Top ChoiceItalian in Li River

Luna

This fine rooftop restaurant experience is one of Yangshuo'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...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Xingping

Damian Mountain

For truly spectacular outlooks over the region's famed karst topography, take the sweaty 45-minute trek up to the top of this jungle-clad mountain. Combined with views of the Li River, the sight of these jagged...

Hill in Li River

Moon Hill

A 30-minute – extremely sweaty – climb up steps to the magnificent natural arch that adorns Moon Hill (380m) is rewarded with both lost calories and some exhilarating views of surrounding peaks and the tapestry...

River in Li River

Yulong River

The scenery along this small river about 6km southwest of Yangshuo is breathtaking, and best enjoyed by bamboo raft. Though the set-up for the rafting has become very touristy and overregulated (it's now all...

Village in Li River

Longtan 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,...

Village in Xingping

Xingping Fishing Village

Miraculously untouched during the Sino-Japanese War and the Cultural Revolution, this 400-year-old village has friendly residents and vernacular houses similar to those at Xingping. The 1½-hour hike (one way)...

Chinese in Xingping

Old Neighbourhood

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

Viewpoint in Xingping

Laozhai Hill

Just on the edge of town, Laozhai Hill is the most accessible of Xingping's limestone peaks, a tough 300m climb that'll reward you with life-affirming outlooks of the Li River and its superb karst surrounds. It's...

Western in Xingping

This Old Place Cafe

Located at This Old Place Hostel is this pretty cafe serving up delicious baguettes and wood-fire pizzas, alongside a choice of local Guangxi fare. If the weather's nice, head up to its rooftop terrace for...

Viewpoint in Xingping

Twenty Yuan View

To get the same perspective as the image emblazoned on the ¥20 note (with that obligatory snap of money in hand), cross the bridge at the harbour and walk for 20 minutes until you reach the multiple viewpoints...

Cave in Li River

Yangshuo Water Caves

There are several caves open to tourists in the area around Yangshuo that are formed by underground rivers, and ornamented with an array of otherworldly natural formations. Bring your bathers to take a dip in mud...

Historic Site in Xingping

Xingping Ancient Stage

The highlight of Xingping's old street is this well-preserved and attractive Qing dynasty opera stage and museum (Chinese captions only). You can see intricate carvings depicting operatic scenes and slash marks...

Historic Building in Liugong

Deyue Building

Once among Li River's most beautiful buildings, Deyue, 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...

Landmark in Li River

Big Banyan Tree

This colossal banyan tree, its limbs propped up by wooden poles, is quite a sight set against the karst hills. It's also a major tourist magnet, so don't expect much peace and quiet.