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Qingcheng Hou Shan gorges walk, near Chengdu, Sichuan, China


Many of the best walks in the hills and mountains of China seem to have been turned into entirely man-made routes. Perhaps this is the legacy of the Great Wall! It also reflects the fact that many of the most popular mountains are regarded as sacred, with recognised routes of ascent linking temples and other religious monuments. You don’t need to use as many hiking skills, but the routes still demand lots of stamina!


This hike took us up one dramatic gorge to a temple, and down the next gorge, covering about 20 km (12 miles) on a path built entirely of concrete and stone! The concrete was fashioned to look like wood, and there were thousands of steps to climb, so it still made a pleasant and demanding walk through impressive scenery, and a good route to choose on a cloudy day.

  • The most memorable aspect was walking right through the gorge scenery
  • The best bit was getting to the temple
  • The worst bit was trying to get a bus afterwards
  • I hadn't expected to walk on a man-made path all day like this, but it was OK (and easier than you'd expect for a gorge walk)
  • The funniest aspect was the imaginative language on the information boards
  • I was surprised by the number of visitor facilties without any customers! 

Read the full story of the walk with lots of photos

Read the alternative stories from the notices along the route!

Read the story of the walk at nearby Qingcheng Shan >

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Contributed by:  Andrew Llanwarne

Ready to get the ferry along Jade Green Lake

Ready to get the ferry along Jade Green Lake

Key Facts

Location Near Dujiangyan, west of Chengdu, Sichuan, West China
When it was walked June 2005
Walk type High hills and mountains
Difficulty Requires lots of stamina but there is a safe path all the way
Distance approx

About 20 km (12 miles)

Height climbed approx about 1500m (5000 ft)
Time taken approx 6 and a half hours at quite a fast pace, including 1 hr lunch break
Map used if any Map on back of ticket, waymarkers along the route
Source of info on walk Lonely Planet guide, and advice from a friend
Getting there 2 hrs getting a bus from Chengdu to Dujiangyan, and a large minibus to Q H Shan
Places to stay Wide choice of guest houses in Qingcheng Hou Shan and in the villages along the route
Places to eat/ buy food Shops and restaurants in Qingcheng Hou Shan and along the route