Moon Hill (Yueliang Shan)
Moon Hill (Yueliang Shan) is one of the few ‘attractions’ in the Yangshuo countryside in the sense that you have to pay to visit it. And, really, there’s not a lot of point when it’s free to explore everywhere else. Moon Hill is so called due to the cave that pierces straight through the mountain like a tunnel. Viewed from different heights and angles, this hole looks like the moon at different stages of the lunar cycle. The climb up to the cave takes about 30 minutes up 800 stairs and affords some great views of the area. There are also a number of established rock climbing routes on the hill.
People often couple a visit to Moon Hill with a visit to the nearby Longmen Cave and Black Buddha Cave. Both are extensive ‘water’ caves, with rivers running through them. They can be a little dangerous and so need to be explored with a guide. Expect to pay at least ¥100 for a tour from Yangshuo to visit one of the caves. Also expect to get wet and muddy.
Directions: Moon Hill is about one hour’s bike ride south-east of Yangshuo, just off the highway. If you’re not cycling there, you can take a mini-bus to Gaotian (高田) from the Yangshuo bus station and ask to be let off at Yueliang Shan. You can flag down a minibus back to Yangshuo across the road from the entrance.
A taxi to Moon Hill will cost around ¥30 (cheaper if you want to bargain).
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去月亮山, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Moon Hill. Thank you).