Xingping, 25 kilometers northeast of Yangshuo, is located on the eastern bank of Li River. It is the one of the most beautiful ancient towns along the river. With a history of more than 1300 years, the historical and cultural relics in the town remain intact. They include slab-stone streets, the ruins of Xingping County of the Southern and Northern Dynasties, the buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and so on.
Xingping Ancient Town was once the largest town along the Li River. It is now one of the most renowned ancient towns in Guangxi. Xingping is famous for its calm waters, peculiar peaks, and steep cliffs that form a fantastic landscape. The mountains surrounding the town appear to keep it away from the noise of the modern world.
If you were to stand at the wharf of Xingping and face the Li River you could see the scenery is the same found on a 20 Yuan note. Additionally, Guilin’s best-preserved temple which is known as Tengjiao Temple was built in the Ming Dynasty and is located in Xingping.
Many state leaders have visited Xingping Ancient Town and spoke highly of the unique scenery there. Among them were Premier Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, and so on. In July 1998, the then American President, Bill Clinton, visited an old fishing village of Xingping and praised the originality of it.