Yangshuo Tours & ActivitiesBelow is a short overview of the most popular activities here in Yangshuo. If you would
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by the very local Yangshuo-Insider team.
Yangshuo Rock Climbing
Yangshuo is rapidly evolving into the climbing hotspot of Asia with over 400 rock climbing routes of various levels ranging in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.14. Our Carpe Diem hostel is a great place to meet climbers from all over the world. For experienced climbers, here at Trippers, Yangshuo's countryside hostel, we have Yangshuo maps of most of the Yangshuo rock climbing sites, climbing equipment for rental and we can arrange transportation to and from the caves at minimum costs. For beginner climbers, we carefully selected one of Yangshuo's most experienced local guides Sky (and personal friend) to be your guide and partner for the day. Apart from being a very experienced and passionate climber - he holds the National Chinese Climbing certificate - he takes safety very serious, speaks English well, and will give you all the information you need and guide you on a very personal base with a super friendly and genuine approach. He is Chinese, is very familiar with climbing in Yangshuo and beyond and is always up for a beer afterwards! We can recommend Black Rock Yangshuo Climbing Club as well.
Yangshuo Cycling Tours
Cycling is a great way to come around and explore Yangshuo's countryside with countless trails and paths leading through some of the most amazing scenery South-China has on offer. Here at Trippers Carpe Diem, Yangshuo's countryside hostel, you would be staying at a very scenic and less travelled part of Yangshuo with plenty of hike and biking trails starting right here in the village. To help you make the most out of your cycling experience, we have composed a very detailed and informative cycling guide with various routes through less traveled areas around Yangshuo, 'old towns and villages' descriptions, market days, interesting and scenic spots and we can always arrange a fun and knowledgable guide to go along with you. And we provide the best maps of Yangshuo, free of charge.
Kayaking on the Yangshuo Li-river
Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the amazing scenery around the Li-river. While most parts of the river are crowded with either tourist bamboo rafts and big tour boats, our guides will guide you to a more secluded part of the Li-river south of Yangshuo where you can experience daily Chinese countryside life unspoiled by tourism as it has been for centuries with farmers ploughing their fields with buffaloes, fishermen, playing kids, etc in a far more relaxing environment than other parts of the Li and Yulong river. Our tour starts from the ancient town of Fuli from where you will paddle your way south down to Liugong, where you can have a rest, share a drink on the wooden platform extending over the river, before you continue to kayak further down the Li-river to Puyi town. In Puyi there will be a driver waiting for you and guide you to the local bus stop back to Yangshuo.
Yangshuo Bamboo-rafting on the Yulong and Li-river
Taking a bamboo raft ride on either the Li-river or Yulong river is another highly relaxing way to enjoy the scenery, and combined with one of our village cycling trips it counts as a favorite of all Yangshuo tours. You can start at different places along both rivers and the rides range from about an hour to five hours. Do not confuse with white-water rafting, as the current in both rivers is very slow. Along the Li-river, where the landscape is more varied with hundreds of karst mountain peaks towering up the shores, the rafts are motorized while along the Yulong river, the rafts are steered in a most traditional fashion by a gondolier. Rafts on the Li-river sit 4 people while the Yulong river rafts only take two people a time.
It's not only above the ground that Yangshuo's scenery is stunning. The erosion of the karst peaks have created some amazing underground caves with impressive stalactites and stalagmites, meandering rivers and lakes, hot springs and refreshing mud baths. Perfect to combine with one of our guided cycling tours along the scenic cave area. Here at Trippers, Yangshuo's countryside hostel, we can provide you with discount tickets for all the caves, maps, transportation to and from the caves and if you wish, our local guide can join you for a most fun and interesting trip.
Tai Chi and Shaolin Kung Fu at our Yangshuo hostel with Master Kim
Tai chi is one of China' s most prominent and ancient arts , developed thousands of years ago and due to its beneficial impact on the health of millions of people it is still widely practiced today with a growing popularity in the world. Now you are here in Yangshuo, a beautiful relaxing part of South-China with tai chi schools abound, you are offered an excellent opportunity to train with some of the best tai chi masters in China at very affordable tuition fees. Take this unique chance to engage in an introductory course if you are a beginner or to further improve your skills as an intermediate or advanced practitioner to delve deeper into this art with some of the best tai chi masters the world has on offer.
