Yangshuo is situated at the northeast of Guangxi Province and to the southeast of Guilin City. Since ancient times, it has been praised as "the most beautiful scenery in Guilin". The special geography gives it breath-taking beauty while over 1,400 years of history bless it with a deep traditional culture. The diverse ethnic minority groups including Hui , Zhuang , Yao and others, enrich it with special folk cultures represented by their various festivals ; while many foreign residents add exotic flavors to its fascination.
In addition, there are more than 20attractions near the area, each with its own peculiarity. Furthermore, the landscape changes color and looks as the season and the day change, and gives different tastes in different weather. The famous Li River traverses the county and brings it the most beautiful scenery. Along the extremely pure river, thousands of hills stand in different poses and with different expressions, such as Moon Hill, Mural Hill and Schoolboy Hill which is the natural stage of the world famous opera 'Impression on Sanjie Liu'. Sanjie Liu is a fairy singer in the legend of the Zhuang minority group. Big Banyan, a huge tree with a history of over 1,400 years, is said to be the place where her love story happened. The 'Little Li River'- the Yulong River ¨C is a paradise for a cruise because of its green hills, silky water and ancient bridges. You can also go to Xanadu, a primitive minority village full of folk culture and tranquil rurality.
It is very popular travelers' destination in its own right and certainly a good place to live and work, with a diversity of opportunity. Streets in Yangshuo are well kept in the original style, presenting the simple and primitive atmosphere of the ancient town. West Street is the most exciting one that locals call the "Global Village". There are not only many foreign tourists, but also quite a number of foreign residents managing caf¨¦s and restaurants. The exotic flavor, combined with the traditional culture, make the West Street world famous.
The restaurants in Yangshuo are certainly different to the Chinese norm, though there are also many high quality traditional Chinese restaurants as well. They attract tourists with their delicious specialty foods, such as Beer Fish, Niang dishes and special snacks including rice noodles and various glutinous rice cakes. You can taste them in most streets of the county. The local specialties such as the Shatian Shaddocks, the kumquats and the Chinese chestnuts are worth tasting as well. If you want to buy some souvenirs, painted fans, embroidered balls, and painted shirts are all good choices. You can buy these articles both in the tourist spots and in the malls of the county.
The town draws millions of visitors from both home and abroad. Undeniably, to live in Yangshuo is to be a lover of mountains, which is not to ay that all the people in Yangshuo spend their leisure hours gallivanting among the forests of the high country.