Jiuxian is one of the few villages near Yangshuo that still has a collection of well preserved Qing Dynasty houses. The fortified houses along the front edge of the village overlooking the rice paddies have small slit windows ideal for firing at would-be intruders. Through the village gate lining the stone paths there are many beautiful houses inhabited mainly by older villagers these days. The Li Family Ancestral Hall and Guomingtang General's house can be visited for a small donation. There is even an art gallery in one of the old grey brick houses. There are a couple of local restaurants here and a few small, unobtrusive hotels have opened recently for those who want to escape the crowds in Yangshuo. The village is close to the Yulong River and a popular bamboo rafting and swimming spot in Xiatang. Jiuxian is an ideal place to stop on a bike ride from Yangshuo to the Yulong bridge or Baisha market.