About an hour bicycle ride southeast
of Yangshuo, is Moon Hill (Yueliang Shan). The fantastic views
from the top have made this hill one of Yangshuo's best attractions!
Moon Hill has a natural round cave at the peak and from a distance,
the cave (a hole in the peak) resembles the moon, hence the
Moon Hill Village can also be seen from Moon Hill's peak. Local
villagers will offer guided tours of Moon Hill and the surrounding
peaks, caves (see below) and villages for relatively reasonable
prices (RMB50-100 for one day). They are quite friendly and
may even offer you lunch at their home as part of the tour.
Between the village and Moon Hill, stands a Banyan tree that
according to legend, was planted in the Jin Dynasty, about 1,500
years ago. While impressive and very old, up close you will
find it is just an old tree and not particularly inspiring!
On the way to or back
from Moon Hill, it is great fun to explore the nearby caves.
The Black Buddha New Water Caves and the Black Dragon Caves
are lots of fun for those who love a little adventure. The Black
Dragon Caves tour is partly by boat and requires some wading.
This expedition takes you through some great underground swimming
holes so go prepared to get wet and dirty! The caves are only
open in the summer and tours cost as much as RMB100, but you
can bargain (especially when part of a larger group) and it
is very much worth it