Shilingxia Scenic Area

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Shilingxia Scenic Area
4.5
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Julia C
By Julia C
Enjoy the journey up and you will be rewarded
Oct 2019
We had a great time at Shilingxia Gorge (RMB68, opens 7:30am) and the UFO glass platform (RMB40) during a cool sunny day. You can take the 2hr bus journey from Beijing or stay at the many simple village accommodations near the Gorge entrance so that you could start your day early to visit Shilinxia, Jindong Karst Caves and Tianyun mountain (with another glass bridge) all in the vincinity. We decided to trek up along the stream (all paved paths), taking in the beautiful sights along the way. There was a direct stairway route up to the glass platform from the entrance but I imagine it would be quite a torturous climb and missing out a bigger part of the beautiful gorge. We spent about 4 1/2 hours there (leisurely, without cable car). You can choose to take the cable car up (RMB100 each way). However, it would only bring you about 3/4 way up the mountain and one would still need to climb flights of stairs the rest of the way up. Getting there by bus: If you are versed in the Chinese language, you could download the 高德地图 or Baidu map app (Chinese equivalent to Google map, with get clear instructions how to get to your destinations. From Beijing, go to the Dongzhimen subway station and follow the signs to the "bus transfer hall" (Long-Distance BusHub). Take bus 852 (RMB15) to Pinggu district (1hr15m). Alight at Pinggu Hospital or any stop along this road. Then take either bus 25 or 38 to Shilinxia 石林峡 (RMB5, 40min). Buses and routes are all listed on the bus-stops (in Chinese).

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Julia C
Singapore, Singapore67 contributions
Enjoy the journey up and you will be rewarded
Oct 2019
We had a great time at Shilingxia Gorge (RMB68, opens 7:30am) and the UFO glass platform (RMB40) during a cool sunny day.

You can take the 2hr bus journey from Beijing or stay at the many simple village accommodations near the Gorge entrance so that you could start your day early to visit Shilinxia, Jindong Karst Caves and Tianyun mountain (with another glass bridge) all in the vincinity.

We decided to trek up along the stream (all paved paths), taking in the beautiful sights along the way. There was a direct stairway route up to the glass platform from the entrance but I imagine it would be quite a torturous climb and missing out a bigger part of the beautiful gorge. We spent about 4 1/2 hours there (leisurely, without cable car).

You can choose to take the cable car up (RMB100 each way). However, it would only bring you about 3/4 way up the mountain and one would still need to climb flights of stairs the rest of the way up.

Getting there by bus:
If you are versed in the Chinese language, you could download the 高德地图 or Baidu map app (Chinese equivalent to Google map, with get clear instructions how to get to your destinations.

From Beijing, go to the Dongzhimen subway station and follow the signs to the "bus transfer hall" (Long-Distance BusHub). Take bus 852 (RMB15) to Pinggu district (1hr15m). Alight at Pinggu Hospital or any stop along this road. Then take either bus 25 or 38 to Shilinxia 石林峡 (RMB5, 40min). Buses and routes are all listed on the bus-stops (in Chinese).
Written October 16, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

M B Mehdi
Beijing, China46 contributions
A Punishing Walk Rewarded
Aug 2019
Go to the Dongzhimen Bus Depot, it's across the road from the subway station. Take the number 852 bus all the way until it terminates at Ping Gu Qi Che Zhan, about an hour. We took a taxi from there to the resort, another 30 minutes, but I've been told the number 25 bus goes to it, look for 石林峡 on the bus schedules. I'd also suggest checking the pollution levels because if they're high, the visibility will be poor.

There are fairground rides for kids and food stalls. The scenery is spectacular. You take a cable car up most of the way then have a very punishing 30 minute walk to the top of the platform. If you're not used to walking or are overweight, you're going to struggle. Looking through the glass would have been more exhilarating had it been clean but, nonetheless, the views are spectacular and I'm sure you'll remember the trip for the rest of your life.

