A sneak peek at Yangshuo, south China
2nd July 2012
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Two years ago I was lucky enough to live in China for several months. During my time there I had a chance to travel around and saw some amazing places. The most beautiful, and unexpected place was Yangshuo.
It is situated in the rural, green landscapes of south west China. Yangshuo is located in the surrounding area of the city Guilin. The first thing that strikes you about the area is the breathtaking landscape. Most people will recognise it from tourism pictures and a HSBC television advertisement was filmed here several years ago. The area is best known for its iconic karst peaks. These are in abundance and are covered in beautiful greenery. My hostel was a two minute walk away from the beautiful Li River which you can swim in (although I don't recommend doing as I did and swimming in the river when it is in flood). Many of the hostels in the area host rooftop bars to make the best of the spectacular views. In the evenings the peaks are floodlit and with the sound of the river bubbling by it really is an experience not to be missed. A must-see when visiting the area is The Light Show, which is heavily advertised. Do not, however, let the tourist influence affect your decision to attend this show and if you get the chance do take it in. The location of the theatre is on the river surrounded by the colourfully lit peaks in the background. The performance takes place on small canoes on the river between two pontoons. Hundreds of performers light up the river and create some of the most beautiful sights imaginably whilst telling a beautiful love story. I wish I could express the beauty of this show and the acrobatic tricks performed on the tiny boats…but my only suggestion is to save up, fly to China and watch the show yourself.
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