Xianggong Mountain

In the beginning, Xianggong Mountain was merely an obscure small karst hill on the west bank of Li River in Yangshuo County of Guilin. A few years ago, a local photographer took some pictures on the top of this mountain and won the bronze prize in an international photography contest, making Xianggong Mountain famous overnight. From then on, it became a popular tourist destination beloved by enthusiastic photographers.
Distant View Photo of Li River from Xianggong Mountain
Distant View of Li River from Xianggong Hill
Xianggong Hill in Yangshuo
Sightseeing Platform
Lying between the picturesque Mural Hill and Yellow Cloth Shoal in Xingping Town, Xianggong Mountain, also known as Xianggong Hill, is about 28 km (18 miles) from Yangshuo and 57 km (35 miles) from Guilin. Xianggong refers to a government official in ancient times. The whole mountain looks like a man wearing an official hat and costume of feudal China, hence the name. It is also named Hebao Mountain by locals after the Hebao Village at its foot.

At the entrance, there is a row of grey-tiled houses. A wood plaque hangs right above the middle gate, inscribed with four Chinese characters “Jin Shou Yan Di”, meaning providing a panoramic view. From these words, you may guess how Xianggong Mountain will entertain you. Passing through the entrance, you will start to climb stone steps. On the way, you may think that the scenery pales in comparison with so many beautiful scenic spots in Yangshuo. However, after about 15 minutes when you reach the top, you will marvel at the gorgeous view.
Viewing Platform
15 Minutes' Walk to the Mountain Top
Xianggong Mountain, Yangshuo
Li River Seen from the Mountain Top
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!

Photography Tips

1. The best time to take photos here is in the early morning on sunny days, so keep an eye on the weather forecast before going there. If you want to shoot the sunrise, you need to arrive at the mountain around five o’clock in the morning.
2. It’s advised to lodge in the Xianggong Mountain Villa at the mountain foot. By the way, the host can show you around to other nearby scenic sites offering wonderful angles for photography.
Sunrise at Xianggong Mountain Xianggong Hill in Yangshuo

How to Get to Xianggong Mountain from Yangshuo

1. Rent a car from Yangshuo to Xianggong Mountain. The cost is around CNY 300 for a round trip.
2. 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.
3. 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 from Guilin South Bus Station to Yangshuo Bus Station, then transfer to a direct bus to Yangshuo Xingping Bus Station. Walk westward for about 10 minutes to Xingping Dock and buy a ticket for sightseeing bus to Mashan Dock. Then, walk to the nearby Lengshui Ferry to take a boat to the Mural Hill Dock where you can take a private car of the local villagers to Xianggong Mountain.

From Xingping Dock, you can also take a raft to Mural Hill and then take the private car to the mountain.

Entrance Fee & Opening Hours

Entrance Fee CNY 60
Half ticket for minors aged 6-18 and seniors aged 60 - 65.
Free for children under 1.2m (3.9 feet) and seniors over 65.
Opening Hours 06:00 - 18:00
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- Last updated on Apr. 10, 2024 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Xianggong Mountain
Asked by mallika from BANGLADESH | Oct. 16, 2019 02:37Reply
travelling Xianggong Mountain on my way
is there any place to keep my luggage in putao town ?? I want to come from guilin and after visiting I want to go to Yangshuo to stay. so I need a place to keep my luggage.
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry from CANADA | Oct. 17, 2019 19:11

Well, maybe you need to store your luggage at your hotel.
Asked by Muhammad Kamran Khan from PAKISTAN | Jul. 20, 2019 06:45Reply
Is it possible to see Xianggong Mountain from Yangshuo,then go to Guilin rather than to Yangshuo?
After staying at Yangshuo, Is it possible that i visit the mountain from Yangshuo and then go to Guilin in one go rather than coming back to Yangshuo?
Answers (3)
Answered by Tess from USA | Jul. 22, 2019 00:35

Yes, if you want to go to Guilin from the mountain, then it is suggested to hire a car.
Answered by Muhammad Kamran Khan from PAKISTAN | Jul. 22, 2019 03:08

But hiring a car will be more expensive option, any local bus transport service from the xianggang to Guilin? Or i must need to come back to Yangshuo?
Answered by Tess from USA | Jul. 22, 2019 18:58

Yes, you need to go back to Yangshuo.
Asked by Guest 1 from HONG KONG | Jun. 18, 2019 07:20Reply
Is there another way to get to Xianggong hill from Xing Ping?
We were recommended to get a raft to Leng Shui then hike 1.5 hours to get there. Is there any transport or people offering scooter rides for this part?
Answers (2)
Answered by Jade from FRANCE | Jun. 18, 2019 19:53

Yes, you can hire scooter or private car. It costs about CNY260-300 for a round journey by car but I'm not clear about the price of scooter rides.
Answered by Emily from HONG KONG | Jun. 19, 2019 23:40

wow. it's only 6km one way but so expensive ! thanks!
Asked by mir from BANGLADESH | Apr. 24, 2019 02:30Reply
How can i go from Yangshuo to Xianggong Mountain early morning to see sun rise?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nelson from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 25, 2019 18:38

Hi, it is said there is special tourist bus line departing from Yangshuo but I'm not very sure about it. However, you can consult your hotel, they may know more information. If there is no public transportation, the only way is to hire a private car. Or you are suggested to go to the mountain area one day in advance.
Asked by Graeme Chow from SINGAPORE | Mar. 10, 2019 05:24Reply
I would like to take the photo of misty effect with sunrise at xianggong hill.
Any advice whether Mid April is the good timing to take the shoot there?
Answers (2)
Answered by Nina from MALAYSIA | Mar. 11, 2019 02:05

Yes, April is a good time and you need to pay attention to the weather forecast.
Answered by graeme chow from SINGAPORE | Mar. 11, 2019 03:52

Yes I checked the forecast it is more warmer temperature and have better sunshine. THANKS Nina!
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