As we took a taxi, we didn't know where the bus stop was but, fortunately, when we flagged down the driver, he stopped outside the resort. We went back to Ping Gu Qi Che Zhan then took the 852 to Dongzhimen.
Written September 1, 2019
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Wee Liang
2 contributions
Interesting "UFO" disk like with glass panel bottom
Mar 2019 • Friends
Yet another glass panel bottom in China which is not too far from Beijing. The journey to the attraction take about 3 hours using subway and bus.
We decided to climb up the mountain as the cable car for both way are about $200 rmb. It took about 1.5 hour to reach the top. It was tiring but it was all worthwhile for the climb. The scenery was breathtaking and the walk around the disk is thrilling as it was suspended by cable. It did swing abit when you walk.
Written April 20, 2019
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Travel Diary
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Great time at Shilinxia Glass Platform visit.
Apr 2019 • Family
It is spectacular view from the platform. Great place to visit, less crowded than Great wall or Palace museum. However, you must prepare yourself to walk and climb. We went to easy path with walking up flat path for 50 min then climb up stairs to reach second cable car and go up to platform. Chose to walk down stairs to reach first cable car to take us down to the car park area.
Written April 17, 2019
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Prem Anand N
Bangalore, India50 contributions
A exhilarating view from the glass bridge after an arduous trek
Nov 2018 • Friends
There are two ways of reaching the UFO glass bridge in Shilinxia valley. One option is to take the cable car and then climb uphill for about an hour. This can be a strenuous route for those with knee problems and heart issues. The other alternative is a hour long trek from the valley floor (the parking lot) towards the rear side of the mountain. This route has been made convenient for travellers and families with many options to take rest and proceed. Small streams, squirrels and birds can be observed along the way. There is a 150 step climb which can be easily covered even by the infirm to reach a second cable car, that takes you to the base of the UFO glass bridge. After a short climb, you are at the bridge and take in the majestic views from top. Since we visited in November, the footfalls were low and we could enjoy the place well. The return route was much easier taking the steep steps down and the cable car to the base.
Written December 5, 2018
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VictorRU
Shanghai, China31 contributions
You will enjoy it if you like hiking
Sep 2018 • Family
We came here with a school PTA on the Saturday. The UFO platform was closed, with no reasons explained. The cable car is really out of date, we took it up. 100 CNY one way per person. Steps are narrow. Some areas are actually dangerous. There are few restaurants at the bottom, though you could find ratings only in china analogue of tripadvisor. We had a good meal and bought some locally grown fruits nearby. Nice trip for a Saturday day out, but not more. If you are exploring Beijing on short trip - I will give it a miss. If you really like climbing than this is your place ;)
Written September 15, 2018
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TempleofPeace
Hong Kong755 contributions
Not worth it
Apr 2018 • Friends
There is a lot of hype about this place. But apart from the logistics (2 hours drive + 90 mins walk up to the top of the mountain where the glass UFO is located), the real downside is the crowds. It won't be a gentle or peaceful walk. You will be in a long shuffling queue for much of the time. Thankfully smoking is not allowed (primarily because of the fire hazard), but the noise levels are high as your fellow travellers shout and scream to each other across the mountains. Some of the paths are extremely steep - with steps - yet the people are not ready for this and accidents are likely. The Glass platform is a rush job - you can go round once for your money with security guards keeping things moving. There are other trails in the area, but they were all closed (for no obvious reason and no one could explain why) when I visited.
Written April 18, 2018
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Jodi R
Inverleigh, Australia275 contributions
Not recommended if your aren't fit!
Sep 2017 • Family
We went to the glass platform and Scenic Area in a rental car which cost us ¥750 for the day. The entrance fee of ¥78 is fine if you are also prepared to pay for the ¥200 for the cable car return. The walking route is very steep, high, uneven stairs that really tests your fitness and stamina. As there were 4 of us including 2 young children I couldn't justify spending ¥800 for the cable car. The walk was way beyond us, we got about 1/3 of the way and we couldn't go on! It was a very hot steamy day and in the end I'm sorry to admit that it got the better of us. I guess if you were very fit and better prepared and the weather was a little cooler it would be a little easier. I felt that this day was a complete waste of time and a lot of money. I'm sure it would have been worth it to get to the top, but getting there was the entire battle! Let's face it nobody says anywhere in the reviews that the walk up is about 4km of almost vertical stairs. If I had have known that I would not have gone!
Written September 28, 2017
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Trusstytraveller
Palmview, Australia970 contributions
A great experience
Jul 2017 • Couples
The area is about 2 hours from Beijing and the drive through the countryside is enjoyable. The glass bottom scenic area is amazing but it is an effort to get there. The chair lift is 200RMB return and then there are about another 30 minutes walking up very steep steps. The platform itself appears scary at first and even though I am not comfortable with heights, I did not feel scared or apprehensive.
Written July 12, 2017
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iristaletta
Beijing, China1,455 contributions
Fun experience
Jul 2017
We had a daytrip to shilingxia from Beijing. It was about two hours one way. It was a super fun experience. We just wanted a photo on the glass bridge/UFO. There are several ways of getting to the top including a cable. The cable is 200 return. We decided to walk up, there were two paths up. And we happened to take the longest one by accident. It took us more than two hours to get to the top. The last part was rough as we had to climb a lot of stairs. But it was worth it once you got up. My friend said the mountain reminded her of yellow mountain. The glass bridge seemed very solid and was not scary at all.. very cool..
Written July 3, 2017
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