Shuangta Shan Park Pictures

China doesn’t stop surprising me. It is hard to describe all what I have seen and lived so far in this place. Today I share with you part of my last trip in the northeast of China. I went to Chengde and then head to this hill with two towers built on top of two unique rock formations. This hill is located in the Shuganta Shan park in a small town called Shuangluan, in the jurisdiction of Chengde, Hebei; it is found about 220 km (136 mi) northeast from Beijing. I’ll explain how to get there in a future post if you are interested. To see any picture enlarged click on it..


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View from the west.
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The hill is situated in a touristic area that has a couple of trials to other nearby mountains. This shot was taken from the south side.
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In each peak there is a tower. According to a sign in the entrance, they were built more than 1300 years ago by a group of people known as the Kithan; however, the local government’s official website says that these towers were built during the Liao dynasty*, which would mean they wouldn’t be older than 1105 years. Either way, they are the legacy of a millennial past. They have been renovated. How much of these towers dates from its origins and how much is the product of a recent work, I don’t know. In this picture you can see both towers. The tower at the back (left) is 5.54 m (18.2 ft) high and 1.92 m (6.3 ft) wide and the one on the front (right) is 5.57 m (18.3 ft) high and 2.62 m (8.6 ft) wide*.

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In the picture below you can see the cable car and a roofed corridor that, according to the sign at the entrance, its length is 100 m (328 ft). The sign at the entrance also says that the north peak is 35 m (114.8 ft) high while the south peak is 30 m (98.4 ft).

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A one-way trip in the car cable costs (September 2012) 30 RMB (62.7 MXN or 4.8 USD+). In my opinion it is not worth it. The way to reach the top of the hill from the entrance is supposedly done in 365 steps (obviously everyone’s steps are different).

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View from the bottom.

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View from the base of both peaks.

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Tourists descending from the base of the peaks.

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Bench from which you can contemplate the sunrise or sunset light shine on the twin peaks.

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By the way these two pictures show a little bit of what you can see in this park at the earlier hours of the day.
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And of course, a pagoda on the top of a nearby viewpoint to contemplate the twin peaks and the city.
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And I conclude this post with this picture I took during the night. I hope you enjoyed this post.

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*Source: “Shuangta Shan”. Chengde Shuangluan People’s Government of Hebei Official Website.. http://www.slq.gov.cn/e/action/ShowInfo.php?page=0&classid=152&id=723 Accessed on October 25, 2012 (Chinese).

+Conversion from RMB (Chinese yuan) to MXN (Mexican peso) and USD (US dollar) by www.xe.com on November 1, 2012.