Me and my friend will be backpacking South China from May 1st till May 19th. We'll be flying in and out from Hong Kong. The only thing we know is that we really wanna visit Yangshuo. We think a couple of days in HK and Guangshuo will be nice as well. Does anyone has any advice on what we should be visiting? Or for instance any tips on what's a good route to travel without visiting everything twice? We're open for all suggestions!
Hi, Grts, J:
Yang Shuo is a small place near Li Jiang River. The closest city that has airport is Gui Lin. You could fly from anywhere to Gui Lin and then take a boat ride to Yang Shuo or bus.
Please feel free to contact me if you have more questions.
BTW, Gui Lin is a beautiful place to visit as well
I recommend this route (! - very nice, !! - amazing):
Our itiniery was:
Yangshou (Guanxi) !
Backbone Dragon Rice Terasses (Guanxi) !!
from here 2 routes:
1) here you have to fly/take train back, but this is easier, you will have more time to see things. Also, on the "main tourist trail".
Tiger Leaping Gorge !!
2) circle - this requires a lot of travel, maybe it your schedule would be a little tight, and you have to improvise a lot of times, as bus connections / roads are not the best, you will have to stay in small villages or towns where they never see foreigners. But certainly adventurous. You won't meet many travellers on this route until the Yellow mountain.
Ancient village in south of Guangzhou province !!
Fenghuang (Hunnan) !!
Likeng - next to Wuyuan (Jangxi) !
Yellow mountain (Anhui) !!
from shanghai, take train down to HK.
Fujian is also very beautiful: the earth houses in the south and Xiamen city.
Train and flights:
Trains: sleeper recommended, see http://www.chinatravelguide.com/ctgwiki/Special:CNTrainSearch?method=1
Domestic flights - see elong.com or ctrip.com
one more important advice:
- buy a lonely planet book (it has the city/village names in chinese, but don't rely 100% on bus/train schedules, they are not accurate, there are more options)
- buy a map at a local bookstore (english/chinese), so if you get stuck somewhere, you can figure out easier which road you should take, or nearest town where you could sleep, in case you don't make it to your destination on that day.