Shenzhen has many mountains to hike, many parks to visit, and many green ways to walk or cycle. But sometimes it can be tricky to know which ones to go to.  Yinhu Mountain green way combines a little of all the above into one fun and interesting walk which I highly recommend you try.

Some nice views on offer/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson
Some nice city viewpoints too/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson

Yinhu is a long walk, taking around 5 hours to complete and it is not recommended for beginners because of the lack of exit points around.   You have different choices here, with flat paved road, stairs and forest path all available to you.  You can do one of them or combine all 3.  There are lots of signs around and you can interchange between them all at different points along the way.

Well signposted with clear routes/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson

Yinhu Sections

The paved road is wide, long and has up and down sections.  It is surrounded on both sides by trees and nature, and it is suitable to cycle on.  But watch out sometimes the bikes fly past you at speed.  There are lots of rest stops along the way, but not much shade.

Easy paved road/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson
Get a good dose of nature on this walk/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson

The stairs are of course more difficult than the path, but a quicker time as it covers a more direct route.  The views are also different with some nice shots of the city along the way and trees on either side of you.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of stairs and some are quite steep.  They connect to and from the path on multiple occasions.

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Optional stairs, makes it more difficult but can be finished faster//Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson

The forest path is the most difficult of Yinhu.  It has steep up and downs and can be very slippery.  There is some rope pulling involved and you really do need to watch your step.  This starts from around the ‘half way point’ and there are limited connections back to the main path.  

Some rope pulling involved/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson
A natural path but quite slippery and a much more difficult route/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson

All these routes lead back to the end point so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose.  Just follow the sign posts (there are many). 

yinhu signposts
follow the signs to fenggang garden/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson

Additional information

There is no place to buy water along the route so bring your own.  There is only one toilet at the main entrance.   The start and end are both near metro stations.  There is limited shade so you should bring sun protection. 

Rating medium 4/5.  Approx. 5 hours including rest time

Location

Beihuan Avenue No.1030 Sanjiu Garden, Luohu, Shenzhen

三九花园(罗湖区北环大道1030号

Hanling metro station

Walk forward from metro station/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson
Turn right under the bridge/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson
Walk up this road, the entrance is on your left/Image Courtesy of Joe Macpherson

If you need more information about this place, or you want to know more interesting places to see and go, you can connect with me

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