Yangshuo Park, located in central Yangshuo, is a favorite hangout of local residents, who come to the park to exercise, play games such as chess or mah-jongg, sing and dance, or relax and unwind. It’s an easy place to escape the tourist crowds of West Street and to spend a few hours relaxing and enjoying life as the locals do.
Full of trees and benches, Yangshuo Park is a great escape from the city and summer heat. There are also a number of walking trails, ponds, monuments, and pavilions in the park. The pavilion at the summit of Yangshuo Park Peak, which can be reached after a 10- to 15- minute climb, offers panoramic views of the town and the surrounding karst-dominated countryside. There’s a separate play area for children, which includes a few small arcade rides.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Yangshuo Park is open to the public free of charge.
- Wear sturdy shoes if you plan to climb to the pavilion at the peak. The steps can be steep and uneven.
- Bring water if you plan to climb to the pavilion in summer.
How to Get There
Yangshuo Park is located in central Yangshuo, on Diecui Road. The entrance is across the street from the bus station at the roundabout, and it’s about a 15-minute walk from West Street. It can easily be reached on foot or by bicycle from most of Yangshuo.
When to Get There
Visit in the early morning to see locals, or visitors, practicing tai chi, kung fu, qigong, and other forms of exercise. Come early if you plan to climb to the pavilion at the peak, to beat the heat.
Mountains and Caves of Yangshuo Park
There are a number of geographical features within Yangshuo Park, including Duxiu Mountain, which rises 328 feet (100 meters high), on which you can overlook Yangshuo, and several other peaks, including one containing a network of 20 limestone caves containing hundreds of stone lotuses.