Yangshuo isn’t like most Chinese cities. It’s relatively small by Chinese standards, which means less pollution, noise and traffic. In fact, it’s more like a vacation town, filled with waves of tourists who come and go.
It also sees a lot of backpackers who are on the Hong Kong to Kunming overland route and the China part of the Banana Pancake Trail (an unofficial budget trail through southeast Asia).
There are good reasons for all this attention. Yangshuo is surrounded by truly spectacular natural landscapes. With amazing karst scenery, rivers, temples and towering mountains, this is a destination that will leave you in awe at what the natural world can create.
This natural scenery more than makes up for the tourist crowds you may encounter in and around the city.