Yangshuo Park's mountain is without a doubt the easiest hike in Yangshuo, but don't let that fool you into thinking it doesn't have anything to offer.
The park itself is frequented by locals. There's almost always multiple sources of music fighting for air space, blasted from mobile speakers. Morning is the best time to watch people exercising, practising Tai Chi or throwing wild shapes.
Yangshuo Park mountain takes less than 5 minutes to climb for the fit and healthy. Stone steps lead up to an ornate pavilion at the halfway point. Even at this height, views over the distant mountains are wonderful.
Make your way to the top of the park's mountain and you'll find a stone pagoda complete with balcony and table. The perfect place for a picnic or a game of Chinese chess. Views from here allow you to watch the sunrise or the town wake from its slumber.
Both tourists and Yangshuo locals visit the park throughout the day so you never quite know who you'll bump into. Whether that's a group of drunken, grey-bearded Chinese men who are belly-laughing and helping each other up the steps, or a couple of veteran travellers regaling you with exotic tales.
For the adventurous, a passage to the left of the main pathway near the pagoda leads to a rocky outcropping. The easy scrambling here is the way to the true summit and the best views. Most of Yangshuo can be seen. West street down below, Tv Tower behind you, the Li river laying in front of a row of towering bamboo is directly ahead, and behind that - mountains. The gateway to Xingping and the rising sun.
The route is so short that it's a must-see for anybody visiting the area and the easiest place to watch the sunrise. I recommend both!
Words & Photography: Scott Norris (@radventuresofficial) // Summer 2019