This Saturday, our Chinese Academy went to Xing Ping for the hiking and river rafting. We climbed Lao Zhai Mountain, which is near the Xing Ping Town of Guilin. It has an altitude of over 300 meters (984 feet). 1,149 stone steps lead to the top of the mountain, where you can have a bird’s eye view of the whole scenery at the foot of mountain. It is also the best place for you to take panoramic photos of the Li River and Xing Ping Town.
Our students are doing their best to climb, some of them find it quite easy, others find it slippery and hard to keep up after 20 minutes hike, they did a great job anyway, im pround of you guys.
There was no path on Laozhai Mountain until one Japanese person came here and climbed the mountain. He was attracted and impressed by the landscapes on Laozhai Mountain and spent money to construct two pavilions and a path leading to the top, free for all people.It is easy to find the only entrance of Laozhai Mountain, which has a big sign with the word “Go”. Planted with lush camphor and banyan trees on both sides, the beginning of the path is smooth.
After a while, you can get to a small turnoff. Go straight and you can find Peace Pavilion. Resting in the pavilion, you can appreciate Banyan Pool and the whole Xingping Town at the foot of the mountain. Then, visitors can go back to the crossing and choose the side road leading to the top. From here on, the path, paved with uneven stones, becomes more and more narrow and steep with a width less than half a meter, so you need to be careful with your steps.
After the hiking, we went to do bamboo rafting, because the river level raised up the day before, the water was not super clear like it used to be. but still a very cool rafting experience
Taking a bamboo raft ride on the Yulong River (or dragon river), a tributary of the Li River, is a very relaxing way to enjoy the highly scenic area south of Yangshuo. Here you can enjoy the stunning scenery and views of country life on a non-motorised raft in the traditional way with a gondolier who steers you over the breakwaters past many small mud-brick villages and farmlands. Once you’re on the bamboo raft, sitting and enjoying the peaceful countryside, the limestone mountains, the beauty of this experience opens out before you. Even if you have cycled the area with a few hidden stretches approaching the river, the view from the river is very different.
Bear in mind that the Yulong river valley and in particular the most accessible stretches of the Yulong river where rafts are available count as one of the most touristic areas of Yangshuo. On the most popular stretch, from Chaoyang to the Gongnong bridge, you are likely to be joined by hundreds of rafts floating down this Dragon river. The second most popular starting point is the stone Yulong (Dragon) Bridge famed for its beautiful rounded curve.