Moon Hill in Yangshuo County, Guilin
Because there is a big hole through the top of the mountain, like a bright moon, high and bright, so people call it the moon peak, commonly known as the moon mountain.
English Name: Moon Hill in Yangshuo County, Guilin
Type: Guilin Scenic Area, Guilin famous spots & Guilin attractions
Best Time: All Year Around
Recommended Visiting Hours: 2-3 hours
Location: Yangshuo County, Guilin City
Why is Moon Hill So Special?
There is a natural big stone arch on the mountain top, which runs through both sides and looks like the bright moon in the sky from afar. Seen from different angles, the shape of this hole is also constantly changing. If you are driving a car to admire the moon mountain, the shape of the stone arch will gradually change from the curved first-quarter moon to the half moon, the full moon, and then to the second-quarter moon, which is very wonderful.
Where is Moon Hill
Rock Climbing of Moon Hill
Yangshuo County has long been a popular destination for rock climbing. It enjoys about ten climbing places and over 900 climbing routes. Annual Yangshuo Climbing Festival is the grandest of its kind in China and even in Asia, attracting thousands of climbers from home and abroad. The Moon Hill is one of these sought-after climbing places. The climbing site is at the hilltop and it takes nearly twenty minutes to reach it. In total there are 15 routes. The first route was pioneered by the American climber Todd Skinner in 1992. And the route no. 14, as long as 30m (100 feet), is one of the most demanding natural rock climbing routes in China.
Main Attraction of Moon Hill
The Moon Mountain is reputed as one of the world’s famous mountains, fairy mountain and Lingshan mountain. The 800-grade climbing road paved with marble can reach the Moon Palace. The moon palace is about 50 meters high and wide, with many milky stones inside, like Chang ‘e and Yu Mian, which is consistent with the myth of the Guanghan Palace. Seen from different angles of the moon viewing road below the mountain, the full moon, half moon, eyebrow moon and other different shapes can be seen. In just a few minutes, you can see the dynamic landscape of the change of the moon’s brightness and brightness, which can also be regarded as a wonder in Yangshuo County. There are beauty dressing, Crouching Tiger Mountain, Jiuniu Ridge and other scenic spots around Moon Mountain.
The hill is 230 meters (756 feet) high and looks like a huge screen. There is another mountain behind the moon mountain as a reference, and you will find that the moon changes from a new moon to an old moon and then to a full moon. On the front of this mountain is Li village, which opens the way for tourists to enjoy the moon. Walking along the path, you will appreciate the ups and downs of the moon. This village is also the best place to take long-term photos of the Moon Mountain.
800 marble steps lead tourists to the “moon palace” on the top of the mountain. In this huge palace with a diameter of about 50 meters (55 yards), you will find a smooth wall and various stalactites hanging from the ceiling. Local people think that the three of them look like fairy Chang ‘e, jade rabbit and woodcutter Wu Gang. On a clear day, the blue sky and white clouds form a wonderful background against the cave. On the night of Mid-Autumn Festival, people will light lanterns made of grapefruit on the grassland at the foot of the mountain and put them into the Lijiang River at midnight to express their best wishes.
Best Time to Travel Moon Hill
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
The Moon Hill is only 8km (5 miles) away from Yangshuo County and you can reach it by many ways.
- You can hike from Yangshuo to there, and it takes around 2-4 hours.
- Another popular way is to rent a bike or a motorbike. A bike costs about CNY 10-20 per day and a motorbike may cost a bit more. A deposit of CNY 100 or CNY 200 is needed. It takes about an hour by bike.
- You can take a bus bound for Gaotian Town and get off at the Moon Hill.
- Or you can drift along Yulong River to Gongnong Bridge, and then walk or bike southwest for a few minutes.
Useful Travel Tips
|Entrance Fee||CNY 11|
|Opening Hours||8:00 – 17:30|
|Recommended Time for a Visit||One or two hours|
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