FuShan Family Hike │A New Path. If you’ve read any of our hiking posts – we have done a lot of them in the last few years – then you will recognize this mountain. Located close to where we live in Qingdao is FuShan (Fu mountain) range. Just out of interest – we live along the coast, close to where the mountain range begins – in the image above. We used to live at a complex which bordered the foot of FuShan, so we would climb up the north of the mountain. Since moving closer to the ocean, we prefer to start hiking from the south side. Since there are numerous gates and paths leading to the summit, there are many new adventures to be had on FuShan.
This mountain range is a popular hiking alternative to Laoshan – firstly, because it is closer to the city, and secondly, it is FREE! In the last year more roads and paths were built up the sides of FuShan, but there are also huge rocks, open grassy areas, natural trails, and many types of trees. The main peak is the highest point in Qingdao, at roughly 384 m. Fushan offers the most amazing views of the city, the ocean and even of the Laoshan Mountain Range. Two well-known points from which one can start hiking, are Qingdao University and Ocean University.
For a walk down memory lane, have a look at our previous FuShan posts here:
FuShan Hike 2013│ FuShan Family Hike 2015
FuShan’s Spectacular 360 Degree View│ Friendly FuShan Hike 2015
On this particular day, we started at a dirt road path at the top of Hai Long Lu. Follow the high wall on your right hand side. At the end of the wall, turn right and take the dirt road to the top of the hill where you will see a wooden cabin. From there you will see the road pictured below.
I am sure that if you stuck to this road, the way up would be pretty smooth. We cut off to the right and went through the bushes. We had never seen this paved road before, and we wanted to do some “real hiking”. Turns out that no one goes the way that we went anymore! Our path therefore slowly but surely become more and more wild. It seemed as though others had remembered this path, tried to take it, but eventually turned around. We kept going because we were climbing over rocks covered with tons of of grass and reeds. It would have been much more difficult to get down all of that without sliding, and perhaps falling. Eli was in the hiking backpack, so we decided to keep going up instead of turning around.
Eli loves being in the hiking backpack!
Our crazy-over-grown path eventually led to one that was clearly being used frequently. It only took a little bit of time for us to realize that somehow it had been A YEAR since we had last taken that path. During that time, the new road was opened and clearly everyone has been taking that way up instead!
We ended up doing another detour, and made it up to a peak of FuShan we had never climbed. It was awesome to see some new views! We especially loved the path down from the newly discovered peak. It was a wooden path, with rest stops and large viewing decks. We would love to go back there to have a sunset picnic before the colder weather begins to set in!