Putao - Zhouzhai
- Shikou - Shangri-La
Neither restaurant nor
shop is found along the trail.
From Yangshuo bus station, take
any bus heading for Guilin or Yangdi (Y5), tell
the driver to drop you off at Putao.
To quit Shangri-la,
stop any bus on the Guilin-Yangshuo highway, with
direction to Yangshuo.
No mark at all. Ask locals for the
From Putao, it's about 11/2
hours to Zhouzhai. Follow the main
road, pass Putao village,
take the road turning to the right. Houses
gradually give way to rice fields. (see left photo
no.1). Later, you will see a waterwheel whirling
water from a pond to the land for irrigation.
Alternative: take a
tractor or moto taxi from Putao to Zhouzhai
(around Y5).and start to walk from
Arriving at Zhouzhai, cross the Wangfu
bridge(see photo no. 2), turn to the right, and
follow the narrow path along the right hand of the
bank for 200 meters, you will discover a beautiful
landscape (see photo no. 3). Continue with the
path along the river, you will discover this
beautiful house (see photo no. 4) nestled at the
foot of a limestone hill, one of few houses
painted in white. In less than 15 minutes, you will
arrive the next village
Shikou.(see photo no. 5)
bridge of Shikou over Yulong river from the
village, and go strait, don't turn to the left as
it will bring you back to Putao in the north.
Head for east, this trail is used by locals to
access the Guilin-Yangshuo highway. In 45 minutes,
you will reach the first junction. The wider path
turning to the right will bring you to Shangri-La.
The narrow trail in the bush goes to the
Shangri-La is a park recently
built along Yulong river for attracting mass
tourists, with ethnic minority dances and
craftwork. Expensive entrance fee (Y40). In front
of the park, you can easily find a bus back to
Written by Suyun in 2003.
1. On the way to
2. Wangfu village in
5. The entrance of Shikou