Yangshuo Old Towns and Villages

Rural villages are good places for people to go and experience authentic China. You may find old trees with birds’ nests in them, old buildings made with mud bricks and tiles, orchards with stock hedges around them. You can hear cowbells ringing. You can see the farmers cultivating the fields or carrying water to water the plants. You can walk on the ancient mountain trails. You can pick pomeloes, persimmons, oranges, kumquats, plums, strawberries or wild fruits while they are ripe on the trees.

The list of villages below offers an excellent glimpse into the rural side of China offering an authentic experience and a chance to soak up the local culture. To get the most out of your village tour, have us arrange a local English speaking guide to go along with you who will guide you through some less touristy trails and can give an answer on the many questions that may arise on such a cultural trip.

  • Yangshuo XingPing Fishing Village
    Xingping fishing village near Yangshuo China
    Both XingPing and Fishing Village are often confused as being the same but while XingPing used to be fishing village (as all riverside towns used to be really) the real Fishing Village that made its international fame with a visit of Bill Clinton in 1998, is located on the east bank of the Li River, Continue Reading...
  • Cutural activities in Yangshuo Guilin China
    Explore the Architecture, Scenery & Culture of Xingping
    What used to be sleepy riverside village, Xingping village has actually grown to Xingping town of which the old center can easily be explored in about 1 hour. Xingping has a long history and many buildings date back to the Qing and Ming dynasties. On local market days the town comes to life and can Continue Reading...
  • Ancient Stone Village Yangshuo Putao
    Stone Village Yangshuo Putao (Shitoucheng)
    A visit to this fascinating Qing-dynasty stone village (Shitoucheng), perched on top of a limestone peak, is an unusual foray into the countryside and makes a great day trip for those looking for an off -the-beaten-track adventure. The village was once a garrison town and the ancient gates and walls are mostly still intact. It’s Continue Reading...
  • Liugong village along the Li-river banks
    Liugong village, situated right on the bank of the Li River south of Yangshuo,  is one of the least visited ancient villages of the area with over 800 years of history and some unique preserved buildings including the Moon Pavilion and Home of Senators. Nestled among the beautiful karst hills, Liugong village offers typical architectural Continue Reading...
  • Jiuxian Village, ancient village near Yangshuo
    Jiuxian village is an ancient village where civilization started to take place during the Tang Dynasty ( 618-906). Jiuxian village itself was established around the 16th century ahead of the Qing Dynasty  (1644-1911) and counts as one of the few remaining villages around Yangshuo China with remainders of both grey brick mansions and mud brick Continue Reading...
  • Fuli Town, the artistic center near Yangshuo
    Fuli town, located about eight kilometers east of Yangshuo County, is a quiet old town with a history of 800 years, and particularly known as the artistic town of the area with its typical colorful fans and scroll paintings. Along the cobbled alleyways that connect the center you will find plenty of small factories making Continue Reading...
  • Huang Yao One Day Tour - Yangshuo Insider
    Huang Yao Ancient Town
    Huang Yao is an ancient town with a history of thousand years, and reached its prime during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Huangyao is situated in the northest of Zhaoping, Guangxi, China, by the lower reaches of the Li-River about 150km from Yangshuo. The name of Huang Yao came Continue Reading...



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  1. Pete says:


    I am interested in visiting Huangyao and I have a few questions.

    How long would it take to get there by scooter (I’m used to riding in Asia. China is easy compared to India!)? If I go there by tourist bus and stay, does the ticket price last for more than one day as I might like to spend a few days there?

    Thanks. Great site by the way!

    • Jono says:

      Hi there,

      I’ve not heard of anyone heading that way by scooter but it takes a couple of hours by bus, so I guess 2.5 hours by scooter. When you say ticket do you mean the bus ticket? As in you buy one ticket and return the next day? I’ve not heard of anyone doing that. My instincts tell me that your ticket will be valid on the first day of travel only and another ticket must be bought for a return on a subsequent day.

