Laozhaishan Hill in Yangshuo County, Guilin

Why is Laozhaishan Hill So Special?

The mountain is made up of limestone and forms an artesian well at the foot of the mountain on the east side. It is also called “Dajing Mountain” because the water keeps flowing all the year round. The steep road in Laozhai Mountain attracts many photography enthusiasts to climb. The altitude is not high, but there are more than 1,000 steps. Looking from the top of the mountain, Lijiang River turned a corner at the foot of the mountain and cruise ships passed by. In the evening, the small alluvial plain on the back of the big river on the other side of the river, with the mountains reddish and slightly green in the afterglow, is the Xingping afterglow highly praised by the famous painter Xu Beihong.

Where is Laozhaishan Hill

Lijiang River, belonging to the Xijiang River system in the Pearl River Basin, is a generic term for the upper reaches of the tributary Gui Jiang and is located in the northeas t of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Main Attraction of Laozhaishan Hill

Climbing all the way up, both sides are covered with shrubs and forests, with dense branches and leaves, and no scenery to shoot. The road to the top will be very narrow, with no stone slab in part. After all, there are not many people coming, which is understandable. There will also be five tombs, which can be ignored by non-superstitious people.

If you see a stone gate, congratulations, victory is in sight, you should drill through the gate and continue to face upwards. It will be a bit spooky to walk here before dawn. Legend has it that this was the stronghold of bandits before. Now, of course, nobody is safe. It is safe to go there boldly.
When I got to Shizhai Gate, I basically climbed two-thirds of the way.

After passing Shizhaimen, there were several sections of iron ladders over 70 degrees, which were not long and easily climbed up.

After all, the friendly pavilion is blocked by trees and has a limited view. Some people climbed the rocky mountain to see the scenery of the higher mountain, but there were risks. A photographer fell down here and finally gave up. It’s not safe.

Because the peaks in Laozhai Mountain are high and steep, and few people climb them, the conventional tourist routes do not include them, but the locals all know that there is such a famous mountain.  Now you just need to find a local person in Xingping and ask where Laozhai Mountain is, and you can enthusiastically point out how to get there. This shows Laozhai Mountain’s position in the hearts of the local people, and we should not miss this free platform that can see the scenery of Xingping.

Best Time to Travel Laozhaishan 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

A. Guilin North High-speed Railway to Yangshuo, Yangshuo Station to Xingping Special Line Shuttle (refer to fare 5 yuan), and Xingping Station as the terminal. It takes about 15 minutes by car. After getting off, it takes 5-8 minutes to walk to the riverside, which is Laozhai Mountain.

B. Take the bus to Di Yang and float the bamboo raft to Xingping. There is a full bag on the shopping list.
Guilin-Di Yang Wharf Fare+Di Yang-Jiumashan Bamboo Raft Fee+Bamboo Raft Wharf to Xingping Sightseeing Fare. The travel time of Lijiang River bamboo raft wharf in Di Yang is as follows: 08: 00-10: 30 in the morning and 12: 30-13: 35 in the afternoon. When the battery car arrived at Xingping, remember to tell the driver that it was under Laozhai Mountain.

C. Guilin bus terminal has direct access to Xingping 31 yuan, with daily flights of 07:00, 08:00, 13:00 and 14:00.

D. self-driving or car charter: self-driving can navigate and locate itself. the scenic spot has parking lots. no matter from Guilin or yangshuo, the road conditions along the way are very good (national road); The hitch has been cancelled. Didi Express is more expensive. You can get on the bus and negotiate the price with the driver.

Useful Travel Tips

  • There is no admission fee for this mountain. As the mountain road is steep, wear and prevent slippery. At ordinary times, there are fewer people going up the mountain, and both sides of the road are full of branches and luxuriant foliage. The girls had better go together and pay attention to mosquito prevention.
  • If you want to watch the sunrise, also because of the deep mountains and forests, you can hardly see the road before daybreak, please bring your flashlight and other lighting equipment.
  • The sunrise and sunset time can be viewed online, and the time can be calculated before going up the mountain, instead of being forced by the cold in the mountain early (for example, the sunrise is usually at 06: 10 in early September, and it starts to light at 05: 10 an hour before sunrise. In addition, the mountain shape here, the sun cannot be seen until it rises to the mountain at about 06: 40 about half an hour later, taking into account the 50-minute climbing time, so climbing at 5: 50 minutes can ensure that the sunrise cannot be missed. )
  • Looking at the sea of clouds, according to local people, it is easy to see it in the morning in a few sunny days after rain. (When the sun is about to shine, the fog begins to rise on the Lijiang River.)
  • The top of the mountain has two main landscapes, one is Xingping and the other is Lijiang River. great bend, which overlooks Lijiang River for nearly 180 degrees, is very spectacular. In the morning, the Lijiang River is smooth, and in the afternoon it is backlit. Those who are particular about photography need to pay attention.

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Edited by Doreen/张洋