Reputed as the Heaven City, Hangzhou is an ideal place for hiking. There are several specially designed beautiful hiking routes in Hangzhou. In the weekend, most of the office white-collars are intending to go out and release the working pressure. Hiking is a good way for both the fresh air and exercise.
Last Sunday, we had a team of 4 pax for hiking. Before departure, we searched the detailed information on the internet which was very helpful. We selected a short route with 2.5 hours hiking route which was listed as one of the most popular sections for the local citizens. It began at the camp of Zhejiang University, the foot of Laohe Hill, passing by General Hill, Lingfeng Hill, North Peak, and ended at the famous ancient Lingyin Temple.
We started in the camp of Zhejiang University around 10:20am. It was sunny day, warm and comfortable. We took some snacks and fruits with us. All of us were excited. The hiking route was built in Sep, 2004 by the university and freely opened to public since then. The route was made of flagstone. Both sides were surrounded by trees and plants. Sometimes, you could hear the bird tweet. The whole route featured the beautiful scenery and wide horizon. It took us 20 minutes to reach the top of Laohe Hill. We stopped the top for a short while because one of our team members was out of breath. It was obviously that she was lack of practice.
Then we continue our hiking and arrived at our second stop on top of the General Hill. On the top, we could get a bird view of the city as well as the West Lake. It was a good place for photographing both for the natural scenery or group photo. After that, we headed for the Lingfeng Hill. We found that the section was the much more interesting and beautiful than before. It became up and down. The road was not the flagstone road instead with the grit road. All of us were suffered by the road. It was wise to wear the hiking shoes and long cotton stockings which could protect your ankle and feet. We encouraged each other finished the section. Around 12:30, we arrived at the North Peak and the summit. All of us were excited. On the summit, there was a Buddhist Temple with the observation platform where we could have a grand overview of the West Lake and the city. On the platform, there was a tea house. You could have a cup of tea with some snacks. We spent 20 minutes here to have a rest and take some photos. After that, we climbed down to the mountain. For the section, we also took 20 minutes. Finally, we reached the Lingyin Temple and returned to the downtown from the close-by bus station.
It is the hiking route on for visitors on the way.
The photo was taken on top of North Peak.
The big clock is for good luck and wishes. It locates at the top of North Peak. Visitors can also get the red wish strip and tie it on the fence to make good wishes.
In general, it was a pleasant hiking experience. All of us enjoyed the journey very much. We were a little tired but mainly happy. The section was a good choice for the weekend exercise in Hangzhou.