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Jan 11 2013

Karst Mountains On Your Doorstep

Recognise that amazing looking mountain?  Yes, you’re right; it’s the same as Independent Travel Help’s logo because this is the place where I took the photo.

People often try to guess the location but, to date, not one person has got it right.  People generally say Vietnam because Northern Vietnam has a similar karst landscape because of its proximity to this place.  So, have you guessed which country it is?  I’m sure you have but, just in case you haven’t…


drum roll please…



To be exact, this little town is called Xingpingzhen which is north of Yangshuo on the Li River.  I got a bus there from Yangshuo and stayed the night so I could appreciate the amazing scenery that surrounds this small town.  It was well worth it.

I chose this for Foto Friday because I love the contrast.  The contrast of the old houses that line a small rather narrow road and in the middle, towering over the buildings, is this rather imposing but natural and beautifully crafted green karst mountain.
mountains, china holiday, houses, li river, yangshuo, small town china, about china, landscape, pictures of mountainsSo, what do you think?  Are you tempted?  Fancy visiting or having some R&R in this small town as I did?  Well, if you would like to have these mountains on your doorstep, I’ve included a map with the location so you can see exactly where Xingpingzhen is…

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If you have been there or are thinking of going, I’d love to hear from you!

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.


  1. Adam

    Hoping to travel to Xingping this summer. Where did you stay?

  2. Teresa Keane

    Hi Adam.

    How wonderful! The scenery is spectacular. I stayed in a hostel, but I can’t remember the name of it. I hadn’t booked anything. I just wandered around after I got off the bus, and found something. It wasn’t the most comfortable place. There was no mattress on the bed, just a plank of wood. Thankfully, I had my self-inflating mat, which helped. I don’t think you’ll have a problem finding a place to stay. Are you a couchsurfer? You could check on there because I’m sure the guy told me he was a couchsurfer. Worse comes to worse, you’ll have to stay in Yangshuo for the night.

    Have fun and let me know what your experience was like!

    Best wishes,


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