Top things to do in Lí River

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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…
River in Lí River

Yùlóng River

The scenery along this small, quiet river about 6km southwest of Yángshuò is breathtaking. It is visited by hiring a boatman in Yángshuò for the lazy float up the river. Tell the boatman you want to visit the fairy-…
Hill in Lí River

Moon Hill

A 30-minute – extremely sweaty – climb up steps to the magnificent natural arch that adorns Moon Hill is rewarded with both lost calories and some exhilarating views of surrounding peaks and the tapestry of flat fie…
Village in Xìngpíng

Fish Village

You can hike the mountain behind Xìngpíng, past pomelo and orange groves, to sleepy Fish Village. Miraculously untouched during the Sino-Japanese War and the Cultural Revolution, the 400-year-old village has friendl…
Village in Lí River

Lóngtán Village

This fascinating village about 1.5km beyond Moon Hill is a treasure trove of traditional Qing-dynasty architecture. Beyond the initial, slightly cheesy scenic area at the beginning, you reach the village proper, whe…
Historic Building in Liúgōng

Déyuè Building

Once among Lí River's most beautiful buildings, Déyuè, with its ornate embellishments, stands weather-beaten by the river like a frail diva. The name literally means 'Obtain the Moon Building' and residents say it u…
Chinese in Xìngpíng

Old Neighbourhood

Old Neighbourhood's owner is a self-made cook from northeastern China who's lived in Guǎngdōng, so dishes from these and other regions all figure on the menu. Of particular note are the dumplings (饺子; jiǎozi) and th…
Guangxi in Liúgōng

Liúgōng Gǔpú Farmer Restaurant

All visitors to Liúgōng come here for fresh river fish, local fowl and homemade tofu. On national holidays, it's colonised by local tourists; book ahead. The restaurant also rents out kayaks (from ¥60 per day), but …
Chinese in Xìngpíng

This Old Place Cafe

Affiliated with This Old Place hostel, this pretty cafe serves up delicious sandwiches and pizzas alongside a choice of local Guǎngxī fare. It's a popular place as evidenced by the number of customers' notes plaster…
Historic Site in Xìngpíng

Xìngpíng Ancient Stage

The highlight of Xìngpíng's old street is this well-preserved and attractive Qing dynasty opera stage. You can see intricate carvings depicting operatic scenes and slash marks made by prop weaponry on the pillars. I…