Top things to do

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 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…
Top Choice River in Yángshuò

Lí Riverside Path

When Xijie, the crowds and postcard hawkers get too much, head down the steps to the Lí River. Unfolding before you is a beautiful panorama of karst peaks, glittering river water and green bamboo. It's a stunning si…
Museum in Yángshuò

House of Xu Beihong

This small shrine to the 20th-century artist Xu Beihong (famed most chiefly for his pictures of galloping horses) – in a small one-storey house where he once lived – is simple and understated, but makes a charming c…
Mountain in Yángshuò

Bìlián Peak

Located in the southeastern corner of town, this is Yángshuò's main peak; it's also the most accessible (it can be climbed in half an hour). Because it has a flat northern face that is supposed to resemble an ancien…
Indian in Yángshuò

Kali Mirch

Like its sister operation in Guìlín, this is a top choice for first-rate Indian food, with pleasant Indian staff and chefs. MSG-free and with all its spices coming from India, Kali Mirch also has alfresco seats. On …
Performing Arts in Yángshuò

Impressions Liú Sānjiě

The busiest show in town is directed by filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who also directed acclaimed films such as Raise the Red Lantern and House of Flying Daggers. Six hundred performers take to the Lí River each night with…
Chinese in Yángshuò

Lèngwá Shǎnxī Fēngwèiguǎn

This small and simple Shǎnxī eatery specialises in the addictive ròujiāmó (肉夹馍; flat-bread buns filled with beef or pork and peppers) and biángbiángmiàn (flat Shǎnxī noodles; the character for 'biang' is the most co…
International in Yángshuò

Lucy's

With graffiti-splattered walls, Lucy's is quite an institution. Western and Chinese food are done with equal aplomb – aim for one of the terrace seats upstairs overlooking the tourist traffic below. There's shepherd…
Market in Yángshuò

Dàcūnmén Night Market

This night market is a culture-filled slice of nontourist Yángshuò life. Watch locals sniffing out the best spices, haggling over snails or tucking into a dog hotpot. It’s a 30-minute walk from Xijie. After you pass…