• Gregory Michiels

The best spots to watch and photograph sunset in Guilin photography area.

Updated: Jun 10, 2019

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

All these viewpoint are available to book on on our Guilin photography tours.


1 - Cuiping viewpoint in Cuiping village. (easiest access from Yangshuo)

Cuiping Yangshuo/viewpoint oriented to the west/Picture is available for print and license.

Cuiping Yangshuo/viewpoint oriented to the west/Picture is available for print and license.

Cuiping Yangshuo /viewpoint oriented to the south/Picture is available for print and license.


Cuiping viewpoint is located in the village of Cuiping and offers 360 degrees amazing views for sunset and daytime.

Also one of the most famous viewpoints for sunset in the area,during holidays and vacations it could be busy.

The advantage is that there are stairs but not the easiest climb to the top especially in summer(hot weather) ,the climb to the top would take +/- 25 minutes.

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

Entrance fee: 45 RMB per person.


How to get there :

1) Get my ebook as it is described in detail how to get to Cuiping viewpoint.

2) We offer 3 options to our customers.

1- English Photography guide with sunset photography tips and tricks

1-2 people = 695 RMB Total price

3-4 people = 755 RMB Total price

2- English speaking guide + driver.(included driver,guide and entrance fee)

1-2 people = 495 RMB Total price

3-4 people = 555 RMB Total price

3 - Private driver pick you up you from hotel to the viewpoint and back to the hotel after,no worries the driver will buy the entrance tickets,show you where to go and wait for you.(included driver fee).The driver can allways call me,in any case.

1-2 people = 350 RMB Total price

3-4 people = 450 RMB Total price


Contact me for booking and add cuiping sunset as subject,how many people and with or without guide.


2 - Putao viewpoint. (easiest access from Yangshuo)

Putao viewpoint during spring/Picture is available for print and license.

Putao viewpoint during spring/Picture is available for print and license.

Putao viewpoint during summer /Picture is available for print and license.


Putao viewpoint best captured during the April/May/June period as the rice fileds are filled with water and offers amazing reflection views for sunset.After June the rice fields gets green in summer and golden in autumn.The path to the top is a dirth path ,so watch out after rain as it could slippery,getting up is ok but getting down after sunset

The climb to the putao viewpoint would take +/- 20 minutes.

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

Entrance fee : free


How to get there :

1) Get my ebook as it is described in detail how to get to Putao viewpoint.

2) We offer 3 options to our customers.

1- English Photography guide with sunset photography tips and tricks

1-2 people = 650 RMB Total price

3-4 people = 700 RMB Total price

2- English speaking guide + driver.(included driver,guide and entrance fee)

1-2 people = 450 RMB Total price

3-4 people = 500 RMB Total price

3 - Private driver pick you up you from hotel to the viewpoint and back to the hotel after,no worries the driver will buy the entrance tickets,show you where to go and wait for you.(included driver fee).The driver can allways call me,in any case.

1-2 people = 300 RMB Total price

3-4 people = 400 RMB Total price


Contact me for booking

3 - Viewpoint from the pagoda in Yangshuo park. (easiest access from Yangshuo)

Sunset from inside the pagoda/Picture is available for print and license.

Sunset from Yangshuo pagoda/Picture is available for print and license.

Night view of yangshuo from the pagoda/Picture is available for print and license.


Yangshuo park is located in the city centre of yangshuo,so easy to get to and a easy hike to get to the pagoda.The hike to the pagoda would take +/- 15 minutes.The pagoda offers nice views during sunrise,daytime,sunset and night time as the karst hills are enlit during the evening (see picture).

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

Entrance fee: free


How to get there :

1) Its very easy to get Yangshuo park as it located in the city center or

2) Get my ebook as it is described in detail how to get to the pagoda in Yangshuo park viewpoint.



Contact me for booking


4 - Laozhai mountain. (easiest access from Xingping)

Viewpoint located to the west (during sunset) /Picture is available for print and license.

Viewpoint located to the west (during sunset)/Picture is available for print and license.


Laozhai hill located in the village of xingping offers amazing views of the li river and the village of xingping at sunrise,during the daytimeand sunset.The advantage of laozhai hill it has a viewpoint oriented to east and to west.(see 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 so 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

Read my full blog post about laozhai hill and how to get there


How to get there :

1) Get my ebook as it is described in detail how to get to Laozhai hill viewpoint.

5 - The Li river bend viewpoint. (easiest access from Xingping).

Picture is available for print and license.

Picture is available for print and license.


The li river bend viewpoint offers amazing on the li river bend and Dahebei village,located across the river from Xingping.This viewpoint is easy to get to as it only takes a 15 minutes walk from the village of Xingping.Please note its a mud path going up the hill,so watch out after rain as it can get very slippery. Recommended gear: Bring a flashlight,water and wear decent shoes.

Entrance fee : free

How to get there :

1) Get my ebook as it is described in detail how to get there.



The complete photographers guide to Guilin,Yangshuo and Xingping .


Separated version of Yangshuo or Xingping is also available.

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