High Circuit, Wutai Shan

Key information: High Circuit, Wutai Shan

  • Walk four of Wu Tai Shan’s five “terraces” in a high, to be thrilled by huge views on a good day and Buddhist temples and other relics, green hillsides and gorgeous wildflowers at the right time of year.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest13
  • Human interest16
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points4
  • Total rating87
  • Note: Negs: crowds in some key places

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 31km
  • 9-10hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,061m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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WALK SUMMARY

You can walk four of Wu Tai Shan’s five “terraces” in a High Circuit in a demanding 31km, 9-10hr hike, to be thrilled by huge views on a good day – coming at the right season will be important – and Buddhist temples and other relics, green hillsides and gorgeous wildflowers at the right time of year. Takes in the North Terrace, the high point at 3,061m.

 Start at Hongmenyuan, climbing to East Terrace, then on to the North Terrace (the high point), Central Peak then West Terrace, then down to the roadhead at Lion Nest Temple.

Some roadwork, and you won’t be alone at the famous sites. Nonetheless, Walkopedia would love to do this walk.

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