Silver Mountain to the Mines

A combination of our Silver Pagodas and Mines and Pines hiking trails, with a long and steep stair climb to exercise your legs.

Level 4
Approx. 4 hours start to finish over 12km. (Can I do it?)

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A view from the top of Silver Mountain
A view from the top of Silver Mountain.

This hike is a combination of our Silver Pagodas and Mines and Pines hiking trails—two Level 3 hikes that we’re putting together to make a Level 4, a good chance to see some of the spots we visit on the shorter, more scenic hikes we do.

We begin at a small village that regulars will recognise as the midpoint of other longer hikes, but we’ll head in a different direction, following a paved trail in and out of valleys and up and down steps to arrive at the site of the Silver Pagodas.

Religious use of the site of the Silver Pagodas dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD), with the pagodas built in the 1400’s. The silver bells of the pagodas used to ring in the breeze, and are the source of the name of this peaceful spot. The temples are long gone, burned during war.

After a quick look about the pagodas, we’ll start on the big climb up the stairs to the lookout point up on the peak of Silver Mountain.

It’s a pretty big climb but the views from the top are worth it, and there’s also a little side trail on the way up that leads to a big bell which you can ring for good luck.

From the peak we’ll come back down a short way before stepping off the stairs and on to the narrow path that leads down the back side of the mountain - steep in places, and possibly slippery.

The path down the back of the mountain takes us to the fields that surround Longevity Village. We’ll walk through the fields, and then into the village.

On the east side of the village is our old Mines and Pines trail, an old favourite.

After following field trails through chestnut orchards, we start climbing up into the hills, following a narrow trail up and over several ridges and through the hills to the south of the Silver Pagodas.
We’ll be able to see the mountain we climbed earlier in the day, and we might be able to hear others ringing the big bell.

Hikers walking on a gravel road

Beginning the mines area part of the hike. View larger photo »

Coming across the side of the hill we’ll start to see pine trees, and will soon start down a winding dirt trail through the pines, passing closed-off mine passages and the piles of mine tailings from previous digs. The trail flattens out and turns into a gravel road that takes us out to the main road, where we’ll finish the hike.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Parts of the hike go through areas that are not commonly walked, and the trail can get bushy and scratchy, especially in summer.
  • If you’ve done our Silver Pagoda Loop, Mines and Pines Hike, or Version 2 of our Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs hike you’ll have done most of this hike already.

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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