Yangmei Ancient Town

Yangmei Ancient Town, Nanning

Yangmei Ancient Town
Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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3 within 6 miles

21 reviews
Very good

Arnold C
San Francisco, CA695 contributions
Old town
Nov 2019
Very nice preservation of the old town section of Nanning! Nice stroll and lots of silver smiths! Inexpensive gifts in silver!
Written December 5, 2019
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Nanning, China13 contributions
Yangmei Town, not really Ancient
Jul 2016
Lijiang in Yunnan and Pingyao in Shanxi are the gold standards for ancient towns in China. About 20 years ago, looking to capitalize on this trend Yangmei was designated an ancient town by the Nanning government in an effort to boost tourism. Sadly, there's little ancient or interesing about this place. If you want to get a closer look at Guangxi village life, then by all means take te 2 hour trek to go here, just don't expect too much.
Written June 14, 2017
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Bar T
Misgav, Northern District, Israel4 contributions
Nothing special, unfortunately
Jun 2015 • Solo
Well, i went to the city to see some authentic and ancient (obviously) parts. I did all the way from Nanning (about 2
.5-3 hours) and i was disappointed to see just another village. Not much to see. You can take a boat on the river or something ..
Written June 22, 2015
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Nafis A
Australia2,708 contributions
A study in the decline (transformation) of rural China
Nov 2014 • Friends
Yangmei is a (old Chinese) traditional town (or a large village) located at the lower reaches of the Zuojiang River, about 35 kilometers from Nanning. With a history of more than a thousand years, it was built in Song dynasty, continued to prosper through the Ming dynasty, and reached its peak during Qing dynasty. Although it preserves some architectural features from Ming and Qing dynasties, such as ancient streets, a few temples and shrines, some houses and archways, the overall impression is that of a decaying rural community that is being thrust into the modern world of apartment blocks and modern transport and facilities. With exodus of the younger population to more urban settings the population of Yangmei is dwindling and the proportion of elder folks is on the increase as evident during a visit to the town. Yangmei is a study in the current decline and decay of rural China of the old due to the improving transport infrastructure and the rise of new urban areas with more attractive options.

The drive from Nanning is pleasant enough but it takes about an hour with all the road and rail constructions taking place around the town. It is worth a visit if one has the time in hand, but do not expect anything on a grand scale. Stroll through some of the old cobbled streets, have a rest at the water front (old river port). There are plenty of hawkers, as expected, with equally predictable items on offer, but there no hard sell. If one is familiar with the rural setting in China, skipping a visit to Yangmei would not be a calamity. Visit if you are passing by, or have plenty of time to burn.
Written December 2, 2014
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Nanning, China22 contributions
Fun day trip from Nanning
Jun 2014 • Friends
If you're living in or visiting Nanning and want to do something different and get out of the city for a day, Yang Mei is an excellent choice. The bus ride is extremely bumpy at the moment, though, so be warned! Don't try to take a taxi or tuk-tuk there, it takes more than an hour by bus and the roads are in rough shape while they re-build the highway in preparation for the highspeed rail. It's best to go here on a weekday, not holidays or weekends.
The locals are friendly, though none speak English. There are signs in English throughout the town explaining the sights, and you can see most of them in an hour or so. You basically wind your way through the old back streets and poke around in old family homes, which have been made open to the public. If you're hungry, be sure to try one of the little fish restaurants down by the town square-- the food is great! Most have no English menu, so try to come prepared with some Chinese phrases if you can't read Chinese.
You can also buy a variety of hand-made souvenirs down by the town square and some local specialties, such as fermented black beans and a wide variety of alcohol.

