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Guangxi Province Rock Climbing 

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The Guangxi Province is an autonomous region in the southeast of the People’s Republic of China, on the border with Vietnam. The region is blessed with an abundance of limestone and subtropical weather, allowing climbing almost year-round. The center of attention still lies in YangShuo, which has grown into a world-class sport climbing destination. However, climbing fever has caught on in China and is spreading quickly throughout the well-endowed province, and country at large. In addition to YangShuo there is well established climbing in FengShan and the capital city of Nanning. No doubt there’s plenty more hidden around and new stuff coming up daily.

Getting There 

I don’t know all the airports, but there is one in Guilin (see YangShuo section). It’s a small airport and tickets can be pricey, but if you’re in southeast Asia you might be able to catch a deal. It’s by far the easiest way if you have a visa and are going to YangShuo. Alternately you can come in through Hong Kong (easiest place to get a visa) and take the night train in. You should also be able to come up from Vietnam via ground transport.

Visa Information 

Those who have traveled a lot are familiar with Visa tables – a matrix showing the rates, lengths, and restrictions on a Visa for people from various countries. The Chinese Visa matrix looks something like this:

Visa: $30*

  • - plus $100 service charge for travelers from the United States

And that’s if you can even get one; they’re not exactly welcoming American’s with open arms. The easiest way is to get one while you’re still in your home country. Second easiest is in Hong Kong. I got mine in Bangkok after a lot of shopping of people who _thought_ they could probably get me one. Finally I found a lady who promised me she could get one and I wouldn’t pay a penny until she did.


Outside of the major cities and tourist traps China can be challenging for the foreigner, even those well-traveled. Don’t expect the usual tourist signs in English, and multilingual assistance that you get in the rest of Asia. It’s next to impossible to ‘wing it’ with an attempt at Cantonese or Mandarin if you’re not familiar with tonal languages. Even writing things down can be difficult at times. Your best bet is to practice up on charades before heading over.

If you’re heading for YangShuo then you can relax a bit. The heavy tourism has created a bubble of western culture much like the rest of southeast Asia. Signs are often doubled in English and the language is widely spoken. Getting around is simple so long as you stay in the bubble.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

124 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',57],['2 Stars',42],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Guangxi Province

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Guangxi Province:
Emission Control (first pitch)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
Rooster Booster   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   The Egg : North Face
Carbonic Acid Trip   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Wine Bottle Cliff : Main Face
Happy New Year   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 5 pitches, 300'   Wine Bottle Area : The Thumb
Luna Nascente (first pitch)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
Poser's Lonely Reunion   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 90'   The Egg : North Face
Artemis   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
Scary Mary   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Low Mountain Area : Chicken Cave
Eggstatic   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   The Egg : East Face (Fried Egg)
Apollo   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
Proud Sky   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
Yangshuo Hotel   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   White Mountain Area : White Mountain Cliff
The Phoenix   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   White Mountain Area : White Mountain Cliff
Over the Moon   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
White Devil   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   White Mountain Area : White Mountain Cliff
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Luna Nascente (first pitch) 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Asia : China : ... : Moon Hill
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