Ascent of Lianhua Feng on 2014-07-27

Climber: Rickard Colliander

Date:Sunday, July 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lianhua Feng
    Elevation:6115 ft / 1863 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our three-day hike in Huangshan was the great finale of our China adventure and despite the crowds and our high expectations we were not disappointed – it was definitely one of the most stunning mountains we have ever visited!

We started our hike at Yungu Temple and followed the Eastern Steps up on the summit plateau and onward to Beihai Hotel (where we spent two nights) whereafter we watched the sun set from “Lion Peak”, close to “The (stone) Monkey Watching The (cloud) Sea”. The following day we climbed “Beginning to Believe Peak” and visited “White Goose Ridge” before we made the dramatic and steep West Canyon loop in heavy rain. On the final day we left Beihai early in the morning and climbed “Brightness Peak” and “Turtle Peak” and then started to descend the Western Steps. To my disappointment the final way of the path to “Lotus Peak” (the highest peak in the area, also known as Lianhua Feng) was closed off, allegedly for maintenance work since 1 December 2013. For the first time in my entire life I considered to try to bribe a guard in order to pass, but the entrance was not blocked by a guard but by a barb wired iron gate. It would probably have been possible to get around the gate on the right hand side, but it simply did not seem responsible with the family and a hundred Chinese people watching. ;-) Also, I must confess that I was quite afraid of what the consequences of such trespassing could have been. Nevertheless the way down the mountain was still impressive (for instance when we passed through a small crack and suddenly found ourselves at the foot of the stairs up “Heavenly City Peak”) almost all the way down to Mercy Light Temple. The kids were great and seemingly made a big impression on a lot of people during our trek.

All in all a really beautiful mountain with the most poetic names I have ever heard!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Eastern up - Western down
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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