This mountain is a Chinese watercolour painting come alive. To get away from the tourist crowds, head on towards the Western Canyon and Walking Fairy Bridge. There you have the pristine pillars and clouds all to yourself.
We went up from the Eastern Steps and down from the Western ones. Hordes of Chinese families, from old people to tiny children, plus some girls in high-heel shoes, pushing it upwards on an April weekend. All the people, except us and a few more, went down the Western bit using the cableway, missing all the AMAZING!!! views.
Hiking, not much climbing Date Climbed: May 24, 2008
This was my first hike in China. The hike on this mountain is done with ease and pleasure. There is not much of a any climbing involved. It's mostly stairs and paths. The tourists jam are huge, but it offers an ideal occasion to socialize with Chinese and practice your Mandarin. This mountains is very popular in China. It is very beautiful.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe