Yangshuo Journals

China: Yangshuo

A March 2001 trip to Yangshuo by kylebarber

Yangshuo by the river Photo, Yangshuo, China More Photos
Quote: The old world of China meets the internet cafés of our generation in Yangshuo

China: Yangshuo

Overview

Road to Yangshuo Photo, Yangshuo, China
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Guilin was exciting to behold but Yangshuo was a revelation. Nestled in between a number of karst rock formations this sleepy village is both untouched by time in its spirit and atmosphere yet works hard to accommodate the modern traveller with Western food and internet access. A number of backpackers get sidetracked by the amazing Yangshuo, and it's easy to imagine spending a week lazily drifting around town rather than setting out to discover the next marvel of the Guangxi countryside. It's also the final destination of most folks' Li River cruise, making it an ideal sleepover before heading back to the buzz of Guilin. Next time I'm in this region I'd certainly spend more time exploring and get...Read More

Paradise Yangshuo

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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The Paradise Resort is quite fancy looking when you first arrive, with a security gate leading to its own private island compound. In the lobby are pictures of heads of state who have visited, including Bill and Hillary. But the facilities themselves are not so nice and the place paled in comparison to the Bravo Holiday Inn in Guilin. The room was spare in a good way, with clean wooden floors and a balcony overlooking the water and the hills in the distance. But the complex itself seemed like a motel once you got past the lobby and was escorted to your room. The bell boy took my bags up and lingered in my room with the air-conditioning, while I stood in the doorway looking to go get somethi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Paradise Yangshuo
116 West Street
Yangshuo, China
(773) 882-2109

Countryside Cafe

Restaurant | "Countryside Café"

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The Countryside Café was the closest restuarnt to my hotel, and it turned out to be a good choice for cheap eats regardless. I ordered pineapple chicken with fried rice and a Coke (since Diet Coke here is awful), which turned out to be quite good. Amazingly the whole dinner cost only 23 yen, or les than $3. There was some difficulty when I tried to pay part of the amount with Hong Kong dollars, but it was finally accepted when the manager explained that the currency was more valuable than Chinese yen. Mandy, one of the employees at the Countryside Café, wanted to practice her English with me, so she sat down and asked me questions about my family and job. She was very sweet and tried hard to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Countryside Cafe
119 West Street
Yangshuo, China

Happy Hotel Paris Cafe

Restaurant | "Happy Hotel Paris Café"

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Before boarding the bus to Xingping to catch my cruise up the Li River I dropped my bags off at the Happy Hotel, where I ate at their "Paris Café." I had an unusual meal of fresh squeezed orange juice, banana pancakes (which were more like crepes), vegetable fried dumplings, diet coke, and the oddest (but fairly good) apple turnover, which they labeled a Dutch apple pie. I kept ordering more and more because it was so cheap and the cheerful waitress was cute, saying "Try this! Try that!" Everyone was really happy at the Happy Hotel, and I can imagine staying there for 50 yen a night, their going rate.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Happy Hotel Paris Cafe
102 Green Lotus Cave Road
Yangshuo, China
(773) 882-4808

On Line Café

Attraction

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I walked along West Street seeking out a restaurant or internet café to write my friends at home. The first place I tried (unnamed as far as I can tell) couldn’t get a successful connection on three different computers, so I quickly moved on. The On Line Café at 80 West Street, however, had no such problems. For only 10 yen, just a little over a dollar, I surfed the net at a decent speed for an hour. I had read that sometimes it's hard to access Western sites from within China, but I experienced no such problems.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

On Line Café
80 West Street
Yangshuo, China