Phoenix Ridge | The 'Flying Stone' Pagoda on Phoenix Ridge
The 'Flying Stone' Pagoda on Phoenix Ridge.

Phoenix Ridge Scenic Area and the Flying Stone Pagoda

A loop hike in the Phoenix Ridge Scenic area that goes all the way up the stairs to the ‘Flying Stone Pagoda’ and then back down a different track to finish.

Level 3+
A long and fairly tough climb up to the ridge. 3–4 hours of walking and hiking over approx. 8km. (Can I do it?)

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This is one of the hikes we were doing earlier in the year, when everywhere else was closed during the big lockdown. In the last week we’re seeing villages and some of the scenic areas close down again, which means this hike is making a little comeback!

This hike follows part of our old "Woodpecker Trail and the Pagoda on the Rock" trail, but with the village on the other side of Phoenix Ridge closed to visitors we're only able to do the part of the hike that stays inside the park area. The park area contains a network of paved trails that pass by old shrines, caves, and precariously-perched pagodas. We'll follow the park stairs up to the ridge to take a look at the "Flying Stone Pagoda" perched at 728m above sea level, and then come back down a different path across the slopes.

Super guide Millicent suggested this as a good hard Level 3+ hike (i.e. almost worth a Level 4 rating) with some extra views of frozen waterfalls in one of the valleys.

On the trail down from Phoenix Ridge
On the trail down from Phoenix Ridge. (Click for larger image)

We mentioned it was an old hike of ours. How old? You can read a 2007 write up of Woodpecker Trail hike on china.org.cn, featuring a short interview with Huijie.

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

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.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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