As part of our plan to see more of Yunnan and Kunming we teamed up with another British guy called David whose plan is to climb the 10 most beautiful mountains in and around Kunming so that we could hike Changchong Mountain with someone who knows the area and speaks Chinese.
We started the day by meeting David and some other people he knows near Green Lake within the first ring-road before catching the 84 bus to the north of the city.
(I should mention now that I had woken up that morning with a head cold but because I didn’t want to potentially miss out on seeing something interesting I went anyway.)
Once we arrived we began to climb the incredibly steep mud and rock road that takes you up to the beginning of the trails. It was about 20 minutes of intense inclines snaking their way up the mountain. When we reached a temple at the top I’d had enough and had gone bright red from the heat so we decided to leave the group and explore the large temple area instead. When we saw that the peak of the mountain was just a barren hill behind the one we’d have to climb to see the temple we figured we chose the better option.
I don’t actually know the name of the temple as there was no information about it online that I could find. So I’m just going to call it Changchong Temple. It’s a Buddhist temple and it makes for a good place to stop after walking up the arduous track (interestingly most of the Chinese visitors to the temple drove up.)
The views from the temple area were pretty awesome. There was a giant pagoda with a shrine inside that you could walk up the outside until you were stood at the statues feet which gave some of the best views we’ve seen of Kunming.
We’re still enjoying wandering around these places within the borders of Kunming but I think climbing mountains with a cold in mid-day sun when it’s been advertised as “a bit steep” and it’s actually very steep are not what we’re looking for.
Jack has the male pride thing of having to conquer the mountain but I’m more interested in seeing something different, taking some photos and enjoying being out of the hustle and bustle of the city. There were parts when we were walking around the temple where the only noise was from us walking.