Shutong Hill

Shutong Hill, Yangshuo
Yangshuo Shutong Hill

Shutong Hill, aka Schoolboy Hill in English, rises up on the right bank of the Li River, about 1.2 miles (2km) from southeast Yangshuo County of Guilin. With a height of nearly 100m (328 feet), it is the smallest hill along the Li River. Seen from a distance, the hill looks like a beauty standing gracefully by the river. While approaching the hill, you will notice a rock stretching out from a slot on the north hillside. Imaginative villagers think that the whole unit looks like a schoolboy, who is reading attentively with a book in his hands. Hence, the hill's name. Some also call it Mast Hill because of its column-shaped body.


Interesting Fairytale About Shutong Hill

A local legend explains the origin of this hill. It says that a long time ago, there was an evil dragon in the Li River. It often hovered around the river and harmed local people. One day, a schoolboy got a sealed book, which described a way to conquer this vicious creature. When the dragon saw this book, it fell down suddenly to the river. For fear that the dragon might play dead, the boy, holding the sealed book, changed himself into a hill by the riverside to protect the local people. To memorialize this kind schoolboy, the hill was named Schoolboy Hill.


Chanticleer Hill and Zhuobi Peak

On the south of the hill stands the majestic Chanticleer Hill, which looks like a rooster crowing at dawn. The Shutong Hill and the Chanticleer Hill compose a scene of 'studying at dawn'. Coincidently, it corresponds to an ancient story in China about a man who got up in the early dawn everyday and learned earnestly and then became a brilliant general later.

Zhuobi Peak, resembling an upside-down writing brush, sits to the east of Shutong Hill. People say it’s a magic writing brush thrown by the famous Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai.

Other surrounding peaks include Lingren Peak and Thumb Peak. These peaks are mirrored in the still water of the Li River, like a colorful landscape painting. Looking around, Tianjia Bay, studded with hamlets and bamboo, lies to the west of Shutong Hill. Along these mountains and Li River are old buildings and bridges.

Shutong Hill is in the Sanjie Liu Above-Water Park, which is called “Diamond Watercourse” by local people. Stretching from Sanjie Liu Sing Fair to Fuli Ancient Town, this section enjoys charming scenery with water and hills. With bamboo rafts available at Shutong Hill Dock, visitors can be fully immersed in the scenery.

How to get to Shutong Hill

Visitors can reach the hill from Yangshuo by foot within half an hour. Riding a bicycle takes about ten minutes. The rent is CNY 10-20 per day and you need to deposit CNY 100. Visitors can also take a bamboo raft from Yangshuo and disembark at Shutong Hill Dock.

Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours All day long
Recommended Time for a Visit One hour

 Nearby Attractions
 Sanjie Liu Sing Fair is only a few feet away from the hill. It is the largest natural theater over the world, where you will enjoy the amazing show Impression Sanjie Liu. The show is definitely a feast for your eyes and ears.
 Xueshi Ridge, or Snow Lion Ridge, is located at the northeast of Schoolboy Hill. The hill is named so because it is shaped like a magnificent lion and the exposed rock is as white as snow.

- Last updated on Apr. 18, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Shutong Hill
Asked by Teresa from MALAYSIA | Mar. 14, 2015 02:08Reply
Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
May I know where I can book or take the cruise? Am leaving Guilin in 18 March for YS and will be spending a night there. Btw, how much is the cruise and how long will it take?
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Answered by Nick from INDONESIA | Mar. 16, 2015 20:06

In Guilin, you can book the cruise through most hotels or local travel agencies, or you can go to the Zhujiang port to buy the tickets on the spot.

You can take the cruise from Zhujiang Port to Shuidongmen Port. The cruise takes about 4.5 hours and the fare is CNY290 around.
Asked by Teresa from MALAYSIA | Mar. 13, 2015 03:25Reply
From Guilin Riverside Hostel to Yangshuo Rosewood Hotel.
What is the best transport?
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Answered by Linda from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 13, 2015 04:26

You can walk about 720 yards to GL General Bus Station, where you can take direct buses to Yangshuo. Upon your arrival, you can take a taxi to the hotel.
Asked by sue from MALAYSIA | Sep. 02, 2013 02:24Reply
what is the suit place to go at Yangshuo for infant and senior citizen?
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Answered by Tiana from PHIL | Sep. 07, 2013 00:59

Do you refer to the attractions or hotels to stay? If for travel, it is highly suggested to enjoy the cruise between Guilin and YS. Besides, all of you should not miss the Impression Sanjie Liu show there.
Asked by Casey Tan from MALAYSIA | Jul. 23, 2013 00:08Reply
what is the temp in guilin and yangshuo from 06/01/14 to 20/1/14? how many degrees?
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Answered by Candy | Jul. 23, 2013 04:53

The average temperature is around 1 to 5C according to the previous records and it may even snow.
Answered by Casey Tan from MALAYSIA | Jul. 23, 2013 06:35

Thank you Candy. I know what clothing to wear now.
Asked by Ms.joyce from MALAYSIA | Sep. 24, 2009 10:31Reply
I will be planning to joint thd 5/4n tour package to guilin in 27/11/09 with my family. May i know what season by that time? Should I bring along sweater & glove?
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Answered by Ms.Wei from CHINA | Sep. 25, 2009 19:34

Its summer in Guilin so you can just bring some T-shirt here. But if you are going to visit the rice terrace in Longsheng and spend a night there, maybe you would like to bring some cloth with long sleeve because it might be a bit cold in the moring and night there. Good luck with your trip:)
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