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It's worth tour­ing this part of south­ern Guanxi by bike to get a unique per­spec­tive on the spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes and cui­sine. GET­TING THERE The best time to visit Yangshuo is from March to De­cem­ber. Cathay Pa­cific and Cathay Dragon (both at cathay­pa­cific.com) fly from Hong Kong to Guilin

non-stop. Air Asia (aira­sia. com) flies from Kuala Lumpur to Guilin non-stop. China South­ern (csair.com) flies from Bangkok to Guilin via Nan­ning. Sev­enty-two-hour tran­sit visas are avail­able on ar­rival for cer­tain pass­port hold­ers with re­stric­tions, oth­er­wise visas must be se­cured in ad­vance. www. iata­trav­el­cen­tre.com. Ho­tels can of­fer pri­vate car trans­fers from Guilin to Yangshuo or Long­sheng for ap­prox­i­mately RMB300 to RMB900 each way. They can also or­ga­nize day trips to Long­sheng from Yangshuo for RMB900 to RMB1,200 round-trip. S TAY Banyan Tree Yangshuo Vil­las and suites here of­fer moun­tain and river views. banyantree.com; dou­bles from RMB3,000. Se­cret Gar­den This bou­tique ho­tel is set within a re­stored Qing Dy­nasty court­yard house. yang­shu­ose­cret­gar­den.com; dou­bles from RMB400. Li-An Lodge Com­bin­ing Chi­nese tra­di­tion and mod­ern lux­ury, this all-wood ho­tel over­looks the Longji rice ter­races. lian­lodge.cn; dou­bles from RMB1,450. Yangshuo Moun­tain Re­treat This eco-lodge is set along the Yu­long River. yang­shuo­moun­tain­re­treat. com; dou­bles from RMB700. EAT+DRINK Bai Yun Banyan Tree's sig­na­ture restau­rant of­fers Guangxi and Can­ton recipes. banyantree.com; din­ner for two from RMB500. Guilin Rice Noo­dle Cul­tural Cen­ter This is the place to find fresh rice noo­dles made the tra­di­tional way. 1 Dieciu Jie, Yangshuo; 86-773/881-8813; two from RMB80. meal for Qing Feng The lobby lounge at Banyan Tree has cock­tails with a view. banyantree.com; drinks for two from RMB200. The Se­cret Gar­den Restau­rant A sea­sonal menu that uses fresh pro­duce from daily mar­kets. yang­shu­ose­cret­gar­den.com; din­ner for two from RMB120. Yangshuo Moun­tain Re­treat Try au­then­tic lo­cal dishes at the river­side restau­rant—the ho­tel's Bam­boo Bar is also on the Yu­long River. yangshuo moun­tain­re­treat.com; din­ner for two from RMB140; drinks for two from RMB70. AC­TIV­I­TIES The next Yangshuo Bike Fes­ti­val is May 24–29, 2019. Op­tional pre-fes­ti­val ride from Longji runs May 21–24. yang­shuo­bike fes­ti­val.com; US$450; pre-fes­ti­val ride US$580, or US$900 com­bined; in­cludes trans­fers, ho­tels, food, bikes and ac­tiv­i­ties; ex­cludes flights. Most es­tab­lish­ments in Yangshuo of­fer bike rental. Year-round Yangshuo bike tours are of­fered by Bike Asia (bikea­sia.com; pri­vate tours from US$50 per day).

Yangshuo Cook­ing School of­fers morn­ing and af­ter­noon classes. yang­shuo­cook­ingschool. com; RMB200 per per­son. Hire pri­vate guide Terry Li to take you off the main path around Yangshuo. 86-1387/737-9863.

The Longji Rice Ter­races have an en­try fee of RMB100 for the county (if you're at­tend­ing the Yangshuo Bike Fes­ti­val, this is al­ready in­cluded). Ping'An vil­lage has a park­ing base and vis­i­tors must as­cend by foot. Sedan chairs are avail­able for a ne­go­ti­ated fee and lo­cal women are em­ployed to carry your bags to your guest­house for about RMB50 per bag. Most ho­tels and guest­houses can ar­range this. — L.C.

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