Overview:Starting out as a backpackers's paradise in the late 90's with cosy little cafes and hostels over the last few years Yangshuo's West Street turned into a chinese club street, with quite noisy chinese-style-discos, very often with live music of questionable quality and dancers.
Wandering along the street are peddlers with various folk musical instruments on their backs. They play these to attract buyers. The beautiful and exotic sounds mingle with each other, adding more interest and color to the street. The famous Beer Festival is held at the beginning or end of a year. It is a festival of music, dances, games and beer drinking competitions. There are also performances of international folk and traditional Chinese dances (for example, Dragon Dance and Lion Dance). It is really a night of revelry.
Impression Sanjie Liu
You may have watched plays in the theater and have been used to the stage, lights, and sound equipment in an enclosed space. Would you like to try an alternative way of enjoying a performance, in a natural environment? If so, please come to Yangshuo to witness a performance of 'Impression Sanjie Liu'. We are sure that it will satisfy you greatly.The performance was premiered on March 20th, 2004 at the Sanjie Liu Sing Fair, one mile from West Street (Xi Jie). This is the world largest natural theater which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, with twelve mist shrouded hills and the heavens as its backdrop. Mist, rain, moonlight, the hills and their inverted reflections in the river all become the ever-changing natural background. Its auditorium is housed on the natural islands of the river with the audience standing on the designed terraces, surrounded by green plants. The sound equipment here cannot be seen because it is in harmony with the natural environment. The valleys, the hills, the cool breeze and the gurgling streams are all elements contributing to the three-dimensional sound effect. Day by day, different weather offers different sceneries with the four seasons refreshing the performance as well, so you will have unique experience every time you watch it. This is really a new concept opera using nature as an integral part of its performers; hence its name - 'Human's Masterpiece Cooperated with the God'.Maybe you have heard of the film 'Sanjie Liu' produced in 1961, which made the Li River famous worldwide. Sanjie Liu is a fairy singer in the myths and legends of the Zhuang ethnic minority. She is incomparably beautiful, and has voice to match her beauty. In the 'Impression Sanjie Liu', what you can see are the impressions derived from the daily life of the people living around the Li River, rather than the specific details of the stories. From these impressions, you will gain a realistic impression on the background of Sanjie's birthplace and understand the beauty of the folk songs' hometown.
Yangshuo Bar & Club
buffalo bar is located in West Street.The owner is a friendly Aussie named Alf. There is a range of beer on offer including beer imported from his native land. It's a popular place to play pool and the wide-screen makes it ideal for watching sport. It also serves Chinese and western food, including meat pies of course!
A well known bar that is usually busy most nights. It is very popular with foreign tourists. The open frontage and laid-back atmosphere make it an ideal place to head to later into the night. It also serves very good Western breakfasts.
The Stone Rose
Named after the famous British band, this bar/ club is usually busy. It plays a mixture of Chinese and Western dance music. There are many similar dance bars along West Street, but this is the best of them for music and atmosphere.
Similar to the Stone Rose in size, it usually plays Chinese dance music and always seems to attract a mixture of Chinese and foreign tourists. A variety of DJs play here on different nights in the busy tourist season. It is conveniently located near MC Blue and Buffalo Bar.
Known for its friendly service, the bar has continental decor and a very relaxed atmosphere. The menu isn't large, but the quality of food is very good as is the music. The 'Loove Burger' is recommended. It will often open far into the night and is a centre for nightlife in the town.
Address: Guihua Road, which runs parallel to West Street
The Alley Bar
This bar is nicely decorated with a circular bar and an open frontage. It has fast become popular with ex-pats and tourists alike. It serves a variety of beer and cocktails and has a good pool table. This is one of the biggest bars in Yangshuo and can be a refreshing change from the smaller bars that line West Street.
Address: Guihua Road, which runs parallel to West Street.