• Gregory Michiels

The best spots to watch and photograph sunrise in Guilin photography area

Updated: Jun 10, 2019

As we all known sunrise is one of the best time to take photos so i made a list with the best spots for capture those breathtaking landscapes at sunrise in the Guilin photography area .(Guilin,Yangshuo,Xingping).


1 - Xianggong mountain or Husband mountain. (easiest access from Yangshuo)



Xianggong mountain is located at the li river and offers amazing views for sunrise.

Especially in summer after a few days of rain you could view or photograph the sea of clouds sunrise

As Xianggong mountain is the most famous spot for sunrise in the area,during weekends or holidays it could be very busy.

The advantage is that the stairs and the small climb to the top (+/-15 min) are very well maintained and enlit while you hike up the hill for sunrise.There is a toilet at the entrance (well maintained)

and a toilet at the top (not well maintained).

Recommended gear: Bring a flashlight,water and wear decent shoes

Entrance fee: 60 RMB per person.


How to get there :

1) As you wanna go watch or photograph the sunrise early the only way to get there is with a private

driver or join a photography tour.

2) We offer 2 options to our customers

1- english speaking guide + driver.(included driver,guide and entrance fee)

1-2 people = 370 RMB

3-4 people = 430 RMB

2- driver that drive you from hotel to the viewpoint and back to the hotel after,no worres the driver will buy the entrance tickets,show you where to go and wait for you.(included driver and entrance fee)

1-2 people = 270 RMB

3-4 people = 330 RMB


Contact me for booking



2 - Laozhai mountain. (easiest access from Xingping)

Viewpoint located to the east

Viewpoint located to the west


Laozhai hill located in the village of xingping offers amazing views of the li river and the village of xingping at sunrise.The advantage of laozhai hill it has a viewpoint oriented to east and to west.(see picture).The east viewpoint overlook the village of xingping (first picture) and the west overlook the li river (2nd picture).As there is no entrance fee to this viewpoint,there stairs are not very well maintained and very slippery after rain.Getting up the hill is the easiest part,getting down the hill can get dangerous after rain. Be prepared and watch out.

The climb to the top of loazhai hill would take +/- 30 minutes.

Recommended gear: Bring a flashlight,water and wear decent shoes.

Entrance fee : free


How to get there :

Read my full blog post about laozhai hill here.



3 - Lingui viewpoint. (easiest access from Yangshuo)

Lingui rice fields,the best kept secret for sunrise in the area.

The advantage of this area is that the rice fields are filled with water most of the year,that offers amazing reflections the whole day.

The climb to the viewpoint would take +/- 15 min and it aint a easy climb,not recommended to do with small children.

Recommended gear: Bring a flashlight,water and wear decent shoes.

Entrance fee:free


How to get there :

The only way to get to lingui rice fields is by private car or join a photography tour

2) We offer 2 options to our customers

1- english speaking guide + driver.(included driver,guide)

1-2 people = 390 RMB

3-4 people = 450 RMB

2- driver that drive you from hotel to the viewpoint and back to the hotel after,no worries the driver will show you where to go and wait for you (included driver)

1-2 people = 290 RMB

3-4 people = 350 RMB


Contact me for booking



The complete photographers guide to Guilin,Yangshuo and Xingping .


Separated version of Yangshuo or Xingping also available.

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