After arriving and soaking up the vibe of the town, visiting a local market can be a good starting point.
West Street Market has countless options of snacks and places to eat, from street vendors to restaurants offering a western menu.
Now, if you find it too touristy - like we did - and fancy somewhere a bit quieter, you can visit Lèngwá Shǎnxī Fēngwèiguǎn. This small eatery is very close to the market and serves Shanxi food. Biángbiángmiàn noodles with tomato or Ròujiāmó (flat bread with filling) with pulled pork are must-haves!
On google it´s called Lengwa Shaanxi Flavor Restaurant.
Cycling to Moon Hill is easy, download (before arriving in China) Maps.me and follow the route.
The journey is about 10km from town and many get there by renting a bicycle or a motorbike.
The road is flat and picturesque and there are several options to eat and drink along the way.
Moon hill has a natural hole and you'll first have to climb about 800 steps through shaded paths with bamboo trees to reach the viewpoint. It´s definitely worth checking it out as the views from here are amazing.
Watching the sunset and reaching the place by bicycle was the hightlight for us!
To finish the day, I took a Chinese Calligraphy lesson. Even if you aren´t into languages this is a nice experience to have in China.
Have you ever taken a brush and tried to make a Chinese stroke? It may sound easy.
You can have a fun experience and get a glimpse into Chinese writing. I had a class with Mr. Zeng Song at the guesthouse we were staying at and he taught me how to use the brush and the basic techniques of Chinese writing and strokes. He also offers Chinese painting lessons.
Price: 90¥ / hour
Cycling in Yangshuo is a must have experience. The roads are flat and you can stop anytime you like to appreciate the views and take pictures.
We did about 30km in total and the only drawback was that as the day got hotter, it got harder as the track is not shaded -at all.
If you follow the whole path you will get to see some small villages, orchards and the beautiful karst landscape.
The map below shows roughly the track we did. We initially tried to follow a route we found on a blog, but we got lost and ended up making our own.
If you decide to have a similar experience, just make sure you don´t stray too much from the Yulong River. The path marked in blue around Yulong bridge is an alternative / shorter route and the area around Yulonghe and the east side of the river was our favourite.
The whole experience was fun and getting to see the life of locals outside the main tourist area was interesting.
Also known as Xingping Scenic area, this is our favourite viewing point that we visited.
We went on a tour offered by our guesthouse, which included pick up & drop off. The ride takes about 45 mins and the views from the top are A-mazing! I don´t think my pictures did justice to the views. You can´t miss it!
On the way back the driver stops at another viewing point and you get to see the sunset through a scenic landscape.
Pick up / Drop off van: 90 ¥ (includes the entrance fee)
Entrance-fee: 60 ¥