Cat Mountain is the highest mountain in South China. It got the name Cat Mountain because its stony peak looks like a huge cat. The main peak of the mountain is about 2,141 meters above sea level and is known as the "Summit of South China".
Only Chinese citizens are permitted entry to the peak, but the area around the mountain is accessible to foreigners.
Cat Mountain is a nature reserve. It’s home to 311 species of animals and 2012 kinds of plants. Cat Mountain Nature Reserve is called "the Forest Kingdom of South China".
Cat Mountain is a sea of azaleas in spring and summer. 30 kinds of azaleas live among the green bushes, most notably the Red-Stone Azaleas and Color-Changing Azaleas. The azaleas are in full bloom in summer, blanketing the mountain and scattering along the mountainous paths, attracting thousands of visitors from home and abroad each year.
Cat Mountain is the source of several crystal-clear rivers, including the Li River, Zi River, and Xun River. When the mountains are reflected in the rivers it’s a paradise on earth.
Surround by streams on three sides and Yapo Mountain on the other, Darangtun Paleoanthropological Site is 500 meters south of Tongren Village in Cat Mountain Nature Reserve. Ancient stone tools, such as stone axes and stone swords, were unearthed there, showing that human beings lived there since the New Stone Age.
The best time to go is spring and summer, when you will see azaleas blanketing its slopes, and clouds shrouding its peaks when it rains. Fall offers breathtaking red leaves, and winter memorable snow scenes.
Climate differs dramatically at different high altitudes, so Cat Mountain can be cold even in the summer. Bring warm clothes and waterproofs. See Guilin Weather.
Further north on the S202 is Bajiao Zhai Geological Park with its peculiar purple pinnacles. 2,000-year-old Ling Canal, China's second greatest canal, is also in Xing'an County, and families especially may be interested in the rides and fun at Merryland.