Spring hiking tour to Xingping Ancient Town in Yangshuo, Guilin

Travelers come to Yangshuo to get out of town and into the countryside. There are weeks of possible exploration, including hiking, cycling, rock climbing or any combination thereof. On a bright spring day, a hiking trip to Yangshuo countryside would be a exactly good idea.

On April 20, My colleagues and I  made a great trek to Xingping ancient town in Yangshuo. After 1-hour drive from Guilin, we arrived at Putao Town, 40 km away from Guilin. Our 19-km hiking trip started from here, and would take around 5 hours to reach Xingping town. The trekking route: Small Yaomen Village – Shitoucheng – Xianggong hill – Dahebei Village – Xingping ancient town.

Group photo by the Li river, Guilin

Group photo by the Li river, Guilin

We went through Small Yaomen Village, and headed on to Shitoucheng perched among karst peaks. A steep set of old rocky stairs winds its way by the mountain sides, and led us to climb up to the West Gate of Shitoucheng. All the houses in the village have been built up entirely from limestones without the use of cement, hence the name of the village (literally “Stone Town”). The settlement has 4 main stone gates at each of the compass points and 18 lesser gates.

Shitoucheng, Yangshuo

Shitoucheng or Stone Town, Yangshuo

Inside the shitoucheng, the terrain is a little rough; and the narrow, rocky and even muddy path rises and falls. We hiked into this amazing old-world village through verdant orange groves and paddy fields. It took us about an hour to reach its North Gate.

 

We left the village, and contined on the hiking tour. Along a wide and paved road, we reached to the foot of Xianggong hill with an hour. People can climb up to the hilltop and enjoy a great view across the karst landscape. Waves of misty peaks stand out from the rich green valleys, and stretch into the distance, Actually, the peak is a famous shooting base for photography.

Beautiful Yangshuo countryside

Beautiful Yangshuo countryside

Our next stop is Dahebei Village, a scenic place at the western bank of Li River. The picture on the back of the Chinese 20 Yuan note was taken here. After a 2-hour hike from Xianggong Hill, we went into the village and walked by the riverside. The surroundings is indeed gorgeous, with green karst peaks rising directly from the river and rice fields. With the soft breeze and beautiful sights, it was a great refreshment to us.

Li River scenery on the back of Chinese 20 Yuan note

Li River scenery on the back of Chinese 20 Yuan note

Opposite to the village stands the famous Xingping Ancient Town. It took just 2 minutes to across the Li River by public ferry boat. From the Xingping Pier, we make the way to Xingping Bus Station. Our hiking trip came to an end; and then, we transfered back to Guilin.

Lunar March 3 Song Fair Festival

Lunar March 3 Festival, also Song Fair Festival (Ge Xu Jie in pinyin), held on the third day of March according to the Lunar Calendar, is renowned as a significant traditional culture recreation of Zhuang ethnic minority. This festival commemorates the household folk singer Sanjie Liu, after whom the famous Sanjie Liu Impression Show is named in Yangshuo.

Bamboo pole dance of Miao minority

Bamboo pole dancing

On April 12, 2013, the Song Fair Festival kicked off in Lujia Village on the bank of Peach Blossom River in Guilin city. The festival was supported by Guilin government aiming to protect, maintain, promote and further explore folk culture of Zhuang ethnic minority. The activity was divided into five sections, which contained singing folk songs, snatching ducks, performances, exploding fireworks and appreciating fellow villagers. People from different places danced and sang together, just like one big family!

A woman act as a matchmaker.

The matchmaker was pulling a red thread to single man and woman.

Besides the folk songs, folk food is another highlight of the activity. Lujia village does very well in food made of Tofu, such as soybean milk, Tofu fish, Tofu chicken, etc. The villagers set a street of folk food offering a series of tasty specialty snacks to all the people. Through this festival, Lujia village becomes a representative of folk-culture tour of Guilin city.

Guilin set to be the International Tourism Destination

China has revealed a plan of the construction and development of Guilin international tourism destination, in an effort to boost the city’s economic growth. By 2020, the plan will be basically completed, and Guilin will become an important platform of world-class landscape tourism and leisure holiday destination.

Guilin International Tourism Destination

the Press Conference of Guilin International Tourism Destination

A Press Conference of Guilin International Tourism Destination Construction was held in the State Council Information Office on March 26, 2013. Special policies will be applied to support Guilin’s development and benefit residents’ life as well.

In November 2012, agreed by the State Council, National Development and Reform Committee officially replied Guilin International Tourism Resort Construction Development Planning Outline. So far, the NDRC has approved Hainan and Yunnan provinces as well as Guilin as three reform pilot areas. Guilin, as a prefecture-level city, is the only one to get its construction rose to a natinal strategy.

Guilin is a world-famous scenic city for its picturesque Li River, spectacular Longji Rice Terraces, colorful ethnic culture and much more. In 2012, Guilin has received 1.9 million overseas tourists, up by 11 percent over the previous year.