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“Not that grand!”
Review of Xihai Great Canyon

Xihai Great Canyon
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Reviews mentioned that the xihai grand canyon is special. It is nice, steep stairs and narrow paths, good scenery but not grand! and definately very noisy.
see also my review of the Huangshan scenic area for more info.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

I only had time to go down one side of the canyon as my hotel was inconveniently situated. It is very, very steep as you descend but one feels as though one can almost touch the rock. The steps are not as smooth as the rest of the steps and I'm sure they would be slippery in the wet. The old path is closed with a padlocked gate but continue on down until the police post, when the path branches right and one can take the funicular up

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Try to arrive early since huge tour groups make passing through this area very difficult. We arrived around 13:00 and it took hours to pass through walkways and stairs made for one or two people. When you add hikers from the other direction, the wait was unbelievable.
The loudspeakers from the tour guides really took away from the serenity of this location. Imagine 50+ tour groups within earshot all shouting at the same time.

Thank T S
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

This is a long loop that goes around the western portion of Yellow Mountain. It offers breaktaking scenery, and I highly recommend it. Plan about 3 hours to hike to the bottom, maybe more if it is crowded because the narrow path will have bottlenecks where you can only go as fast as the slowest tourists in some sections. I would suggest to take this route on a Sunday afternoon when other tourists would be heading home, if you can plan your trip in such a way.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We went in Sept 2017. I walked in a figure of 8, down the right side of 1st Ring and left side of 2nd Ring, then came back up by the right side of 2nd Ring and left side of 1st Ring. The view is different from the 前山 (Western Steps) and 后山 (Eastern Steps). Very beautiful!

The steps here at the Xihai grand canyon are much steeper and narrower than the Eastern Steps and much of Western Steps. I'm in late 30s and fit, used a pair of proper hiking poles and highly recommend other travellers to get 2 proper hiking poles too if you want to hike the Xihai grand canyon. Do not bring luggage to hike this route - leave them at the hotel. There are no shops once you enter the grand canyon so the last place to buy water, food or rain coat is at 排云厅 (Dispelling Cloud Pavilion). There are no toilets between 排云厅 (Dispelling Cloud Pavilion) to the bottom of 2nd Ring except for one toilet not far up the right side of 2nd Ring. This toilet looked flooded from the outside and I did not use it. I did not go down from the bottom of 2nd Ring to 谷底 (bottom of canyon) where the funicular station is located. Perhaps there may be toilets there.

Take some time to sit down and enjoy the view of Xihai from 排云厅 (Dispelling Cloud Pavilion) before you enter/after you exit the Xihai grand canyon. The scenery changes by the minute depending on fog levels and how the mist is being blown around. I went to see this view twice in my 1st trip to Huangshan in June 2017, and 5 times in my 2nd trip to Huangshan in Sept 2017. Got my most beautiful picture of Huangshan here on the 7th visit to Xihai at 排云厅 (Dispelling Cloud Pavilion) - it looks just like a classical Chinese painting!

You can buy hiking poles at the shops next to the Tangkou station at the base of Mt Huangshan, or the row of shops which you will walk past after you alight from the mountain eco bus and walk to the Yungu cable car station. I got mine for RMB 40 (2 proper collapsible hiking poles, not the L shape collapsible type or wooden type) at Tangkou. It is easier to find proper hiking poles along the row of shops before Yungu cable car and I expect the price to be higher.

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