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Top Choice Italian in Lí River

Luna

This fine rooftop restaurant experience is one of Yángshuò's best. The view of Moon Hill isn't quite as amazing as it used to be – thanks to a neighbour building a stack opposite – but it's still sublime. And the fo…
Top Choice Tower in Sānjiāng

Drum Towers

A drum tower resembles a flamboyant, multieaved pagoda plonked on a rectangular pavilion; many are found in Dòng villages in the region. The taller ones are built entirely of cedar. Donate a few coins as you enter, …
Top Choice Bridge in Sānjiāng

Chéngyáng Wind & Rain Bridge

Around 18km north of Sānjiāng, the grandest of over 100 nail-less wind-and-rain bridges in the area, this photogenic black-and-white structure (78m) was built from cedar and stone over 12 years in the early 1900s. I…
Top Choice Seafood in Běihǎi

Overseas Town Restaurant

Take your pick from the seething tanks of aquatic life at the entrance and tell staff how you'd like it cooked; prices per jīn are all displayed on the glass. The pan-fried squid (香煎小鱿鱼; xiāngjiān xiǎoyóuyú) is exce…
Top Choice National Park in Zīyuán

Bājiǎozhài National Geopark

This park is named after eight Dānxiá stone peaks that lie near the border with Húnán. Round, isolated, featuring ringlike troughs and leaning 45 degrees in the same direction, they resemble snails sunning themselve…
Top Choice Bar in Yángshuò

Mojo Bar

Way above the throngs choking Xijie, Mojo Bar – on the 6th floor and roof of the Alshan Hotel – has the most amazing outdoor terrace with wraparound views of the Avatar-like karst landscape, set to Red Hot Chili Pep…
Top Choice Cave in Lèyè

Chuāndòng Sinkhole

A two-hour hike takes you past limestone caves, primeval vegetation and an underground river in this sinkhole that reaches 312m in height. Trek to the sinkhole's bottom via an ethereal-looking cavern with a hole in …
Top Choice Guangxi in Huángyáo

Dàilóng Farmer Restaurant

Rarely does a famous eatery (it's been featured countless times by the media) uphold its culinary excellence, and its boss, his modesty, so well. But that's precisely why patrons keep returning to feast on steamed s…
Top Choice Guangxi in Nánníng

Āmóu Delicious Eats

Unique and flavourful ethnic dishes served on a photogenic wind-and-rain bridge or in a dining room, both within the lovely garden of the Guǎngxī Museum. There's a huge range of ethnic food, from fried pork belly di…
Top Choice Cafe in Yángshuò

Echo Cafe

This lovely cafe is tucked a long way from the tourist maelstrom, despite being just around the corner from Xijie. Very relaxing and tranquil, guitars and ukuleles lie around randomly, awaiting musical fingers. Soun…