I'll be spending five weeks in China. As part of the itinerary, I currently plan on taking a boat down the Li River and staying a couple days in Yangshou, as is popularly recommended.
That said, I'll be returning to China in September for 3-4 weeks which will be dedicated exclusively to traveling through Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan. As part of that, I plan on taking a week traveling between Sanjiang and Kaili.
Based on that, is there any benefit to going to Yangshou and the villages around? While many books, sites recommend it, it's unclear to me if that's because it's a uniquely exquisite region or if it's because it's accessible and established. All things being equal, I'd rather avoid the hordes of tourists (and the associated trappings) that are rumoured to infest the region if I'll be getting something similar by diving deeper into the territory.