Aerial view of Yangshuo from across the Li River
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|County seat||Yangshuo Town|
|• Total||1,428 km2 (551 sq mi)|
|• Density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
Yangshuo County (simplified Chinese: 阳朔县; traditional Chinese: 陽朔縣; pinyin: Yángshuò Xiàn) is a county under the jurisdiction of Guilin City, in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Its seat is located in Yangshuo Town. Surrounded by karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River it is easily accessible by bus or by boat from nearby Guilin.
In the 1980s, the county became popular with foreign people engaging in backpacker tourism, and organized tours began by the late 1990s. At the time, domestic tourists represented only a small fraction, but they soon outnumbered foreign tourists by a greater margin in 2005. Today, the county is a resort destination for both domestic and foreign travelers.
The history of West Street dates back to over 1400 years ago. Since the street is popular with locals and foreigners alike, signs are written in both Chinese and English. Due to the relatively high number of foreign visitors, many locals speak some English unlike most Chinese towns of its size.
The Yangshuo region has numerous locations for climbing, most easily accessible by bicycle, public bus or taxi-van. The most famous of these crags is Moon Hill with several lines graded 5.13 in the Yosemite scale. Other crags of note include Low Mountain, Twin Gates, Baby Frog, the Egg, Bamboo Grove, and Wine Bottle Cliff.
Yangshuo has city partnerships with the following cities and/or regions:
- Morehead, Kentucky, United States (1994)
- Rapid City, South Dakota, United States (2000)
- Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia (2009)
- Annecy-le-Vieux, Haute Savoie, France (2011)
- "West Street" ChinaTour.Net Accessed 2014-12-4
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