Yangshuo is a delightful town which is well worth an overnight visit, though many tourists stay only a few hours at the end of the Li River cruise. It is an excellent place for hikes and excursions in the surrounding countryside, and there are a number of attractions right in the town itself, including Green Lotus Peak and Yangshuo Park. There are also opportunities for guided rock climbing: plenty of shops and cafes can provide information. Another popular Yangshuo attraction is night cormorant-fishing.
West Street (Xi Jie) is lined with western cafes, restaurants and hotels, and is the best place to start for foreigners who want to explore Chinese life. Each year, around 100,000 foreigners come here on their travels, and many stay to attend advanced studies. The street offers many attractions, from traditional architecture to the wide variety of handicrafts and souvenirs on sale. There is a huge range of foods in the cafes and restaurants lining West Street. Those looking for Chinese cuisine can sample age-old local favorites like Guilin mifen, or try local Li River fish cooked in a delicate sauce and washed down with cold beer. Visitors missing the comforts of home can find Western cafe staples like banana cake and cappuccino, and all kinds of European dishes.
Whatever you do in Yangshuo, make sure you use a bicycle to get around. There are few places in China better suited to leisurely two-wheeled touring than this quiet southern township.