Hiking photos - Longyunshan ‘Heavenly Lake,’ 2009/11/14
The Longyunshan 'Heavenly Lake' (actually a hilltop reservoir named with some poetic license) is reached by a steep-in-some-places climb of about 240m from the river down in the canyon. On this visit we walked past the remains of an old film set, climbed up some massive slabs of rock, rescued a small dog that had been trapped in a culvert, and took a stroll along the riverside. We visited the same area in early October and noticed that the water level was much higher than then - perhaps because of snow melt. The sun was sinking and the wind picking up as we finished the walk, so we talked a local restaurant into opening up to cook us some tasty soup to drink along with our beer.
Statistics: 3.5 hours in total, with 2.25 hours of walking at approx. 3.1km/h over 7.2km; start and finish height 161m, highest point 401m (at the lookout by the reservoir). Total climbing up 315m. Estimated 1,074kCal burned. Dogs rescued: 1.