On this relatively relaxed hike we’ll take a stroll about scenic Longyunshan, walking along a trail that leads up the steep hills beside the river canyon aiming for the local ‘Heavenly Lake.’ We’ll finish the hike with a stroll up the river, following a nice and easy trail through trees and below cliffs.
The hike starts at the Sihetang bridge, at the lower end of the Baihe Canyon. After walking for a short while on a raised trail beside the river, we’ll climb up a hillside trail and get great views of the river, the impressive rocks and cliffs of the canyon, and the surrounding mountains.
The climb up is fairly steep, but after a while – and maybe a few stops for rests – we’ll be up on top and enjoying the excellent views.
As we reach the top of the hill, we’ll pass the ‘haunted house,’ left over from a film production – from a distance it looks like a regular house with a great view of the canyon; getting closer we can see that the construction is not so sturdy.
After visiting the haunted house we will continue to walk in the hills, passing old terraces, and heading for the local ‘heavenly lake,’ a reservoir high up in the hills.
We’ll head back down the same trail to the river, and then walk upstream, following a nice path that is shaded by trees. At this time of year, we see a lot of lizards and insects about. There is also a family of cranes that nest in the cliffs by the river – sometimes we see them, sometimes we don’t.
The fun part of this hike is crossing the river, which we’ll do if the water is not too cold or too high. From the other side, we’ll have excellent views of the hills we climbed to begin the hike.
What to bring on this hike
- Sun protection: hat, long-sleeved shirt
- A bottle of sports drink with salt content (Gatorade, Pocari Sweat)
- Good hiking boots
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Reasons you might not like this hike
- It’s a fairly short hike, but the climb up to the reservoir and the haunted house is quite steep – perhaps tough if you’re not used to hiking.