Built during the Sui Dynasty (581 – 618) around 590 AD, the West Street is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction of Yangshuo County. It is situated in the center of Yangshuo, about 517 meters long and 8 meters wide, winding its way in an 'S' shape along its length. It is a typical example of a southern China street for its courtyard-setting and marble pavement. The style of buildings is quaint which belong to Ming and Qing Dynasty. You can see the Chinese-style tile, pitched roof and hanging balcony in the West Street.
West Street style, a Foreigners' Street filled with western style, strongly individualizes Yangshuo. Everyone who has been to West Street feels it at home and warm. As the first “Foreigners' Street”, the biggest Foreign Language Corner and a true global village in China, West Street attracts many domestic and foreign visitors by its unique mix of cultures that they have decided to settle here.
The West Street is an ancient street, with a bit of Chinese history on every corner. Here was the place for Dr. Sun Yat-sen making a speech and the former residence of the master - Mr. Xu Beihong. Besides, hundreds of leaders at home and abroad had visited to West Street. The West Street is filled with shops and stands selling various kinds of Chinese traditional ornament: Chinese knot, Chinese Purse and Ping An Fu etc. Besides, there are different kinds of snacks and souvenirs, too. You will be surrounded by the traditional folk life and international elements.
The West Street is an ideal place for vacation. Traveling to West Street is an intimate touch with nature, landscape, soul and yourself. It drives away your pressures and worries, and fill your heart with pleasure and relax. It combines the oriental culture with western culture. Here you can not only appreciate the exoticness, but also study the language you need. Each year, approximately 100,000 foreigners come here to travel or attend advanced studies.
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