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Routes in Moon Hill

?Name (Proud Control) S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Apollo S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Artemis S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Dark Side of the Moon S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Eclipse S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Emission Control (first pitch) S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Finger King S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Heavenly Body S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Luna Nascente P1 S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Luna Nascente P2 S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Moon Walker S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Moonstruck S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
New Moon (left of pinnacle) S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
New Moon (right of pinnacle) S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Over the Moon S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Proud Sky S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Elevation: 929 ft
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Shared By: Ryan Kelly on May 14, 2010
Admins: Dan Flynn, Nate Ball


Probably the most popular natural attraction in all of Guilin, you’re most likely already familiar with the iconic Moon Hill if you’ve been looking into climbing in China. The giant arch was one of the first pieces of stone to be bolted in YangShuo and is a top priority for many a traveling climber. The arch was adopted as a symbol of both YangShuo and Guilin county some time ago and has been declared some sort of protected area complete with entrance booths, touts, and whatnot. I’m not fluent in Engrish, so I’m not exactly sure what the current situation is on climbing the arch. Regardless, the area is heavily traveled by tourists so keep an eye out, especially when grabbing those delicate tuffas up above.

Getting There

Moon Hill park is down the road from the Wine Bottle area. The bus stops here so it shouldn’t be difficult to find. You have to pay a couple dollars to get inside the park and then schlep it up several hundred stairs. Don’t worry, there will be touts all over the place with cool refreshments.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Moon Hill

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Emission Control (first pitch)
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Luna Nascente P1
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Proud Sky
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Over the Moon
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Emission Control (first pitch)
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Luna Nascente P1
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Proud Sky
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Over the Moon
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Cedric BG
New York, New York
Cedric BG   New York, New York
We came here again in 9/2017, there were new signs (at least I didn't see them 4 years ago) everywhere on the trail and by the base of the climb, saying "climbing prohibited" and threatening a fine of 500-5000 RMB. I then bought the guidebook which states Moon Hill is "temporarily closed."

I later asked some local Chinese crushers about the access situation, and they said you can sneak in and climb as long as you don't get caught, which didn't sound too appealing, so we ended up playing by the rules. Oct 3, 2017
Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
As of 09/2016, there is no "park" to speak of, and the entrance fee to Moon Hill is 14RMB (~$2). So we were told. We "snuck in" by driving just past the entrance to the first road on the right after the entrance, parking our scooter on the side of the road, hopping the low brick/concrete fence and following the obvious dirt path on the other side. It currently passes through some minor construction, but none of the workers paid us any mind. You will join the stone-stair trail after 2-3 minutes. Sep 13, 2016
LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
As of right now, the toll booth does not exist, but you will notice a large arch over the road shortly before you get to Moon Hill which will be the entrance to the "park". When this actually happens is still unknown. Turning the area into a "park" would really be depressing since the Chinese definition of "park" includes amusement rides and fee's to do everything.

Also, Yangshuo Access Initiative is a dead group at this point. Jul 5, 2011
Ken H
Granite, UT
Ken H   Granite, UT
Charge at Moon Hill is 15 Yuan now you can ditch around but just pay it the first time you go then ditch around if you return. We didn't ask about climbing just went up and did. We heard no mention of not being able to climb. It is either funny or annoying that as you pull to the anchors on a climb a Chinese lady may yell "Hello, climber. Water, soda, beer." It was funny the first time; annoying by the fifth time. No signs of a toll booth other commenter speaks of. Apr 2, 2011
Despite the confusing sign in the photo, climbing isn't forbidden at Moon Hill at the moment (check if you can before you go, I suppose this can always change). There is a 10RMB (about $1.50) charge to enter the Moon Hill park, but there's a pretty easy way around it, just ask a climber once you get to Yangshuo. There is, however, a pending toll-gate opening (rumored date is Oct 1) that could charge considerably more - 80RMB - just to drive/bike into the larger scenic area where quite a few of Yangshuo's best crag's are, including Moon Hill, Twin Gate, Banyan Tree, Wine Bottle (which already has an issue with charging climbers), and more. It remains to be seen exactly what will happen: when, how much will the charge, will there be special accomodation for climbers, etc.

For up-to-date info on Yangshuo access issues (and just area info in general), try the Yangshuo Access Initiative website: Sep 3, 2010

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