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“The kids loved it (and we did too)”

Mount Pan (Panshan)
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Reviewed July 24, 2016

This is another casualty in the continuing war against authenticity that China is waging. They tear down hutong to replace them with charmless shopping malls. They built tourist traps in place of historic sights (I'm talking about you Cultural Street in Tianjin).

Here they plastered a mountain with concrete to make it unnatural.

But once you get past that, the experience is still very enjoyable. At least, you can buy drinks and food at almost every stage of the climb!

We chose the difficulty: climbing to the top and going down with the cableway. Some parts are easy, gently climbing. But near the top, there is a section comprised with very steep stairs. It took us the best part of an hour (granted, we are not in an exceptional fit).

The scenery is very enjoyable. My favorite part was the beginning, when you follow a stream until a nice fall.

Our kids who are quickly tired when we go shopping ran along the 3 hour trail, so you get the idea how happy they were.

The slight disappointment for us was when we got out of the cableway. It arrives at the south entrance and the car was parked at the east entrance. So we had to walk uphill for 15 minutes to get to the car. There is normally a bus, but none could be seen.

So not a trail in wild nature, but a nice walk in a Chinese style place.

Thank PeterLLama
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Reviewed October 24, 2015

Perfect time of the year to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves. I was impressed by the cleanliness. They have created the site and installed garbage cans everywhere and it works. The waterfalls, peaks and valleys are always revealing a new place to look at, a new natural detail. Very beautiful and a lot of fun for a great workout.

1  Thank Martin L
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Reviewed July 1, 2015

Mount Pan is a nice two hours drive from Tianjin city, with plenty of farm stays in the area. Temperature is nice and cool during the hot summer, averaging 21 - 22 degrees Celsius in the daytime.

I enjoyed the delicious meals offered at the farm stay, prepared by the owners using organic / free range produce farmed by themselves. Spend half a day trekking down the mountain valley and enjoy the beautiful natural green landscapes.

Farm stays are quite cheap about RMB110 per person per night (including all meals). As mentioned by fellow reviewers, avoid going there during a national holiday at all costs. Bring insect repellents for mosquitoes (just in case) and do not expect 3-5 star hotel standard rooms/toilets there.

2  Thank Ken L
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Reviewed May 6, 2015

Although this was my 2nd time going there this time we went on May 2nd during a national holiday and it was packed with people. As they say it in China, People Mountain People Sea... Could barely hear the nature as all we could hear were people talking. It was difficult to make our way up to the mountain as we were unable to get through the mass amounts of adults and children. We only climbed half way up which took around 3 hours then waited 45 minutes to take the cable car back down because the cable car going up would've been another 1 hour wait. The place was a bit unorganized as you waited in line because people would try to cut through by going under the railings. It would have been a much nicer experience if it weren't for all the people there that day. Not recommended to go during a national holiday.

2  Thank akvong
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

Although not terrible, Panshan was a disappointment. A lot of the climb involves pushing your way past other tourists as you pass many recently man-made temples and pavilions. The higher you climb, the more natural it becomes and the better your experience becomes. The views from the higher points of the mountain are the highlights.

The entrance fee of 100 Yuan is very expensive compared to many other attractions (and more natural mountains) in the area and there are also additional costs on the mountain (for the various cable cars).

Given its proximity to Jixian itself, I can see why so many people visit Panshan. However, if you're looking for a relaxing break with plenty of natural scenery , I'd recommend giving Panshan a miss in order to visit some of the other places around Jixian.

3  Thank TianjinTraveller
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