To get the best view of the city and surrounding area, one needs to climb one of Guilin’s many hills – revealing an incredible cityscape hidden between the famous peaks of this region. Unfortunately, locals have realised they can capitalise on this idea and so most hills within the city are now “parks” where you have to pay a small fee to enter (usually around 10 RMB, but that adds up for a large family group). Luckily we were tipped off by our hostel that Old Elephant Hill is free – it’s a slightly challenging walk in places but worth it for the views!
The climb itself took around an hour – there’s a narrow path leading you all the way to the top, but finding it initially was a bit of a challenge (made worse by a building site currently blocking views of the entrance). If you get lost, locals are generally very happy to point you in the right direction.