Xianggongshan Hill in Yangshuo County, Guilin

Why is Xianggongshan Hill So Special?

At first, Xianggong Mountain was just a small karst hill on the west bank of Lijiang River in Yangshuo County, Guilin. A few years ago, a local photographer took some photos on this mountain top and won a bronze medal in an international photography competition. Xianggong Mountain became famous overnight. Since then, it has become a popular tourist destination for enthusiastic photographers.

Where is Xianggongshan Hill

Xianggong Mountain is located between picturesque mural mountain and Huangbu Beach of Xingping Town, also known as Xianggong Mountain, about 28 kilometers (18 miles) from Yangshuo and 57 kilometers (35 miles) from Guilin. Xianggong refers to ancient government officials. The whole mountain looks like a man in an official hat and a feudal Chinese costume, hence its name. It was also named Hebaoshan by the local people after the village of Hebao at its foot.

Main Attraction of Xianggongshan Hill

There is a row of grey ceramic tile houses at the entrance. A wooden plaque is hung above the main entrance with four Chinese characters engraved on it, meaning to provide a panoramic view. From these words, you can guess how Xianggong Mountain will entertain you. Through the entrance, you will begin to climb the stone steps. On the way, you may think that the scenery here is dwarfed by so many beautiful scenic spots in Yangshuo. However, when you reach the top of the mountain in about 15 minutes, you will be amazed at the beautiful scenery.

Standing on the three-storey sightseeing stage, you can look over a panorama of Yangshuo landscape. The meandering Li River, embraced by rolling hills on both banks, makes a 180-degree bend here. The sea of clouds, sunrise and rosy sunglows will surely not disappoint you. Looking downwards, boats and bamboo rafts sail down the river. Fishermen work on the river side. White farming houses are scattered here and there on the vast fields. In the distance, hills rise one above the other, partly visible and partly hidden. In sunny days, the water surface is checkered with sunlight and shadows, making you believe that you have set foot on a wonderland.

If you come to Yangshuo, do not miss Xianggong Mountain, the best spot to have a bird view of the sceneries along Li River! Just press the shutter and keep Yangshuo a life-long memory!

Best Time to Travel Xianggongshan 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.

Photography skills

  • The best time to take photos here is in the sunny morning, so pay attention to the weather forecast before going there. If you want to photograph the sunrise, you need to reach the mountain at about 5 o’clock in the morning.
  • It is suggested to live in Xianggong Mountain Villa at the foot of the mountain. By the way, the host can show you other scenic spots nearby and provide you with an excellent photography angle.

How To Get  There

How to Get to Xianggong Mountain from Yangshuo

  • Rent a car from Yangshuo to Xianggong Mountain. The cost is around CNY 300 for a round trip.
  • Take a bus to Putao Town from Yangshuo Bus Station or the exit of West Street. Then rent a car to arrive at the mountain. The rent is around CNY 80 per car. Alternatively, you can take a motorcycle taxi from Putao Town, at the price of about CNY 30.
  •  There is another way for hikers: Take a bus from Yangshuo Bus Station to Xingping Town. It takes 40 minutes to get there and ticket fare is CNY 10. Then walk to the Xingping Dock to rent a bamboo raft to go upstream and leave the raft at Lengshui Ferry. Then hike along the country road for one or two hours to the mountain.

How to Get to Xianggong Mountain from Guilin

  • Take a bus to Yangshuo from Guilin General Bus Station and get off at Putao Town or Baisha Town. Then rent a car to arrive at the mountain.
  • First, take a bus to Yangshuo or Xingping. The bus departs from Guilin Bus station to Xingping at 07:00, 08:00, 13:00, and 14:00 and the ticket fare is CNY 31. Then choose one of the above routes.

Useful Travel Tips

Entrance Fee CNY 60
Opening Hours All day

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Edited by Doreen/张洋