Situated in the center of Yangshuo County, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Over the last 20-some years, West Street has become a meeting place for eastern and western cultures, and the biggest ‘foreign language center’ in China. West Street is the most prosperous district in Yangshuo, and each year, approximately 100,000 foreigners come here as part of their travels or to attend advanced studies.Many foreign visitors are so attracted to West Street by its unique mix of cultures that they have decided to settle here.
West Street is 517 meters (1,696 feet) long and 8 meters (26 feet) wide, meandering in an ‘S’ along its length. Being completely paved with marble it is a typical example of a traditional southern China street. It is greatly admired by foreigners for its simplistic style and courtyard-like atmosphere. There is a saying about West Street that ‘half is village while the other half is stores’.It is a typical example of a southern China street for its courtyard-setting and marble pavement. West Street is filled with shops and stands selling various kinds of snacks and souvenirs. You will be surrounded by the traditional folk life and international elements.
Since being opened up to the outside world in 1978, West Street has received countless international travelers from all around the globe, and it has been reputed as the “Earth Village in China”.
West Street reflects different atmospheres at different times: peaceful and calm in the daytime, while bustle and trendy in the evening. Traveling to West Street is an intimate touch with nature, landscape, soul and yourself. It drives away your pressures and worries, and fill your heart with pleasure and relax.