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 Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2020

Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2020

Written by GavinUpdated Nov. 22, 2021
  • Celebrated: Nov. 9
  • Location: Guilin
Yangshuo Climbing Festival Beginners taster climbing at Gold Cat Cave

The Yangshuo Climbing Festival is held annually on a weekend in August/September/October/November (TBA, 2020). Hundreds of people from all over the world are attracted by the festival because Yangshuo boasts a famous and well-exploited karst landscape, and is considered as China's number one "paradise for climbing".

Taking Part

The admission fee is 99 yuan for beginners this year [2018]. Registration is from September 20th. Half of the admission fee goes to the Yangshuo climbing fund for bolting new routes and route maintenance.

2017 Yangshuo Climbing FestivalTaster climbing at Gold Cat Cave

China Highlights offers a free registration service. We also offer climbing festival activities and  a tour package with discounted hotel, air tickets, guide and driver service. If you have any questions about the festival or want to book a tour including climbing, please contact us.

Festival participants will receive a gift package with T-shirt and some other goodies from festival sponsors. For more information, please visit

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Activities for Different Levels

  • Climbing courses, and climbing tasters for beginners
  • Bouldering and a treasure hunt for middle-level climbers and above
  • Onsight, bouldering, dyno comp., for experienced climbers
  • Slackline experience, show, and challenge.

About the Organizer

2017 Yangshuo Climbing Festival Bouldering CompetitionAlex in the 2017 Yangshuo Climbing Festival Bouldering Competition award ceremony

Alex (何凌轩 He Lingxuan /her ling-sshwen/) was born in Guilin in 1981. He started to learn climbing from a Canadian in 2001, and took part in the China Climbing Championship in the following year. He bolted some routes in Yangshuo with foreign climbers and reached the grade of 5.13. His climbing outfit was established in 2002 and organized the first Yangshuo Climbing Festival in 2008.

As an expert, Alex got authorization from UIAA (Union International Alpine Associations). On May 18th, 2003, French "Spiderman" Jean-Michel Casanova climbed the Bailong Elevator in Zhangjiajie with no help from any machinery, safety net, or safety equipment. Alex was invited to design a rescue plan for the crag, and commentated on a live TV show.

The 2017 Bouldering Competition Results

Men's Competition:

2017 Yangshuo Climbing Festival Bouldering Competition

1. Liu Yongcheng (刘永铖): 2 done, 1 flash, 1 2nd attempt, 2 bonuses

2. Li Xinhui (李信会): 2 done, 1 flash, 1 3rd attempt

3. Huang Xin: 2 done, 1 flash, 1 4th attempt

4. Hu Ren (胡任): 1 done, 4th attempt

5. Fang Yefei (方业飞): 1 done, 4th attempt

6. Zhang Lei: 1 bonus

Women's Competition:

2017 Yangshuo Climbing Festival Bouldering CompetitionOla winning the Women's 2017 Yangshuo Climbing Festival Bouldering Competition

1. Aleksandra "Ola" Przybysz: 4 done, 3 flashes, 1 2nd attempt

2. Huang Weijun (黄伟君): 4 done, 3 flashes, 1 5th attempt

3. Liu Hui (刘慧): 3 done, 2 flashes, 1 3rd attempt, 1 bonus

4. Huang Xiajing: 1 done, flash, 2 bonuses

5. Wang Mingke: 1 done, flash, 2 bonuses

6. Wang Jin (王晋): 1 done, 3 bonuses

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Two of the Most Famous Previous Competitors

James Kassay (Australian, 2013 Bouldering Comp. winner)

James Kassay at the Yangshuo Climbing FestivalJames Kassay at the 2013 Yangshuo Climbing Festival

"I started climbing when I was 10 years old, and ever since that very first time my life has never been the same. For me, climbing is more than just a pastime activity; climbing is my life. In the last 18 years I have represented Australia proudly 17 times and have completed some of the world’s hardest boulder problems, including making the first ascent of The Wheel Of Life Direct V16." - Self Intro (2013).

Zhong Qixin 钟齐鑫 /jong chee-sshin/ (Chinese, 2013 Bouldering No. 2)

  • Six-time world speed climbing record holder, and all time best in his category
  • He is 4 times winner of the world championships and has broken world records many times.
  • In 2012 he won the Chinese national climbing championship in the speed category, and ranked number one overall.
  • He is one of the biggest stars in Chinese climbing, and is known for making China a top country in the competitive climbing world.

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