Yangshuo 阳朔 (Guanxi province)

Posted on June 13, 2011


I’m currently staying in the little village of Moon Hill, just outside Yangshuo. Yangshuo is about one hour north of Guilin, the province of Guangxi’s capital.

The quaint village of Moon Hill sits about 10 minutes out of Yangshuo. Named for the famous crescent shape etched into the mountain behind the village, it is a beautiful and welcome retreat from busy and crowded China. I’m staying in the Yangshuo Village Inn, which is a delightful eco-lodge tucked amongst the hills and mist.

The region is known for its ethereal karst peaks, which rise from the landscape dramatically, shrouded in lush jungle.

One of the most beautiful sites to visit is Longji Ping’an, known for its amazing rice terraces perched high above the valley below.

Another beautiful spot is the famed Li River, which can be found on the back of the 20 yuan note. Today I took a boat to Yangdi, a tiny village beside the river that has definitely not kept pace with the rest of China’s modernisation!

Being here offers an insight into such a different way of life, and it’s a welcome change from the chaotic urban pace. I suspect a lot of Chinese people feel the same way since Yangshuo itself is inundated with local tourists keen to see some green grass and blue skies!