Being one of the four famous mountains in Guangzhou, the views would've been spectacular if it weren't for all the pollution. I went over Chinese New Year and so did half of the rest of China - I was travelling by myself so I was glad that there were other people around, but it was very crowded in some of the more popular spots. Locals have a tendency to litter everywhere, so some of the views are spoilt not only by the haze but by the shocking amount of plastic bottles and food wrappers everywhere.
The entrance fee was 96RMB, but the regular price is 100RMB (120RMB on holidays, but I don't know which ones). The ticket is good for 24 hours.
I arrived at around noon (took a 40 minute bus ride from the Shaoguan East Railway Station for 18RMB) and hiked the Elder Peak for about 3 hours. I then headed for the Yangyuan Mountain area, and spent about 2 hours in there.
I stayed in a hotel outside the gates but there are actually hotels within the park itself - look for hotels around the Yangyuan Mountain because you will save a bit of time (maybe 20-30 minutes each way) not having to leave the park.
The second day I hiked the entire Yangyuan Mountain area and there were far fewer people than Elder Peak. I wouldn't recommend bringing young children up that mountain as the descent is very steep - in some places, the railing for the stairs went vertically down.
I would definitely recommend putting aside two days for this.
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