Yangshuo (阳朔) is a popular tourist town located in the Guangxi province in Southern China. Yangshuo is known for the dramatic Karst mountains and the Li River that surround it. The first time I went to Yangshuo was in July 2017. Unfortunately, it was hit with one of the worst floodings in recent memory, and we had to evacuate. I tried again in late November, 2019, during the dry season. This turned out to be a much better time to visit Yangshuo and the Guilin area.
The easiest way to get to Yangshuo is by taking a flight to Guilin, the capital of Guangxi. From Guilin, you can hire a taxi/DiDi to take you directly into town. Your hotel or hostel might also be able to arrange transportation for you direclty from the airport.
Getting around town is pretty easy, most things are within walking distance in Yangshuo. I highly recommend renting a scooter, its a ton of fun to zip around town with your crew in a bunch of scooters. You can park them pretty much anywhere, and they are easy to ride. It's not for the faint of heart however, traffic in China can get pretty crazy. Just take it at your own pace, and enjoy the ride!
Lodging in Yangshuo is abundant and generally pretty affordable. I decided to splurge a little and paid for a night at Alila Yangshuo. I had heard about this place before my trip, and it looked absolutely amazing. The property is built on the foundations of a 1960s sugar mill that's been converted into a hotel. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains and the swimming pool in the back hovers over the Li River. Alila Yangshuo is one of the most unique hotels I've ever stayed at. Highly recommended. You can scroll through the gallery below to see some more photos of this hotel.