China is full of gorgeous places that will seriously take your breath away. This hike is no exception. You've gotta check it out while you vacation in Yangshuo.
You'll already have a lot to do on your trip to Yangshuo, it's one of our favorite places, but make sure you add this hike in Xing Ping to your itinerary. It's not too far out of Yangshuo and it is totally do-able for a quick day trip.
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Here's what you need to know about the hike!
- Getting to Xing Ping
- Finding The Hike
- The Actual Hike
- How Long You Need In Xing Ping
Getting to Xing Ping
It is best to get to Xing Ping from Yangshuo. Xing Ping is a small town (even smaller than Yangshuo) nearby. Taking a public bus will be cheapest and most convenient. The bus leaves every 10 minutes from the main bus station in Yangshuo and only takes 30 minutes to get to Xing Ping. And, in true Chinese fashion, it's super affordable at 6 yuan (less than $1!).
You can also hire a taxi, but that is going to be much more expensive; plus, with such an easy and cheap way to get there via bus, we suggest rocking public transit on this one.
Finding The Hike
It can be pretty tricky to find the hike entrance so pay attention (and turn on your adventurous spirit). The hike starts at the Li River where the boats dock. Walk down the main road and follow the river - when you see a white circular entrance in the wall you'll know you're in the right place!
Don't be afraid to ask locals for help if you are having trouble finding it..
Jerem, a previous ILP volunteer who hiked this gives a few tips below.
"The name of the mountain in Chinese is called Lao Zhai Shan. The first time I found it, I just asked the locals. The entrance to the stairs is near the pier where they take you on the bamboo boat rides across the Li river. It almost looks like you are going somewhere you shouldn't ... you walk through a little walkway to a hotel restaurant but just look closely for the weathered signs pointing you in the direction of the hike. "
How Long Does It Take?
The actual hike is pretty intense, with over 1,100 stairs you're definitely going to get a workout in! If you're going quick it will take about 45 minutes, but you will probably want to take it slower than that. Plan on taking water, as China is HOT and you could even pack a lunch to help you refuel. There's a gazebo at the top which is an awesome place to eat and relax.
Once you get to the top all those stairs will be worth it! The view is incredible, one of the best you can find in the area. Soak it all in, because that amazing view isn't a dream!
How Long Should I Stay In XingPing?
You can just go for the hike and come back, or spend more time exploring around the city. There are hostels if you'd like to stay the night, or you can take that same 30 minute bus ride back to Yangshuo. There's a cute little shopping street so make sure to bring cash if you want to explore that part of Xing Ping.
"It's definitely doable in one day but I think it would be fun to stay in Xing Ping considering not a lot of people do it. I was just in a time crunch both times so we just went on the hike and saw old down town ... I would love to explore more there!"
It's totally up to you and your ILP group when it comes to deciding how much time you'll spend in Xing Ping, but if you do stay for more than the hike here are a few more things to check out.
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