive. My next trip to this location will also include the luyang river and valley.

      Considering that I am from 60 miles south of Jackson Hole, WY and 90 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, USA, when I say this is some awesome country I am comparing it to some beautiful country.

      Rain or shine this is a trip of a lifetime.

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