The picturesque county of Yangshuo is said to have been founded in the year 265. Some two hundred years later, in 590, which were during the Sui Dynasty, the county seat was moved from its original location to where it currently is today, in the town of Yangshuo. During the Tang Dynasty, in 621 a section of Yangshuo County was split off from the majority of the county and it was renamed as its own county; Guiyi County remained an independent county for just a few years and in 627 it was reabsorbed into Yangshuo County.
Yangshuo County has for many centuries been under the jurisdiction of the nearby city of Guilin, but in 1949 Yangshuo County was granted liberation and was able to build its own government that comprised of its own local people. In 1981 Yangshuo County was once against placed back into the administrative control of Guilin City.
While it does have something of a turbulent political history, Yangshuo remains one of the most scenic areas in the world. With the attention that it has received through television shows and through various sports enthusiasts, Yangshuo has evolved into a tourism hotspot that is also well-known for exceptional biking trails and rock climbing adventures.
With 1,400 years of rich and diverse history surrounding Yangshuo, the region has a deep and traditional culture that includes a significant amount of diversity in the ethnic groups that make up the population. Some of the ethnic minority groups in the region include Yao, Hui, and Zhuang; all of whom add rich diversity to the region by way of influencing local festivals, local food, and even fashion.
Some of the specialty foods unique to this region have been influenced by the various cultures that make up this beautiful part of the world. Guests to the city can enjoy Niang dishes, Beer Fish, Shatian Shaddocks, mouthwatering kumquats and rich chestnuts.
Cultural influences can also be found in the architecture of the buildings that make up this quaint region, and also in the souvenirs that tourist take home with them. From beautifully handcrafted fans to samplings of some of the local rice snacks, the influences of the diverse and rich culture that is Yangshuo makes it easy to see.