Let’s go hiking!
Hiking, an activity that popular the world over. Especially here in China.
Shenzhen has several hiking options and it can be difficult to know which ones to do. This is a quick guide to 6 of them. There are others and maybe I’ll cover those another time.
Wutong Mountain. Difficulty 4.5/5
Start with the biggest most well-known. The highest mountain in SZ this stands an impressive 940M high. It’s also the most challenging of the peaks in the city. But for those who conquer the climb you’ll be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the city, it’s a breathtaking sight! Densely vegetated, it is popular and offers a stunning vista of the coastline and Shenzhen Reservoir year-round. Sadly as with most hikes in China there are a lot of stairs so prepare yourself, although there are 2 paths you can take from the main gate so each visit could be slightly different for you. 1 is a flat path and one has stairs so it’s up to you which one you take. As you hike you will pass numerous streams and creeks along the way. This is the winner for views, and the winner for difficulty if you’re looking for a challenge, but it’s a pain to get to needing to use public bus or didi. Can get bus 211 from Cuizhu metro station exit B2 to the wutong bus terminal.
Wutong Mountain village, Luohu District, Shenzhen 深圳羅湖區梧桐山村
Qiniang Mountain. Difficult 4/5 (stairs)
Second highest in SZ it is slightly lower than its Wutong cousin at around 800m. Located in Dapeng area this is a nightmare to get to, taking 90 minutes from city centre. The one time I hiked this it was a group hiking, we rented out own bus so I’m unsure of the public bus information. I didn’t really care for this hike, it was just stairs stairs stairs with very little ‘flat paths’. The views of Dapeng and the ocean are fantastic however, and almost worth the pain of the stairs. There is a glass observation deck at the top which gives a good vantage point. Its worth doing if you like variety in your hikes, but my opinion is to avoid this one, its really not convenient to get to, and ‘the juice is not worth the squeeze’
Xinda Village, Nan’ao Town, Longgang District, Shenzhen 518121, China
Maluan Mountain. Difficulty 3.5/5
Maluan Mountain is one of Shenzhen’s best kept secrets. However, it is extremely popular among avid hikers because it’s easy, safe, beautiful and varied with clear streams, lush woods, Chinese plum blossoms and one of the area’s largest waterfalls. Maluan Mountain is 300-590 meters above sea level. In the hot summer, its temperature is lower than the city by 3 degrees Celsius. Without the industrial pollution and noises from the city, Maluan Mountain has kept its pure, refreshing environment. It’s also worth going every December and January when the orange trees harvest and all you can see are the fruits hanging from the trees. You can always pick some fruits, too! At Maluan Mountain, you can have a good view of the ocean, the lake and the waterfall. It’s also the home of many different plants and animals, some of which are endangered species. It’s a good place for a relaxing family outing and a wonderful getaway from the city. When you do get to the top you can eat and drink beer with the locals as there is a delicious restaurant nearby. Location is also a bit out of the way. The hike starts just behind Xiaomeisha Ocean World. Additionally there is another entrance to this mountain that takes you past waterfalls and through the trees. But lots of stairs so be warned.
Can get bus 103/103B/364/380/380B/387 to the Xiaomeisha bus terminal.
Or He’ao metro on line 3 exit A and take bus 833
Tanglang Mountain Difficulty 2/5
One of the most popular mountains in the city, located at the heart of Futian this is a nice casual trail usually busy with locals getting their exercise in. Tanglang Mountain has two routes for visitors to reach the summit: the winding road and mountain trail. Which one to take depends on your fancy. Both routes offer stunning scenery to make your trek leisurely. Both routes are popular so expect a lot of people. It provides some nice views of the city but at just over 300M high don’t expect panoramic landscapes in front of you. At the top you’ll find a viewing point and a nice large rest area, with people relaxing and eating snacks. Taoyuancun metro station exit C and follow the street information on the corner.
塘朗山 Longzhu Rd North, Nanshan North East side, Shenzhen
Nanshan Mountain difficulty 1.5/5
The easiest hike in the city in my opinion. This is a hike you can do one morning or evening and fit it around your schedule. Taking 1-2 hours max it falls into the casual category. From early morning till late at night, you will never be alone when you are on this mountain. Nanshan mountain is only about four hundred meters in height, so, if you are on the mountain, you will encounter people of all ages, such as the elderly, young parents carrying their new born babies, and even toddlers who are climbing the mountain using hands and feet. Taking the stairs is the best option here, as it is not so high and is do-able even by a casual hiker. The views of Shekou below are excellent and on a clear day can see far into the ocean. There are numerous rest stops along the way. It’s nice for a casual relaxing hike or for beginners, even a serious hiker can get a nice kick out of the great view on offer. This is also my recommendation for a night time hike too, as you can get some nice shots of the city all lit of, but the path isn’t so well lit so be careful. Seaworld metro exit A
Pheonix Mountain (fenghuanshan) 3/5
Fenghuang or Phoenix Mountain in the Bao’an District of Shenzhen is steep but striking. It is 678 meters high and overlooks Shenzhen Bay in the south. It is covered with large trees and colorful flowers. What makes this unique are not just the fountains and caves but the old temples that give it an air of serenity. The trip to the top is divided into three beautiful segments. The Pagoda at the foot of the mountain where you can see the Fenghuang Wenchang Pagoda, the Morning Dog Stone , the Buffalo Site, the Sacred Fountain, and the Pumen Shixian Memorial Arch. The next stop is the Temple Site located on the mountainside. This is the main attraction which holds the Dew from the White Vase, Fenghuang Cave and the Longevity Well. At the very top is the sunset glow where you get more than a view of the sunset but also of the All-blessing Cave, the Stone Whey Lake and the Stone of Roaring Lion. Just hearing the names, you already know that your trip is going to be very exciting and interesting.
Tangwei Metro station line 11. Exit B. Then take bus M252 to the terminus station.
Phoenix Avenue, Fuyong, Shenzhen 深圳福永镇凤凰山大道
Any hike you do remember to take enough water because there is not always somewhere to buy more during the hike and bring sunscreen and bug spray too. Please take your litter back down to bottom of the mountain with you, lets keep these hikes green!
Meilin mountain 2/5
Not really a mountain as such more of a hill, but it’s a reasonable workout nonetheless. Quite a popular trail with the locals because of easy access and comfortable difficulty. There are stairs but also has dirt paths along side so the choice is yours. Views are not to great but there is nice nature on the way. It’s a good hike morning or afternoon, but doesn’t seem lit so wouldn’t suggest going at night. Nowhere to buy water so bring your own. Qiaoxiang metro exit C
Yangtai mountain 3/5
This is a mixed mountain. If you take the main entrance then expect as with most hikes, people and stairs. When you do get to the top you can see some truly fantastic views of Nanshan and Bao’an and the reservoir below you. If you take a lesser known route, then you can get the views and avoid the people and the stairs. You hike a dirt trail through the woods, passing fruit trees, and wildlife along the way. It’s very quiet and very secluded. Word of warning, when you get to the top there are multiple ways back down that can lead to Longhua, Bao’an and Xili. So choose wisely. Nowhere on the way or at the top to buy food or water so bring your own. Try to spot the elephant rock, its quite a sight.
Main gate take bus — from Qinghu metro
Dirt trail Xili metro exit D, take bus 66 to the last stop. Then follow the road up through the village and into the trees.