3 day itinerary

River Rafting, Jungle Walking, and Cormorants

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Location: Yangshuo, China
Of all the places I’ve visited in China, Yangshuo remains one of my favourite destinations. There’s nothing like getting on a bicycle and cycling through the paddy fields and old villages, which seem to be frozen in time.
  • Sight Seeing 90% 90%
  • Food 70% 70%
  • Transportation 20% 20%
  • Activities 80% 80%

Best Food & Drink

1. Beer Fish

Beijing has 北京烤鸭(Běijīngkǎoyā),Yangshuo has 啤酒鱼 (píjiǔ yú). It’s delicious. You get exactly what you’d expect – river fish fried in local beer. Lovely.

2. Stir-fried eggplant in chili sauce

 Shao qiezi – spicy, oily, delicious.

3. Guilin Noodles

桂林米粉 – guilin mi fen – cheap and abundant – these can be found everywhere in Guangxi province. Noodles covered in toppings – fresh and delicious.

Day 1

Check in to Yangshuo Mountain Retreat. The place is incredible. I try to get here at least once a year – it’s very popular – book well ahead.

Go for a leisurely bike ride along the banks of the Li river, winding through old villages and paddyfields.



Day 2

Get yourself on a shuttle bus towards XingPing. This ancient town is beautiful in its own right, but a 20 minute walk will take you to the scene featured on the 20 RMB note.

On the way to XingPing, a great little spot to hop off the bus is Fuli town, famed for its artists and fan makers.


Day 3

Bamboo raft cruise. You have a few options for your route. Last time I visited, there seemed to be a crackdown on independent raft operators, and we were required to buy tickets ahead of time. Looks like it’s become a huge business since I first visited seven years ago! Your best bet is to ask in your hotel for ticket info.

1. Upper Yulong rafting: Jinlong Bridge – Jiuxian Village, about 2½ hours
2. Lower Yulong rafting: Chaoyang Wharf – Gongnong Bridge, about 2 hours
3. A shorter rafting: Chaoyang Wharf – Shui edi Dock, about 1 hour


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