The bathrooms are all exceptionally clean and even have Western toilets and hand dryers. A first!
Written June 29, 2014
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Hualien, Taiwan13 contributions
Definitely worth to see
Jan 2014 • Solo
Been there last week, it was amazing to see all this ancient buildings. There is hardly any commercial activities in the town, so that's what makes this place worth to travel. People there are very kind if you talk to them, they even invited me to watch TV with them on the street. And you can notice there are so many chickens and cows on the street, they are as free as human being there. There are not many visitors in the town, but Yangmei ancient town is full of history and spirit. Highly recommend to visit.
Written January 26, 2014
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Ru Yi J
Kuching, Malaysia3 contributions
DIY to Yangmei - Easy Bus Ride
Nov 2013 • Friends
I think there are two ways to get to Yangmei. We took the bus ride that didn't need to be on a boat ride.

I visited Yangmei with my friend by taking a 1.5 hours drive directly into the town. It's RMB15 per person per way. The bus station is located at no.198 Hua Qiang Road. It's quite a big gated bus station. (Not a bus stand.. that was what I imagined earlier). Most taxi drivers would know the station. Earliest bus to Yangmei will leave at 8.30am (be early) and the latest to leave Yangmei is 4.30pm.

Note: Be prepared to be sitting on the stools in the event if the bus is full. Remember it's an adventure, and it's just RMB15 per way so don't complain.

The entrance to Yangmei is RMB10 per person to be paid at the entrance of the ancient town where the bus will stop and they will collect from you in the bus. The bus will drop you inside the ancient town.

You can also hire a local guide in Yangmei to help the local tourism that will be RMB20 which is really reasonable. The guide will bring you to all the places of attraction in the ancient town and they have license. We hired one lady at her 60's who approached us and she was really enthusiastic. To me, the ancient town is like a small friendly village.

There are many old ladies making cute little shoes and other ornaments. We bought some to support the local communities. We also had lunch in one of the big boats that were converted into restaurant. We ordered 4 dishes including the famous braised pork belly. We invited the tour guide to join us since it was only the two of us and we spent RMB95 for lunch which was reasonable to us.

Most of the houses were not well maintained like the ones in bigger cities of China that are more touristy but we love it because it's what it should look like (authentic) after hundreds of years. Sad to see mostly elderly and young children like any other places around the world. The younger generations are working in the cities.

There are no big wonders at this place but it's worth the visit if you are into culture and ancient architecture. Overall, I had a lovely morning and we left by using 1pm bus because we needed to catch 6.20pm bus to Vietnam. If not, we would have took more time to explore.
Written December 17, 2013
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Yves B
Santiago, Chile34 contributions
In the country side
Oct 2013 • Solo
Nanning is a new city and people are looking for their roots . During we or national holidays don't expect to be alone in this village which is @30kms from Nanning. Take in account that you will spend a whole day there as it is a 2hours trip to go to Yangmei. Narrow roads , low speed , and a boat to cross the river. Bus departure from Nanning is not easy to find Ask to hotel reception , but not sure they know the answer . It is about 10mn walk from the train, on the left side in front , cross of Zonghua Lu with Hugon Lu. The best is to find some people to share a van with you . Try to leave early (@9:am) to come back early and avoid queueing to cross the river .
The village is nice but a bit crowded as people from Nanning come to Yangwei for a lunch below trees on the river shore.Food is great.
Written October 6, 2013
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Boulder, CO38 contributions
Trip out was as good as the actual attraction
I took my dad from the states out to Yang Mei, an adventure for both of us, when he visited. We hired a taxi and saw more of the real Chinese countryside than we had expected. Lots of twisty roads, farms, water buffalo, and banana farms. We even rode a ferry in our taxi across a river. The town itself is ok. Road buffalo carts for the tour. Saw some old houses, and temples, lots of pickled vegetables being produced, nothing spectacular. Fun just for the heck of it.
Written May 3, 2012
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Boulder, CO38 contributions
Just an old Chinese villages.
I went with my dad who was visiting from the US. We took a taxi to Yang Mei and I have to say the drive there was possibly better than the time there. It is a real live village where locals try to sell their stuff and pull you around in a cow cart. There are ancient houses you can see.
Written August 4, 2011
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