Meiling National Scenic Area

Meiling National Scenic Area

Meiling National Scenic Area
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Mitch
By Mitch
Peaceful time at Lion’s Peak
5.0 of 5 bubblesAug 2022
This area is a bit of trek out of the city. It’s not particularly far, but it can be difficult to get to using transit. We gave up and took a DiDi for about 90 RMB, which took about 35 minutes. The area itself is extremely large, which is hard to note from the map. It’s basically a winding road up a mountain, with multiple stops along the way, little pathways and walking trails, a lovely little village, things like that. You could easily spend a whole day there, picking and choosing what to see, thought it’d be difficult getting around to some of the areas without transport. The main attraction is Lion’s Peak. There is a park entrance towards the top of the winding road, and that’s where we were dropped off. Entry is about 25RMB. You walk along a trail, and can continue to trek, or you have the option to take a raft water slide. We opted for the slide (30 RMB / person) and it was quite fun. It’s a blow up raft, and the slide is on supports above the main walking trail. It goes fairly fast, you’ll definitely get splashed, but they provide plastic covers (pants, shoes, top and even one for your bag). The view is pretty nice from the slide as well! I’m sure the walk is lovely too, as it follows a creek. When you get to the bottom, you’ll be near a lake where you’ll walk along a road for a little bit before coming to a fun rope bridge. Cross that to begin your trek up to the peak. It’s not an extremely difficult climb, though there are some extremely steep portions, and the August heat definitely did us in. There are some nice views near the top, when going along a metal walkway on the side of the mountain. The top itself consists of a few caves which are pretty neat, and a viewing platform, but you won’t be rewarded with any panoramic view, so don’t be disappointed. The return down offers a second pathway, and once again, you can walk, or you have the option to take a slide down, this time one made of marble and no water. Due to the heat, we took the slide, and it was a bit of fun as well (30 RMB again). They give you some pants with a padded bottom to sit on, and gloves, and you just slide down normally, using your feet to control your speed. Not as good as the water slide, and if you have the strength to descend, you could skip this one, but if you’re tired, it’s a bit of fun and gets you down way faster. You’ll end in another small village near your starting point, and you can catch a ride back up to the top for another 30 RMB, or trek it the way you came, along the creek path. This is merely one portion of the whole scenic area, and we spent a good 3.5 hours here. Definitely a good place to visit. Nice views, and the highlight for us was we barely saw any other hikers, only a handful. Absolutely peaceful!

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Mitch
Hohhot, China79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This area is a bit of trek out of the city. It’s not particularly far, but it can be difficult to get to using transit. We gave up and took a DiDi for about 90 RMB, which took about 35 minutes. The area itself is extremely large, which is hard to note from the map. It’s basically a winding road up a mountain, with multiple stops along the way, little pathways and walking trails, a lovely little village, things like that. You could easily spend a whole day there, picking and choosing what to see, thought it’d be difficult getting around to some of the areas without transport. The main attraction is Lion’s Peak. There is a park entrance towards the top of the winding road, and that’s where we were dropped off. Entry is about 25RMB. You walk along a trail, and can continue to trek, or you have the option to take a raft water slide. We opted for the slide (30 RMB / person) and it was quite fun. It’s a blow up raft, and the slide is on supports above the main walking trail. It goes fairly fast, you’ll definitely get splashed, but they provide plastic covers (pants, shoes, top and even one for your bag). The view is pretty nice from the slide as well! I’m sure the walk is lovely too, as it follows a creek.

When you get to the bottom, you’ll be near a lake where you’ll walk along a road for a little bit before coming to a fun rope bridge. Cross that to begin your trek up to the peak. It’s not an extremely difficult climb, though there are some extremely steep portions, and the August heat definitely did us in. There are some nice views near the top, when going along a metal walkway on the side of the mountain. The top itself consists of a few caves which are pretty neat, and a viewing platform, but you won’t be rewarded with any panoramic view, so don’t be disappointed.

The return down offers a second pathway, and once again, you can walk, or you have the option to take a slide down, this time one made of marble and no water. Due to the heat, we took the slide, and it was a bit of fun as well (30 RMB again). They give you some pants with a padded bottom to sit on, and gloves, and you just slide down normally, using your feet to control your speed. Not as good as the water slide, and if you have the strength to descend, you could skip this one, but if you’re tired, it’s a bit of fun and gets you down way faster.

You’ll end in another small village near your starting point, and you can catch a ride back up to the top for another 30 RMB, or trek it the way you came, along the creek path.

This is merely one portion of the whole scenic area, and we spent a good 3.5 hours here. Definitely a good place to visit. Nice views, and the highlight for us was we barely saw any other hikers, only a handful. Absolutely peaceful!
Written August 11, 2022
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TBA14
Miami, FL3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
As the other English review stated, this is a good day trip option from Nanchang. It's a little closer than Mt. Lushun, and still pretty nice. If you plan on being there for just a day, and you are talking the bus, plan to head out in the morning, as the last bus from the scenic area stops running at 18:00. It offers a nice mountain hike, countryside vistas, and some local village experiences. The people we encountered were extremely helpful and eager to help out foreign visitors, even if their Chinese language skills were lacking. If in summer, there appears to be river rafting as well (there are a few other places with rafting options close to Nanchang, so search for them). I also saw options for other activities, including bike riding, and paintball, if you are interested.

