Landscape Photography

" Twlight (Morning Blue Hour), Sunrise, Sea of Clouds, Sun Rays, and Golden Clouds... "

Xianggong Hill Sunrise

It's about 10 to 15 minutes with 500 all well stone steps climb to the top of the mountain from the foot. The sights of the sea of clouds, sunrise, sun rays, and golden clouds attract numerous photographers and enthusiasts, even the tourist.

How to come to Xianggong Hill?

Xianggong hill is located at the West Bank of Lijiang River in Xingping Town, Yangshuo County, it is 28 kilometers(s (18 miles)) away from Yangshuo with 45 mins drive and 57 kilometers (35 miles) away from Guilin with 1.5 hours drive.

When to go?

Leave the hotel at 03:30 (summer) from Yangshuo with 45 mins drive to capture the Amazing Sunrise in the twlight (Blue Hour) and make sure to arrival the entrence gate before 04:30, cuase the Xianggong Hill is open at 04:30 and sometimes a lot of local photographers waiting in front of the gate.

What to photography?

Xianggong Hill based photographers gravitate for the spectacular sunrise with twlight (Morning Blue Hour), Sea of Clouds, Sun Rays, shadows, and Golden Clouds. It is probably the best place in the area.

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Xianggong Hill

An excellent opportunity to capture a panoramic image of the Li River with wide-angle, it works for the Li River Bay, but still not wide engough for the hills and reflect the beauty of the Li River. Recommended to take 6 vertical pictures with 24-70 edited in LR.

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Xianggong Hill

Xianggong Hill Sunrise

Xianggong Hill

Xialong Sunrise

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Damian Hill

Xianggong Hill

cormorant Sunset

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cuiping Hill Sunset

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Liriver Sunrise

Xianggong Hill

Xianggong Hill Sunrise

It's about 10 to 15 minutes with 500 all well stone steps climb to the top of the mountain from the foot. The sights of the sea of clouds, sunrise, sun rays, and golden clouds attract numerous photographers and enthusiasts, even the tourist.

There are five viewing platforms of different heights on the top of the mountain. Each floor is two or three meters apart, which can give us a better shooting angle. Xianggong hill sunrise is the most beautiful sunrise in Guilin. Looking at the mountains in the distance, I have a special sense of natural beauty.

Different height photography platforms, of course, the highest one is the best. I like the corner on the left of each floor. Cause I like to shoot the panorama of Xianggong hill.

Shooting a sunrise will be one of the most imporant things for the photographers have to do during travels. Every photographer who comes to Yangshuo must not miss a beautiful and spectacular sunrise at Xianggong mountain on the side of Lijiang River.

Tips:
It is an excellent opportunity to capture a panoramic image of the Lijiang River with 16-35 canon (11-24 mm); 14-24 Nikon's wide-angle, can take a picture of the whole Lijiang River Bay, but still not wide engough for the reflect the beauty of the Lijiang River. It is recommended to take 6 vertical pictures with 24-70. shoot the sea of clouds, distant mountains and bamboo rafts on the river with 70-200 lens.

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Xialong Sunrise

Watching the sun come up in the early morning, no tourists(only few local photographers), no noise, less boats and the fisherman on the river, something you will never forget. Li River with its twists and turns between lush, green rock formations known in geographic terms as karsts.

See the mountainous terrain covered with lush bamboo and luxuriant forests and the small boats from the villages that dot the shores along the river. Nearby Li River display some of the most unique and beautiful terrain in all of China.

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Damian Hill

Damian Mountain, also called the Goupo mountain. Located in Yangshuo Xingping diagonally opposite Huang Ni Tian area, accompanied by snail Hill. Li River from west to east, over Xing Ping wrote a big "bow" word, around the winding mountain, forming the most beautiful scenery of the Li River, known as "the first bay of the Li River." Damian Mountain is a great place to enjoy the Li River sunrise. It is in the middle of the word "Gong" and is considered to be the most suitable place for viewing the sunrise on the Li River.

It will be very slippery to climb up to the hill in rainy day, the Activity Levels is High - very active excursion involving constant effort (over 400 meters (1030 feet). 1,250 stone steps).

Standing on the top of the mountain, surrounded by Green-color peaks, just like the spire after bamboo rain bamboo garden. Xingping Pier, the Da he bei village, the old Walled Hill, Chaoben hill, yellow cloth reflection area .... all kinds of scenery at a glance. The sun to the front of the mountains, bright and dark reflection, a strong contrast and three-dimensional. Clouds in the sky like cotton, on the hills of the mountain tiled, like a pure flawless cloud blanket. Looked down at the foot of the Li River is wide, such as green, slow flow of water as a mirror, reflecting the reflection of the mountain embracing the surface of the river.

Xianggong Hill

cormorant Sunset

Cormorant fishing is unique in China, and is a popular attraction in Xingping. A technique which is hundreds of years old, and which generally takes place in the evening after dark, you may be lucky to see the twinkle of lights from the bamboo rafts as the birds are busy at work. This is a rare opportunity to experience something special and memorable during your time in our Guilin. The a cormorant fishing shooting trip is an unmissable activity for photographers.

A local fisherman for show, he will cooperate with you by nature posture of lighting on his bamboo raft, casting net, cormorant fishing. When nightfall every day, you can see the local fisherman come and punting on Li river, light up a fire lamp like a bright star floating on the water, with counter of peaks as backdrop, the creative of these picture have been publish in many world’s famous magazine or TV channel.

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cuiping Hill Sunset

Cuiping hill has an elevation of 200meters above the sea level which is 700 steps, Recently, The local people built a paved stone steps connect to the hilltop from the bottom. It may takes about 20 minutes to climb up to the hilltop along the stone steps. Once reached the hilltop, You could have a bird’s-eye view of the stunning Karst landform from there. It’s also a very popular spot for the photographers to photograph the sunset pictures.

Note: The best time to photograph sunset pictures from Cuiping hill is between May and Nov.

Itinerary:
15:30--16:30: Yangshuo area hotel/Yulong river park gate pick up & transfer to the Cuiping hill.(Guilin center area hotel pick up at 15:00).
16:30--17:00: Climb up to the Cuiping hill
17:00--19:00: Enjoy the sunset of the Cuiping hill.
19:00-20:00 Back to the Yangshuo or Guilin hotel.

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Liriver Sunrise

The most famous part of Yellow Cloth Shoal is said to be a ‘crystal clear reflection’ in the Li River. It’s pretty good actually. Photography of Yellow Cloth Shoal dates back to the Qing era, and it’s depicted in Chinese art, which is why photographers love this place.

Arrive before sunrise, around 5:30 am. May and October are great months to photograph the reflection at Yellow Cloth Shoal, beyond that time the sun angle does not work.

It’s not on tourists, no tour cruises or boats, smoe locals know about it, and those that do might not be willing to wake that early. The secondary problem is due to the history in Chinese art, The local photographers might already at the locaation,they like love to travel in big groups, each having over 20 peoples on them. the platform is only space for about 20-30 people, and you might early to choice of the best location.

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