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!
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to China page for links to other stories
|Location||Near Dujiangyan, west of Chengdu, Sichuan, West China|
|Date walked||June 2005|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires lots of stamina but there is a safe path all the way|
|Distance||About 20 km (12 miles)|
|Height climbed||1500m (5000 ft)|
|Time taken||6 hrs 30 mins|
|Map used||Map on back of ticket, waymarkers along the route|
|Walk source info||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|