West Street in Yangshuo is also reputed as “Foreigner Street” and “Global Village”. In such an old yet dynamic street, people can go to professional foreign language schools, or communicate with others in bars and painting houses. Here the Chinese teach foreign visitors Chinese cultures such as Chinese language, Chinese calligraphy, Taiji, Chinese cooking, and Chinese chess while foreign visitors spread their native languages and cultures to local Chinese.
Many travelers will be attracted by West Street when they come to there firstly. Different from Beijing Road in Guangzhou and Nanjing Road in Shanghai, you can also learn Chinese and Kongfu here. It is said if one do not go to West Street, he or she will not be regarded as having been to Yangshuo. Yangshuo is not only a tourist place, but also a well-known brand. Thousands of tourists go to enjoy the peaceful lifestyle here with its unique charm.
History of Yangshuo West Street
With a history more than 1,400 years old, the history of West Street in Yangshuo can be traced back to 590 AD during the Sui Dynasty. It is the oldest street of Yangshuo when Yangshuo was just opened to the world and discovered by western travellers at the beginning of 1970s.
Charmed by the picturesque landscapes and simple and unsophisticated folk custom of Yangshuo, they could not help writing their experiences and feelings about travllering Yangshuo especially the West Street into the guidebooks, which made it famous and attractive for the western world.
Places to Go
Anne's' Art Cafe
With first-class quality and affordable prices providing delicate food, which is not only an enjoyment to your stomach but also to the eye.
Add: 48 West Street, Yangshuo town
Under the Moon
A coffee house of extreme attraction
Add: 83 West Street, Yangshuo
Located under the green lotus peak and near the Li River, Sihai Hotel, as the most popular hotel in Yangshuo, is well known both at home and abroad .It has bright and clean rooms, friendly staff, and easonable prices. Ho tshowers are available 24 hoursa day.
Add: 73 West Street, Yangshuo town
Started in 1991, Minnie Mao's is one of the oldest cafes in Yangshuo town. Popular with the local people, Minnie's cafe, with its hospitality and first-class food, has made a name for itself far and near. Famed for its Minnie soup, Minnie tea, and sweet and sour chicken, the place is often packed. If you are in Yangshuo, you should not miss it.
Yangshuo West Street Shopping
After the wonderful sightseeing in Yangshuo, what else you cando in the lovely place? Well, do some shopping in West street is a good choice. There are plenty of small shops selling all kinds of unique goods which are sometimes hard to find elsewhere. Take some souvenirs back home will bring you happy memories. There are some items that maybe interest you, such as the local specialties, the archaize hand-painted tourist yangshuo map, the tradition Chinese handicrafts etc.
How to get there
West Street is just a few minutes away by foot from the bus station of Yangshuo. Travelers can take Li River cruise (about 4 hours) to get there from Guilin. Yangshuo is also conveniently connected to Guilin by bus service.
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