About Yellow Cloth Shoal

The Yellow Cloth Shoal is the most prized and highly showcased representative of China's natural landscape located in Xingping Town in Yangshuo. It gets its name from the yellow flagstone visible under the clear water. The reflection of the landscape in the waters has iconically been printed on the CNY 20 banknote and draws a lot of tourists who enjoy photographing the banknote with the original scenery that it depicts. The best way to enjoy the scenery is by standing at the stern and looking back as the cruise passes by the Yellow Cloth Shoal.

Must See

Reflection of the CNY 20 note scene on the lake surface

How to reach

  • From Guilin, you can take a cruise to Li River in the morning from Zhujiang dock. The 4.5-hour downstream cruise to Yangshuo passes the Yellow Cloth Shoal around noon. 
  • Or you can take a bus from Guilin General Bus Station to Yangdi dock, and then hire a bamboo raft to Xingping Town.
  • Or you can take a bus from Yangshuo bus station to Xingping town which takes 40 minutes. Then walk to the Xingping dock to rent a bamboo raft to go upstream to the shoal or hike for an hour.


  • If you need some picture perfect views of Yellow Cloth Shoal you need an early morning headstart. 
  • If you want to shoot the most stunning sunrise you need to visit between May and August.
  • Timing is crucial for this attraction. Only on a sunny and windless day will you see the clearest reflection so plan accordingly.

Visit Time

Monday to Sunday: Open 24 hours

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Locals charge between CNY 5 to CNY 10 to allow tourists to take photographs from some of the best spots.

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Full day


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