Yangshuo is located 65km (40 miles) southeast of Guilin by road, and is the popular destination of river cruises from the city. Yangshuo has the same striking scenery as Guilin, but is a much smaller and quieter town and is closer to the craggy limestone hills. Many tourists just visit Yangshuo for a few hours at the end of a boat cruise but a longer stay allows visitors to relax and enjoy its mellow atmosphere.
Yangshuo is a great place for exploring the countryside by bike, gain first hand experience of rural China and a different perspective of the region. The climb up Moon Hill is a wonderful way to view the landscape and other places to look out for as you peddle alongside paddy fields include Green Lotus Peak, and Buddha Cave.