FuShan’s Wooden Path.│You might have noticed a couple of other recent posts about FuShan. We have been busy little hikers lately. And rightfully so since this is one of two seasons where hiking is actually tolerable in this city. In summer it is too humid and gross to hike in Qingdao, and in winter… well, we hibernate in winter, so who knows what happens even outside our front door. Haha, I’m not even joking! I have, however, made a decision to get out and about this winter. Unless the pollution is really at disgusting levels, I plan to keep social. In other words, I will face the cold, but the pollution might still cause frequent “lock-ins”.
The dreaded winter!
I am sure you all remember what pollution is like here in winter. All thanks to China burning coal for heat, the air are toxic and very harmful! If you missed those posts, checkout some of our winter pollution woes here:
Hibernation-Mode│An Off-White Christmas│January’s View│The Coal Hard Truth.
Here are a few pictures from a new path that we found when we hiked FuShan two weeks ago.On this day, our climb up FuShan started on a very wild overgrown path along the south side of the mountain. The gravel path off Hai Long Lu was our starting point, and you can read about that HERE. We made a detour near the top, and that was when we found this wooden path. The new views that we got along this wooden path were gorgeous! Although this might have been built up to a year ago (we aren’t exactly sure), it is certainly a newish addition to the mountain.
The largest path deck
Above, this is the highest – and also the largest – landing along this wooden path. From the peak where I was sitting (one image above), we walked west, and found this landing. This was the start (or end, depending on how you look at it) of the new wooden Fushan pathway.
As the path gets closer to the foot of the mountain, there are more and more trees. The men building this path cut holes in the wooden planks to avoid cutting down too many trees along the way. I am not sure what will happen when those young trees grow and expand, but it was a nice gesture! The path is therefore partially shaded along some sections.
Below, these buildings are the ones that border the entrance to this wooden path.
If you’re interested starting your hike up FuShan via this newish wooden pathway, then look out for the above entrance way. It is located within an apartment complex area off MeiLingXi Lu. We highly suggest trying out this path, especially if you have young ones and have, until now, thought that venturing up FuShan is not an option for you. We took Eli out of the hiking backpack, and he walked most of the wooden steps. There is railing along most of the way, but there are sections without railing on one side. We never felt like it was too dangerous to have Eli walking along the path, but we did our best to keep him on the side with railing. Just to be safe!
This is a great way to head up FuShan. There are a variety of decks along the way up. We would love to take a blanket and a picnic up there one evening to watch the sunset. There doesn’t seem to be any sort of lockable gate at the bottom of the path, so it seems you could do this path at any time of the day. Don’t forget a flashlight if you are going up later and intended to stay up there after sunset.
Let us know of any other interesting FuShan paths you might have found recently!