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Baiyun Mountain

Baiyun Shan (White Cloud) Mountain is a popular tourist attraction just outside of Guangzhou, with phenomenal views of Pu Valley, the Nengren Temple and the sprawling cityscape of Guangzhou. The mountain lies just north of Guangzhou and on a clear day you can see the whole city. There are cable cars running for just over a mile (1.7km) between Yuntai Garden and Peak Park, which provides a fantastic, and exhilarating way to see the area. The Park consists of 30 peaks and covers over 17 square miles (28 sq km). It is a stunningly beautiful scenic area which includes well-maintained gardens, numerous temples, a Sculpture Park, a golf course, and Asia's largest bird cage. Mainly though, people enjoy walking along the winding paths up in the clear mountain air and relishing a break from the city. Unfortunately though, as with most monitored nature areas in China, you are not really given the freedom to wander, hike or picnic beyond the paths. It can also get very crowded, but with a little effort you can find the more peaceful areas. There may be a few stalls and vendors but it is best to take your own water and snacks.

Website: www.baiyunshan.com.cn (Chinese only)

Telephone: (0)10 3722 9528

Opening times: Cable cars run 9am-11:45am, and 1:30pm-4:45pm.

Admission: RMB 5 for entry into the Park; about RMB 25 for the cable car to Maoxing Ridge.