A very cheap and easy way to get there from Nanchang is to go to the main to rain station, and get on the no. 219 bus in the bus lot in from of the station (2RMB). Take this bus for about an hour until you get out of Nanchang, and into a smaller town at the foot of the mountain hills (sorry can't recall the name, but it's the place where you need to transfer to bus no. 112. If you can write the name of Meiling town, and your desire to go the scenic area, in Chinese, along with the bus number, you should be ok. There were others headed that way, and you should be able to ask the driver, or students who can help you if you don't speak a little Chinese (good tip from someone who's been in China a while...Jibbigo translator for iPhone or iPad is amazing to translate between languages both spoken and written, and has saved me many, many times). Our group was able to get some help from some very helpful college students heading there to go camping. Once you transfer to bus 112 (1RMB)stay on the bus to the end of the route to the entrance of the scenic area. You'll pass some picturesque villages along the way, keep your eye open to see a few dinosaurs (no kidding), pandas (not real) and fields of beautiful flowers next to a Dutch windmill. Take the time to explore the little tourist villages that have been recently built. They're quite charming, full of little shops, interesting outdoor art, and friendly locals who are glad you are there. It seems the tourist infrastructure is recent, but not yet completely discovered, as in a few other places I've visited.

The park fee is 25RMB, less for children if under certain height. There are also a few tourist information offices there, including one next to the main park entrance. take a look at the map before you go in, and take a photo of it in case you need it. The area is quite large. the climb up and down some spots is taxing, but the paths are well maintained with plenty of rest areas. We encountered some rock fields, a fun swaying suspension bridge, a small amusement center wiith bumper cars and pony rides, a cozy little town with restaurants, and interesting paths and views. If you are tired after walking, be on the lookout for private cars that can return you to the park entrance for about 10RMB, well worth if you don't want to climb back up and out.

Since the bus is only 1rmb, get off the bus a few times on the way to or from the park entrance, there are a few great sights, including fields of flowers just perfect for a photo shoot, which you may see with new brides doing just that. Dress for the weather, and it seems that overnight camping is allowed, so that may be fun as well. The return trip to Nanchang is a bit longer in the evening if there's traffic, so plan accordingly (eat, go to bathroom, before returning, etc.).

All in all. A very good day trip, with very friendly and accessible ways to explore.
Written October 24, 2014
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dcn_nz
Nanchang, China104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
My friends took me hiking up Meiling Mountain, which included a local lunch. The views from the top are excellent on a clear day. Sadly, the day was hazy when we were there. As with most Chinese "trails", most of the path was paved and with steps that aren't the right height for a tall Westerner like me. The final portion to the top is not paved and is more like a regular Western-style hiking trail, which made it easier for me. This is not an easy trek at the end, and is not recommended for rainy days. We had a small boy and a puppy with us, but they managed just fine. Recommeded.
Written July 26, 2016
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Pavalia
Cambridge, UK278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
Meiling Mountain is wonderful! It is easily accessible from Nan chang, either by hiring a car and driver, which gives you more freedom, and taking a bus from Nanchang. There is a fee for entering the mountain area and lovely walks to follow through mountain, past waterfalls and streams, through the picturesque, unspoilt countryside. Your walk can be completed with a homemade meal at a villager's house in the village of Shi Bi.
Another option is to head to the river for white water rafting. You are provided with life jacket, but no helmut - what fun it is! Two to a boat, the course is long and adrenalin-making.
Written July 30, 2014
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Antoinette G.✈️
Chicago, IL32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Friends
Fun one day tour! Beautiful viewsss! A great place to enjoy nature. Definitely recommend if you’re visiting Nanchang!
Written April 9, 2021
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Ross t
Sydney, Australia18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Leave the road a short distance from the carpark at base of first temple...initially some wooden steps but they soon fade into a coarse track.
The track is steep and occasionally very steep, dusty, rutted, tree roots and rocks.
View of reservoir from the top is pleasant - the best is yet to come.
The local cuisine is the highlight served in a number of small shacks just below the faded temple on the track back to the road....a few cold pijiu go down well.
Allow 2-3 hours for round journey
Written October 4, 2019
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Michal J
Prague, Czech Republic68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
We took a taxi from the very northern part of the city to the Lions Head for 60 yuan. The entry fee to the park is 25 yuan. You can get to the park by bus as well, but we only took number 540 bus on the way back for 2 yuan. It takes a lot of time. In 5 hours we managed to climb on the top of the Mountains Head peak and down, get a ride to the Taipingzen and to the waterfall and walk back to the Taipingzen, then get on the bus. The scenic areas are scattered all over the place, so it is quite impossible to cover everything in one day. I do still recommend visiting this place if you like parks and you are in Nanchang.
Written October 8, 2018
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Asim A
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Excellent place for hiking, requires alot of energy. The greenery on these hills like bamboo trees are very attractive. Some times the steps are very high angle and need rest for going above or downstairs.
Written October 8, 2017
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