You can climb the 1000 stairs from the bottom at the lake or take the cable car. We took the cable car. At the base there are clean toilets and a fast food restaurant that was quite good. You can take a tram or the chairlift from there. If you take the tram it takes you to the start of another 1000 stairs where you will pass different temples and finally arrive at the Lions Gate. If you take the chair lift you arrive above Lions Gate and are able to walk down to it. We didn't take the chair lift and wish we would have as it is quite a climb and the air is thin because of the altitude. The views of Kunming and surrounding country are spectacular form the multitude of vantage points along the way. Go on a clear day!
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