Yao Mountain lies in the east of Guilin, 12 km from the downtown. The highest peak is 903.3 meters high and is the highest hill in Guilin. There’s an excellent view from the top, which you can get to either by cable car, or with a hike up the hill itself. The hike is worth it, particularly in spring when the mountain plays host to many wild flowers, azaleas being particularly noteworthy in March.The Hill has several places of interest including Yao Temple, White Deer Temple, Jade Breast Pond and Tianci Field.
Yao Mountain Cable Car
It is equipped with an alarm system, a TV monitor protection system. The cable is 1416.18m long from the bottom to the top. You will have a panoramic view about the whole city.
According to history records, Guilin Yao Mountain is an island in the Guilin ancient sea, is also the only heaped-up mountains of Guilin, the highest and the largest.
There was Yao Temple, Houshou Buddhist Temple and White Cloud Temple (Baiyun Temple) in Yao Mountain. At an altitude of 200 meters, there was built Zhusheng Nunnery (also named Maoping Nunnery) in Ming dynasty; at an altitude of 650 meters, there was built Lu Zen Temple in Tang dynasty. And at the foot of the Yao Mountain there are Jingjiang King Tomb of Ming dynasty and anti-Manchu hero Zhang Tongchang’s tomb.
The origin of the Yao Mountain
Yao Mountain landform is roughly north-south extension, tall and bold, like lying ox, so it named Ox Mountain. Yao Mountain fault formed since the Indosinian movement two hundred million years ago, 70 million years ago in the Yanshan movement and Himalayan movement in the 2 million years ago, Yao Mountain constantly pushed into higher place and became the highest peak among Guilin mountains.
How to Get to Yao Mountain
If you take bus in downtown, you can take bus No.10 then transfer to bus No.24 (or take bus No.24 directly) and get off at the previous stop of GUAT (Guilin University of Aerospace Technology), and then walk to Yao Mountain Scenic Spot.
Recommended Guilin Tours Including a Visit of Yao Mountain