Cycling to Daxu Ancent town
Surrounded by lush scenery in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of Southeast China is the quiet and rural town of Daxu, one of China's little hidden gems. Located approximately 20 kilometers southeast of Guilin, near the bank of the Li River, Daxu is noted for its well preserved ancient buildings, worn bluestone streets and traditional culture.
The history of Daxu dates back to over 2,000 years ago when it was founded during the era of the Qin Dynasty that ruled in China between the years of 221 and 207 BC. Centuries later during the Ming Dynasty, Daxu thrived as a leading trade and commercial hub due to its close proximity to the Li River. The thirteen docks that can still be seen in Daxu today are the remnants of this former golden age.
As industry, technology and tourism grew and spread elsewhere in China over the next several hundred years, the ancient village of Daxu somehow managed to make time stand still and has maintained its antique architecture and traditional way of life.
What to see in Daxu:
The old street, the historical architecture, the longevity bridge, the 13 docks, the seven stars tombs, the traditional market.
It takes about 1.5 hour by bike from the hostel to Daxu.