Yuanshan is a little-known hidden hiking location in Longgang district. Upon entering you will feel you’re in the wrong place as it is a run down abandoned looking place. However, this adds a lot to its charm and character I feel.
After entering the main gate, I suggest heading to the temple first, you can go in but you can take a look. And on the left-hand side of here you will see lots of shrine/pagodas which have an old eerie feel about them. I have never seen anything like this in Shenzhen.
After the temple follow the sign for ‘trails’ it’s a long paved road which goes to a restaurant and store. You should be able to see the mountain looming in the distance.
Unfortunately, now the stairs begin. The mountain is around 600M high and it does punish the legs a little, especially going down. These are are not typical cement stairs though, they are made from the rock available on the mountain and are surrounded by old trees, interesting geology and even a cave or two
The views could be impressive on a clear day, sadly this pic is from a smoggy day. The cliff walk is very cool and something a little different to try. And provides some excellent photo opportunities.
You can also do stuff like strawberry picking, go-karting and other outdoor activities here. It is well signposted and you can explore but not get lost
Overall, I would suggest this hike as it is certainly something as little different. Don’t come expecting the best place ever, but keep an open mind.
Henggang Metro line 3 exit A and get a short taxi/didi to
Yuanshan mountain scenic area
Entrance ticket is 15 RMB
Difficulty 4 out of 5. Approximately 4 hours to go up and down
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