Spot gold was little changed at $1,160.50 an ounce by 0047 GMT, after touching a high of $1,165.11 in early deals.
Gold rose to as much as $1,168.40 on Friday, its highest since July 7. It gained more than 4 percent last week, the most since mid-January.
U.S. gold for December delivery was flat at $1,160.40 an ounce.
Markets will be watching for China's next move as signs of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy stack up, raising expectations it will act to stoke growth.
Data on Friday showed activity in China's factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/2 years in August as domestic and export demand dwindled.
On Sunday, China allowed pension funds managed by local governments to invest in the stock market for the first time, potentially channelling hundreds of billions of yuan into the country's struggling equity market.