When to go
The spring months between March and May are both the most pleasant and the busiest times to visit. Winter, between December and February, when the chill sets in. Summer months can also be on stifling side, thanks to the combined heat and humidity.
PlanesMost domestic | and a handful of international airlines (including AirAsia and Bangkok Airways) fly frequently to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport | an hour or so by car from Yangshuo. Arrange transfers before you travel as there’s no airport express services. Flights between Chinese cities have a somewhat loose notion of timetabling | so double-check flight times where possible.
BoatsIf you’ve got a bit of time to spare, hop on a scenic Li River cruise which will take you from Guilin to Yangshuo in approximately four hours or longer. Avoid if you have luggage or are prone to boredom.
AutomobilesThe main strip of Yangshuo | West Street | is easily travelled on foot | but if you want to explore the region in depth | arrange a hire car with your hotel – there are no rental offices at the airport. Locals tend to go by bike or scooter – available to rent by the day at various stalls along the street.
TaxisCabs are thin on the ground in this town, and most often take the form of three-passenger motor-tricycles, which you can – if you’re lucky – flag down in the street. They’re available to hire for around CNY20 for a single trip, or CNY80 for the whole day.