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Hiking on Wuliao Jian


Wuliao Jian (五尞尖) in Sanxia (三峽) has been on my list of hikes to do for quite a while now. Beautiful weather made today the day I finally did it.


The hike goes along a spectacular ridge and it is not for the faint hearted. There are many sections that need to be climbed with the aid of ropes.


Here is a closer view of the ridge. Hikers are lined up here to use the ropes to descend down the other side of the ridge.


It is currently the peak of the Tung flower (桐花) season. In many places the trail was littered with a lovely carpet of Tung flowers.


This is the magnificent view of Sanxia and beyond from the summit of Wuliao Jian Shan (五尞尖山). The white patches amongst the green the Tung flower blossoms.


The summit is 639 metres above sea level. It was empty when we arrived, but it soon filled up with people. One observation was that most of the hikers were older, in their fifties or sixties. Getting up here is pretty physically demanding so you have to admire them for their fitness and determination.

If you plan on doing this hike be prepared. You need a good fitness level and to be able to confidently climb up and down some fairly steep rock faces with the aid of ropes. Wear good boots and carry plenty of water. Gloves would also be useful for holding the ropes. Don’t do the hike if the weather is wet.

*Neil Wade and Stu Dawson also have blog posts on this hike with great photos and description. More photos in the Wuliao Jian set at flickr.

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Comment from jenna
Time May 4, 2009 at 9:51 am

That looks like fun! Unfortunately the last time we were in Sanxia it rained all day. Some of those photos reminded me of the peak of Gold Face Mountain (Jinmianshan) which overlooks Neihu, because of the steep rock faces, but it doesn’t have that terrifying ridge.

Comment from Neil Wade
Time May 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Nice pics, looks like you had a good day! Thanks for the link!

Comment from Todd
Time May 4, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Looks like a very fun hike David! It also appears that you saw a lot more Tung blossoms there than I did in Tucheng yesterday.

Comment from MJ Klein
Time May 4, 2009 at 6:41 pm

wow, fantastic day for a hike, and you picked a good one!

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