Yangshuo Activities - Relaxation & Adventure
Yangshuo offers a varied selection of trips and activities to match all interests and passions. Whether you come to relax and experience rural life while taking in the beautiful karst scenery per raft or on a leisure guided cycling tour, immerse in the local culture and its arts, or want to get your adrenaline running, plenty of options available and we organise everything for you.
This catalogue gives you a selection of the activities we offer.
Yangdi-Xingping scenic area
This stretch along the Li river is probably the most renowned and popular. You take the bus from Yangshuo to Yangdi, then take a raft to Xingping. And from there you can take a bus back to Yangshuo. The rafts along this stretch are motorized. The ride on the raft takes about 3 hours and the landscape is varied with hundreds of karst mountain peaks towering up the shores. The rafts are safe and they can provide life jackets. The river is calm, you won't have to worry about any rapids. The raft can take 4 people.
Yulong river valley
This trip can be combined with a village cycling trip and counts as one of the favorite tours as well. You cycle along riverside tracks, through small farmer villages and past several stone bridges. The track can be complicated and it's easy to get lost, so make sure you have a local guide to help you or a good map. When you arrive at the Yulong bridge, you take a raft back towards Yangshuo. The bicycles can be placed on the raft. The raft is only for 2 people, is not motorized, but steered in a traditional way by a gondolier.
Around Yangshuo and Long Ji Rice Terraces
For those who enjoy a good walk in the countryside, Yangshuo offers a huge amount of off the beaten track paths, many of the walks simply between the villages in the local surrounding area offer stunning views and a real taste of rural china, The routes can vary hugely in length and difficulty, giving the opportunity for everyone, no matter what level of fitness, to easily find a suitable route to enjoy the scenery. Yangshuo also lies close to the Long Ji Rice terraces, a stunning site for even the most veteran traveler, we can arrange transport to and from the terraces and give you recommendations on routes to take.
We have our own calligraphy teacher who will come to the school and teach you the art of Chinese writing or calligraphy. His English name is Victor and he will teach you how to hold the brush, how to use the paper and the ink. He emphasizes the need for students to practice alone between his classes, as to become a good calligrapher one has to embody the art, writing with the heart, not the mind. Speaks fluent English.
Private Teacher Janie
We have our own Chinese teacher who will come to the school and teach you any aspect of the language. Whether it be speaking mandarin, writing or reading the characters, you decide. Janie Chen has been teaching Mandarin to backpackers and expats in Yangshuo for over 5 years. The teaching hours are flexible and can be arranged to suit your needs. Speaks fluent English.
Yangshuo Cooking School
The Yangshuo Cooking School offers a good opportunity to learn how to prepare simple but absolutely delicious local Chinese dishes generated from a culture with over 5000 years of history and a very fertile environment. Classes can be attended in either their traditional farmhouse in the countryside or near the Li-river, near Yangshuo's town center, with splendid views of the Li-river and the karst scenery. After being picked-up at our school, you will be guided along the local market to learn more about the local ingredients, how to select and use them. Then you will be taught in a very professional and friendly manner to prepare 5 local dishes, using your own individual cooking equipment and ingredients. Once the food is ready everybody can enjoy the dishes they made in a beautiful setting, while you can learn more about local customs and Chinese culture in general. Recommended!
The now famous Liu San Jie lightshow in Yangshuo had its premiere in 2004 and is supposed to be the biggest natural stage in the world. The Liu San Jie show was created by Zhang Yi Mou, who has also created and choreographed the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and directed such famous Chinese movies as 'Raise the Red Lantern'. Liu San Jie is located about 2 km from West Street and the show is performed on the waters of the Li River. Twelve karst formations are lit up, utilizing the wonders of nature to form the backdrop to the stage. The performance can look different each time as mist, rain and moonlight naturally alter the set of the stage. Over 600 locals who are mainly farmers, fishermen and youngsters perform and sing to often over a 10,000 strong audience.
Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the amazing scenery around the Li-river. While most parts of the river are crowded with either tourist bamboo rafts and big tour boats, our guides will guide you to a more secluded part of the Li-river south of Yangshuo where you can experience daily Chinese countryside life unspoiled by tourism as it has been for centuries with farmers ploughing their fields with buffaloes, fishermen, playing kids, etc in a far more relaxing environment than other parts of the Li and Yulong river. Our tour starts from the ancient town of Fuli from where you will paddle your way south down to Liugong, where you can have a rest, share a drink on the wooden platform extending over the river, before you continue to kayak further down the Li-river to Puyi town. In Puyi there will be a driver waiting for you and guide you to the local bus stop back toYangshuo.
Yangshuo is a great climbing spot with over 400 climbing routes of different levels. We work together with Black Rock climbing, which is a professional climbing organization for many years here in Yangshuo. Their guides are highly experienced and they will guarantee your safety at all time. They have all the climbing gear and will take you to the climbing spot. If you are a beginner or high level, they can take you to some amazing climbing spots and will guide you through every step. Their team can speak good English, they take safety very seriously and will give you all the information you need. They encourage you and make you as passionate in climbing as they are!
A must when you are in Yangshuo!
Hatha yoga is the most popular form of yoga in the world. 'Ha' meaning 'sun' and 'tha' meaning 'moon', hatha yoga is commonly translated as bringing union of the pairs of opposites.
Hatha yoga first concentrates on the practice of postures (asana's) and breath control (pranayama).
In 2010, Kathy De Leye went to Rishikesh, India to study this centuries-old practice. Rishikesh is considered as the capital of the yoga-world. All the best teachers are there. She stayed for 3 months, did a certified yoga teacher training course and followed some other classes from other '. Since then, she has been teaching yoga in Yangshuo.