Location: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin Prefecture, Yangshuo County, Xingping Town, Lijiang River
广西壮族自治区 桂林市 阳朔县 兴坪镇 漓江
Time of visit: November 2019
It’s a 3 hours hike from Xingping Town (more about Xingping in this post) to Quanjiazhou Village 全家州. First a 90 minutes beautiful walk along LiJiang River to the ferry at Lengshui / Jiuma Huashan 冷水 / 九马画山, and then another 90 minutes along the water on the other side of the river. The ferries are frequent and takes 5-10 minutes.
After crossing the river, a road leads to the famous Xianggongshan Mountain 相公山 (see separate post here) 6 km away, and small paths close to the water lead to Quanjiazhou. See photos further down.
When we visited Quanjiazhou in November 2019 the locals told us that it’s not possible to cross the river and continue hiking to Yangdi 杨堤 any longer, because there are no boats (perhaps they run during holidays?). The local authorities want all tourists to go by cruise boats instead of trekking along the river.
We intended to walk the same way back to the ferry, but instead we discovered a new concrete road built in 2018. The road leads to the ferry, but also to Xianggongshan Mountain. We decided to take a private car from the village to the mountain (100 yuan).
It turned out to be a big mistake to go by car because the scenery along the road is excellent, and there’s almost no traffic because the road ends in the small Quanjiazhou Village and doesn’t continue anywhere. So it’s a perfect hike from the village to Xianggongshan or to the ferry, I guess it takes 90 minutes or so. The road is not on any maps yet, so we didn’t know about it in advance. Our car stopped a couple of times to allow us to take photos, see further down this page.
Official website (in Chinese): 从杨堤至兴坪步行攻略，自助游徒步漓江路线
Photos from the beginning of the hike close to Xingping:
The ferry crossing:
After crossing the river, follow this road
Below are photos from the path along the river towards Quanjiazhou
The sign says Xialong Village, not far from Quanjiazhou
A lot of enormous pomelos grow close to Quanjiazhou
The path leading into Quanjiazhou Village
Quanjiazhou Village sign
Path from the village down to the river
To continue from Quanjiazhou to Yangdi you have to cross the river, this is the place where the boats used to leave before the boat service stopped.
A frequent ad along the path, the village restaurant and taxi service.
Below are photos from the new road connecting Quanjiuazhou Village with the outside world.