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Guilinese in Guilin/Yangshuo

What do the Guilinese usually do, what they eat, where for shopping

Zheng Yang Walking Street
Zheng Yang Street is the most hip and popular shopping district in Guilin. The main entrance to Zheng Yang Street is located near the Jie Fang Qiao bus-stop and this is where taxis drop off visitors. Zheng Yang Lu is a Walking street, which means that no vehicles are allowed on it making it a safe place to stroll and do a bit of window shopping. The street's many shops offer fashions, art, tea, local handicrafts, hair salons, bars, and nightclubs. There are also many restaurants and small snack stands that sell Guilin's famous local cuisine. It is the place to see and be seen in Guilin.

Little Hong Kong
There's this underground market called 'little Hong Kong' where they sell clothing and other stuff, like gadgets and hardware thingies. Not that interesting from my point of view, but worth the visit underground. There are countless street markets where they sell all sorts of stuff, from tea to necklaces.
If you want something cheap or 50 feet shoes, it a great street for you.
West Street
It is the place to head. Walk along the cobbled street and you'll find many things to buy. You can watch silk being woven or silver being hammered into shape. Just remember to bargain hard and you'll have a great time!

Leisure and sports

Mountain Climbing

Yao Mountain: it’s the highest mountain in the area and, apparently, you have amazing views from the top, looking at the weird shaped mountains and the city. Apparently because when I went it was cloudy and foggy and I couldn’t see a damn thing. You go up on a cable car and to go down you can either choose to use the cable car again or just use a slide.

Yangshuo Climbing: Climbers come from all around China for the varied rock climbing and rappelling experiences offered by the many limestone formations around Yangshuo. The area offers hundreds of routes, from single to multi-pitch routes at all levels. While karsts can even be found and hiked within the town itself, there are several climbing companies that will take you further afield and where you can get equipment and advice on what level of karst to climb.

Yangshuo Cycling
The best way to explore the area is by bicycle. Virtually any street corner in downtown Yangshuo will rent bicycles by the hour or for the day. Hostels will also lend you a map by which you can navigate the city and the surrounding area. Start with the town itself. Reminiscent of a sleepy mountain ski village, it's filled with small restaurants and bars, all packed next to each other on the streets and the town's small river walk. Crisscrossed with small bridges, you’ll find coffee shops, stores selling everything from curios to handcrafted scarves, and parks mostly filled with elderly Chinese talking, walking, practicing tai chi, and playing board games.


Guilin Rice Noodles Taking pride of place as the most popular local snack (or breakfast, lunch or dinner) in Guilin, Rice Noodles is pliable but strong, fragrant and mellow, and cheap. Guilin rice noodles can probably be found within 100m of any town or city area.

Oil Tea
Oil Tea is a distinctive flavor of Guilin, Most Outsiders are not used to drink it. Every county of Guilin has people who regularly drink oil tea; however the most famous oil tea drinkers are the Yao people of Gongcheng.

Guilin Chilli Paste
Guilin Chilli Paste, one of three treasures of Guilin, is salable not only to the native but for the abroad for its particular flavor. The main material for Guilin Chilli Paste are lobster sauce, garlic and Sanhua Wine, hot, fragrant and tasteful.
Hot Pot
The most distinctive Guilin food is the hot pot, the pot shop can be found every where. Guilin hot pot is different of other cities’s, there is no Soup. "Yellow chicken stew" is the most common dishes.

Yangshuo Beer Fish
Yangshuo Beer Fish is Yangshuo's most famous dish. It is made from fresh Li River carp. The fresh fish is fried in a wok along with beer, hot and green peppers, garlic, onions, celery, tomatoes, soy, and sugar. Visitors are amazed at how delicious the fish's skin is and how fresh and tender the meat is. Eating Yangshuo's beer fish will be an unforgettable culinary experience.

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