Shekou people rejoice! A new trail has opened on the much loved and well hiked Nanshan mountain. One of the great things about Shenzhen is the numerous and varied hikes on offer to both to avid hiker, or the humble beginner. Nanshan mountain is a very popular and well hiked mountain due to its casual difficulty, nice views and convenient location. From early morning till late at night, you will never be alone when you are on this mountain. Nanshan mountain is only about 330 meters in height, so, if you are on the mountain, you will encounter people of all ages, such as the elderly, young parents carrying their new born babies, and even toddlers who are climbing the mountain using hands and feet.
On a clear day the views on offer here are quite fantastic, you can see the panoramic vista of Shekou below you, and can see far off into the ocean too. There are several vantage points, which each provide excellent views, so its up to you how many of them you want to see. This is also an excellent night time hike, as the city below you twinkles in the night sky. The trail is not so well lit at night but there will always be a ton of people hiking so safety is not a problem, just follow the crowd. The trail is paved in stairs so it’s easy to follow and impossible to get lost.
Recently a new trail to this mountain has opened up. Experienced hikers of this mountain will tell you its been there for over 2 years, however up until now its not been open to the public. I regret to say this is NOT a new trail to the top of the mountain, but actually a trail that links to the BASE of the mountain at which you start the hike. This will only benefit those that live in the Chiwan/Shekou Port area as it can connect directly and will save some time. If you are coming from others parts of Shenzhen then this new trail will not really be convenient for you to use. It starts from near the Shan Hai Yun community and ends just near Nanshan mountain park. Its around 440 meters and has a rest stop and some decent views. There is an abundance of flora and fauna along the way and it’s a feast for the eyes. This path is open 7 AM until 6 PM every day.
Hike difficulty 2.5/5. Not very high and it’s all stairs.
Bring 2 liters of water with you just to be safe. There will be someone at the top to buy water from but it will be more expensive. Same for snacks, bring your own.
From Seaworld Metro station exit A, walk forward and turn right, follow the road forward until you see the sign for Nanshan Mountain Park.
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