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Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River | Crossing the frozen Sujia River
Crossing the ice in the Sujia River valley.

Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River

Make the big climb up to Yinmeng Temple, and then hike down the other side of the mountains to explore the Sujia River. Finish with a slightly smaller climb to get back on to the Beijing city side of the mountains. Awesome views of mountains, cliffs, canyons, and the river.

Level 4
A big climb to begin. 3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 10km. (Can I do it?)

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On this hike we make a big climb up and over the Yudu Mountains to get into the Sujia River valley. After a hike down the river, we make another climb out over the mountains to finish back on the Beijing city side of the hills.

The first climb is fairly tough, but we think it’s worth it – the views in the mountains and in the river valley are super scenic.

Yinmeng Temple
Inside Yinmeng Temple. (Click for larger image)

Yinmeng Temple was first built during the Liao Dynasty (907-1125 AD), and was maintained by both the Ming and Qing. After destruction by shelling during the war with Japan, the temple was repaired again in 2009.

We’ll hike up past the temple, stopping for a rest and a look about. The path up to the temple is well-formed, but it is a fairly tough climb—the hike starts off at about 500m, and the temple is at about 1,000m, which gives us an ascent of around 500m over just 2km distance. (That’s roughly the same as the big climb on our Great Wall Spur hike, if you’ve done that one.)

Past the temple the trail crosses a gap in the mountains, and then a lovely little trail takes us down to the river valley. The first part of the descent is fairly open, and there are excellent views of the mountains further north. Later on, we pass through a birch forest before coming out by the river.

Down by the river are the remains of a small settlement. We'll make a little base here. Our plan is to explore a bit upstream first, and then follow the river downstream.

After exploring upstream and doing a lunch break, we’ll walk on down the river. In most places it’s more like a stream. In summer, we’ll be able to cross over on the stones without getting our feet wet. In winter, we can walk on the ice!

The river flows into the Longqingxia Reservoir. Longqingxia is a scenic area well known for the tall cliffs above the reservoir, and as we hike further down the river we’ll start seeing some of those cliffs.

The water of the reservoir blocks the path out of the river valley, and the only way out is to climb back over the mountains.

On this hike we're going to take the easier trail out. (We've got another version of this hike that goes further down the river, and on that version the climb is a tough one!)

The descent back on the Beijing side of the mountains
The descent back on the Beijing side of the mountains. (Click for larger image)

We cross over at another gap in the mountains and the views open up, with broad plains in front and more mountains further away. From here the trail is easier, following gentler slopes and ridgelines before taking us out through a small gorge to finish.

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In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
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    See 26 photos from a hike up to Yinmeng Temple and then over the mountains down to Sujia River—see shots of the temple, plus mountains and the grassy and green riverside scenery.

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