YANGSHUO – Southern China natural escape

Are you thinking about an adventure in the romantic landscape a little bit far from big and noisy city? There is one absolutely unique region in Southern China that I can suggest you to visit! We spent fantastic and a little bit sportive weekend in this small part of China and was really lucky – the weather was good – no heavy rain!

YANGSHUO is a popular tourist small city near to Guilin where is the nearest airport! Around the town you can see wonderful scenery with KARST MOUNTAINS and winding rivers. I highly suggest you to stay at the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat family hotel that provides great standards for families and unforgettable atmosphere (www.yangshuomountainretreat.com).

There are 5 mains reasons WHY you can STOP here:

  • Rock CLIMBING – the famous of many is probably MOON HILL with breathtaking views from the TOP!
  • Take a bamboo RAFT and enjoying fabulous scenes down the river Li.
  • Night FISHING with cormorant – some of local companies offer evening boat trip where you can observe special fishing techniques using that cormorants.
  • Discover charming karst DRAGON CAVE – you can see many original formations of stalagmites and stalactites. They are colorful by neon lights!
  • Explore local countryside by BIKE – there are many possibilities!

There are many hotels, restaurants and bars in the city. You can try local food or even you can go to the Fast Food! We enjoyed also local market and try delicious fruit –POMELO! MY TIP -Most famous dish of Yangshuo is BEER FISH! Fresh carp from the Li River tasted so good!

Finally, I prepare a special recipe just for you …..

FU ZU SALAD – this is really HEALTHY TIP from my teacher LIM from Chinese healthy cooking lessons – she came from South of China to work to Shanghai many years ago. I love it! It takes app. 20min. to prepare a portion for 2-4 persons. What do we need?

150g of TOFU – (Tofu was invented in China about 2nd century BC, it is made from soy milk and has the appearance of cheese, you can add it to salads, soups or prepare it as a dessert! It said to have cleanse effects, vegetarians love it and it is recommended for diets!)

  • 50g carrots, 1tsp of coriander, 1tsp of spring onion and garlic, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce and a few drops of sesame oil
  • 2tsp of wine vinegar and 1-2 chili peppers, depending on how spicy you like it…

We chop, chop, chop… into pretty thin noodles or small cubes.

In a prepared bowl, we mix the tofu, carrots, then we add in the rest. We are done! Serve it with bowls of rice. Enjoy your meal!

99 thoughts on “YANGSHUO – Southern China natural escape

  1. Aquileana

    Excellent gallery…. BTW, I was quite amazed to see the MC donalds´building and its great reflection on the lake… All my bets wishes and happy week ahead, dear Kamila. Aquileana 🌺🌸🌹

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  2. lolaWi

    beautiful pictures and amazing story Kamila! sounds like a perfect destination away from the noise and technology of a city. the mountain views are stunning! and your recipe sounds very healthy. thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Kamila Pala

      Hi, Lola! Thanks for nice comment. And yes, was something different be there…original karst mountains and the river..with local people around! I really appreciate that you like my favorite recipe 🙂 Have a nice day. Bye. Kamila


    1. Kamila Pala

      I have to say – really unique type of karst terrain – it looks simply different and beautiful! About the recipe – live fresh carp is shortly fried with its scales and then slowly stewed in local beer and chilli 🙂 I liked it but still remember a lot of small bones.. 🙂 Bye. Have a nice day. Kamila


  3. Dalo 2013

    One of the best places to travel and feel like you’ve stepped back in time – what a wonderful post and photos you have of this magical place, bringing it to life for us all. I like the recipe you write about ~ such great food there. Cheers and safe travels ~

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    1. Kamila Pala

      Exactly -agree with you – I felt like I did step back in time :)! The landscape is really unique karst terrain (as you probably know – very similar we can found in Vietnam’s Halong Bay). We enjoyed local food but my recipe (salat) is really light and healthy, I like more 🙂 Bye and wish you beautiful days. Kamila


  4. Indah Susanti

    Wonderful images! Yangshuo is recently gaining popularity.. 🙂 from what I read I am not sure if I like the idea the Cormorant fishing, I think restricting the bird’s throat is bit too much.. but maybe there is bonding between them (I do hope so!). Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your travel experience and great healthy recipe!

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    1. Kamila Pala

      Thanks for nice comment, Indah! I am with you about the Cormorant fishing style but for local people it is normal traditional way…Pleased you liked my favorite and really easy vegetarian recipe. Bye and have a nice day. Kamila

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  5. Kamila Pala

    Pleased you liked that and agree with you, market was cool :)! About the umbrella – yes, was no stylish but that is also China… 🙂 Thanks for nice comment. Have a nice week. Kamila


    1. Kamila Pala

      Thank you! It was really small “step” back in time… 🙂 but on the other hand I must say you can also see the satellites on the roofs or you can eat in the fast food 🙂 = and that MIX show us present situation in Cina! Bye. K

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      1. equinoxio21

        Yeah. I can imagine the mix. I also remember (in my mind’s eye) the photos of empty avenues in Peking and Shanghai with one or two lone bicycles, back in Mao’s days. I find it mind-boggling the tremendous jump ahead that China has made in but a few decades. Au revoir. B.

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  6. Elton Hiew

    Awesome! I think I have to apply for my visa and going China next =). Please support my blog to at asianbackpacker.wordpress.com, where I aim to attract more people coming into SEA =)

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  8. Kamila Pala

    You are right :)! You can see that in my photos – tourists can eat hamburger and other hand they can see how local people used the river instead the washing machine 🙂 Bye. Kamila


    1. Kamila Pala

      Oh, yes – it is thousands years traditional way…but I did not see that, actually, only made a snap with the fisherman 🙂 That is really attractive for tourists! Bye. Kamila


  9. lexklein

    I loved my trip to this area. (I just posted a photo from here on Instagram today, coincidentally, then saw that you had followed my blog, where I found this post! I’m curious to know if you found me through IG?) Either way, glad I found your post!

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