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Yangshuo, 65 kilometers to the southeast of Guilin, is an internationally acclaimed tourist destination, characterized by crystal clear rivers, limestone crags, lush vegetation, traditional Chinese architecture and customs, which have been immortalized in Chinese classical landscape paintings and poetry.
There is a saying: "The landscape of Guilin is the most beautiful in the world, but the landscape of Yangshuo is the most beautiful in Guilin." The section of the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is the most attractive stretch. West Street in Yangshuo is also very famous, because many who live there can speak English well.
Yangshuo County has a good portion of the world's most impressive karst landscape. Multi-shaped pinnacles, caves, pristine rivers, and mesas are clustered over the 1,400 square kilometer area. The karst along the famous Li River is given an extra dimension of beauty by the water.
The beautiful natural scenery so admired by painters and poets has made Yangshuo famous throughout China and internationally. Word of Yangshuo's charm has spread like wildfire among travelers worldwide, greatly boosting its popularity and made it a paradise for backpackers.
In this splendid setting are numerous Zhuang villages, where the paddy fields are farmed and local traditional customs are carried on. Yangshuo coexists as a tourist mecca and a developing country farming community's county town.
West Street, now imagined by some to have the meaning Westerners' Street, is a street filled with a combination of traditional Chinese culture and potent Western flavor. Day and night (up to about 2am) West Street is busy with tourists buying souvenirs, eating a mix of Chinese and Western foods and finding entertainment.
Impression Liu Sanjie is a spectacular night show combining sound and light, ethnic songs and dances, using the beautiful Li River and surrounding karst mountains as the backdrop of the stage. It was directed by Zhang Yimou, one of the most notable Chinese film directors. The show is a must-do activity for visitors to Yangshuo.
Spring and fall are the best times to visit Yangshuo. It's usually drier and warm (but not hot) in these periods.
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