It is true that the best things in life are free, and with that in mind, hiking the stunning, golden, meadow-like mountain of Baiyun Zhang certainly falls into that ideology.
Baiyun Zhang sits on the border of cities Dongguan and Huizhou, located in Qingxi Town. It is 1,003m high and is a well-known and often hiked mountain, due to its golden meadow-like fields and breath-taking views of the panorama below. My fellow hikers and I were determined to take on the challenge ahead.
When we arrived, we were greeted by a giant mermaid statue bestowing a piece of the sky. Most of us were a bit perplexed as to why this was at the foot of a mountain. There is a similar statue at Sea World in Shenzhen too. After a bathroom break and an important warm up routine, off we went.
The start of the journey sees steep paths cutting through the grass and into the dense trees, however after a few minutes, the legs and body adjust and so it doesn’t seem so bad. On route you can engage in some nice photo opportunities and some really peculiar looking red flowers that I’ve never seen before. Exotic to say the least! The hiking guide was leading a good pace, not too fast and not too slow and soon we were making progress through the luscious green trees.
The trail becomes slightly more difficult due to its uneven, gravelly nature. Slipping is possible, but go at a steady pace and you’ll be fine.
Walking, talking and admiring the views, the time and the altitude soon went by very fast. It was time for lunch. We settled in a lovely clearing, which gave us fantastic views both of the vista below us and the looming mountain top behind us. Lunch included a variety of food and snacks, with people sharing and passing around different things to try. There were even some spicy chicken feet, which aren’t my thing!
When we reached the top, we were rewarded with a phenomenal view of mountain stretching down below, truly awe-inspiring.
We set our sights on conquering the peak that was standing tall and proud behind us. Although it looked daunting, it was deceiving, as it wasn’t so tough to climb. As we went higher and higher the grass became taller and more golden in color: this was the golden meadow we were promised. When we reached the top, we were rewarded with a phenomenal view of mountain stretching down below, truly awe-inspiring. The peak had the best areas for photography too, with 2m-tall golden grass and ideal lighting. In fact, we even spotted several people having what looked like professional photos taken at the top. Only in China would you see women at the top of a mountain, dressed in fashionable clothes and high heels!
After a short rest and numerous pictures, the descend began. The guide kindly warned us that it was more difficult terrain, because of slipping, but we all thought it was okay. You just have to exercise caution. Going down this second trail gave us much better views than going up, and it made for a very pleasant journey down. Every time we looked up, we smiled and gasped at the view. Be careful of your footing as it can be slippery here, just take your time and enjoy the day.
Eventually we got back to the bottom, to be greeted by the same giant mermaid as before. Out of breath and craving food and water, we ordered from the local business and enjoyed a well-deserved dinner and a few beers. As nighttime crept in, we were fed and watered, and led to the bus to go back home for some much-needed sleep.
I highly recommend this hike, it presented some immense views, and beautiful nature elements. It was also quite the challenge and provided a good workout. This one is not for beginners. Please take at least 2L of water and enough lunch and snacks to get you through the day. There is nowhere during the hike to buy these, so please be prepared.
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