Stunning Yangshuo River in Photos

There is a place on our list where we often go to when feeling depressed, tired of busy city life and/or bored with daily routine. This place makes us feel alive.

Yangshuo river, China
Yangshuo river


My place is Yangshuo river located nearby Guilin and it is located in China’s most picturesque region – Guangxi Province. It’s my little fairytale place and hidden gem where I can just relax on the boat, where I can mediate, be on my won, think of life and clear my mind.

Yangshuo river
Yangshuo river

Although Guilin is one of the most famous travel destinations in this part of China, it is not overcrowded with tourists like Beijing or Shanghai. It’s actually one of the most peaceful places in the Land of Dragons.

Boat man in Guilin
A local boatman


There is nothing better than taking a boat and going for a nice ride across the river admiring the beautiful floating mountains and bird flying high.

A girl on the boat Yangshuo river
Me on the boat
Birds flying high above the mountains, Yangshuo river
Birds flying between the mountains


Yangshuo river  is undoubtedly one of China’s greatest areas of natural beauty with stunning karst mountain peaks along the banks of the Li River – the views are just magnificent.

Yangshuo scenery
Yangshuo scenery
Yangshuo scenery
Boats all over the river


Yangshuo River, makes it the most desirable place to visit (right after the Great Wall of China in Beijing) by foreign travelers. It surprises its visitors with stunning scenery of mountains, caves, lakes and river as well as rice terraces.

A chinese girl is trying to catch a boat in Yangshuo
Amy – our Chinese friend is trying to catch a boat
Boats at yangshuo river
More boats


There is a very popular Chinese saying “Guilin’s mountain and water scenery is the best under heaven” and this is so true!

Yangshuo boats
Colorful boats at the bank of the river


If you get hungry, you can indulge in some local delicacies – snake meat or snails in beer. Snails taste surprisingly well with the texture close to minced beef. Probably, the biggest issue people have with them, is that they are served in shells. It also makes it very hard to eat – especially to those who try it for the first time.

Snake meat in Guilin
Snake meat in Guilin


It sounds scary for most to eat a snake, but it’s actually very delicious! It tastes like a very good fish. I must admit that I will eat a snake every time it’s offered to me, and I wish it gets a bigger popularity in the West, so that I can have it when I go back home.

Snails cooked in beer
Fish cooked in beer


If these photos do not convince you to travel to Guilin, how about checking out our post on how to explore Guilin for less than $25?

Would you add Yangshuo river to your travel bucket list?

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67 thoughts on “Stunning Yangshuo River in Photos”

  1. Yangshuo is one of my favorite places in China! The river and those incredible mountains are so relaxing and the locals were super friendly. I’d love to go back!

  2. Hmmm, snake meat. Just tell me afterwards what it was! The Yangshuo River is the beauty of China I soooo want to see and would absolutely be added to my list! Did you guys feel secure (as in not tipping over) on that boat, Agness?

  3. Stefania @The Italian Backpacker

    It looks like a relaxing place indeed. Here in Venice I still haven’t find a place like that where you are really overwhelmed by nature. Whenever I go to my parents’ village in the countryside, however, I try to take a walk among the vineyards, if the weather is good. It’s really uplifting!

    We eat snails in Italy too! I never tried them, but my father loves them. I think I can manage to try the snake if I don’t see the head, LOL!

  4. These are wonderful photos and stunning mountains. I love the look of those boats – sturdy to I hope. China has so many wonderful places to see – will have to make it there again sometime.

  5. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans

    Gorgeous scenery! It definitely looks like a place that’s worth exploring whenever I finally make it to China.

  6. How beautiful! We didn’t have the time to explore the Yangshuo River – but it is on the top of my list for the next China trip!

  7. Oh wow… This is simply stunning. I know I’ve seen this place in your pictures before, but still, wow.

    I can imagine this is a very nice place to go when the city life is becoming too hectic!! Pictures like this remind me what’s great about travelling and travel writing. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Jess @UsedYorkCity

    This looks like an ideal place to practice your yoga and meditation, Agness! What a lovely escape from the hustle of the cities!

  9. Anu @ CountryHoppingCouples

    Looks like a serene and quite place away from buzzling touristy spots! I would love to spend some time here relaxing myself under the sun & reading my favourite book!

  10. Gorgeous! I’d love to visit China and this area looks absolutely beautiful. I’ve never tried snake meat but you make it look good enough to order!

  11. Hi Agness and Cez, those photos are absolutely stunning. I have been to Yangshuo myself twice in 2013 and loved it. Both times I did a boat trip, the first time on a motorized bamboo raft, the second time on a river boat. I totally agree with you, a boat trip on Li River is a fantastic way to see the scenery, but I also loved biking through the Karst landscape around Yangshuo.

  12. Rob @ Hungry Escapades

    Lovely pics! Also the local delicacies look very tasty. Never had snake or snails, but I shall try them on your recommendation ;-)

  13. I would definitely eat snake because I love fish. I think snake would be easy to farm and quite a sustainable food as well. The scenery is gorgeous – similar to Halong Bay or near Ninh Binh in Vietnam. It would be lovely to find a restful place to go in a country that has so many people.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      I’m sure you would like the snake meat. In some way it does taste like grilled fish. I don’t usually eat meat, but this one was so yummy!

  14. Agness & Cez; We also took a river boat ride on the Li (Lijiang) River many years ago. We started in Guilin and ended our voyage in the town of Yangshuo. It was an all day float, although it was touch and go because there wasn’t very much water in the river when we were there in the beginning of August. Out of all the places we visited in China, during the month we were there, Yangshuo (and Dali) had to be our favorites.

    Don’t miss going to Dali. It’s just a few hours west of Kunming.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hi Steve.
      Thank you so much for sharing. I’m so happy to know you and your wife enjoyed Guilin’s scenery as much as I did. I’ve seen some photos of Dali and this place was recommended to me many times, so I hope to visit it before I leave China this summer. Thank you!

  15. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    I can certainly understand why you would want to repeatedly visit this place for some peace and inspiration. It looks like the boat ride is so relaxing sailing along with this beautiful scenery. It’s absolutely beautiful and the China I would want to visit. Stunning picture, Agness! I don’t think I’m adventurous enough to try snake meat or snails in beer. My husband would though. :)

  16. Wow Superb :) These are most Beautiful & attractive photography. Agness Walewinder you looking so quite & Beautiful on the Boat :)

  17. Wow! Beautiful! I need to add Yangshuo to my list. I keep find more and more amazing places in China that I’m dying to see!

  18. Les @ The Indie Traveller

    Wow you were lucky with the weather! Great photos!
    I went in June and I saw thick clouds mists and rain ahah

  19. Agness – I’f love to visit the Yangshuo River – but I think I’d want to be there at dawn – hopefully before the hoards arrive.

  20. Ahh looking at these pictures brings back some great memories. It’s such a dreamy place.

    I can’t believe how packed out the river is though! We must have got lucky to almost have the river to ourselves when heading out on one of these boats :)

  21. Wow, great photos!
    To answer your question: Yangshuo has been on my list for a long time! I’m living in China and I have been wanting to go for a few years now. It’s hopefully gonna happen this summer! :)

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