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Qingcheng Shan walk, near Chengdu, Sichuan, China


Like neighbouring Qingcheng Hou Shan, this was a hike through wooded hill country along a long-established man-made path, but this time built mainly of stone rather than concrete.  Once again, there were many hundreds of steps to negotiate, but there were chair lifts for those wanting to avoid some of the climbing (or descent). 

The route links a number of religious monuments relating to the Taoist religion, providing plenty of interest, and there were many Chinese people enjoying the walk.  These hills are rather like British country parks, but more remote from cities and with a religious theme.

  • The most memorable aspect was clambering up the broken steps early on in the walk
  • The best bit was the temple at the top of the mountain
  • The worst bit was having to hike round in a hurry
  • I hadn't expected to see people carrying such heavy loads up the hill
  • The funniest aspect was the masses of padlocks fixed to the wall near the temple
  • I was surprised by the little old lady in shadows at the first temple  

Read the full story of the walk with lots of photos >

Read the story of the walk at nearby Qingcheng Hou Shan

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Contributed by:  Andrew Llanwarne

Prayer padlocks fixed to the wall - with a serpent

Prayer padlocks fixed to the wall - with a matching serpent lock!

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 if you go in the main gate (unlike us!)
Distance approx

About 13 km (8 miles) very approximately

Height climbed approx about 600m (2000 ft)
Time taken approx three and a half hours at a fast pace
Map used if any Sketch map in Lonely Planet guide
Source of info on walk Lonely Planet guide, advice from a friend , and our guest house host pointed out the start of the route
Getting there 2 hrs getting a bus from Chengdu to Dujiangyan, and a large minibus to Q Shan entrance (we had been to Qingcheng Hou Shan the previous day)
Places to stay

Temples on the mountain, and guest houses in Qingcheng Shan

Places to eat/ buy food Qingcheng Shan and at the temples