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Baita Lake Hiking

Baita Lake is an artificial lake located 50km west to the city of Chengdu and a place with low mountains and with well-marked trails. This hiking provides a medium pace walk through the villages of Chengdu countryside and many orchards and farmlands. It’s not a tourist place but the countryside of Chengdu. The walking is on small trails and sometimes on country small roads with small ups and downs.
Location/Getting there

Baita Lake is located 50km west to the city center of Chengdu. By driving it takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to get to. Public transport is not available directly there although one can use public transfer to Chongzhou first and then from Chongzhou hire a local car to get to Baita Lake but it is usually recommended to hire a car from Chengdu and to have a guided hiking there because there are many splits of trails and it can be very confusing.

About the Hiking Trail
The hiking starts from Baita Monastery, a monastery gets its name from the White Tower (in Chinese called Baita) and also the lake shares the same name from the monastery. The hiking trail was made intentionally by local government to encourage people to walk more. Some sections of the hiking overlap with local country road but you don’t have to worry there be many cars because there are usually not many cars on these country roads. There is about one third of the hiking will be on paved road and the rest be on paths. The paths are marked and paved with small rocks sometimes. Even though there are marks and signs to show you where you are but it is still very confusing to navigate on your own if you are there first time. It took us more than 3 times to have a full picture/memory of these splits and intersections of trails of Baita Lake. There are no dangerous parts of any paths at Baita Lake although you want to avoid summer time (June to September) if possible because these trails are unattended and in the monsoon seasons the grass grow crazy and some sections can be covered with plants with annoying stingers. There is no altitude problem of this hiking. The altitude gain and loss will be normally within 200m and the highest elevation is no more than 1200m. The hiking itself is a loop and you don’t walk the same trail twice. 
Hiking Season/Weather

Spring is warm and sometimes wet. Summer is hot and can be rainy. Fall is dry and warm. Winter is dry and a bit cold. Temperature at daytime is around 10C to 15C in winter and drops below 5C or sometimes below 0C at night. At summer it reaches over 25C during daytime or even 30C and at night around 20C.

Walking Distance

The total walking distance is 16km although there is a shorter route that is only 12km and there is also a longer route that is about 20km. It usually takes about 5-6 hours in total for the hiking. Baita Lake is not a tourist place at all but at certain villages and locations there maybe people fishing especially near the lake.

Planning Ideas/Time Required

You are recommended to hire a guide to do this hiking as it is one of the less-known places around Chengdu and the public transport may be too much to handle if you don’t speak local language. Normally it only requires one day’s time to do this hiking starting/ending in the city of Chengdu. Normally you start by around 8am from Chengdu and drive for about 1.5 hours to get there and start walking until about 4pm and start to drive back to Chengdu. 

Ticket Information

There is no ticket required at any location of this hiking.

About Accommodations/Food of Hiking Mt. Gexian

There are a couple of villages where you can try local food. These places are not exactly restaurants for tourists but rather for people from the nearby towns on weekends. So food need to be prepared before hand by these local restaurants if not hiking on weekends. 

Names of locations/places of Baita Lake in Chinese and English

Baita Lake 白塔湖
Baita Monastery 白塔寺
Chongzhou 崇州

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