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“Not Recommned to Tourists in Yangshuo”
Review of Moon Hill

Moon Hill
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1 Day Yangshuo Countryside Moderate Cycling...
Reviewed May 26, 2014

It was the traditional attraction in Yangshuo county, Guilin. But now, I do not recommend it to tourists in Yangshuo. The construction of this attraction is poor and the only reason for you to visit Moon Hill is to go up to the top of the hill. If you want to go up to the mountain, you can choose the ones in Guilin. In Yangshuo, tourists should take some activities such as cycling in the county, rafting on the Yulong River and walking through the West Street.

1  Thank Feng079
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Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

A doable 800 stairs journey to the top. The view is amazing and definitely worth the effort. Up and down takes about 1hr and the enterence is 15 RMB. It's fun to hire a bike and cycle to moonhill because the scenery around the hill is breathtaking as well.

2  Thank paulavisscher
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

Background: As an optional excursion while staying in Yangshuo, our tour group opted to visit this unique geological feature. Moon Hill is a small mountain with a karst pinnacle, at the centre of which is a moon-shaped hole (what remained of an ancient limestone cave). It is located a few miles south of town and across from Jingbao River along Hwy 321.

PROS: While it is definitely not walking distance from town, it may be reached by local bus or (more fun) by cycling through the countryside. I was able to conserve some energy by renting an electric-powered bicycle. It will take about 20 mins or so to negotiate the 800+ paved steps to the base of the moon arch, and about 45 mins to the summit. (When we were there, someone was rock-climbing the inside of the arch.) It's considerably steeper and rougher to the summit itself, but it is entirely doable. As a reward, you will be afforded broad, panoramic views of the countryside. On your way back, pass by the Moon Hill Café for a cold beer (¥20), specialty coffee (¥18-25), a can of Coke (¥5), orange-mango juice (¥8) or what I ordered: Snicker's Chocolate Shake (¥22).

CONS: There is an entrance fee. It is a simple hike with a well-marked trail, but the climb itself would be moderately difficult to novice hikers. Granted, some stretches of the trail can be difficult and challenging, but nothing that an average person with a moderate level of physical fitness cannot accomplish. Along the way, hordes of souvenir hawkers and drink vendors follow you around.

TIP: Before you go, watch whether it's foggy or rainy in Yangshuo. If it is, chances are your climb will be slippery and your views from the top would be crappy. Go in good weather and early in the morning, before the hot sun and the rest of the world descend on the place. A lot of locals will "volunteer" as a guide (for a fee, of course), but you won't really need them. There are no side trails; you won't get lost. You may want to bring bottled water, but then there's Moon Hill Café at the entrance to the trail. At high noon, the bright sun may overwhelm (washout) the scenery to render them less photogenic. From my experience, landscape photos are better taken around sunrise or sunset. Surely, the contrasting shadows at dusk allowed the knobby karst hills to stand out better.

Verdict: I suspect that, when people say that the topside scenery was so-so and really underwhelming, it is because they saw it at a less-than-flattering light (much like a gorgeous fashion model when she first wakes up). To be fair, we are not talking here about Machu Picchu at sunrise after a 4-day Inca Trail hike. It may not be a photographer's mecca, but it is worth climbing for the sense of accomplishment -- if nothing else. Grade B+.

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3  Thank Eternal_Nomad_12
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

Get ready for LOTS of stairs! I love hiking, so I don't mind them. It can be hot and humid, so it doesn't make for an easy climb.

It's all worth it when you get to the bottom of the moon, but if you bypass the "Don't walk this way" signs and keep climbing higher, you'll find yourself on the top of the moon for two 360 degree, breathtaking views of mountain after Yangshuo mountain. There are no pictures to gather what your eyes will spoil you with. Enjoy.

Note: Don't waste your time or money finding a guide. There are clearly marked paths, and it's a straight shot to the top.

Thank Lauren G
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

Yangshuo is definitely not the only West Street, but also Moon Hill. My friends and I rode a bike to the foot of the hill, but didn't climb it. I think the scenery is just so so.

Thank Helena L
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