Yugou is a small community located directly of the heart of Lingbi stone deposits in northern Anhui province. It is located about midway along the road connecting the city of Xuzhou in Jiangsu province and the city of Lingbi in Anhui province. Yugou is administratively under the control of Lingbi City located about 36 kilometers to South. Both sides of the road in Yugou are lined for four kilometers with shops selling Lingbi stones. Most of these stones originate from nearby fields and hills where the stones are mined by farmers and land owners.
This is an excellent place to come to buy Lingbi stones because of the great variety of stones that are available and for the fact that the stones have not passed through many dealers; thus, you may be able to obtain stones for more reasonable prices. Bear in mind though, that high quality Lingbi stones are in great demand within China and that prices have risen dramatically in recent years. Yugou is accessible only by car and you will need at least half a day just to visit several of the nicer shops along the highway. They range in size from huge, warehouse-sized business displaying over 1,000 stones to small family shops with only a few dozen stones. It is great fun to wander through the stones and learn about the stones that have been prized in China for over 1,000 years.
If you do make this trip, drive a short distance to the new Mineralogical Park that is being developed to preserve and commemorate a historic Song dynasty Lingbi mining site.