Night Walk In Yangshuo West Street | The Most Famous Global Street In China | 4K HDR | 阳朔西街 | 广西
As the saying goes, “The landscape in Guilin is the best in China, and the landscape in Yangshuo is the best in Guilin.” The picturesque landscape in Yangshuo has attracted millions of travelers from throughout the world. In the early 1980s, foreign travelers first discovered Yangshuo County has an amazing landscape. Later more and more foreign travelers came to visit, making Yangshuo famous for its beautiful scenery. West Street, already the oldest street in Yangshuo, became its busiest and most famous street. Situated at the centre of Yangshuo, West Street is 517 meters long and 8 meters wide.
It is covered with flagstones, meandering in a shallow ‘S’ shape. The buildings in the street are traditional southern Chinese architecture. West Street combines traditional Chinese culture and modern Western elements. This street is also called a “Foreign Street” in China as there is a greater concentration of foreign travelers than usual. It is one of the most famous global streets in China.
Plenty of souvenir shops, craftworks shops, painting and calligraphy stores, outdoor clothes and backpack shops, restaurants and cafes are set on the street. West Street is a good place to practice your bargaining. Customers can bargain in most shops and buy souvenirs at a very cheap price.
There are Chinese Kung Fu academies and Chinese Cooking Schools for foreign travelers as well. There won’t be a problem to communicate with shop owners. Most people in the Street can speak a little English and the signs in the street are written in English and Chinese.
Restaurants provide customers with menus in English and Chinese (and sometimes other languages) as well. Actually, some of the shops are run by foreigners. West Street at night is a different sight. The street is jostling with visitors. Various bars, cafes, and restaurants are the highlights at night. Thousands of visitors come out to enjoy the nightlife, such as sitting down in an exotic bar or wandering along the street.
Yangshuo beer fish is a well-known dish. There are good opportunities to enjoy delicious Yangshuo beer fish in West Street. There is the local staple, Guilin rice noodles, and Western-style food such as French cuisine as well.
Yangshuo West Street is renowned for its ancient and local architectures, its various and memorable tourist souvenirs, its special and tasty snacks, and especially its beautiful night scene with exotic styles. Over the years, Yangshuo has become popular with foreign backpackers. As one tourist destination, West Street is located in the heart of the town with a total length of 517 meters and a width of 8 meters. It was paved with local marbles with betel nut patterns, meandering in an 'S' shape, and it still presents a dark with oily gleam after many years. Visiting West Street, travelers will be surrounded by an array of traditional folk and amazing international elements.
Various shops, craftworks shops, painting and calligraphy stores, backpack shops, cafes, and Chinese Kung Fu academies jostle for attention; travelers will be amazed by a multitude of items, from embroidered silk cloth, wax-painted weaving, to embroidered shoes for women. In addition, everywhere on the street you may find bars and cafes, some run by foreigners, decorated with bamboo rafts, fish baskets, wax-painted tablecloths, and so on. West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. It now becomes a place that mixes the eastern and western culture harmoniously. West Street in Yangshuo has developed into the most prosperous area in Yangshuo. The signboards of all the stores and restaurants on this street have foreign names written on them, and foreigners are seen here and there.
At night, the restaurants in Foreigners' Street are crowded with diners. Decorated with tree bark, palm leaves and colorful lights, these restaurants all boast their own masterpieces. Quite a lot of tourists who want to stay in Yangshuo for some time stay here and get a job working in a restaurant as a cook. Because Yangshuo West Street is the symbol of this county, someone said, if has not been to West Street, he/she is regarded as having not been to Yangshuo. It is also a well-know brand.
The reputation of the street is not superior to the Wall Street in New York, the Downing Street in London, the avenue des champs-elysees in Paris, and the Chang'an Street in Beijing. With its unique charm, West Street attracts tens of thousands tourists from home and abroad. Yangshuo West Street is said to be a street having the most foreigners visited in China; every year witnesses foreign tourists three times as many as local residents come and go. Some foreigners come to learn Chinese, to spend holidays, to work in the restaurant while learning how to cook Chinese food; others may come for mixed marriage. It is a wonder that each year hundreds of thousands of foreigners come to the West Street to go sightseeing, live, work and study and at times, foreigners outnumber Chinese. Therefore, West Street is also called "foreigners' street".
West Street being modern and fashionable, nearly every store has bilingual shop signs, and more than 20 stores have been opened by foreigners who have settled here. Don't be surprised if you hear English words spoken by elderly Chinese women, for West Street is called 'the global village'. Whether you are Chinese or a foreigner, West Street is a terrific place to rest, both physical and psychological. West Street will drive all of your pressures and burdens away, and give you a calmer view of life. It shows different faces at different times: calm and peaceful in the morning, while trendy and modern in the evening.
Traveling to West Street is an experience to be with the landscape, with the people, with the soul, and with yourself. West Street building is distinctive, match well of Chinese and western elements. Part of the building in the West Street retained the style of primitive simplicity and elegant of north Guangxi buildings during the Ming and Qing dynasties, like Chinese style tile, slope roof, white wall, balcony, stone street; the cafe bars on both sides of the street is European architectural style, and the buildings are mostly three to four layers, the top has a bell tower and the castle, the arcade-house of column is round, door and window is also a semicircle arch with different colors, red, green, blue, all in harmony. Building looks like art statue in the West Street, very beautiful. Yangshuo West Street is the oldest street of Yangshuo County.
In the early 1970s, Yangshuo was opening to the outside world. Western visitors found West Street, those who were tired due to the bustling city and the fast pace of work found the "harbor" to have a rest here. At the same time, they are showing interest in simple and primitive dwelling, traditional culture and folk customs, and they write their unique feelings of Yangshuo West Street in the travel guide book.