With numerous photos of Yangshuo to share, I’ll start with Day One of our visit.

Our beautiful Li River cruise ended at the mountain resort town of Yangshuo. As we found out later, the town is more a city with a portion of it devoted to tourism. The Yangshuo experience was waiting for us on the docks, complete with merchants selling their touristy wares and fishermen selling photo opportunities with their fish-catching Cormorant birds. Up the steps from the dock and through an ancient archway, we found ourselves at the head of infamous West Street, an approximately one-mile collection of shops of every Chinese tourist item known to man. At the end of West Street, we took a right down Pantao Road to our New Century Hotel, a more than adequate hotel with a Western-style buffet breakfast.

We saw very few Americans on our visit to Yangshuo (probably less than ten). There were perhaps a hundred or so Europeans in town. Like at the Great Wall, the majority of tourists to Yangshuo were Chinese. Yangshuo is beautiful and unique (sort of a combination between a Swiss mountain town and an old Chinese city), and I highly recommend a trip to the town and surrounding area.

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