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Moon Hill

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The Moon Hill is located to the south of Yangshuo country across the Jingbao River. Yangshuo County is a county under the jurisdiction of Guilin City, in the northeast of Guangxi, China. Its seat is located in Yangshuo Town. Surrounded by karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River it is easily accessible by bus or by boat from nearby Guilin. In the 1980s, the town became popular with foreign backpackers, and by the late 1990s packaged tourists began arriving in greater numbers. At that time, domestic tourism represented only a small fraction of the tourists but by 2005 domestic tourists outnumbered foreign tourists by a great margin. Today, the town has become a resort destination for both domestic and foreign travelers. The Moon Hill is a hill with a natural arch through it a few kilometers outside Yangshuo and it is so named for a wide and semicircular hole through the hill, all that remains of what was once a limestone cave formed in the phreatic zone. Like most formations in the region, it is karst and also a popular tourist attraction.

The landscape is stunning viewed from Moon Hill: the skyline is lined with peaks of almost equal height resembling a jumble of giant rock traffic-cones pointing skywards. A patchwork of fields of diverse crops, in different stages of growth, enhances the landscape.

Moon Hill is not only an incredibly beautiful arch but also is certainly one of the most interesting crags in the area. It comes as no surprise therefore that this was the first crag Todd Skinner equipped in 1990, inaugurating sport climbing in Yangshuo. The walk via the blue markers to the top of the arch and the panoramic viewpoint is highly recommended.

Climbing at Moon Hill varies considerably, from technical vertical slabs with small crimps to long stamina routes through the overhangs. Climbing is possible even when it rains and given the orientation, climbing is possible throughout the day.