This month we chat to Evie from Mumpack Travel about her favourite family holiday in Asia – Yangshou, CHINA. Have you considered Yangshou with kids?
We’ve had a lot of South East Asia suggestions recently on The Asia Interviews, so I was very excited when Evie offered to chat about Yangshou in China. It’s not an obvious place to travel with young kids; I can imagine many parents would worry about the food. But Yangshou really does sound wonderful for little adventurers!
1. Tell us a bit about yourselves. Where are you from and how often do you travel as a family? How old is your little girl?
My name is Evie and my daughter Emmie is eight years old. We have been traveling full time for more than two years now. We spend most of our time in Asia.
2. How many times have you travelled to Asia and why do you love travelling there?
We’ve spent the past two and a half years in Asia, and before that we’d travelled a bit to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Now we have been almost everywhere. We love it because it’s so easy to travel, the people are super friendly and we find it very safe. We love the food, we love the music and dance, we love learning about traditional customs, housing and religion.
3. Why is China your favourite destination?
We love China so much – I think because it always surprises us with its beauty and the people are so friendly. Emmie LOVES the food and she is so picky but give her a pork bun, xialongbao, green beans or shallot cake and she is happy! There’s just something about China that makes us happy.
4. What were your top 3 things to do with kids in Yangshou?
There is so much to do in Yangshuo with kids. Our three favourites were:
- Bamboo rafting down the Yulong River
- Bike riding along pathways through green fields and along the karst mountains
- The Gold Water Cave is hilariously kitsch yet beautiful, and your tour through the inside of the mountain ends with a huge mud bath and slide.
Special mention to the evening show that had me in tears with it beautiful singing and performances. It’s in a natural karst ampitheatre.
5. Where did you stay and do you recommend it?
We stayed at the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat and we loved it. I absolutely recommend this hotel, it is right on the river with lots of grass for kids to play on and bikes to borrow. When it’s hot you can swim right in front of the hotel. The rooms are gorgeous and look over the river and karst mountains and the restaurant serves delicious food. I want to go back!
6. What did the Emmie eat?
Em ate her favourite xioalongbao and also had western meals at the hotel – it has the best kitchen.
7. How did you get around Yangshou?
We took an overnight train from Zhangjaijie to get to Guilan, and used bus and taxi to get to Yangshuo. In Yangshuo we walked, rode bikes, and traveled downriver on bamboo rafts.
8. What is your top tip for families travelling to Yangshou with kids?
We should have stayed longer! I recommend about five days here.
9. What item could you not have done without in Yangshou?
It’s super important to have a VPN so you can access the internet. It only costs $10 a month and will give you access to many sites that are blocked like Google, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix.! Here’s our recommendation.
10. Where are you off to next?
We are off to Singapore, Indonesia and then to Japan!
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