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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.


The primary language, as with the rest of China, is Mandarin.

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. Get a translator (Pleco is a good one) for your smartphone and use this point out characters for things you need.

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

148 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',23],['3 Stars',65],['2 Stars',47],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',2]

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
Jie Jie Hua Xiang (Tangerine Blossom Fragrance)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   YangShuo : White Mountain
Rooster Booster   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   The Egg : North Face
Luna Nascente P1   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
Carbonic Acid Trip   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   YangShuo : Wine Bottle
Happy New Year   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 5 pitches, 350'   YangShuo : The Thumb
Infernal Affairs   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 75'   YangShuo : Wine Bottle
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'   YangShuo : 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
Yangshuo Hotel   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   YangShuo : White Mountain
Proud Sky   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
The Phoenix   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   YangShuo : White Mountain
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'   YangShuo : White Mountain
Tsing Tao Beer   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   YangShuo : White Mountain
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Rock Climbing Photo: Moonhill

Moon Walker 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  Asia : China : ... : Moon Hill
The most famous of the routes at Moon Hill, and perhaps even of YangShuo, dozens of photos have been taken of climbers clinging to the underside tufas and pockets of Moon Walker. There are really two routes in one here: an easier 7a+(12a) up to the second cave (though the anchors here look a bit rusty and dodgy to me), and the full 7c(12d) which pushes an additional 5 meters or so to the third cave near the apex of the arch. The sequences are pretty straight forward for the most part, the main d...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Connor M.
Mar 25, 2017
I'm planning on being in Guilin this Spring and Summer from May 8th - August 21st. Anyone out there looking for a climbing partner? Right now I live in Utah and climb at least 3 times a week. I climb in the low 10s and project high 10s and low 11s on sport.

Let me know if you're in Yangshuo or Guilin during those times and looking for someone to climb!

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