China: The Karsts of Yangshuo

July 16, 2012 by

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Climbing Karsts in Yangshuo

Climbing Karsts in Yangshuo

Yangshuo County, near Guilin City in Guangxi Province, is one of the most famous scenic spots in southern China. More than 65,000 karst limestone towers are scattered along the Li River, attracting adventurous tourists, spelunkers, climbers, trekkers, abseiling enthusiasts and cyclists in increasing numbers with each passing year.

The area burst onto the international climbing scene when American climber Todd Skinner established routes up and along the famous Moon Hill arch in the early 1990s. Since that time, more than 300 routes have been established and more are being planned and executed every day. Along with Moon Hill, other crags of note include Low Mountain, Twin Gates, Baby Frog, The Egg, Bamboo Grove and Wine Bottle Cliff. The majority of the routes are of the top-roping variety, but multi-pitch aficionados and traditionalists will have options to choose from as well.

Expert climbers will have more information about climbing in the region than can be related here, but the uninitiated should seriously consider taking advantage of the many guided group tours that are available. With the help of skilled professionals, on a Yangshuo rock climbing tour, climbers of all skill levels (even beginners) can experience the exhilaration that awaits them on a wide variety of routes.

Also worth checking out while visiting Yangshuo are the numerous sightseeing trips on offer that explore the Li River by bamboo raft or cruise boat.

Climbers that are inclined toward subterranean excursions can visit any of a number of local cave systems.

Accommodations are generally quite affordable, with bed & breakfasts, medium and small hotels, and hostels prevailing.

- John Reality

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