Many travelers visit Yangshuo in China’s Guangxi Region for the karst scenery and to experience a bamboo raft ride down the Li or Yulong River. There is also the rock climbing.
Yangshuo has no airport, but there is a new way to get in or out of Yangshuo: bullet trains now stop at the new Yangshuo Railway Station on their 250 km/h run through the mountains and tunnels between Guilin and Guangzhou.
The Yangshuo Railway Station is not in Yangshuo. It is a 50-minute drive away from Yangshuo, in Xingping. As of January 2017, the access road to the station is under construction. Some of the road is bumpy and not paved, and the section nearest the station is quite steep. The good news is that there is a shuttle bus service between the station and Yangshuo town. The bad news is that the local people or your hotel staff may just say that the shuttle stop is “hard to find.”
Although Yangshuo has a North Bus Station and a South Bus Station, the shuttle bus to the Yangshuo Railway Station does not go to either. Instead, the shuttle has its own bus stop. Here’s how to find it:
- Make your way to the intersection of Kangzhan Road and Shima Road in the south of Yangshuo using one of the two following routes:
- From the north, such as from the West Street tourist area, go south along Kangzhan Road until you see Shima Road going off to your left. (At the intersection, the road going right is called Jingfeng Road; you will see that it goes into a tunnel.) Turn left and walk east along Shima Road (away from the tunnel). Do not cross Shima Road.
- From the south, such as from the Yangshuo South Bus Station or Gongnong Bridge, walk north along Kangzhan Road until you see Shima Road going off to your right. (At the intersection, the road going left is called Jingfeng Road; you will see that it goes into a tunnel.) Cross to the other side of Shima Road now, at this intersection. Then turn right and walk east along Shima Road (away from the tunnel).
- Walk east along Shima Road, past a long, low wall on the left. After the wall ends, at about the second roadway to the left, you will see the shuttle bus stop. (Look up each road going off to your left as you walk along Shima Road; you are looking for the building in the large photo.) With luck, there will be a blue shuttle bus parked in front, ready to take you to the Yangshuo Railway Station. Allow an hour for the ride.
Ask about the shuttle schedule and buy tickets at the counter inside the building. As of January 2017, one-way rides cost 20 RMB each. There is free luggage storage here: those with tickets can leave their luggage with the attendant in a room next to the ticket counters, and retrieve it when it’s time for the bus. Once at the Yangshuo Railway Station, blue buses can be seen parked out in front, likely waiting for bullet train arrivals before heading back to Yangshuo town.
Of course, your mileage will vary. Construction is ongoing, and schedules and services are subject to change. You will need to verify everything before you count on it in your trip planning.
Or, show this Chinese request to a taxi driver to ask for a ride to the Yangshuo Railway Station: