When you arrive at Yangshuo, you will immediately be attracted to the majestic mountains and the winding Li river. We knew that there were a lot of famous places in Yangshuo before we came here, however, sadly there are too many people and tourists in those places. Even though the area is outstanding, with so many other people, we found it difficult to enjoy the full atmosphere of the scenery around us. In Chinese, we call a TV tower 电视塔 (diàn shì tǎ), with the name having origins from a signal tower. The mountain where Yangshuo TV tower is situated is the highest mountain in Yangshuo town, and you can see a whole panoramic view of Yangshuo and the continuous sea of mountains, as well a the picturesque, meandering Li River. The most important thing about this location is that only a few people know about this wonderful place. We planned to go and see the sunset together, and here we are! Let’s climb!
This is one of the entrances to the mountain. Due to a lot of construction work, the hidden entrances to the mountain make it quite difficult for tourists to find this place, which is good for those who want perfect, peaceful photographs!
It’s not easy to climb up this particular mountain because of the steep road, but even so you can walk slowly and really enjoy the view. When we looked up into the sky, we could only see a little bit of sunshine and became worried that we may not have been in time to see the sunset. However, we kept this Chinese phrase in mind during our trip:
“会当凌绝顶，一览众山小” (huì dāng líng jué dǐng, yì lǎn zhòng shān xiǎo)。
It means that if you are an ambitious person, and if you want to stand in the highest place to feel that everything is below you, however tough the journey in front of you is, you’ll get over it and be successful. We kept this in mind as we were all determined to see the beautiful sunset from the top of Yangshuo TV tower mountain.
When we reached the top, we couldn’t see the sunset because of the clouds. After a while the sun disappeared and everything became dark; the lights in Yangshuo town came on and the distant mountain was also visible by the light.
The sun has gone down and tomorrow it will rise from the other side, the same as it does every single day. However, the view from Yangshuo mountains and Yangshuo TV tower will always be different. Since Yangshuo TV Tower has become more popular, more and more people would like to claim that the environment has been destroyed little by little by carelessness and negligence. During our time here we have been picking up rubbish and even put some rubbish bins around, but this alone is not going to solve the problem- we hope that people can protect this precious environment in near future, and quickly!
If you’re planning to stay a while in Yangshuo or in the area, check out Omeida’s Part-time Mandarin program.