Yuanshan is a little-known hidden hiking location in Shenzhen Longgang district. Upon entering you will feel you’re in the wrong place as it is a run-down abandoned-looking place. However, this adds a lot to its charm and character I feel.
After entering the main gate, I suggest heading to the temple first, you can go in but you can take a look. And on the left-hand side of here, you will see lots of shrines/pagodas which have an old eerie feel about them. I have never seen anything like this in Shenzhen.
Unfortunately, now the stairs begin.
The mountain is around 600M high and it does punish the legs a little, especially going down. These are not typical cement stairs though, they are made from the rock available on the mountain and are surrounded by old trees, interesting geology, and even a cave or two.
Views of Yuanshan Mountain
The views could be impressive on a clear day, sadly this pic is from a smoggy day. The cliff walk is very cool and something a little different to try. And provides some excellent photo opportunities. Yuanshan does give you a different view than you get at other Shenzhen hikes
You can also do stuff like strawberry picking, go-karting, and other outdoor activities here. It is well signposted and you can explore without getting lost.
Overall, I would suggest this hike as it is certainly something a little different. Don’t come expecting the best place ever, but keep an open mind.
Henggang Metro line 3 exit A and get a short taxi/didi to
Yuanshan mountain scenic area
Entrance ticket is 15 RMB
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