Teachers generally have a different teaching style and will emphasize different aspects about tai chi which can make it a quite difficult and time consuming task to find the most appropriate master for you. At Trippers Carpe Diem, with a most inspiring practice ground on the rooftop, you can gain from the experience and knowledge of your host about the Yangshuo tai chi school scene to find the most appropriate tai chi teacher for you. Of all Yangshuo tai chi masters, we generally recommend Master Kim as he is very dedicated tai chi master, with years of experience training foreigners, carefully observing postures not to strain joints and ligaments, is fluent in English, and a very warm and compassionate person on and off the training ground. More about Kim and tai chi in general at the Yangshuo Tai Chi School Training center
Learn Chinese Language, Mandarin classes at our Yangshuo hostel
At Trippers Carpe Diem, Yangshuo's countryside hostel, we offer Chinese Language courses that you can do at your own time and pace. Classes can be taken in either your room or outside on one of our terraces. You can decide which aspect you want to learn, whether it be speaking Mandarin, writing or reading the characters. The teaching hours are flexible and can be arranged to suit your needs. Mandarin teacher Janie has been a favorite with expats and travelers residing in Yangshuo for many years. She now serves international students too who come to yangshuo for an intense course from 1 week to several months. For more details or to make an inquiry visit her website.
Yangshuo Liu San Jie Light show
The now famous Liu San jie light show in Yangshuo had its premier in 2004 and is supposed to be the biggest natural stage in the world. The Liu San jie show was created by Zhang Yi Mou, who has also created and choreographed the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and directed such famous Chinese movies as 'Raise the Red Lantern'. Liu Sanjie is located about 2 km from West Street and the show is performed on the waters of the Li River, further downstream from our guesthouse. Twelve karst formations are lit up, utilizing the wonders of nature to form the backdrop to the stage. The performance can look different each time as mist, rain and moonlight naturally alter the set of the stage. Over 600 locals who are mainly farmers, fisherman and youngsters perform and sing to often over a 10,000 strong audience.
Chinese cooking at the Yangshuo Cooking School
The Yangshuo Cooking School offers a good opportunity to learn how to prepare simple but absolutely delicious local Chinese dishes generated from a culture with over 5000 years of history and a very fertile environment. Classes can be attended in either their traditional farmhouse in the countryside or right here along the Li-river, between our hostel and Yangshuo's town center, with splendid views of the Li-river and the karst scenery. After being picked-up near our hostel, you will be guided along the local market to learn more about the local ingredients, how to select and use them. Then you will be taught in a very professional and friendly manner to prepare 5 local dishes yourself using your own individual cooking equipment and ingredients. Once the food is ready everybody can enjoy the dishes they made in a beautiful setting, while you can learn more about local customs and Chinese culture in general. Recommended!
Learn Calligraphy with teacher Cai Lei
Calligraphy teacher Cai Lei studied with a private teacher since he was 6 years old until he went to high school. But as with tai chi, the learning never stops and he still continues his study today. Some of his work can be seen in The Alley, the Yangshuo Beer Bar in the town center. Mister Cai Lei will teach you how to hold the brush, how to use the paper and the ink. He emphasizes the need for students to practice alone between his classes, as to become a good calligrapher one has to embody the art, with the heart writing, not the mind. Speaks fluent English.
Chinese Massage with local masseuse Hannah
And at our hostel in the countryside, you can enjoy a relaxing massage in the comfort of your room. Hours are flexible, so any time you feel like laying down, relax and have your muscles caressed, tell us about an hour in advance and we will arrange our masseuse to give you that heavenly treat. Hanna is a local masseuse from Xing Ping where she has studied with a chinese doctor and has learned to speak English well and can explain to you what she is actually doing and why. She can also work with you on a personal base if you cope with certain physical discomforts or injuries.