The Scenery area of Gaotian Travel Guide
Gaotian is 8km from Yangshuo town.
The way from Yangshuo to Gaotian is also called"10km paintings
gallery". Here you canride a bicycle along the main road or
follow a small path through the villages. You will be surprised
by the beautiful landscapes which the green hills and the clear
water around the area! You can see the big Baiyan Tree, the bright
Moon Hill, the Fire and Smoking Hill where the monkey king was supposed
to have passed. There are more than 20 other scenic spots to see.
Take your time and eniog this beautiful area at your leisure.
One delightful road leads to the aptly named Moon Hill (yueliangshan) - a great limestone pinnacle with a naturally created moon-shaped passage going through just below its summit.
The scenery along the road is dramatic. After winding along a narrow valley lined with rice fields the road emerges where a river from the beautiful Baisha Valley flows out towards the Li river. Towers of limestone, all appearing roughly similar in height, look stunning in the early evening light. A scene enhanced by continual human activity in the fields around the base.
Close to Moon Hill is a delightful area. Just off the road is the 1500-year-old Big Banyan Tree whose branches and roots spread over a large area close to the river.
Across the water villages spread themselves around the base of
narrow pinnacles. Caves in the rock face have often been turned
into natural storage sheds. A causeway spans the river at this point.
Although no problem for much of the year, crossing it is difficult
when the summer rains are heavy and the brown-coloured water is
high. Then, peasants with baskets suspended from bamboo shoulder
poles, and trousers rolled up, carefully wade across the strong
This Big Banyan is over 1400 years old. According to the folklore about the Fairy song,Sister Liu,it is said that Sister Liu has been singing love songs with her lover,Brother Niu,under this Big Banyan tree. Furthermore, The form of this tree is unique and the environment here is great making Big Banyan a very famous scenic spot.
The Moon Hill
From the Big Banyan Tree, When you walk about 1km, you'll see a hill. There is a cave in the peak. It looks like a bright moon. That is the Moon Hill. At the foot of the hill, is the Enjoying Moon Road, according to the changed angles, you can see the moon from 5--15th of the month. At the same time, you won't know whether you are in the sky or the moon in the world
The best time to visit Gaotian: April, May, June, Sept, Oct and Nov.
Gaotian Transportation: The best way to Gaotian is by bike from Yangshuo. It will take your 30 minutes. It is a wonderfu biking tour. You can rent a bike at the west street Yangshuo. The price is RMB 8 one day per bike.