Laozhai mountain

Laozhai mountain / 老寨山.

laozhai mountain at xingping town
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Laozhai mountain or Laozhai hill is located in Xingping town Yangshuo county and offers epic views on Yangshuo li river and the village of Xingping during sunrise,daytime and sunset.Laozhai hill has 2 different viewpoints one located to the east (sunset) and one located to the west( sunset).Another thing about Laozhai hill,there is no entrance fee and open 24/7.Laozhai hill also offers epic views for the milky way and stars.

Please note : Laozhai mountain is not an easy hike as it has steep steps to go up and we dont recommend doing the climb with kids under 10 years.

Keep in mind after heavy rainfall the steps on laozhai mountain can get very slippery.Not a problem when going up,more when getting down.Laozhai mountain have small viewing platforms,only limited to a certain amount of people.Be there on time before sunrise or sunset to secure your spot.Have a look at the 2nd picture (Birds eye pavillion) to get an idea how small the viewing platform for sunrise.



Laozhai mountain : Facts and advice

Location : Xingping village,Yangshuo county

Entrance fee : free

Level : Medium/Hard

Best time to go : sunrise,daytime,sunset and night

Recommended gear : decent shoes,water and flashlight

Toilet available : No

Snacks / drinks available : No

laozhai hill pavillion

Birds eye pavillion on top of laozhai mountain / oriented to the north and east

Laozhai mountain sunrise series : 

Xingping town at dawn / Prints available - LIMITED EDITION

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 Xingping town heavenly rays / Prints available - LIMITED EDITION

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laozhai mountain sea of clouds  / Prints available - LIMITED EDITION

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Laozhai mountain daytime series : 

Xingping town during daytime / Prints available - LIMITED EDITION


Xingping fairyland / Prints available - LIMITED EDITION

Dramatic clouds at the li river / Prints available - LIMITED EDITION

li river

Laozhai mountain sunset series : 

Laozhai mountain sunset / Prints available - LIMITED EDITION

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 Laozhai mountain sunset / Prints available - LIMITED EDITION

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Laozhai mountain or Xianggong mountain for sunrise ? : 

Laozhai mountain :

Pro :

- No entrance fee

- 2 viewpoints ( oriented to the east and west )

Cons : 

- not an easy hike to the top

- small platform to view sunrise and sunset

- No handrail next to stairs

- Not enlit when hiking up for sunrise

Xianggong mountain :

Pro :

- Easy to get to the top

- Very well maintained stairs with handrails and enlit when going up for sunrise.

- Very big viewing platforms

Cons : 

- During weekends and public holidays it can get very crowded

- Entrance fee


Conclusion : Xianggong mountain would be a better choice then Laozhai mountain if its the first time you hike up a hill for sunrise.

Laozhai mountain , best time to visit ?

Spring : Warm and humid.Spring would be from march to May.Temperature goes from 10 degrees to 25 degrees.

Summer : Hot and humid.Summer would be from June to August.Temperature goes to an average of +/- 30 degrees

Autumn : Warm and dry.Autumn is from september to november.The rice fields become golden around october and very pleasant weather during the daytime around 20 degrees and a big drop at night in temperature.

Winter : cold and wet.Winter would be from december to february.Very cold during those months.


Laozhai mountain : How to get there.

Laozhai mountain is located in Xingping town or Xingping village and takes about 45 min by bus from Yangshuo bus station and costs 10 RMB.You can buy the ticket on the bus.

 From Guilin,you can take the high speed train to Yangshuo high speed station that is located in Xingping and takes +/- 20 minutes.From the train station you can get a bus to xingping village and takes +/- 15 min and costs 15 RMB.Get the ticket at the Yangshuo train station.


Conclusion : 

Laozhai mountain have epic views during sunrise and sunset.Combined with li river bend a must do when visiting Xinping and FREE entrance

Did you ever visited Xingping town or would you like to ?


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