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This early November 2018 Wikiloc follows the locally popular climb on the West slope of Daheishan, passing Taoism and Buddhism Temples. It repeats a summer Wikiloc done two years previously. In the cooler autumn weather the climb went quickly and a higher elevation was attained. Autumn leaves were half fallen, opening up visibility and adding colour.
Paths are smooth surfaced with even stairs and decorative iron railings on the steep parts.
Unlike most popular attractions in China, there were no fees, excepting the small amount to leave a car in the parking lot.
It's best to plan this hike for a low Air Quality Index (AQI) day in order to see the views clearly.
The Liaoning Province Wikiloc off-line map download was used for recording, and the Open Street or Open Cycle maps work best for viewing. The Google default map doesn't work or is not properly geo-referenced (apparently an ongoing conflict between Google and China).
In early afternoon the parking lot was almost full and there was a small parking fee. There are public washroom facilities at the exit from the parking lot.
There is no entrance fee for the trails.
Drink and snack vendors operate around the entrance gate, and at intervals along the trail.
It is a short walk on a very gentle incline from the gate to the Taoism temple. No admission fee. There is a Taoism store inside the courtyard.
Taoism and Buddhism co-exist in harmony on this mountain.
"Guan men" means to close a door or gate. There is a closing in of the steep canyon walls in this area, where the valley is deeper that its width. There is at stone wall with an arched gateway across the valley bottom.
The country rock is 800 million year old quartzite (re-crystallised sandstone).
Water pools and seeps out from the canyon walls (the seepages are said to create ice-falls in the winter).
The steepest part of the climb, with great views from the top.
Small landings with heavy decorative railings. The views open up towards the west.
Active monks and lay practitioners, all temples are accessible. No fees.
upper temples and access to the "Hou shan men" (back mountain gate).
From the Houshanmen, a roadway leads uphill to a large paved landing with food and refreshments.
A walkway encircles the uppermost temple. It is best to plan this hike on a low air quality index (AQI) forecast day to enjoy these views.