Yangshuo and XingPing

Here are some more photos for the nature lovers! We had the most wonderful time around Yangshuo and XingPing. Great walks and bike rides through some of the most stunning country yet.


The nature can be described as Halong Bay on-land with endless hills and 2 rivers running through.

How beautiful is this?
How beautiful is this?

First we spent 2 days in a small guesthouse 4km outside Yangshuo town. From there we walked along the nearby Yulong river watching the mostly Chinese tourists floating along on their bamboo boats. We’ve probably never seen so many butterflies in one place and at night we saw fireflies.

Bamboo boat on the Yulong river
Bamboo boat on the Yulong river

Enjoying the view
Enjoying the view
Local resident
Local resident

Catching fish using a net
Catching fish using a net
Nick says this water buffalette (!) was giving him the eye
Nick says this water buffalette (!) was giving him the eye

It's a very popular spot for wedding photos in a number of different outfits
It’s a very popular spot for wedding photos in a number of different outfits

Gary who ran the guesthouse with his wife Sophia, spoke excellent English as he used to be an English teacher. He is now a tour guide and we asked him to take us on a bike ride around the area along small roads and tracks.

One of the muddy 'tracks'
One of the muddy ‘tracks’
Cycling along
Cycling along
We saw Moon Hill...
We saw Moon Hill…
The hill Gary calls Number One Big Belly!
… and the one Gary calls Number One Big Belly!
Gary chatting while we are taking photos
Gary chatting while we are taking photos

After 2 days we got on the bus to XingPing, a much smaller village. Really charming and atmospheric. This was definitely our favourite destination!

The Lu River
The Lu River
and at night
and at night

During the day the old town and river area was busy with day visitors however at night it was very quiet. More quiet than anywhere else we’ve seen in the last couple of months.

The old town at night
The old town at night
The view from our room
The view from our room

One day we went on a great trek into the hills we could see from our room. On our way we were joined on the rocky path by a lady who was herding her cows uphill.

The directions we got from the hotel and did our best to follow
The directions we got from the hotel and did our best to follow

Still enjoying the view
Still enjoying the view

Herding cows up the hill
Herding cows up the hill
The track got narrower at the top
The track got narrower at the top

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5 comments

  1. Joan says:

    You’ve reached my dream destination! Geologically spectacular! Hopefully I’ll get there one day…in the meantime, keep posting the fascinating pictures and your personal experiences. Joan xx

    • Hi Joan
      Thanks for keeping up with the blog, it’s fun for us too. I have a special posting of my favorite shots which we will blog soon, keep an eye out am sure you will like them.
      Love Nick and Malene

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