Yangshuo may be one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but many of the best things to do during a visit rely on there being good weather. Whilst bike riding, river swimming and village exploring may be slightly hindered in Yangshuo’s infamous downpours, there are still ways you can make the best of your day! Here are our suggestions:
Play Monopoly or watch a movie at The Lounge
Situated on Longyue Lu, on the way to the Yulong river, the Lounge is a great place to go in any weather. But, with it’s huge selection of movies, books and board games, not to mention giant comfy couches, awesome Western food and large imported beer selection, you could wile the day away in style without even noticing. Top tip – ask for one of their homemade baijiu shots or mixers, they’re delicious!
Have a drink at DMZ Bar
DMZ is one of the very few western bars open during the day, and all through the year the bar is full of friendly faces having a quiet drink (or a loud one at that), playing foosball or reading a North Korean book. The prices are cheap, the DPRK memorabilia is interesting, and the service will make you feel right at home. You could easily spend a few hours waiting for the rain to subside with a 20RMB draft beer in your hand!
Go climbing in a cave
Yangshuo’s most coveted past-time – climbing. Many might shudder with dread at the thought of ascending a sheer rock face in a tropical downpour, but don’t be fooled, many of Yansghuo’s best climbing spots are in caves! Difficulty ranges from beginner to expert, and there will almost always be a friendly face or two at the most popular spots in any weather. Make a stop at Black Rock on Gui Hua Lu to get your gear, and you’re one (umbrella’d) scooter taxi away from an awesome, productive afternoon!
Get a Blind Massage
Located just around the corner from ’99 Supermarket, the relaxing massages are performed by blind masseuses, which supposedly means that their other senses are heightened. These masseuses are highly respected for their craft, and are one of the few incidences of “disabled” people being able to earn a living in an honest craft. Prices vary, but like anything, a little negotiation can go a long way.