- On Mar 04,2016
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Petty Bourgeoisie: Yangshuo West Street Story
Yangshuo West Street is an oldest street in Yangshuo county with time-honored history of more than 1400 years. But it is known for its terrific image of "The World Village", and "the home of modern human being", etc. Because this street is on the west side of the town of Yangshuo, so we call it West Street.
This ancient street of 1180 meters in length and 8 metres in width was built during Suikai Huang years (AD 590), and it was only 200 meters long and 5 meters wide at that time. In ancient time, this street only has several shops selling daily necessities and most of resident are farmers. For 1000 years, this street is still remaining the style of "half village, half stores", which makes West Street keep the traditional flavour and look of typical southern towns and villages and also forms double faces of city and village residents.
Since the early 1970s, Yangshuo was opened to the public. Many of western tourist come to Yangshuo and find there is a charming street among those azure blue sky and crystal clean water after they toured Guilin Lijiang River which is the largest and most beautiful karst scenery in the world. Like Columbus having found the New Continent, western people are curious about West Street and write their impression on guidebook published in western country. At 1980s, self service tourist found Yangshuo West Street through the guidebook. Then western people who is always trapped in fast-paced work and city noisy find harbour for taking a rest seemingly. After that, more and more tourists choose here for tour. Yangshuo West Street is the most densely populated street with western people. Every year, western tourist came here for leisure tour is 3 times of Yangshuo residents. West Street is the biggest foreign language corner in China, what's more, it also has highest rate of marriage with a foreigners in China. Hence, travel expert and scholar called this as "Yangshuo phenomenon on China Tourism" and China's "The World Village" attracting attentions of Chinese people and even the world. Meanwhile, it enriched Yangshuo with more exotic flavor.
Specialties like Scroll paintings, Southern Candies, Landscape Paintings, Yangshuo Painted Fan, Paper Umbrellas, Bamboo and Wooden Carvings, Guilin Sanhua Alcohol and Weaved Grass Craftworks are all what you can not miss along your travel, which are easily available in such local famous markets as Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, Zhongshan Street, Xi Cheng Lu Pedestrian Street and West Street in Yangshuo.