      All the best

  2. Yangshuo insider says:

    As for accommodation in Huangyao, we recommend A Yao’s House Inn, a very cosy little inn decorated with wood and antique. This Huangyao hotel is located along the main street of Huangyao with address No.18 Yingxiu Street, Huangyao Old Town, Hezhou 542800, China. Private rooms start from 138Y a night. It may be hard to find contact details for hotels in Huangyao, if you would like us to reserve your rooms, just let us know the dates and your preferred room type and we will book your Huangyao accommodation for you.
    Cheers, Yangshuo-Insider

  3. I will like to know how i can go from Yangshuo to Huangyao. We have one day for
    the round trip.
    Also if you can recommend us an hotel for one night.

    Thank you.

    • Yangshuo insider says:

      Hi Luis,

      Getting from Yangshuo to Huangyao is not easy and affordable but Huangyao is well worth the efforts! There is a public bus that leaves from the bus station in Guilin to Huangyao (your accommodation in Guilin should know the latest schedule) that passes the outskirts of Yangshuo where you could get on but it is difficult to guide you there and passing times vary. But both Guilin and Yangshuo offer a tour bus to Huangyao, the one leaving from Guilin to Huangyao runs every day while the one leaving from Yangshuo only runs when enough people sign up for the trip, generally 4 to 5 people are required. And even when it runs, if you consider to spend a night in Huangyao (recommended if you have time enough left to enjoy the different qualities of Yangshuo as well) do note that it also needs a minimum of 4-5 people the next day going from Yangshuo to Huangyao to have a tour bus that can take you back to Yangshuo too. If not, you can wave one of the buses that pass the gate at the main road in Huangyao to Guilin and ask them to get off in Yangshuo. You will then be dropped off at the roundabout and can either call your accommodation for a pick-up or organize a transfer yourself (20-30Y).

      Price for the tour bus from Yangshuo to Huangyao is 180Y per person and includes the entrance ticket to Huangyao which is about 80-100Y. Yes they charge for it which is a bit of a sad thing but it does add to the fact that only few people visit this magical place. The private transfer by taxi is expensive and the return ride from Yangshuo to Huangyao would cost about 600Y (1h30 each way by highway, including toll fees) and 250Y extra if you would like the driver to spend an extra night for you in Huangyao.

      So to conclude, I suggest to organize this trip starting from Guilin with either the public or tour bus to Huangyao and then take either the public or tour bus back to Yangshuo for your holiday here. As for accommodation in Huangyao, I will get in contact with our guides and add it to the page here later.

      If we left any questions unanswered or if there is anything else we can help you with, feel free to let us know.

      • Yangshuo insider says:

        After checking with our guides it seems that the tour bus from Guilin to Huangyao cannot be guaranteed every day as well, only when enough people sign up. Since everyone passes through Guilin on their way to Yangshuo these buses run more frequently than the ones from Yangshuo to Huangyao and your accommodation can check for you a day in advance if they run or not. But if you plan to stay overnight, you can’t count on it coming back the next day too so the public bus would be your option left. The whole trip from Yangshuo to Huangyao with the tour bus takes only 1.5hr because they take the highway while the trip per public bus will take 3.5 hrs from/to Yangshuo and 1.5hr longer to Guilin since they travel the main road.

        Prices for the tour bus from Guilin to Huangyao are generally available at around 210Y while the ones from Yangshuo are 180Y. Both prices include all transportation (incl 90Y for the highway toll fees) for that day and the entrance ticket to Huangyao (100Ypp). As a day-trip you can be sure getting the same tour bus back and this price is included in your ticket. If you stay overnight and return on a day too few people sign up, you will need to take the local bus back for an extra 60Y but the ride takes more than twice as long, 3.5hrs.

        We can also organize a private guided tour from Yangshuo to Huangyao for you for 650Y. This price includes private transportation both ways along the shorter and more convenient highway and one of our experienced and knowledgeable English speaking guides about Huangyao for the day. If you stay overnight then the guide will do so to for an extra 150-200Y.