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Small Village in Xing Ping, Yangshuo
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Located 27 km from Yangshuo, in the eastern bank of the Li River, Xingping is an ancient town with a history of more than 1300 years. Apart from the well preserved Ming Dynasty architectures, which dominant the town, and fine wood carving dating back to more than five hundred years, Xingping boast some of the best natural scenery around the area, somewhat better than that that in Yangshuo. The seven mountains surrounding the village, two stone guarding at the entrance keep the place a spiritual sanctuary off the modern world.

There are such enchanting scenes as "Pretty Woman Looking in the Mirror", "General Drawing His Sword" and "Carp Drinking from the River".

Xingping town is small, you can walk around in an hour or so. Although the town is small, it has a long history that goes back at least 500 years. Many of the buildings are traditional from Qing and Ming dynasty period. The market for the surrounding villages is held at every 3 days. Like in many other areas in China, it's a kind of circulating market in the area. On the market days the town is usually quite busy with villagers from the neighboring villages.

The village is surrounded by many spectacular hills with imaginary names as "5 fingers hill" or Sengni Hill that resemble a monk and a nun are bickering with each other. South of town you can find Carp Hill and Snail Hill while int he west there lies Pen Holder Hill and Belle Peak. Around town you will find the village's own Camel Hill, the other Camel Hill is south of Yangshuo.

There are two road that lead to the village which is found on the east border of the Li River. Just in case you forgot, Yangshuo is on the west border of the river. Almost all visitors and locals will come from the south. Yangshuo is about 25 km away. And wherever you come from, you have to change your transport in Yangshuo (unless you have your own).

In Yangshuo, at the bus station there are regular mini busses to Xingping available. Most travelers staying in Yangshuo make a day trip but seldom stay in the quiet little town which is a bit sad, the town deserves a little longer stay. Some will drop their bicycles on the roof of the bus for an additional fee and cycle back. Some come back by boat.

There is a direct road from Guilin to Xingping, an old road that few people know and even fewer ever try. It's a little hard to find too, and follows the Li river on the east banks. It swindles through the hills with a few quite nasty climbs. But the scenery is spectacular, there's little traffic and even fewer people living here. The few villages see few tourists passing.

The closer you come to Xing Ping, the more spectacular the scenery becomes. Signs for for example the Lotus Cave start to appear. In the area people are still searching for new caves and rock that can be used for rock climbing.

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