Fuli Ancient Town in Yangshuo County, Guilin

Why is Fuli Ancient Town So Special?

Fuli Ancient Town is known also as Chinese Painted Fan Town as exquisitely painted fans are created here. When you walk along the town’s Ancient Street, you will find a great variety of painted fans for sale. They are handcrafted from mao bamboo from beside Li River and local tissue paper. Open a fan, and you will see a beautiful and colorful painted Guilin landscape or a poem extolling the wonders of Yangshuo.

Where is Fuli Ancient Town

Fuli ancient town is 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) away from Yangshuo, Guilin, and has a history of more than 1,000 years. This town with beautiful natural scenery is located at the edge of Lijiang River. 

Main Attraction of Fuli Ancient Town

The exhibition hall includes the Grand Hall, Kuixing Hall and Jielongqiao Hall. The octagonal pillar daguang pavilion stands on the floating dock. The stone tablets in the pavilion are engraved with poems praising the beautiful night scenery and the ancient town of Fuli. In the north of the exhibition hall, you can see Kuixing Hall, a high arch building made of large stone bricks. Jielong bridge pavilion is built on a bridge with a 3-meter (9-foot) high stone shaped like a dragon head.

There are three stones 30 meters (32 yards) from Daguang Pavilion, called Sangu Stone. No one knows when these stones were brought to Fuli ancient town or where they came from. Knock on the stone and you will hear a strong voice like a big clock. There are dozens of banyan trees near the stone.

Nuo Culture and Mazu Culture in Fuli

Fuli ancient town has different cultures, because almost half of the local people are immigrants from Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi and Hunan. Many people observe the ancient Nuo culture originated from primitive tribes. The music and dance of Nuo culture are used to exorcise evil spirits. Another important culture in the town is Mazu culture. Mazu is a sea goddess revered by the people of Guangdong and Fujian provinces. The Temple of Heaven in the town is dedicated to Mazu. The windows, halls and beams of the palace were decorated with carved dragons and phoenix. After entering the palace, you will see two sacred statues of bodhisattva. One is Mazu, also known as Popo, and the other is Gong Gong, which symbolizes kindness and loyalty.

Cultural Fair on Lunar May 8

Every year on the 8th of the fifth lunar month, Fuli ancient town holds a festival to celebrate the birth of the two gods worshipped by the queen of heaven temple. The statue was placed in a red car and transported from the temple to the town’s cultural square. In the square, the parade of colorful flags and sedan chairs was followed by different performing groups, such as yangko, rowing and dragon and lion dance teams. The drum music played throughout the performance was very exciting and interesting. These artistic performances from different parts of China gather here to celebrate and promote people’s pursuit of happiness.

Best Time to Travel Fuli Ancient Town

The best travel time is April to October.

Guilin has a relatively low latitude. Belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate. Generally speaking, Guilin has a mild climate with distinct seasons and excellent climatic conditions. The annual average temperature is 19.3℃, which is said to be “less snow in three winters and flowers in four seasons”. When traveling to Guilin, the best season is from April to October each year, during which there will be two golden weeks of “may day” and “November”, which is also the peak period of tourism. Guilin with suitable climate will have many tourists, room reservation and transportation will also enter a climax, and the price will rise compared with usual. therefore, it is better to avoid this time and choose an off-season to travel and appreciate the beauty of the world.

How To Get  There

  • Take the Yangshuo – Fuli bus and get off at Fuli Ancient Town. The bus departs every 10 minutes from 07:00 to 18:00.
  • Hike from Yangshuo County for one and half hours or ride a bike for around 40 minutes to Fuli Ancient Town.

Useful Travel Tips

Entrance Fee Free of charge
Opening Time All day

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Edited by Doreen/张洋