The Yangshuo Rock Climbing Guide book was originally written and produced by Paul Colic an expat from the UK living in Hong Kong.
Travel page overview
The Yangshuo climbing festival started in 2008 and was run by Black Diamond and North Face. Their last event was in 2011 as with a change of management in China and increasing access isues the festival was discontinued. You can see all the old web pages and read more here: http://www.come2climb.cn....
Climbing guides services in Yangshuo started in 2002, when Echo Wu a chinese lady from Hangzhou started Karst Climber a restaurant, bar and climbing guides service for travellers and tourists. The adventure sports industry in China is not regulated and to this day non of the climbing guides businesses are licensed tax paying organisations, rather they are setup as voluntary clubs or run under the guise of another kind of business. However there has only ever been 1 fatality caused by a guided abseil on Moon hill in Yangshuo and the establishment involved has now closed down.
Yangshuo is the Home of Chinese sport climbing, the first routes were established by Tod Skinner on 1992. Since then Yangshuo has seen visits from Many top rock climbers including Chris Sharma, who’s last visit was surrounded in controversy. He completed a route with a chipped hold on it called American Gangster without the chipped hold and suggested if the route is climbed without it then it should be called French Gangster. This story has now become local legend and the route is always called French gangster now.