Kids Club: Mr Mao’s Chestnut Orchard
Visit Mr Mao’s chestnut orchards on a up-and-back walk up into a valley with a few small waterfalls, with an longer option available for big kids.
Hike a relatively easy 2–3km up through Mr Mao’s chestnut orchards to find a picnic-and-play spot by a small waterfall. Bigger kids can then climb a steep hill track to get on to a fun ridgeline trail that leads back to the start, smaller kids will follow the valley trail back to the beginning, and we’ll all meet up again in the village to finish
Kids club: relaxed outings for kids to enjoy some family time in nature. Best for ages 5 and up. Younger children would need to be carried for most of the way on this hike.
|08:00||Driving to the hike, stopping for a bathroom break|
|10:00||Start walking, taking breaks on the way to the waterfalls|
|11:30||Picnic and time to play and explore|
|12:15||Big kids start on the longer trail back|
|12:30||Little kids start walking back down the valley|
|14:00||Finish with snacks and drinks in the village|
|14:30||Driving back, stopping for a bathroom break|
|16:30||Arrive at Lido, then on to Liangmaqiao|
Things to do
While there aren't specially structured activities this time, there are some fun things to do besides enjoying the views.
Find some spare chestnuts: The harvest will be done by the time of the hike, but we may find some chestnuts that weren’t picked.
Go looking for goats: Local shepherds often graze their goats in the valley. Sometimes we find them in their pens near the start of the hike, sometimes a bit further up the valley.
Hike the ridgeline track: A short, steep clamber and climb gets us out of the valley and up onto a ridgeline trail that winds between trees and rocky outcrops. There are some slippery and tricky parts, and we used to rate this a Level 3+. Best for older kids who want more exercise.
Please contact us if you'd like more details about the plan.
Safety and supervision: we choose hikes that are not dangerous, and we’ll warn you about any parts of the hike that require extra attention. You’re responsible for watching your children. We’ll let you know where’s good to play.
Vehicle: all participants must wear seatbelts while in the vehicle. Ask us about bringing your car seat, as certain seats might not fit.
Weather: if the weather doesn’t look like fun, we’ll cancel or postpone the hike.
Food: bring your own picnic lunch. We’ll supply some snacks and water for you.